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At last it's getting colder and looking like Christmas is really around the corner! Only five more days to go! If you haven't chosen any presents for the children in your life yet, there is no need to panic. Give them the gift of reading! In this month's Blooming Reads apart from some exciting new releases, there are fabulous festive titles perfect for stocking fillers from the very young to teens! Don’t forget to use your new Stamp Collection Cards for your shopping!

Look and Say Christmas is a colourful introduction to the magic and excitement of Christmas for very young children. Children will love spotting and naming the objects in the festive scenes, which include decorating the Christmas tree, playing in the snow and opening presents. It features a range of Christmas words and images to learn, as well as robust tabs on the pages to help children quickly locate their favourite Christmas scenes.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a favourite for reading at Christmas, was published in 1957. Dr. Seuss has succeeded in his critique of the commercialisation of Christmas through this story of a loveable villain, The Grinch, without being preachy.

Every "Who" down in "Who-ville" liked Christmas a lot... But the grumpy Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT! He hated Christmas! He came up with the wonderful, but awful idea to stop Christmas - but he soon realised there's more to it than presents and tinsel! Young readers will be delighted to find out that the mean spirited Grinch's heart which was two sizes too small in the beginning of the story grew three times in the end after the lesson learnt.

Other titles by Dr. Seuss >

For Daisy, the trouble with Christmas is that the excitement gets you all over! It goes into her toes, fingers, elbows, in fact every part of her! What's more it starts from September! What can go wrong when Daisy gets so excited especially when she has to play the role of Mary's helper at the Nativity Play? Find out in the very funny Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas by Kes Gray and share her excitement this Christmas!

Other books in the Daisy series >

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond is about a bear from Darkest Peru arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you.'

Mr. And Mrs. Brown discovered him, named him Paddington and welcomed him into their home, where he has lived ever since.

According to the author, then a BBC cameraman, he bought a small toy bear left alone on a shelf in Selfridges store, in London, for his wife on Christmas Eve, and was inspired to create Paddington. Since then this accident-prone bear has continued to delight children all over the world. Paddington Bear is coming to the big screen on 25 December 2014.

Make sure you discover Paddington in this original book before you see the movie.

Other titles in the series >

The Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker is packed with brilliant Christmas stories, including a brand-new tale from Jacqueline, and the classic favourite Starring Tracy Beaker, in which Jacqueline‘s most favourite heroine gets the lead part in her Christmas play! There are festive puzzles, tasty Christmas recipes (Ruby and Garnet's gingerbread twins and Charlie's Christmas cake), perfect present tips, and fun Christmas facts (such as A Victorian Christmas and Christmas Around the World). Do you know that the famous Christmas cracker is a Victorian invention? It will be fun to have the quizzes at your Christmas parties!

Do not miss the author's latest Opal Plumstead if the young one you have in mind is a real fan who has devoured her other books!

Other books by Jacqueline Wilson >

Set in a city stalked by spectres, Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series by Jonathan Stroud.

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts – some very dangerous indeed. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

Jonathan Stroud has created a spooky yet fascinating world where three teen investigators with psychic talent are protecting the adults. Though the book targets 9 – 11 readers, the great story line, the atmospheric narrative, the Britishness and the author's deadpan humour in the banter between the characters make it an entertaining read for teens and adults as well. As it says in the back cover, this book is "full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again." We at Blooming Club couldn't agree more.

"This story will keep you reading late into the night, but you'll want to leave the lights on. Stroud is a genius at inventing an utterly believable world which is very much like ours, but so creepily different. Put The Screaming Staircase on your 'need to read list." - Rick Riordan

Do not miss the newly released The Whispering Skull, the humourous and chilling Book 2 in the series in which Lockwood & Co. are back in their business of hauntings! Ghosts and ghouls beware!

Endgame: The Calling is the first in a trilogy by James Frey. In this story twelve ancient cultures who were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the 12 Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. Only one can win and be saved from extinction when the key is found.

Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun. This is an interesting book for fans of fast-paced action in the apocalyptic genre, mystery, treasure hunt and puzzles. It is written in very direct short sentences containing clues to the location of the hidden key providing an interactive and challenging experience for readers.

Read the Books. Find the Clues. Solve the Puzzle. Who will Win?

Google Niantic is building a mobile location-based augmented reality videogame inextricably tied to the books and mythology, a major prize will be tied to a puzzle in each book, and Twentieth Century Fox has bought the movie rights.