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Must-reads of 2019: the best new books for under 5s

In 2019, children can go on a fantastic adventure with Paul McCartney’s Grandude, discover the origin of species in a retelling of Darwin’s greatest work, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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January book releases and events

My Big Book of Spot by Eric Hill (10th Jan). Little ones will enjoy learning about colours, shapes and numbers with Spot and his friends. This bold and beautiful board book will help build their love of reading.

My Big Book of Spot
My Big Book of Spot
Originally published as Spot's Big Book of Colours, Shapes and Numbers.

Join Spot and his friends to find out all about colours, shapes and numbers in this big, bold and beautiful collection of first words and concepts!

The playful, conversational text guides the reader through the chunky board pages making early learning interactive and fun.

This early learning treasury is the perfect one-stop shop for building a love of books and words in every baby and toddler!

February book releases and events

On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva (7th Feb). Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking piece on evolution has been turned into a picture book for the first time by molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva. Easy-to-understand and with beautiful drawings, this will make a fabulous addition to mini scientists’ bookshelves.

March book releases and events

Peter Rabbit: A Spring Surprise, Peter Rabbit: I Love You Mummy (7th Mar), Peter Rabbit Hop, Skip, Stick Sticker Activity (21st Mar) & Where is Peter Rabbit? (18th Apr). It’s springtime and the character who will be on our radar is none other than Peter Rabbit! Read along with Peter as he enjoys a picnic with friends and plays a game of hide-and-seek. Or complete some fun puzzles alongside your little reader. And as Mother’s Day will be coming up, Peter has a special book just for mummies. All these books make a wonderful introduction to Beatrix Potter’s beloved character.

Where is Peter Rabbit?
Where is Peter Rabbit?
Where has Peter Rabbit gone? Play a fun game of hide and seek with much-loved characters from the world of Beatrix Potter as you look for naughty Peter!

Is that Peter by the blackberry bush?
Is he hiding in the lettuce patch?

Lift the flap and see! With easy-to-lift flaps, gentle rhyming text and charming illustrations, this Peter Rabbit story is fun to share with little ones at bedtime or anytime.

The perfect introduction to Beatrix Potter for very young readers.

April book releases and events

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th by Eric Carle (4th Apr). It’s been 50 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar first popped into the world and began chomping his way through lots of delicious food. We can’t wait to celebrate Eric Carle’s classic picture book with this very special anniversary edition.

Animal Pants by Giles Andreae & Nick Sharratt (18th Apr). Award-winning author Giles Andreae and renowned children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt have teamed up again for a new laugh-out-loud book in the bestselling Pants series. And this time it’s all about animals. We know you’ve been wondering what kind of pants iguanas’ wear…

May book releases and events

Super Duper You by Sophy Henn (2nd May). Everybody is different and extraordinary in their own way. Sophy Henn celebrates differences in this brilliant rhyming picture book that you’ll enjoy reading aloud over and over again.

There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher (16th May). First there was a monster, and then a dragon. Now, it appears an alien has crash landed into your young reader’s book! And it’s up to them to help this stranded creature find their way back up into space.

Events and anniversaries

6th: Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the book

June book releases and events

Who’s Going to Bed? By Abie Longstaff (6th Jun). Abie Longstaff, author of bestselling The Fairytale Hairdresser series, has written this beautifully dreamy bedtime story. A cheeky baby is not ready for bed so causes chaos in fairytale land.

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon (13th Jun). Rocket plans on being the greatest astronaut that ever lived. And when a comet is due to appear in the night sky, she’s determined to ensure everyone, including her older brother Jamal, takes a break from looking down at their phones and looks up to the stars! An inspiring and heart-warming tale everyone will enjoy.

Roald Dahl's ABC & Roald Dahl's Colours (13th Jun). Perfect for little hands, these Roald Dahl board books are a great way to get kids’ learning colours and their ABC.


Look Up!
Look Up!
Meet hilarious, science-mad chatterbox, Rocket - she's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived!

But... can she convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars?

Bursting with energy and passion about science and space, this heart-warming, inspirational picture book will have readers turning off their screens and switching on to the outside world.

*Winner of the UKLA Awards 2021*
*Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards 2019*
"Outstanding - a breath of fresh air, just like Rocket herself" - Kirkus Reviews
"Energetic and with a wry, sweet take on family dynamics, it will alert readers to the mysteries of the night skies" - The Guardian

July book releases and events

Watch this space!

August book releases and events

Red Riding Hood by Beatrix Potter (8th Aug). Based on the original tale by Charles Perrault, Beatrix Potter’s retelling of the classic fairytale is deliciously dark and brought to life by Helen Oxenbury’s gorgeous illustrations. 

Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood
"Once upon a time there was a village child who was so pretty - so pretty as never was seen . . ."

So begins Beatrix Potter's retelling of Red Riding Hood. A darkly delicious adaptation of the classic tale, filled with trademark Potter wit and flourishes, little Red Riding Hood sets off to Granny's house with a very hungry wolf in tow.

But nobody saw her pass.

Brilliantly brought to life with artwork by one of the world's greatest illustrators, Helen Oxenbury, this is the perfect gift for Beatrix Potter fans, big and small.

September book releases and events

Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney (5th Sep). The highly-anticipated story from Paul McCartney follows super-cool, intrepid-explorer Grandude as he whisks his four grandkids off on spectacualr adventures. From rides on flying fish to running from avalanches, this is a delightful story for winding down little ones at bedtime.

The Ups and Downs of the Castle Mice by Michael Bond (5th Sep). Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, is back with a second tale about the Perk family. And this time, it seems they will have to work together to outwit a devious plan if they want to keep a hold of their home.

Hey Grandude!
Hey Grandude!
New York Times No.1 Bestseller

From the legendary Paul McCartney - an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun grandparents and grandchildren can have when their imaginations run wild.

See the compass needle spin - let the magic fun begin!

Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer - a Mary Poppins for the modern day! With his magic compass he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe . . .

Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes in the Wild West, and escape snowy avalanches!

Brought to life in a riot of colour by talented children's illustrator Kathryn Durst, it's the perfect story for little explorers.

A charming tale from the music legend - with the most glorious illustrations that will be enjoyed by old and young - THE SUN

Inspired by his own experience of being a 'Grandude' of eight, the picture book sees four youngsters and their grandfather travel the world on a host of magical adventures. Accompanied by Kathryn Durst's colourful illustrations, it's sure to take pride of place on any little one's bookshelf -

Events and anniversaries

13th: Roald Dahl Day

October book releases and events

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November book releases and events

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December book releases and events

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