Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

‘Down the dark, dark staircase there was a dark, dark cellar. And in the dark dark cellar . . . some skeletons lived!’ Join a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton on a fun, night-time adventure through the town they live in. They even encounter a zoo full of skeletal animals on their way! The poetic style, repetitive language and inclusion of songs make this classic a real family favourite.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A wonderfully simple rhyming book that encourages young readers to play ‘I spy’ with many familiar characters from nursery rhymes, fairy tales and folk tales. The fun rhyming verses are accompanied by beautiful illustrations, enticing children to search the pictures to find each character mentioned. Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless classic for any child who likes to get involved in a story.

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake

Remember the owl and the pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat? Well now they’re back, re-imagined by award-winning author Julia Donaldson, who invites us to a nonsensical land of rhyming adventure. With cameos from previous friends and familiar moments from the first poem, it’s a fond, funny and fantastic follow-on from the original that just begs to be read aloud.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me . . .’. Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhyming story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Each page leads seamlessly into the next and readers will delight in Eric's colourful collage animals and simple repetitive language. This is an introduction to rhyme and colour that’s full of happiness and heart.

The Complete School Verse by Jennifer and Graeme Curry

This is a bumper book of poetry that celebrates the best and the worst things about going to school. From lollipop ladies to school dinners, classroom antics to going home, this is a fun-packed collection of brilliant rhymes that every young learner will be able to have a good ol’ giggle with. This jam-packed volume contains even more poems: School Verse and More School Verse.

Michael Rosen’s Book of Very Silly Poems by Michael Rosen

‘Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?’ If you’re in the mood for some very silly poems then look no further than this hilarious book of the silliest poems possible. From riotous relatives to mega monstrosities, amazing animals to never-ending narratives, Rosen’s brilliantly ridiculous poetry will entertain, delight and spark the imagination of children and adults alike. 

Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Introducing you to the dirtiest beasts in the land… And what’s better than dirty beasts? Why, dirty beasts that rhyme of course! From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are totally ridiculous and all the better for it. This smashing romp around the animal kingdom will shock, amuse and delight. A classic collection from an author with a never-ending imagination.

Rhymes for Annie Rose by Shirley Hughes

Annie-Rose is Alfie’s little sister and this treasured collection of poems celebrates everything she loves doing and everyone she loves spending time with. A gentle, warm and enticing volume of poems accompanied by beautiful illustrations that perfectly capture the wonder and excitement of a child’s world.

The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

A rabbit pulls a human from a hat, a bird flies underwater and ducks grow out of bananas… it’s the oddest book full of nonsense you’ll ever read! From the creator of the infamous The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes this absurd and surreal read with something strange and funny on every page. Appealing to children with a great sense of humour and a big imagination… just don’t expect it to make any sense at all!

The Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes by Raymond Briggs

What’s your favourite nursery rhyme? Old Mother Hubbard? Incy Wincy Spider? Humpty Dumpty? Over 250 nursery rhymes are collected together in this anthology, including old favourites and lesser-known treats. First published in 1966, this revised edition is illustrated by Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, and is now available again for a whole new generation of rhymers to enjoy.

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