100 Dogs by Michael Whaite

Meet man’s best friend – actually, meet 100 of them. Buried inside this ‘pawsome’ picture book are 100 dogs, doing 100 different things. All pre-readers have to do is follow the bouncy rhyme from page to page and they’ll meet all sorts of different doggies – from petted pugs to silly sausages. Packed full of brilliant illustrations and fun new words to learn, this colourful treat will have you both barking… sorry, laughing… out loud.

There’s A Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

OK, so there IS a dragon in this book. It’s true. But don’t panic just yet, she’s a friendly one… and she’s a real cutie. BUT, there’s another but! Little Dragon may have accidentally lit a fire in the book, and it’s your job to put it out! She needs you to stroke, poke and flap your way through this interactive adventure to help so that she can fly off and have an adventure of her very own! Tom Fletcher’s magical follow-up to There’s a Monster in Your Book is a real treat for the senses.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This board book version of the classic picture book will set young imaginations alight with its beautiful joining of words, pictures and classic nursery rhymes. Each page offers endless adventures for little ones as familiar classics like The Three BearsMother Hubbard and Tom Thumb are brought to life before their very eyes. Help children unpick the story by finding characters hidden within the illustrations, or why not challenge them to a game of ‘I Spy’ to help them truly feel part of the story? A treat for the eyes and the imagination.

Roald Dahl’s Opposites by Roald Dahl

Let the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl, as well as one of the world’s most famous illustrators, Quentin Blake, bring classic characters to life to help children discover opposites in this brilliantly bonkers board book that shows all the fun that can be had with words. This book is the perfect introduction for very young readers to a world of fun, colour, difference, imagination and magic – the world of Roald Dahl.

Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen

An outdoor adventure to make eyes widen can be found in this bright and vibrant picture book. Children will join the curious Billy, a modern-day heroine, and her hopeless hangry pet cat, Fatcat as they set off on an adventure in the woods. It all starts when Billy and Fatcat encounter a Terrible Beast making a Terrible Soup! Luckily Billy is a quick thinking hero in this terrific tale. The perfect bedtime story for adventurous little readers.

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere

Who says we can’t all get along? In this fabulous new fable, we meet the lovely lion, Leonard, as well as his best friend Marianne – who is a duck. But wait, that doesn’t seem right, does it? A lion being best friends with a duck? Wouldn’t a lion love to chomp away at a duck? Those are just some of the questions that a pack of bullies put to Leonard when they learn of his friendship with Marianne. This enchanting tale of friendship will help teach young readers about the importance of always being true to yourself. There’s a lot to be learned inside this book – and not just for children.

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Who doesn’t love a good game of hide-and-seek? Definitely not Spot. The original lift-the-flap book puts readers in the role of seeker to find this mischievous pup, by lifting the flaps on every page to see where he’s hiding. The simple text and colourful pictures will get pre-readers excited about holding a book and interacting with the story inside. Spot’s had some magnificent adventures over the years, but this fun story by Eric Hall was the very first, originally published in 1980. Where’s Spot? has remained in the book charts ever since and for good reason, too.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The original classic by one of the world’s most respected children’s authors, Beatrix Potter, has been capturing the imaginations of readers young and old for over 100 years. Join mischievous Peter and pals as they get into all sorts of trouble in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden; a charming story beautifully brought to life through Potter’s classic illustrations and simple text. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the perfect introduction to Potter’s vast, outdoor world.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been capturing hearts and imaginations since 1969 and is one of the most popular children’s books around the world. A copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every 16 seconds! This beautiful, bright and bold story, with its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes, will allow young readers to flip through the pages at bedtime with ease and excitement. Every toddler should be introduced to this furry little fella and his penchant for snacks!

The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Frog by Abie Longstaff

Fairytale hairdresser Kittie is busy styling her fairy tale friends for an exciting animal-themed parade to celebrate the coronation of Prince Freddie. There’s just one problem; Prince Freddie is nowhere to be found! Follow this hero on her mission to solve this magical mystery and flutter through the pages of this enchanting adventure right along with her. Exactly where is Prince Freddie? Is his uncle involved? And who is the funny little frog perched in Kittie’s salon? Mysteries don’t get more magical than this.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Join Max as he decides to put on a wolf costume and cause some mischief outdoors. His mum calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without supper – and that’s when Max’s wild adventure begins. A forest grows in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take him to the place where the wild things really are. This classic story by Maurice Sendak will soothe the wildest of little imaginatations, into a well-deserved slumber.  

Eric Carle’s Book of Many Things by Eric Carle

Take them on a bright and colourful learning adventure in Eric Carle’s Book of Many Things. With illustrations by the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this feast of colourful images will help little ones to learn 200 new words! Tots will be steered through an adventure in words; from food, clothes and animals, right the way to simple feelings. Then, right at the end, they’ll be able to review all of the new words they have learned with a helpful spread.

Baby On Board by Allan Ahlberg and Emma Chichester Clark

In this perfect picture book, a baby is accidentally swept out to sea in his pram. Luckily, his three favourite toys are right there with him and it’s up to them to band together and steer him back home. With lyrical text from Allan Ahlberg and colourful illustrations with a classic feel from Emma Chichester Clark, this book is a treat for little dreamers.

We’re All Wonders by R J Palacio

Little readers will meet August Pullman from the remarkable, touching and world-famous novel Wonder in this incredible picture book. We’re All Wonders shares the beautiful message of acceptance and kindness with junior readers. Putting readers in Auggie’s shoes to show them how he feels, this picture book is the perfect tool to help adults talk to children about empathy and difference and remind them that everyone is wonderful in their own way. 

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