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The best new Ladybird books out in 2021

It's a new year and that means new books to inspire, educate and entertain! So, we've put together a list of the Ladybird books to watch out for in 2021. 

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Peppa Pig: Peppa's Mermaid Friends (7 Jan) 

Peppa Pig and friends are channelling their inner mermaid – they know that it’s better down where it’s wetter! Little readers can join in the fun by lifting up the flaps on every page and discovering all the magical underwater surprises.

Ned and the Great Garden Hamster Race by Kim Hillyard (21 Jan)

It’s the day of the Great Garden Hamster Race and hamsters have come from all over the world to take part. Ned has been training long and hard for this and is determined to win. But on the route, he comes across some fellow critters in need of his help…

What to Look For in Spring by Elizabeth Jenner & Natasha Durley (21 Jan)

Uncover the secrets of the seasons. Spring, summer, autumn and winter – whichever season we’re in, the UK is filled with all kinds of life. You and your little one can take a walk through the different months with the new What to Look For series and learn which plants come out, how animals survive and the general wonders to be found. 

Ned and the Great Garden Hamster Race: a story about kindness
Ned and the Great Garden Hamster Race: a story about kindness
The perfect story to remind children about the importance of kindness.

3, 2, 1, go!

Ned the hamster has been in training for the Great Garden Hamster Race but when race day arrives, the route is cluttered with critters in need of help. Will he realise that a few small acts of kindness are more important than winning at any cost?

This positive picture book from author/illustrator Kim Hillyard will inspire all readers big and small to look up and offer help to those who might need it.

Also available from Kim Hillyard:
Mabel and the Mountain: a story about believing in yourself


Peppa Loves Reading (4 Feb)

Peppa loves reading, and we can’t say we blame her. She loves it so much she’s decided to start a book club. So, Mummy and Daddy Pig ask Peppa and George’s friends to come round so they can all discuss their favourite book.

Baby Touch: Seasons (4 Feb)

Introduce your baby to the seasons with this bright, interactive book from the Baby Touch series. Featuring touch-and-feel patches, grabbable tabs and high contrast colours, this is a great book to encourage first words and a love of books.

Water World by Ben Rothery (4 Feb)

Natural world illustrator Ben Rothery is back, and this time he’s focusing on our ocean ecosystems. From the warm coral seas of the tropics to the frozen oceans around the poles, mini nature lovers will meet a host of creatures big and small, learn about their habitats and discover how global warming is affecting them.

Peppa Loves Easter (18 Feb)

Madame Gazelle has organised a special Easter eggstravaganza for Peppa and her friends at playgroup. There are cakes to eat, eggs to decorate and cards to make. And there’s also a very large Easter egg – but who’s inside it? This sweet story makes the perfect Easter gift for Peppa fans. 

Baby Touch: Seasons
Baby Touch: Seasons
Introduce your baby to all of the seasons with this bright, interactive playbook.

Say hello to spring, summer, autumn and winter, from fluffy chicks to sparkly snowflakes!

With textured patches to touch, feel and explore, this bright and sturdy board book with grabbable tabs will engage young children from birth upwards. High-contrast colours and touch-and-feels stimulate a baby's senses, while encouraging interaction and play.

A perfect first words book for all babies and toddlers.

Sensory development
Boosts motor skills
Recommended for children aged 0+

Illustrated by Lemon Ribbon Studio

Also available:

Baby Touch: Playbook
Baby Touch: Peekaboo
Baby Touch: Vehicles
Baby Touch: Animals
Baby Touch: Tummy Time
Baby Touch: Night Night
Baby Touch: Busy Day
Baby Touch: Get Dressed


Bees: A Lift-the-flap eco book by Carmen Saldana (4 Mar) 

Made from 100% recycled board, this new eco collection will teach children why our seas, trees and bees are so important. A wonderful introduction to some very important topics, there are also sections on how little eco-warriors can help do their bit.

Busy Day: Firefighter by Dan Green (4 Mar)

As we all know, firefighters have very busy and important jobs. And now little readers can join in and help with this lift-the-flap book. From sliding down the pole at the station to unrolling the hose ready to put out a fire, tots can learn about the typical day of a firefighter whilst developing their fine motor skills.

Magic Windows: Weather by Libby Burns (4 Mar)

This new non-fiction series is ideal for curious tots. In Magic Windows: Weather, with each sliding tab will teach children how rain, wind, snow and other types of weather are formed. A great one to read on a rainy day (pardon the pun)!

Pablo Goes Shopping (4 Mar)

Based on the hit TV series and written by writers on the autism spectrum, Pablo and his friends are off to the supermarket aka the super place! There are so many different super things to see, but Wren finds the supermarket too bright and too loud. So, it’s up to Pablo and the others to help Wren find different ways to enjoy their visit.

Hey Duggee: The Potty Badge (18 Mar)

There’s no one better to earn your potty badge with than the Squirrels! Duggly, Duggee’s little nephew has come to visit the clubhouse and he’s no longer wearing his nappy. When Duggly needs to use the potty, the Squirrels help him by teaching Duggly a special song. This gentle tale is perfect for helping encourage little ones learning how to use the potty. 

Bees: A lift-the-flap eco book
Bees: A lift-the-flap eco book
This lift-the-flap book uses plant-based inks, glues with minimal plastic content and is made from recycled board.

Teaching children all about why bees are so important and how we can help save them, this eco-friendly book is the perfect introduction to an important topic. With flaps to lift and facts to learn, this book also includes a section on how you can help.

First facts
Introduces the world
Recommended for children aged 4+

Also available in this Ladybird eco-friendly series:


Baby Touch: Happy Eid! (1 Apr) 

Eid is an important celebration as it marks the end of Ramadan. And this adorable touch-and-feel book is great for introducing really little ones to the holiday, as well as some of their first words.

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Muddy Puddle Walk (1 Apr)

What’s Peppa Pig’s most favourite thing in the world? Muddy puddles of course! And it's Muddy Puddle Walk Day at Peppa’s playgroup. Everyone has to jump in as many muddy puddles as possible to raise money for a good cause. And Peppa and her family are up for the challenge! You can also help raise money too – 10% of the sales of this book will go to Save the Children.

Little Pop-Ups: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (15 Apr)

Little readers can discover the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and learn all about opposites with this pop-up book. Based on the classic fairy tale, every page features a central pop-up that will delight tots.

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Countdown to Bedtime (29 Apr)

It’s bedtime, but Peppa isn’t quite ready to go to sleep just yet. So, her family count down all the things Peppa loves to help her drift off. This story is perfect for cheeky little piggies who need help settling down in the evening. 

Little Pop-Ups: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little Pop-Ups: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Introduce your baby to fairy tales and opposites with sturdy Ladybird Little Pop-Ups.

Based on the popular tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this simplified story with sturdy, integrated pop-ups is perfect for parents and toddlers to explore the magic of reading and learning together.

Nila Aye's beautiful illustrations bring the story to life as each spread features a central pop-up and a pair of opposites highlighted for your child to learn.

Encourages imagination
Recommended for children 18months+

Also available in the Ladybird Little Pop-Ups series:
Little Red Riding Hood: A book of colours
Cinderella: A book of numbers
Hansel and Gretel: A book of words


A Ladybird Book: Baby Animals (6 May) 

Help them begin to build their own encyclopaedia with this collection of educational books. Filled with interesting facts about the world, including how baby animals survive in the wild and how trees are essential for life on Earth, it’s time to start making space on that bookshelf.

Smiley Eyes, Smiley Faces by Dawn McNiff & Zoe Waring (10 May)

The events of 2020 mean that children are now growing up in a world where adults wear face masks whenever they leave the house. But even though you can’t see their mouths, it doesn’t mean they’re not smiling. In Smiley Eyes, Smiley Faces, little ones will take a journey through town where they’ll meet lots of different face mask wearers. And each time they meet a new person, they can lift their face mask flap to reveal a smiley face.

Hey Duggee: The Football Badge (13 May)

Duggee has his football badge, so he’s teaching the Squirrels how to play the much-loved game. But they’re a way off from being Lionel Messis anytime soon. Will they ever get the ball to go in the right direction so they can score a goal? 

Smiley Eyes, Smiley Faces
Smiley Eyes, Smiley Faces
Have fun with face masks in this lift-the-flap, out-and-about adventure!

Toddlers today are growing up in a world where adults wear face masks outside the house. Everyone is wearing them, from the bus driver to the shop assistant!

In Smiley Eyes, Smiley Faces, they can take an interactive journey through the town, meeting different face-mask-wearers along the way. Toddlers can then lift the mask-shaped flaps to reveal the smiley faces underneath the bright, colourful masks. They can even lift their own mask at the end of the day with the surprise mirrored finale!

Zoe Waring's bright artwork and charming characters encourage interaction and play as small children engage with the new world around us.

(Please refer to the WHO guidelines for advice on children and the wearing of face masks.)

This novelty Ladybird title:
Introduces the world
Boosts motor skills
Recommended for children aged 2+


Busy Day: Athlete by Dan Green (3 Jun) 

Do you have a budding mini athlete who wants to win a gold medal one day? Well, they can start warming up with this interactive book from the Busy Day series. On each page, little ones can use the action flaps to see what an athlete does in a day. Ready, set, go!

Baby Touch: Little Library (10 Jun)

Introduce tots to their first colours, numbers, shapes and words with this mini-library. Great for reading on the move or at home, all four books have bright and fun illustrations and simple text that will keep little readers engaged. Plus, the backs of the books form a jigsaw when brought together! 

Busy Day: Athlete
Busy Day: Athlete
Join the busy athlete as he goes for gold in this playful, interactive flap book!

Ready, set, go! Can you win the gold medal? Join in and use the flaps to help the athlete to warm up, jump over the pole, dive into the pool and much, much more. With interactive action-flaps, you can do it, too!

Each clever flap provides an action or scene-change to encourage children to actively engage and explore. The playful flaps are perfect for little hands to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Original concept and illustration by Dan Green.

The Busy Day series:

Introduces the world
Boosts motor skills
Recommended for children aged 2+

Also available in the Busy Day series:

Train Driver


Actiphons: Level 1 Book 1: Swimming Sally (1 Jul) 

Get ready to learn phonics and get active with this brand new series. Perfect for children learning to read, there are over 70 books that will teach little readers all 70 letter sounds. And each book has a special code to help you unlock a collection of online resources. The Actiphons series will help all little ones become lifelong and confident readers!

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Dragon by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (8 Jul)

Brother and sister, Flicker and Flash, will do anything to avoid going to bed. These cheeky dragons are too busy having fun soaring high in the skies. But then they spot a lost egg that needs to be returned to its mum. Will they get it back AND get to bed in time? This new addition to the Ten Minutes to Bed series will help calm restless children before bedtime. 

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Dragon
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Dragon
This is the perfect book to calm little sleepy dragons everywhere, just in time to go to bed.

Soaring high in the skies to find adventure, little dragon siblings Flicker and Flash are doing their best to avoid going to bed.

But then they spot a lost egg that they need to get back to its mother - will they get back in time?

This bestselling bedtime series has now sold nearly 300,000 copies in the UK!

Do you have all the books in the series?
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Mermaid
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Monster
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Dinosaur
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn's Christmas
Ten Minutes to Bed; Little Unicorn's Birthday


Poo Poo Bum Bum Wee Wee by Steven Cowell & Erica Salcedo (5 Aug) 

If you need help encouraging your little one to use the toilet confidently, this is the book. The amusing rhymes and bright illustrations go through all the stages of using the loo, from wiping to handwashing.

Bluey: Meet Bluey! Sticker Activity Book (5 Aug)

Fans of the Bluey animated series will love this sticker activity book! Filled with over 60 stickers, little hands can join Bluey, Bingo, Chilli, and Bandit on a series of adventures, solving mazes, spot the differences, and colouring in.

Don't Hug Doug (He Doesn't Like It) by Carrie Finison & Daniel Wiseman (5 Aug)

Doug isn’t a fan of hugs. They’re too squeezy and smooshy. He does, however, like high fives, low fives, and even side fives! It’s so important to teach children about consent and boundaries, and this new book by Carrie Finison and Daniel Wiseman is a great starting point for those conversations.

The Dinos on the Bus by Peter Millett & Tony Neal (19 Aug)

We all love and know the classic tune ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, and this time it’s a class of young dinosaurs who are singing along. Little readers can roar, stomp and clap along as the dinos travel up, down, and round and round. A fun one to enjoy together at storytime. 

Poo Poo Bum Bum Wee Wee
Poo Poo Bum Bum Wee Wee
Poo poo, bum bum, wee wee -
I sing my toilet song.
Poo poo, bum bum, wee wee -
I sing it all day long!

Encourage toddlers and young children to use the toilet confidently with this hilarious rhyming picture book!

Featuring bright, friendly illustrations and a very catchy rhyme, this fun picture book has been written in consultation with parents to break down all the stages of using the toilet into easy steps, from how to wipe to handwashing.

This book will help take the stress and worry out of toilet training, as children can sing the song and learn to use the toilet without fear or fuss!


Hey Duggee: Duggee's Halloween (2 Sep) 

It’s Halloween and Duggee and the Squirrels are excited about the spooky celebration. However, at the Squirrel Club, they hear a ghostly sound. And then they find some white footprints. Who’s here, creepy around the clubhouse? Will the Squirrels be able to solve the mystery?

An Adventurer's Guide to Dinosaurs by Isabel Thomas, Chris Packham & Yas Imamura (2 Sep)

Fans of the prehistoric world will love this book. Adventurer Mia is on a journey to learn about the world 300 million years ago. Back then ancient (and often very large) reptiles roamed the Earth living in vast jungles and during a time of great volcanic activity. Budding palaeontologists will learn all sorts of facts and can complete some interactive dino activities.  

Everything Under the Sun by Molly Oldfield (9 Sep)

Based on the award-winning podcast by original QI Elf, Molly Oldfield, Everything Under the Sun answers 366 questions that have been asked by children from all over the world. Do aliens exist? What we would do if we didn't have a prime minister? Accompanied with gorgeous illustrations, this is a book for both grown-ups and kids!

Ten Minutes to Bed: Baby Unicorn by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (16 Sep)

More than anything, Twinkle the unicorn wants to be a big sister. And imagine her joy when waiting at the end of the rainbow is her new baby brother Fizz! She’s so excited and can’t wait to get him home. But the forest is so tempting with its magic and adventure – will the siblings get home in time for bed?

Little World: In the Forest by Samantha Meredith (16 Sep)

A new story in the Little World series, In the Forest, will take little readers on a journey through lush woodland as they follow the rangers. With each novelty slide that you push or pull, children will see new wildlife and how trees grow. 

An Adventurer's Guide to Dinosaurs
An Adventurer's Guide to Dinosaurs
Travel through time to the land of the dinosaurs! Foreword by Chris Packham.

Climb aboard the time machine and join adventurer Mia on a breathtaking journey to our prehistoric world, visiting an active volcano, tracking dinosaur footprints and tiptoeing around a Maiasaura nest!

Starting almost 300 million years ago, you can meet:

- ancient Permian reptiles
- Triassic meat-eaters and plant-eaters
- powerful Jurassic predators
- fluffy and feathery dinosaurs
- flying dinosaurs and pterosaurs
- the world's very first birds
- enormous Cretaceous titanosaurs
- dinosaurs with horns, frills and crests

With astonishing facts and interactive dinosaur activities, this captivating book will excite and inspire the adventurers of the future.


Baby Touch: My Magic Bath Book (7 Oct) 

Make bath time extra fun for your baby with this colour changing book. Completely waterproof, little ones can watch as each page and character, including the octopus, shark, and mermaid, turn a different colour when wet. Once bath time is over, simply wipe clean and leave to dry, all ready for next time!

Busy Day: Father Christmas by Dan Green (14 Oct)

We can all agree that Father Christmas is probably the busiest out of everyone, especially on Christmas Eve! And now children can help him out. In this book from the Busy Day series, little hands can lift the flaps to help Father Christmas wrap gifts, fly in his sleigh, and slide down the chimney.  

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore & Zeynep Özatalay (28 Oct)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ A perfect gift for Christmas, this modern version of the classic festive poem tells the story of how one little boy meets a very special guest in his lounge.

Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas
The perfect picture book to capture children's imagination as they wait for Father Christmas to arrive...

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

It's Christmas Eve and, as Father Christmas takes to the skies, all the children of the city are tucked up fast asleep. Or are they...? The sound of sleigh bells and reindeer hooves wake one little boy, who creeps down the stairs to find a very special visitor in his lounge.

Discover the magic of Christmas Eve in this modern version of Clement C. Moore's classic Christmas poem.

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