Top books for 2019

Looking for gift inspiration for a book-loving friend or searching for your next read? We have books for everyone. There are the best books to connect your kids to nature; cookbooks to inspire you in the kitchen; poetry collections; and gardening guides to get your garden blooming. To help you choose, we've compiled a list of the best books of 2019, as decided by our very own bookworms.

Comfort food cookbook

National Trust Comfort Food 

From hearty soups and stews to delicious desserts, this new recipe book is full of over 100 delicious recipes from National Trust cafés.

‘This is the second book featuring recipes used by our cafés and I'm thrilled with it. As someone whose home is being taken over by recipe books, this will take pride of place. I love the photography and the selection of recipes. It warms me up just flicking through it.’ – Matt Drew, Head of Food and Beverage

The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask book

The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask, Smuggler's Daughter 

Fact meets fiction in this thrilling story of 18th-century smuggling. With an exciting story, fun illustrations, historical facts and historical trivia, kids won’t be able to put this book down.

'This new book in a series by Philip Ardagh is a really fun read. The author has helped us to create a new trail at Quarry Bank Mill which takes kids on a tour of the mill in the guise of a factory inspector, and he visited Quarry Bank to launch it.' – Gillian Topham, Shop Manager at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire

I am the Seed that Grew the Tree is an illustrated collection of nature poems for every day of the year

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree 

Winner of the 2018 Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year Award, I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree is a unique collection of nature poetry. With a poem for every day of the year, this illustrated book is popular with kids and grown-ups.

'I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree is a beautifully illustrated book of poetry inspired by the natural world. It's perfect for anyone wanting to engage children with wildlife and nature.’ – Andy Cobb, Shop Manager at Nymans in West Sussex

Who's hiding at the seaside?

Who's Hiding at the Seaside? 

With beautiful illustrations on every page, this innovative lift-the-flap book encourages little ones to learn about all the creatures that live near the seaside. Turn the page to explore under rocks, shells and seaweed to find out interesting facts about wildlife.

‘This is the perfect book for families. With Corfe Castle being close to the coast, our visitors often buy this book after spending some time at the beach. It’s another memory they can take home from their visit.' – Diane Viney, Shop Manager at Corfe Castle in Dorset

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