Early-learning books

My Little Pony 500 First Words Sticker Book

Help your four-year-old increase their vocabulary with this interactive sticker book. It’s packed full of entertaining activities and an incredible 500 words for children to learn – accompanied by everyone’s favourite ponies. Children can draw pictures to match the words, trace missing letters, take part in activities to help them understand the meaning, and use the stickers to complete the pages. It’s the perfect companion for any My Little Pony fan learning to read and write.

Time, Shapes and Seasons: Ladybird I'm Ready for Maths sticker workbook

This motivating sticker workbook, compiled by experienced maths teachers, covers essential concepts that children begin learning during Key Stage 1 and their first years at school. Topics include telling the time, 2D and 3D shapes, the seasons, months and days of the week. The mixture of stickers and interactive activities helps reinforce learning in a fun and engaging way, and with parent notes on every page and a detailed glossary of terms, this is a great introduction to those moving from nursery or reception to Year 1 – parents as well as children.

Peppa: First Science

Introduce your little piggies to the wonderful world of science with this hands-on-activity book, featuring pre-school favourite Peppa Pig. Join Peppa and her friends as Daddy Pig teaches them all about the basics of science. With exciting activities, thrilling experiments and press-out card aeroplanes to try (and fly) at home, this introductory book is part of the Learn with Peppa series and is a perfect read for would-be scientists.

First Writing: A Ladybird Topsy and Tim sticker book

School can be daunting, but with Topsy and Tim on hand to help familiarise new experiences, children will enjoy practising their early learning skills. This sticker activity book helps pre-school and reception children as they start to develop their writing, encouraging pencil control and letter recognition through a variety of enjoyable activities. From tracing over letters to completing puzzles and adding stickers, this First Writing book also includes guidance for left-handers and motivating reward stickers.

Fun books to read aloud

Astronauts - Read it yourself with Ladybird: Level 1

Ladybird’s bestselling Read it yourself series has been helping children learn to read for over 35 years, and this Level 1 book is perfect for would-be readers with a love of space. Find out how astronauts spend their time, from rockets and space stations to travelling and sleeping in space suits. The simple sentence structure, high-frequency words and charming stories found across the Read it yourself range all combine to help build the confidence of early readers.

Peppa Pig: Going Boating – Read It Yourself with Ladybird Level 1

Peppa Pig fans at the beginning of their reading journey will enjoy dipping their toes into this Read it yourself book. Peppa and her family are going boating, and early readers will enjoy finding out who is the best sailor – Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George or Peppa. This Level 1 book is written to include the high-frequency words that are key to learning to read, with simple sentences and repeated words that offer plenty of opportunities for beginners to practise and build their confidence. 

Dinosaurs - Read it yourself with Ladybird: Level 1

This Level 1 Read it yourself book is perfect for dinosaur fans taking the first steps in their reading journey. It has been carefully written to be read independently at home, or used in a guided reading session at school. With its frequently repeated keywords, clearly labelled images and simple captions, young readers will enjoy learning all about the dinosaurs that lived a long time ago, while also developing early reading comprehension. 

Topsy and Tim: Go to the Zoo - Read it yourself with Ladybird

Join Topsy and Tim as they visit the zoo, meeting all sorts of incredible animals from penguins to giraffes. They’d like to bring some of the animals home as pets, but Mummy and Daddy aren’t so sure… This Level 1 Read it yourself book is designed for very early readers. Again, it features a limited number of story words that are repeated throughout, building self-confidence for those who are new to reading as they have fun discovering the story.

Interactive books for playtime

Ladybird London: Sticker Activity

Explore London with this interactive book, which comes with plenty of puzzles, lots of pictures to colour, and more than 200 stickers that can be used to decorate the beautifully illustrated pages. From Buckingham Palace to the London Underground, children will enjoy learning all about the UK’s capital city, and the many activities in this entertaining book are sure to keep them occupied for hours.

Little World: To the Moon

Written in collaboration with moon experts, this Little World book truly transports young readers into outer space, introducing them to the sights, sounds and experiences of life on the moon for the very first lunar astronauts. Interactive push and pull slides appear on every page, inviting children to uncover something new as they investigate the bright and colourful pictures. Curious young readers will find it fascinating to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, as they learn all about the moon.

Peppa Pig: Doodle with Peppa

Featuring an impressive 128 pages full of drawing, colouring and doodling activities, there’s plenty of Peppa Pig fun to be had inside the pages of this doodle book. Children will love perfecting their drawings under the helpful guidance of Peppa and her friends, and with such a wide variety of activities to choose from, there’s lots to keep little piggies busy. 

Little World: Jungle Journey

This delightful push-and-pull adventure helps make the big world little enough for a four-year-old to get to grips with. They’ll get to take a journey through the jungle, learning all about the animals and plants that call it home. The gentle narrative is written in collaboration with subject experts and is intended to be read aloud, encouraging children to engage with the story as they enjoy exploring the bright illustrations and interactive elements.

Topsy and Tim: Our Day Clock Book

Learning to tell the time is a key early skill for children starting school, and this interactive book is a great way to gently introduce the concept. Follow Topsy and Tim as they go about their busy day, moving the hands on the clock face to show what time it is when they wake up, go to school, eat dinner and go to bed. Young readers will enjoy playing with the clock and be encouraged by the familiarity of Topsy and Tim’s friendly faces.

Books for first experiences

Topsy and Tim: Have Their Eyes Tested

Does Topsy need glasses? She’s off to visit the optometrist to find out – and Tim’s coming too. Little ones facing a first trip to the opticians will find this sweet story reassuring, as it follows Topsy, Tim and their friend Stevie through the experience of having their eyes tested. All first experiences can be daunting, but this range of stories featuring everyone’s favourite twins are perfect for guiding children and parents through those tricky moments.

Topsy and Tim: Go to the Doctor

Tim isn’t feeling very well, so he and Topsy are off to the doctor. Dr Sims gives Tim a check-up and some medicine that will make him feel better – but back home, it’s Topsy who is soon feeling ill. Introduce your child to the idea of doctors, medicine, and why feeling unwell doesn’t have to be scary, even if it is unpleasant. A perfect read-aloud storybook for children who are a little bit anxious about visiting the doctor.

Topsy and Tim: Go to the Dentist

This time Topsy and Tim are off to the dentist for the very first time, and they’re not quite sure what to expect. Will it be scary? Follow Topsy and Tim as they get their teeth checked, before learning how to keep them healthy at home. Little ones will be reassured by the twins’ experiences, and those anxious about visiting the dentist will soon realise there’s no need to be frightened.

Topsy and Tim: Go on an Aeroplane

Planning a trip abroad? Introduce your little one to the idea of flying with this friendly little book. From the airport to the plane, young readers will enjoy following Topsy and Tim on their aeroplane adventure, including meeting the flight attendants and the pilot. They’ll also discover why it can be helpful to suck sweets on the plane, in order to stop their ears popping!

Bedtime books for sleepy heads

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn

Countdown to bedtime with this soothing story, all about a lively little unicorn who doesn’t want to go to sleep. A colourful tale full of magic, sparkles and rainbows, unicorn lovers will enjoy hearing about Twinkle and the many creative ways she resists her dad’s instructions to go to bed. That is until her sleepiness gets the better of her… Designed to be read aloud, this lovely little book will also help your child develop their number skills as the story counts down from ten to one.

Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls

The six stories in this illustrated collection of classic tales from around the world feature some wonderfully adventurous girls, all using their wits, courage and strength to overcome the odds. Featuring an introduction from renowned children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, the tales included are Gretel and Hansel, Tamasha and the Troll, Tokoyo and the Sea Serpent, Chandra and the Elephants, Sea Girl and the Golden Key and The Snow Queen. Perfect bedtime reading for boys and girls alike.

In the Night Garden: Time for Bed, Everybody

In the Night Garden fans will have fun playing with the clock hands at the top of this interactive board book, learning how to tell the time as they follow the story of a busy day in the Night Garden. Get ready for bed with Iggle Piggle and friends, turning the hands of the clock as you go. This is a great book to read together before saying goodnight, helping children to understand what time they need to go to bed.

Gorgeous gift books

Ladybird Favourite Fairy Tales

This beautiful collection of eight classic fairy stories makes an ideal gift, with its wonderfully detailed illustrations, ribbon page marker and carefully crafted foil cover. The stories within have been sensitively retold for modern readers and include Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Porridge Pot, Little Red Hen and The Ugly Duckling.

Poems Out Loud!

This diverse and contemporary collection provides a wonderful introduction to poetry for children aged four and up. From mermaids to rockets and everything in between, there’s something for every young poetry lover. Established and award-winning poets feature alongside new voices, spoken-word performers and hip-hop artists, and the gorgeously detailed illustrations by Laurie Stansfield make this an anthology everyone will enjoy dipping into. It even comes with an accompanying CD, featuring performances from some of the poets who appear in the collection.

Ladybird London: Search and Find

Go on a journey around London together with this busy and bustling search-and-find book, perfect for introducing little ones to the sights and sounds of the capital city. There are hundreds of things to spot, from pigeons and phone boxes to grand buildings and tourist attractions. And, with fascinating facts about the city on every spread, there’s lots to discover – for parents as well as children.

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