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10 books to help learn to read and write

This selection of books will help little ones learn to read and write for the first time, whether they’re preparing for school, or just practising at home. Bursting with helpful activities, practical wipe-clean pages and entertaining rhymes, those A-B-Cs have never been easier. 

Peppa Pig: 1000 First Words Sticker Book

With the help of Peppa and friends, this bumper sticker book makes learning to read and write both engaging and fun for young children, as they start to expand their own vocabulary. Suitable for little ones aged between 3 and 5-years-old, this interactive book promotes learning as a lively and entertaining activity, with everyone’s favourite piggy playmate offering support along with way.

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First Words: A Ladybird Topsy and Tim sticker book by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Topsy and Tim are the perfect double act to help pre-school children develop those early learning skills. This activity book is packed with puzzles and educational games to ensure that learning to read and write is a rewarding experience. With over 50 stickers, brightly coloured illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, children will be encouraged to continue on their learning journey as they begin to master their first words.

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The Tale of the Snail: Ladybird I'm Ready to Read

Noah is about to set sail on his ark and all the animals are rushing to get on board. The teeny-tiny, slithery snail knows that Noah won’t depart without him, so he takes his time and slowly, slowly, easy-does-it, makes it aboard at his own pace. Part of the Ladybird I’m Ready to Read series, this delightful picture book - packed with charming rhymes - is perfect to be read aloud, together with your eager little learners.

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My Little Pony - Wipe-Clean First Writing

Make learning to write a memorable experience with this magical wipe-clean activity book. Little ones will adore the My Little Pony themed illustrations and words, and will delight in practising their handwriting skills again and again on the shiny, easy-to-clean pages. With guidance on how to make both upper and lower case letters, assistance for left-hand writers and simple, easy-to-follow instructions, this is an enchanting workbook for youngsters embarking on their learning quest. 

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First Writing Practice: Ladybird I'm Ready to Write Sticker Activity Book

This book provides a helping hand for children in their first years of school and will allow little ones to feel confident as they begin to get the hang of forming new shapes and patterns. Developed by educational experts, First Writing Practice is a thoughtful and thorough guide complete with useful worksheets and entertaining pull-out activities, that shows how writing can be both necessary and a whole lot of fun! 

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Trip-Trot Tippy-Toes: Ladybird I'm Ready to Read

Another book from the Ladybird I’m Ready to Read series, this humorous story will begin to inspire a love of language in young readers. Follow Trip-a-lot, the skipping, hopping hare as he challenges Tiptoe Tortoise to a race and enjoy the playful rhythms and remarkable rhymes along the way. 

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Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Writing by Jean and Gareth Adamson

This colourful and practical workbook allows children to practice writing the alphabet and can be wiped clean for extra reassurance. After all, when learning to write for the first time it’s important for little ones to know that it’s O.K. to make mistakes - and sometimes making them is the best way to learn! Complete with a free pen and helpful guides, learning to write those A-B-Cs has never been easier!

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Big Machines - Read it yourself with Ladybird: Level 2

This is an excellent and informative book for young readers who are just beginning to read on their own with assistance. Children can learn all about tractors, diggers and bulldozers and boost their vocabulary along the way. Part of Ladybird’s bestselling Read it Yourself series, this is one of over 90 titles that have been carefully developed by educational consultants, created with the goal of improving children’s reading skills. 

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In the Ocean – Read It Yourself with Ladybird: Level 4

In the Ocean caters for curious little learners who are now able to read more independently. This helpful book is bursting with information on the marine world, filled with detailed illustrations of incredible aquatic creatures and a useful picture glossary to reference. It will inspire children to begin to explore more in-depth topics themselves, while also thinking about the big, wide world.

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Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Wipe-Clean First Spellings

Learning to spell can often be a tricky task, but Wipe-Clean First Spellings helps make spelling easier (and entertaining!) for beginners. The wipe-clean pages mean that children are encouraged to attempt new words and can build up their confidence through continued practice. With some extraordinary robots helping along the way, children will gain knowledge in not just spelling, but numeracy, colours, shapes and vocabulary too. It’s guaranteed to transform learning into an exciting new adventure!

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