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Children’s Fiction | The Christmas Tree Wish | Karen Inglis

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on The Christmas Tree Wish by Karen Inglis.

This is a heart-warming Christmas tale about hope, friendship and being different. The beautiful pen and ink illustrations by Anne Swift feature little Bruce Spruce, Penelope Pine, Douglas Fir and Cedrick Cypress, as well as a gorgeous Christmas robin and inquisitive squirrel.

As the snow starts to fall on Christmas Eve morning, little Bruce Spruce dreams about finding a home for Christmas Day. But when things don’t quite go to plan he finds that his friends are there for him – and all is not lost…

Perfect for parents and grandparents to share with pre-school children and grandchildren or for nursery school or kindergarten teachers to share in class in the holiday season. The cast offers plenty of scope for children to dress up as the characters and act out the story and discuss hope, empathy, kindness and friendship. 

A heart-warming Christmas tale for ages 3-5 about hope, friendship and being different. Children and grown-ups will fall in love with little Bruce Spruce and his fir tree friends!

Book cover for The Christmas Tree Wish List by Karen Inglis

The Christmas Tree Wish by Karen Inglis and illustrated by Anne Swift is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


A wonderful children’s picture book about a Christmas tree desperate to have a home for Christmas.   Bruce Spruce, alongside the other trees are waiting to be picked at Nether Willow garden centre. Unfortunately for Bruce, after shaking all the snow off of himself, he noticed two broken branches. He watched as all the other trees were picked and taken away for their Christmas.   Bruce wishes for his ideal Christmas.

Text and illustration from The Christmas Tree Wish by Karen Inglis
Illustration from The Christmas Tree Wish by Karen Inglis

A sweet story about friendship and being different. Great for young readers, with gorgeous festive illustrations. I have added this book to my little boy’s festive book advent reader for December as we thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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Karen Inglis is a London-based children’s author of picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels. Her time travel mystery The Secret Lake, which was considered for adaptation by CBBC in 2015, is a consistent top seller at school events with both girls and boys. It hit Amazon UK’s Children’s Bestseller lists in 2018.

Time travel aside, Karen has been praised by teachers, librarians and reading charities for writing fun and fast-paced page-turners that engage keen and reluctant readers alike. Her illustrated chapter book Eeek! The Runaway Alien – about an alien who runs away to Earth for the World Cup – was used in the Get London Reading campaign and was voted favourite book club read three years in a row by boys and girls in a London primary school. It continues to be described as “laugh-out-loud funny!” and is hugely popular at school visits.

In her early career, Karen was Director of Studies in an English Language school. She subsequently lived and worked in New York (within the media arm of the Foreign Office) and Oslo. On returning to London she worked in marketing for the financial services industry until her sons were born. She then became as a freelance web content strategist and writing trainer  – consulting to government and the private sector for 20 years. She also started writing children’s books. Karen only takes on a small amount of ‘day job’ writing these days as she far prefers making up stories!

Karen is Children’s Advisor at the Alliance of Independent Authors and blogs about self-publishing at 

Her non-fiction book How to self-publish and market a children’s book came out out in July 2108. More info here:

Interesting fact: Karen speaks Norwegian 🙂

Author photo Karen Inglis

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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