Books to teach children about the world

Little World: Jungle Journey (2019) 

The Little World series takes curious toddlers on an adventure to faraway places, rocketing up to the moon and plunging down to the depths of the sea, as well as helping them understand familiar locations such as the beach and the airport. Jungle Journey will take little ones on an expedition into a tropical rainforest, where they can uncover all of the secrets of the jungle with novelty slides and push-and-pull tabs.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Our Planet (2020)

Peppa Pig goes green! It’s Love Our Planet Week at playgroup and Peppa and George get stuck into recycling, growing their own vegetables, using the scooter instead of the car and turning off the water when they brush their teeth. As well as being a pro-environment story, Peppa Loves Our Planet is printed with environmentally friendly vegetable inks and a water-based finish on the cover. As Peppa learns, every little thing makes a big difference!

Busy Day: Vet by Dan Green (2020)

The Busy Day series and its interactive action flaps allow young children to get stuck into the action, helping them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In Busy Day: Vet, aspiring vets can listen to a dog’s heart, x-ray a cat’s leg and give a chameleon her medicine. But if there is another career path your little one would prefer, there is also Busy Day: Builder, Chef, and Astronaut.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Doctors and Nurses (2020)

Dr Brown Bear and Nurse Fox pay a visit to Peppa Pig’s playgroup for People Who Help Us Day. Peppa and her friends learn about keeping fit, eating healthily and protecting themselves and others from germs by washing their hands. It’s then Peppa and her friends’ turn to take care of the ‘patients’ – so they wrap Dr Brown Bear up in bandages! 

Books for bedtime

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Birthday by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2020)

Rhiannon Fielding’s Ten Minutes to Bed series, illustrated by Chris Chatterton, should be in every parent’s bedtime arsenal. Twinkle the Unicorn is celebrating her birthday with a sleepover, featuring all the other characters in the series – but as her dad begins counting down to bedtime, will Twinkle and her friends fall asleep in time? The countdown structure of this story is perfect for soothing little humans to sleep.

Peppa Pig: Goodnight Peppa (2015)

It’s nearly bedtime for Peppa and George, but they are not sleepy yet! In this illustrated storybook, our favourite piggies do whatever they can to get out of going to bed. They play in the garden, take a big splashy bath, brush their teeth and listen to Daddy Pig tell a story until they finally nod off. Sweet dreams!

Hey Duggee: Goodnight Duggee (2019)

Duggee is trying to help the Squirrels fall asleep and earn their Sleeping Badges. They’ve tried sleeping upside down like bats, sleeping standing up, sleeping while holding hands as otters do… but so far, they’re still awake! The perfect board book for Hey Duggee fans, will our favourite friendly dog help the Squirrels settle down for bedtime?

In the Night Garden: Sleep Tight, Upsy Daisy (2017)

Upsy Daisy is dancing in the garden and does not want to go to bed. This captivating picture book is perfect for In The Night Garden fans and will help your two-year-old wind down after a busy day. Written with little sleepy heads in mind, this is a calming tale ideal for bed or nap time. 

Books that are perfect for storytime

Hey Duggee: Duggee and the Magical Unicorn (2020)

What would you do if a unicorn with a sparkling pink horn rung on your doorbell? Why you’d go on a magical adventure of course! That’s just what happens to Duggee and the Squirrels – are ready to go along for the ride? This board book’s super shiny holofoil cover makes it a dazzling gift for wannabe Squirrels.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Dancing (2020)

Peppa and her friends can’t wait to show off their dance moves at Mr Potato’s Super Fantastic Dance Competition. Will Suzy Sheep, Mandy Mouse, Rebecca Rabbit and Peppa win a prize for their dance routine? And will Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig be persuaded to join in too? A fun and beautifully illustrated board book that will get everyone up and dancing.

Little Pop-Ups: Cinderella by Nila Aye (2020)

This abridged story of Cinderella has been designed to help little children learn their first numbers and take part in the reading experience. Featuring a central pop-up on each double-page and bright, colourful illustrations, be prepared for this to become a repeat read! If you want to introduce your little reader to colours, try Little Pop-Ups: Little Red Riding Hood.

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Baking Competition (2020)

Peppa Pig takes part in her own personal Bake Off when Miss Rabbit announces a baking competition. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig help her make a Victoria sponge cake, a carrot cake and a chocolate cake, but which one is the most special? This brightly coloured board book is a piece of cake for book time with little Peppa fans.

In the Night Garden: Shapes (2017)

Learn all about shapes with Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and friends in the enchanting Night Garden! Little fans of the hit CBeebies show will enjoy learning new shapes in this vibrant picture book. Packed with bright colours, fun shapes, and recognisable objects from TV, children will adore learning their triangles from their circles using this charming tale. 

Books to help with mealtimes

Busy Day: Chef by Dan Green (2020)

When you're a chef its always a busy day in the kitchen! You've got to chop, stir, boil, bake and – sometimes – flip pancakes! Little ones can join in with the chef, helping him prepare and cook everything using the action flaps. This interactive book is a wonderful way to introduce young children to what goes on in the kitchen and how their favourite dishes are made. 

Skullabones Island: Teatime for Pirates! by Richard Dungworth & Sharon Harmer (2015)

It’s teatime aboard the pirate ship and the crew’s tummies are a-rumbling. Captain Cutlass is piling plates high with peas, carrots, sausages and mash, and he must convince the crew that this is a proper meal for sturdy, swashbuckling pirates. This is a humorous and richly illustrated rhyming story that teaches tiny pirates the importance of a balanced diet and cleaning your plate. Ahoy matey! 

Peppa Pig: Let's Go Shopping Peppa (2015)

Peppa Pig and her family need something to eat for lunch. It's time for a trip to the supermarket! Mummy Pig is very keen on just getting the things on her shopping list, but when they get to the checkout, something else has appeared in the trolley... This picture book story is perfect for reading at bedtime, playtime and over and over again! 

 

Books to make potty time easy pee-sy

Pirate Polly's Potty (2019)

All hands-on deck! Pirate Polly is ready to bid farewell to her nappies just like your little one. Filled with fun pictures, this easy to follow book will help guide and encourage toddlers learning to use the potty. Plus, every time Polly and your little pirate uses the potty correctly, you can spur them on with the ‘cheer’ button! Nappies will be shark bait in no time.

Pirate Pete: Potty Colouring Book (2016)

Pirate Pete wants to use the potty like a big boy! Packed with simple drawings to colour in, this is a fantastic colouring book to encourage confidence in tots who are also about to potty train. There’s a helpful reward chart to motivate youngsters on their exciting potty-training adventure, and over 100 stickers to celebrate with. Say goodbye to nappies!

Princess Polly Potty Sticker Activity Book (2014)

Potty-training phenomenon Princess Polly returns with an interactive sticker book. While Princess Polly gets rid of the nappies and learns how to use the potty for the first time, your little Princess Polly-in-waiting can follow along with the story, using the 70 stickers included to add to the pages and their very own potty-training reward chart at the end. And for Pirate Pete fans, he's also having some sticker fun in Pirate Pete Potty Sticker Activity Book.

Pirate Pete's Potty (2009)

Pirate Pete is starting a new adventure – using the potty! Filled with clear informative pictures, this best-selling book is ideal for assisting parents or carers with potty-training difficulties. The big cheer button and colourful illustrations will banish any potty anxieties, helping little pirates master the potty in no time.

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