Words by Roald Dahl

BOOKS, CAKE and CROCODILE - just a few of the galumptious words that you can read aloud in this magnificent first word book from Roald Dahl. With Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this is a most marvellous way for little chiddlers to learn their first words.

Shapes by Roald Dahl

What wonderous shapes can you see? A ROUND bright sun? Or a swirling-whirling KITE? Busy little hands can lift the flaps to discover new shapes in this brilliant board book from Roald Dahl.

Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon

Rocket is back - and this time instead of looking up, she's cleaning up! While visiting her grandparents, Rocket is really sad to see their local beach covered in plastic, making life tough for all the creatures who live there. What can she do? That's it! She and all her new friends are going to CLEAN UP and rid the beach of all that nasty plastic. The follow up to Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola's fantastic Look Up! is the best summer read for every little (and big) environmentalist.

Never Show a T-Rex a Book! by Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book? We know we have. In fact, it's all we can think about since we read Never Show a T-Rex a Book! Will she borrow every book in the library? Will she try to become a professer or an architect? Young readers can find out in this madcap, super silly adventure story rooted in the transformative power of books!

Spot Goes to the Beach by Eric Hill

Spot is having fun at the beach, trying out surfing - and learning it's not as easy as it looks! Kids can join Spot for seaside, sunshine and surfing in this fun board book adventure, ideal for celebrating summer and reassuring little ones who are trying new things!

The Dinosaur That Pooped a Pirate by Tom Fletcher

Danny and Dino are off on a swashbuckling adventure as they take to the high seas in search for hidden treasure. Along the way they meet mermaids, pirates and more - but will the perils of Skull Island prove too perilous for this very HANGRY dinosaur?

There's an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Oh, but don’t worry, he’s far from the scary kind – in fact, he’s pretty adorable! In this interactive adventure, a teeny little alien – called Alien – has crash-landed in YOUR book! Roll up your sleeves, because he’s going to need help to get him back home; after all, aliens don’t belong on Earth – do they? Forget being the reader of this book – your little reader is as much a part of this out-of-this-world story as Alien!

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!

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 the 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.

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.

There's a Superhero in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

What's that in your book? Is it a bird, is it a plane? No - there's a SUPERHERO in your book! Thank goodness, he's come just in time to stop the nasty Scribbler scribbling all over the pages. How will you help Superhero save your book? By following the instructions and being SUPER imaginative, of course! And along the way, you might see some familiar friends...

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola

When was the last time that you looked up at the sky? 3… 2… 1… Lift off into the pages of this skyrocketing adventure book. Your pilot for this quest is science-mad chatterbox Rocket (she’s a bit of a superstar, FYI). Rocket has big, out-of-this-world dreams; she wants to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher and space-traveller that has ever lived. But before she can get soaring, she needs to convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start looking up at those glorious stars. The sky’s the limit within the pages of Look Up! An enchanting, inspiring read we could all learn a thing or two from.

How To Be Extraordinary by Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Annabel Tempest

Wouldn’t it be cool to be as extraordinary as some of the world’s heroes? And no, not the ones that fly around wearing capes – the REAL extraordinary heroes out there. This book will inspire the youngest of readers with the real-life stories of the extraordinary people of today. How To Be Extraordinary showcases the brilliance of 15 extraordinary men and women; an artist, a scientist, a medic, an environmentalist, a musician, an activist, a writer, a politician, and even a spy. All of these wonderful people are extraordinary for so many different reasons, reminding young readers that there are so many different ways to be extraordinary and do good in this world of ours.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

These little leaders are brave and bold. And they all changed the world. This inspiring book is written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison and will introduce your little leader to 40 inspirational black women throughout history. All of these real-life stories have inspired countless men, women and children over the years and are guaranteed to widen the mind and eyes of any little reader that opens this book. That being said, this is an important, brilliant read for ANYONE. Just some of the trailblazing, real-life stories told in this book include those of nurse Mary Seacole, politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.

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.

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 Bears, Mother 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.

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.

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 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 imaginations, 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

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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