First Concepts First Concepts

A new selection of books especially chosen to introduce toddlers and young children to the world, through colours, shapes, numbers, letters and more.

Amazing Machines First Words
Tony Mitton
This large format board book with its clever round tabs is a great first book to share with pre-school age children. Ten spreads take us to various locations – city, farm, airport and more. In each picture there are bright... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 17/05/2018
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Amazing Machines First Numbers
Tony Mitton
Counting from one to ten is great fun with this jolly, carefully thought-out board book. There's just one line of text on each page, short but interesting with some nicely onomatopoeic language (tractors chugging, fire trucks rumbling). This describes the... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 17/05/2018
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Reader Reviewed5 Wild Numbers
Bella Gomez
Wow! Bright pages depicting animals in gorgeous jungle illustrations house die-cut numbers from one to five. Each number has a sliding disc enabling little fingers to follow the arrows, move the disc and trace the shape of the number while... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 17/05/2018
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My First Colours

Popular children's characters the Twirlywoos make learning to recognise and name colours fun and enjoyable. This sturdy board book, just the right size for little hands, shows them having an exciting if typically messy time with paint. It's an eye-catching,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 03/05/2018
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My First MOG 123
Judith Kerr
Join everyone's favourite pet, and learn to count with MOG! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and now you can learn to count with her in this brand new book for very young readers. Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Count with Little Fish
Lucy Cousins
What a gorgeous counting book! Lucy Cousins' boldly drawn fish and equally colourful numbers are wonderfully eye-catching and the accompanying rhyming text is lots of fun to read and repeat. The fish come in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 05/04/2018
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Colour My Days
Ross Collins
Two children, Emmy and Jeff, escort readers into a world of colours in Ross Collins' new picture book. Each spread is given over to one colour, from yellow, which brightens the day, through blue, which cools things down, to green... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2018
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ABC See and say all the letters of the alphabet
Aino-Maija Metsola
Sophisticated and stylish, this new board book will do more than teach children their A, B, C. Aino-Maija Metsola's bold colours, geometric shapes and strong lines really catch the eye, letters and objects standing out vividly. The illustrations are chic... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/04/2018
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Zebra's Colours
Fiona Watt
Another excellent first concepts book from Usborne. A little zebra daydreams about being different colours, pink like Flamingo, green like Crocodile, or even a multi-coloured combination of all, before deciding that black and white is best for playing hide and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedShapes, Colours, Numbers
Dario Zeruto
Wow, what a clever, inspired way to teach shapes, colours, numbers. Contained in a neat, white slipcase is a sturdy board book, split down the middle, boldly coloured shapes on left and right hand sides, from one red square (divided... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/02/2018
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How to Count 1 to 5 in Five Languages
Kenard Pak
Lovely to look at, this is an effective way of learning to count up to five, and in five different languages too. Each page features a child, who each speaks a different language: Spanish, Mandarin, English, French and Japanese. A... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/03/2018
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Alphabet of Alphabets
Aj Wood, Mike Jolley
A wonderfully inventive and original search-and-find book, The Alphabet of Alphabets will keep children entertained for hours. Each page features a different alphabet of things, one for each letter of the alphabet, from B is for birds to Z is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/02/2018
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Alone Together
Clayton Junior
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 There are many books of opposites, none like this. Opposites – big, small; messy, tidy; loud, quiet – are illustrated via vivid, stylish depictions of animals. A giraffe for example is high... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Peep Inside The Sea
Anna Milbourne
There's so much for very young children to discover when they peep inside the sea in the pages of this excellent board book. Each page features a different ocean scene, from the seashore to the darkest depths. Lifting the sturdy... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 22/01/2018
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That's not my chick...
Fiona Watt
One of our special picks for Mothering Sunday The That's Not My … series continues to lead the touch-feely field, consistently producing rewarding books for the very youngest. From the attractive cover with its shiny-beaked chick, to the last page... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 08/02/2018
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British Museum: Opposites

Black, white; empty, full; cold, hot: this striking book introduces children to the concept of opposites, and to simple first words. However, by using objects taken from the collection of the British Museum it will also awaken their... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/09/2017
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My First ABC
Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes works magic into simple scenes of everyday family life, and that is certainly the case here: episodes and objects that all little children will recognise are used to illustrate the letters of the alphabet. I particularly like ‘E... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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My First 123
Shirley Hughes
A real treat for fans of Shirley Hughes, and a lovely counting book. One is Katie, cheerily ‘all by myself', two is Katie and Olly, her baby brother, three is company when Norah comes to play, and so on, each... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 123
Eric Carle
Counting is particular fun when across the page streams a line of animals depicted in luminously beautiful artwork by the one and only Eric Carle. They are arranged in height order and the line begins with one stately giraffe, followed... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 02/03/2017
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What are Stars?
Katie Daynes
What are Stars? is an excellent book for children who love to ask questions. Over a series of six attractive and inviting double pages, featuring little children just like its readers, and with the help of numerous flaps, it explains... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 28/12/2017
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199 Things in Nature
Hannah Watson
This robust, beautifully illustrated board book is a great way to teach young children about nature, and will also boost their vocabulary. Themed under headings such as gardens and parks; feathers, eggs and nests; and rocks and gems, the pages... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/04/2018
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It's never to early to read to children and this selection of picture books are a great introduction to first concepts, perfect for even the youngest babies.

Through colour, touch, sound and shapes young children start to make sense of the world around them.

ABC See and say all the letters of the alphabet by Aino-Maija Metsola

Alone Together by Clayton Junior

My First 123 by Shirley Hughes

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