Fun books for storytime

A is for Avocado: An Alphabet Book of Plant Power by Carolyn Suzuki (2020) 

Did you know that the durian is one of the smelliest fruits in the world? Or that carrots contain a chemical that can improve your eyesight? Young readers can learn about these and so much more in this bright and engaging book. Carolyn Suzuki’s stunning introduction to edible plants will help children enjoy and appreciate the food they eat.

In a Minute (2019)

Help your six-year-old get to grips with the concept of time with this amusing book of minute-long challenges and incredible animal facts. How many ants can an anteater eat in one minute? What about a woodpecker; how many times can they peck a tree trunk? Young readers will enjoy thinking creatively about what exactly can be done in 60 seconds, and taking part in short challenges – from blinking to tapping to sticking out their tongues – that will help them understand the broader concept of time-keeping. 

Ladybird London: Sticker Activity (2019)

With puzzles to complete, games to play, pictures to colour in and hundreds of stickers to play with, this activity book is a brilliant way to introduce your child to the UK’s capital city. They’ll love uncovering fascinating facts and historical events as they journey through London’s iconic landmarks and explore the city’s past. The bright, colourful illustrations and easy-to-digest text make this a wonderful book for children – and adult readers might just learn something new too… 

Bedtime stories

Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones (2020)

It’s not all about sparkly jewels and banquets when it comes to being a king or queen. Learn about the battles some legendary and mythical rulers have faced to fight off rebels and dark forces and keep their kingdoms safe. Readers will be whisked away to foreign worlds with these six new tales about some fascinating characters. This colourful treasury also includes a special introduction from Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan.

Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard (2020)

Mabel will not let her size stop her. She has big plans and no one can get in her way. Climbing a mountain is no small feat for a fly but Mabel knows she can do it, despite what her friends might say. Mabel’s drive and determination will inspire anyone who needs a little confidence boost.

Ladybird Favourite Stories (2011)

This delightful treasury features eight classic fairy tales sensitively retold for young, modern readers. With its adventure-loving heroes and heroines, magical creatures and immediately recognisable characters, this beautifully illustrated hardback makes a great gift, full of old favourites as well as some traditional stories that may be less familiar. Includes Jack and the Beanstalk, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Sly Fox and Red Hen, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls (2018)

Much-loved children’s author Jacqueline Wilson introduces this colourful collection of tales from around the world. Girls and boys alike will love these illustrated stories full of adventure and courage, which all have one particular thing in common: a spirited heroine who never gives up. The tales featured 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

Gift books for little readers

M is for Mindfulness: An Alphabet Book of Calm by Carolyn Suzuki (2019)

In M is for Mindfulness Carolyn Suzuki introduces children to the importance of being aware of your body and its sensations. Young readers are encouraged to pay attention to how they breathe and to understand their emotions and how they can change in this timely book

What to Look for in Spring by Elizabeth Jenner & Natasha Durley (2021)

This new edition of What to Look for in Spring will show readers there is plenty to get excited about after the long winter months. Watch the natural world wake up with buds, blossoms and butterflies appearing. The fields around us will be full of frolicking lambs and boxing hares. Learn the secrets of the season and share your new knowledge with your friends and family. What’s the best part of Spring? That it returns year after year after year! Learn about the other seasons in the rest of the series.

The Big Book of the UK by Imogen Russell Williams & Louise Lockhart (2019)

Take a journey around the UK with this bumper hardback. Explore the countries of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and uncover local legends, historical facts and maybe even a few national secrets. From silly place names to delicious delicacies to native wildlife, this non-fiction book is full of information about the country we live in – a great book to dip in and out of, especially for children keen to learn more about the world around them.

Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery (2020)

The incredibly lifelike illustrations in this wonderful hardback book were created by natural history enthusiast Ben Rothery, and the attention to detail is awe-inspiring. Detailed descriptions and facts accompany every illustration, introducing readers to the lives and habitats of a variety of animals and birds from around the world. Perfect for reading together or independently, this would make a wonderful gift for any animal-loving child. 

Science books for knowledge seekers

The Ladybird Big Book of Dead Things by Ned Hartley & Binny Talib (2019)

Six-year-olds learning about the realities of the world will love the no-nonsense approach of this brightly-coloured non-fiction book. The Museum of Dead Things might not sound like a barrel of laughs, but it definitely is. From fierce dinosaurs to Ancient Egyptians to exploding stars, young readers will discover a lot of amazing facts about a lot of fascinating topics, all introduced by some very funny Museum of Dead Things experts.

Ladybird Audio Adventures: Outer Space (2019)

Fire up their imaginations with this intergalactic audiobook, part of the Ladybird Audio Adventures series. Created to inspire children as they learn about the wider world, in this out-of-this-world quest, explorer Otto and his clever raven Missy take listeners on an exciting fact-finding journey through space – an adventure any young would-be astronaut will love.

Ladybird I'm Ready… for Science! (2016)

Young scientists will love the colourful illustrations, interesting experiments and try-it-at-home activities in this wonderful introductory book, which is particularly suitable for those in Year or Primary 1. Written to reflect recent changes to the National Curriculum for primary school children, topics in this detailed book include the human body, our weather and seasons, the animal kingdom, plants and flowers.

Ladybird Audio Adventures: The Animal Kingdom (2019)

This audiobook brings the sounds of the animal kingdom to roaring life, as inventor Cassandra and Missy the raven explore the natural habitats of animals. The enticing sound effects and musical interludes help young listeners immerse themselves in the story, and with an array of fascinating facts to uncover this is an audiobook they will want to return to again and again. Perfect as pre-bedtime listening material or for entertaining children on a long journey, audiobooks are also a great alternative to screen time. 

Have fun with words with these books

Poems Out Loud! (2019)

Introduce your six-year-old to the wonderful world of poetry with this vibrant and diverse selection of rhymes and writings. Featuring established poets, hip-hop artists and spoken word performers, each poem in this beautifully illustrated book is as powerful whether it is shared out loud or read alone. An accompanying CD showcases performances from some of the poets included and, with subjects ranging from rockets to mermaids, there’s something for every young word-lover in this eclectic and inspiring collection.

A Bare Bear (2019)

Your child will love discovering how delightful language can be through the pages of this funny and charming book of homonyms – in other words, words that sound the same. From bare bears to yakking yaks, children who are learning about the various intricacies of the English language will find plenty to entertain them, while the contemporary illustrations and hilarious wordplay help make language learning enjoyable and memorable.

My Little Pony First Phonics Activity Book (2018)

Inject some fun into home phonics sessions with this My Little Pony sticker activity book. Fans of the adventure-loving ponies will enjoy practising their reading and spelling skills under the friendly guidance of Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and the rest. Single letters and sounds are introduced in a systematic order, making the activities easy to follow as readers work their way through the book. Great for building reading and spelling confidence, and with lots of colourful stickers too. 

Books to get them solving sums

Wipe-Clean First Sums: Start School with Topsy and Tim (2016)

In this First Sums book Topsy and Tim work their way through a range of simple maths activities, all designed to support Key Stage 1 and early learning. Number bonds from one to ten are introduced in the same way that they are in school, and the simple sums help reinforce first adding and subtracting skills. The wipe-clean pages make this a great book to explore together, as you can help your child understand the maths concepts, fill in their answers and wipe any previous workings away.

Time, Shapes and Seasons: Ladybird I'm Ready for Maths Sticker Workbook (2015)

Engage your child with some essential maths tasks, from telling the time to understanding 2D and 3D shapes. This motivating sticker workbook has been created by experienced maths professionals, and the range of activities included also introduces children to concepts of money, length, seasons, months, and days of the week. Great for reinforcing learning at home, this book also includes a useful glossary of terms and helpful page notes for parents. 

Books to help practice handwriting

My Little Pony Wipe-Clean First Writing (2017)

My Little Pony fans will love practising their writing with the help of Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack and friends. Each page features a different letter and plenty of space for young learners to practise both upper-case and lower-case letters. With special guidance for left-handed children, this activity book is perfect for helping children as they learn to write the alphabet at school and home, and the wipe-clean pages allow it to be used again and again.

Ladybird I'm Ready: First Writing Practice (2016)

This sticker activity book uses a variety of techniques to encourage children’s developing handwriting skills. Created by education experts, the Ladybird I’m Ready series is particularly suitable for children in Year or Primary1 as they learn to form letters and numerals correctly. With pull-out activities that focus on fun, everyday activities – including writing a shopping list, putting together a recipe and even designing a birthday card – there are plenty of opportunities for children to develop their writing confidence. 

Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Writing (2011)

The colourful pages of this easy-to-use activity book are great for encouraging even the most reluctant writer to practise writing the alphabet. Long-established favourites Topsy and Tim are on hand to offer help and guidance, and the wipe-clean pages mean mistakes are no problem. Each letter is shown alongside an accompanying illustration, with directional arrows to demonstrate how the pen should be held. Children can then be encouraged to draw over the two rows of dotted lines with their own special pen.

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