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Ladybird Addition and Subtraction read by Rachel Riley (2020)

Audiobooks can be very effective in helping children learn and engage with subjects that aren’t typically seen as entertaining, like maths. Ladybird Addition and Subtraction introduces children aged four to seven to number bonds in a new and exciting way. Great to listen in the car or at home, this audiobook will help children develop the skills they have learned at school with fun games and interactive exercises.

The Ladybird Big Book of Slimy Things by Imogen Russell Williams & Binny Talib (2020)

Discover the different types of slime found on land and sea, and even inside our bodies in this gloopy, oozy book! While slime can be messy and sticky in real life, this book teaches you all about it without you having to touch any. After their adventure in the Museum of Dead Things, the fox family returns to explore the Museum of Slimy Things. Meet the gelatinous hagfish and stumble through the museum’s slimy swamp in this fun, informative book on the science of slime.

Wipe-Clean First Sums: Start School with Topsy and Tim by Jean & Gareth Adamson (2016)

Support your child’s in-school learning with some simple sums in this activity book from Topsy and Tim. Featuring wipe-clean pages and a special pen, this workbook will be a hit with young children as they practise their number bonds from 1-10. All the content has been approved by an educational consultant, and will reinforce the maths children are taught in school. Interesting activities will keep little ones engaged, and once they’ve filled in all of the answers, they can erase it all and start again! Learning with Topsy and Tim is as easy as 1, 2, 3. This book is the perfect companion to Topsy and Tim's Wipe-Clean First Numbers.

An Adventurer's Guide to Outer Space by Isabel Thomas, Yas Imamura & Lucy Hawking (2020)

Wannabe astronauts: grab your spacesuit and join adventurer Mia as she blasts off for an unforgettable trip around the universe. Space enthusiasts will spot out-of-this-world constellations, new asteroids, and distant galaxies in this wonderful book. With breathtaking facts and interactive space activities, this captivating book will excite and inspire the adventurers of the future.

Peppa Pig: Practise with Peppa: Wipe-Clean First Counting (2015)

Peppa and her friends are learning to count too, so why not join them with this fun activity book full of familiar faces? Young readers won’t even notice they are learning as they complete activities such as using numbers in a sequence, drawing missing objects, and counting. Children will enjoy being able to return to this book time and again because of its wipe-clean pages. The pen will also help them with their pencil control and fine motor skills. This book is the perfect follow-on title from Practise with Peppa: Wipe-Clean First Numbers.

Ladybird I'm Ready For Science (2016)

This is the perfect book for budding young scientists. It covers all of the key science topics that children learn at primary school while also giving ideas of how to explore them more at home. I’m Ready for Science looks at the animal kingdom, the human body, weather and seasons and everyday materials. Plus, its fantastic illustrations make it a wonderful early learning resource.

My Little Pony First Numbers Activity Book (2018)

Stickers make everything more fun, especially when you’re with your favourite My Little Pony characters! Children can practise counting and drawing with Twilight Sparkle as they explore the different activities on each page. Then they will need to use their number skills to help Rarity at the Carousel Boutique and find things for Pinkie Pie’s party. This is the perfect rainy-day book for busy young fans of this popular franchise.

A Ladybird Book: Electricity by Elizabeth Jenner (2021)

We use electricity every day but what is it and how is it created? Electricity looks at how electric currents appear in nature and how we can harness that power for our own use. It demonstrates how scientists conduct experiments with electricity and why it is so important for us all. This book is sure to leave every reader shocked! And if young science lovers are wanting to expand their encyclopaedia, check out the rest of the series.

Ladybird Times Tables Audio Collection: I'm Ready for Maths read by Isabel Adomakoh-Young, Kristin Atherton, Richard Hughes & Tim Kennington (2016)

Using memorable and catchy songs can be a great way for children to absorb and practise the maths they have learned at school. Enter the audiobook Ladybird I’m Ready for Maths Times Tables that will engage as well as entertain children whilst they recite their tables from 2 to 12. The songs, written and sung in a range of musical styles, are covered in the order they are taught in school. Play this audiobook in the car on long journeys and the whole family will soon be singing along!

Peppa: First Science (2017)

Daddy Pig has come to playgroup to teach Peppa and her friends science in this fun activity book. Young children will love learning about hot and cold, loud and quiet, and making rainbows as they follow his exciting experiments. This book supports the EYFS curriculum and is a great introduction to basic science.

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