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Episode 80: Christmas Special with Frank Cottrell Boyce

Broadcast 26 December, 2020

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We discuss festive favourites and the best new books of 2020 with special guest author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, who joins us to celebrate the many ways that children's books help us to celebrate small pleasures and find the magic in ordinary things


Our guest

Frank Cottrell Boyce


Festive Favourites

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

Father & Son by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Fabian Negrin

Moominland in Midwinter by Tove Jansson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Box of Delights by John Masefield, illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lucy and Tom at Christmas by Shirley Hughes


Books of the Year 2020

Picture Books

Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love

Neighbors by Kasya Denisevich

The Song of the Nightingale by Tanya Landman and Laura Carlin

The Snowflake by Benji Davies

Middle grade

The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange

The Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant

Red Stars by Davide Morosinotto, translated by Denise Muir

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot

The Book of Hopes, edited by Katherine Rundell

Teen and YA

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo


Kay's Anatomy by Adam Kay, illustrated by Henry Paker

True Adventures series from Pushkin Children's

Streets of the World by Mia Cassany, illustrated by Agusti Sousa

Find the Spy by Zoe Armstrong, illustrated by Shelly Laslo

New discoveries

The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka

The Misadventures of Frederick by Ben Manley and Emma Chichester Clark

Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci series

Man on the Donkey by Hilda Prestcott


Find out more

Frank Cottrell Boyce on instagram


Image from the cover of The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney