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10 books for little animal lovers

There’s a mischievous rabbit, a little elephant who is ever-so-sleepy, and the most beautiful, multi-coloured elephant. These storybooks are full of gorgeous friends and lively characters, they’re simply pawsome reads for even the littlest of animal-lovers.


Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus At The Vets by Lynley Dodd | Puffin

Everyone’s favourite rhyming canine Hairy Maclary is waiting at the vet's with lots of other pets when the waiting room turns into a scramble of paws and a jumble of jaws. This brilliantly fun, rhyming rumpus is a standout in the Hairy Maclary series with radiant rhythms and hilarious illustrations on every page.

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl | Puffin

Watch out, watch out, little children beware; the Enormous Crocodile is lurking out there! The Enormous Crocodile wants a juicy, scrumptious child for his tea and he’s got some crafty tricks up his sleeve to lure them into his sharp jaws. Get ready for an adventure in the jungle with friends Humpy Rumpy, Trunky, Muggle-Wump and the Roly-Poly bird. This phizz-whizzing Roald Dahl story is a snappy favourite for imaginative girls and boys.

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s First Pet | Ladybird

Everyone loves their first pet and Peppa is no different. But what kind of pet does Peppa have? It’s gold and swims in a bowl… it’s Goldie the goldfish, of course! Join Peppa, Mummy Pig and George on an adventure in this fun, interactive and educational story. It’s perfect for children who’ve got their first pet or simply love Peppa and friends!

Elmer by David McKee | Andersen

Elmer the elephant is a little bit different - he’s not like all the other elephants and doesn’t quite blend in with the herd. In fact, Elmer is a multi-coloured patchwork elephant and try as he might to be like everyone else, it just isn’t him. Until he realises he’s happiest of all just being himself. A classic, must-read for every child, Elmer is a celebration of individuality that has a lovely message at its heart - it’s okay to be different.  

Chicken In A Basket by Debbie White | Corgi Pups

A chicken, a duck and a sheep are launched into the air on an incredible adventure in a hot air balloon. The maiden voyage is told from the Clouk the chicken’s point of view, making it a unique and hilarious story of ballooning, bravery and above the clouds brilliance. An exciting and fun book with heaps of humour for added chuckles, this is ideal for young readers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A Pull-Out Pop-Up by Eric Carle | Puffin

A newly hatched caterpillar with a very big appetite munches his way through a collection of unexpected food on his way to adulthood. Experience this much-loved classic tale in pop-up form, as the caterpillar pops off the page on his culinary journey. With tabs to pull, dials to turn and flaps to lift, this interactive edition will delight any young reader who enjoys vibrant colours and a very filling story with a loveable insect. 

Where Bear? by Sophy Henn | Puffin

A little bear lived with a little boy but over time the little bear grew… and grew… and GREW, until the little boy realises there’s sadly not enough space in his house for the bear anymore. Where Bear? is a beautifully illustrated story about finding a bear a home, that will remind us all that even when best friends are apart, they stay together. The remarkably simple but expressive illustrations will have every child asking the same question: ‘Where bear?’, it’s a true toddler gem.

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter | Warne

Mischievous Peter Rabbit ventures into Mr McGregor’s garden and can’t help having a nibble on his tasty radishes - until he’s spotted by the farmer himself! Join Peter and siblings Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail in a lively story written by the wonderful Beatrix Potter. This timeless classic has been enjoyed by generations of curious children who can’t wait to hop into the magical world of Peter and friends for a spirited adventure.

Charlie and Lola: I Absolutely Love Animals | Puffin

Big brother Charlie and his little sister Lola absolutely love animals. This book collects two particularly exciting animal-themed Charlie and Lola classics: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs and I Will Not Ever Never Forget You Nibbles. Join Charlie and Lola, Bent the guinea pig and Nibbles the pet mouse in these poignant and heartwarming tales.

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin | Ladybird

Who wouldn’t want to go with Ellen the Elephant on a magical journey through the forest that leads to sleep? Ellen is the kindest and bravest elephant in the world but is quite tired as she makes her way to bed. Meeting fantastical, calming characters in the enchanted forest Ellen soon finds herself drifting off to sleep… From the author of The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, it features new child-tested, parent-approved techniques to help little ones fall soundly asleep at bedtime or naptime. Just like Ellen the Elephant. Zzzzz.

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