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9 favourite nursery rhymes for little ones

These familiar melodies and songs are perfect for sharing together, from active rhymes for the most boisterous of singalongs to more soothing lullabies. Look out for our readers' favourites! 

Baa Baa Black Sheep: Ladybird Touch-and-Feel Rhymes 

This little collection of nursery rhymes is great for animal lovers and each page has a tactile illustration for added interest – Little Bo Peep has some woolly sheep, Little Piggy is soft and silky while Incy Wincy has a lovely fluffy body to stroke. The combination of familiar rhymes and touch-and-feel pictures makes this a great first book for babies and toddlers. 

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Baa Baa Black Sheep is my favourite. My mum always sang it to me when I was little and now I sing it to my little boy. He always smiles and claps his hands - Clarissa,  mum of a two-year-old

 

Ladybird First Favourite Nursery Rhymes

This pretty and cleverly designed book has sturdy pages and tabs so even tiny children can choose and navigate through the book themselves. Split into sections, you can pick more active playtime rhymes which encourage movement such as Incy Wincy Spider and Pat-a-Cake and then move onto more soothing songs such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Hush-a-bye, Baby, to help calm things down, ready for napping or bedtime after a long day. 

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: Ladybird Touch-and-Feel Rhymes

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a lovely introduction to classic nursery rhymes for little ones. Illustrated with bright and bold pictures with textural interest for little hands to touch and stroke, this is especially good for tiny tots who struggle to sit through a more conventional book. It includes five classic and well-loved rhymes: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Wee Willie Winkie, Hush-a-bye Baby, Hey Diddle Diddle and Rock-a-bye Baby

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is my little baby boy's favourite. I sang it to him whilst I was pregnant and at 7 months it's still his favourite and calms him down! - Jo-Jo, mum of a 7-month-old

 

Peppa Pig: The Wheels on the Bus

Peppa Pig is one of the brightest stars of pre-school television and here she and her friends take readers through a jolly sing-along to playtime favourite The Wheels on the Bus. This robust book doubles as a toy; it comes with real wheels that little ones will just love to drive around. Beep beep!

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Ladybird Favourite Nursery Rhymes

Ladybird Favourite Nursery Rhymes is a brilliant addition to any tot’s library and a great gift for first-time parents who might be a bit hazy on what to hum when rocking their new baby. This treasury covers over 100 familiar nursery rhymes, all beautifully illustrated in a gorgeous and sturdy hardback – there’s something for any time of day, from soothing songs for bedtime to more stimulating rhymes that are perfect for playtime. 

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Mine is a rhyme you don't hear very often any more but I've alway loved Mary, Mary. As a child I used to love hearing about her garden and its silver bells - Tracy 

 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Other Classics Nursery Rhymes (Audiobook)

This audiobook is perfect for entertaining preschoolers on a rainy day. It features familiar nursery rhymes and will get everyone singing and dancing along to the cheery tunes. Now you can host your own fun-filled kids’ karaoke to Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald, Incy Wincy Spider and many more faves. 

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Ladybird: Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection (Audiobook)

This audio collection brings together over 100 well-known nursery rhymes, from the well-known to less familiar. Each one is clearly sung so it’s easy for children and grown-ups to pick up the words together.  This classic collection is a fun, accessible way to share and pass down favourite nursery rhymes between generations.

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My Favourite Nursery Rhymes

This book is small and sweet - and just the right size for those little hands! The cloth cover is lovely to touch and inside is a collection of well-known nursery rhymes such as Hey Diddle Diddle, The Grand Old Duke of York and Incy Wincy Spider. Each rhyme is illustrated by a different artist, which will keep the kids amused as you read through together.

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The Grand Old Duke of York because it is great for getting up and moving around! Lots of marching and actions to join in with - Kate, mum of a 1, 3 and 5-year-old

 

Peppa Pig: Nursery Rhymes and Songs

Peppa Pig invites you to a raucous sing-along with her friends. This book and CD features the perky piggy and other familiar characters from the show as they take you through well-known nursery rhymes and some of the popular songs from the show itself. Tots will love the jolly tunes; they’re perfect for entertaining little Peppa Pig fans while travelling.

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