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The best selection of books for babies and toddlers.

This Month's Featured Books

Elmer
David McKee
The wonderfully colourful story of Elmer the patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, the story of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Elmer: Guess Who?
David McKee
As fresh and vogueish today as when he make his first appearance over 35 years ago, Elmer continues to enchant children. He's bright enough to catch the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 04/05/2017
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Hello, Mr World
Michael Foreman
The future of the world is in our children's hands says this beautiful and sensitive picture book. ‘Let's be doctors' say two little children in front of a dressing up box. In their white coats they meet their first patient,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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The Tickle Test
Kathryn White
Two little lab-coated mice set out to find out the best way to tickle (sending their mice assistants in to do the actual tickling). Their subjects include a giraffe, bear, a tiger (tricky – start behind the knees), a gorilla,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere
Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting - and getting rid of - the grumps from New York Times... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Elmer: Hide and Seek!
David McKee
There are all sorts of treats and surprises in this bright, lively interactive board book. Starring everyone's favourite patchwork elephant Elmer, it's a riot of colour and... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 04/05/2017
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Bug Bear
Patricia Hegarty
‘Down in the forest as Bear had a doze/ A small stripy bug came and sat on his nose', and so Bear's troubles begin. He really doesn't want to become home to this troublesome, if extremely cheerful and friendly bug.... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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The Bear Who Went Boo!
David Walliams
As all little children know, there's great fun to be had in jumping out and shouting ‘Boo!'. The little polar bear star of David Walliams's new picture book likes nothing more than to surprise his neighbours in this way, though... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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The World of Eric Carle Happy Tin
Parragon Books Ltd
Join the animals from the World of Eric Carle for colouring, sticker, and activity fun in this awesome collectable tin! Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Mixed media product | Released 06/05/2016
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The Dressing-Up Dad
Maudie Smith
Danny's dad loves dressing up, and most of the time that's great, but sometimes Danny wishes he'd dress like the other dads instead. So when his birthday comes round, even though there's a bug theme, he asks his dad to... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Dear Zoo
Rod Campbell
What is the perfect pet? The zoo keeps sending all kinds of animals but, lift the flap and...
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I Love You Baby
Claire Freedman
A series of baby animals, each with Mum or Dad, are used to illustrate the magic of those three tiny words: I love you. There are penguins hugging, leopards enjoying...
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Baby's Very First Noisy Book Jungle
Fiona Watt
With bright colourful pictures of jungle animals from cheeky monkeys to playful tiger cubs and some very splendid parrots this will really catch baby's eye and there's lots to look...
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Goldilocks and the Three Potties
Leigh Hodgkinson
You can't have too many potty training books, and this one is particularly charming. This story of Goldilocks starts, as you'd expect, in a wood and with ‘Once upon a...
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My First Book About Me
Felicity Brooks
Bright, attractive pages and friendly text scattered with questions and invitations make this book a great way to start children thinking about who they are and how they fit into...
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One Happy Tiger
Catherine Rayner
The tiger star of this very beautiful counting book first appeared in Catherine Rayner's picture book Augustus and his Smile. Not only does he look gorgeous in this new...
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Playtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
Playtime with Ted is one of a new series of interactive board books from the super-talented Sophy Henn and like her bestselling picture books it's fresh and funny, and a...
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Splat!
Jon Burgerman
Funny and playful this book will appeal to children's sense of the absurd and to their delight in mess. A green shape sits centre page opposite a pair of...
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Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman
A cased-board book edition of the much-loved Aliens Love Underpants to mark the 10th Anniversary. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story. There...
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Each Peach Pear Plum
Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and...
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Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book
T. S. Eliot
Young readers will love searching for the mischievous, mystery cat Macavity as they peek under the flaps to hunt for the cat who's never there, following the clues until they...
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Reader Reviewed There is a Tribe of Kids
Lane Smith
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Award-winning Lane Smith's stunning illustrations create a delight of a story which imaginatively and vaguely hints at a pre-historic time and...
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Grandpa Green
Lane Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Award-winning Lane Smith recreates the life story of a much-loved great-grandfather through wonderful illustrations of topiary in this beautiful and...
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Gecko's Echo
Lucy Rowland
A very small but very brave Gecko needs to think up a way of protecting her gecko eggs from nasty predators. How can she trick Snakey and Rat into thinking...
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I'm Going to Eat This Ant
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Bored of his diet of ants, a scheming ant-eater thinks of the all the ways he can make eating his...
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Bedtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
It's bedtime for Ted, but he's just too busy yet – flip the flaps and you can see why: Ted is in the bath with some penguins, busy brushing his...
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective...
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Reader Reviewed Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
Julia Donaldson
There are lots of reading jokes in this book within a book, within a book: pirates and robbers settle down with their favourite stories and the Three Bears discover Goldilocks...
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The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson
“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.” So begins the story of how a clever little mouse...
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The Gruffalo's Child
Julia Donaldson
Former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson followed up her best-selling The Gruffalo with a story about The Gruffalo's Child. Reissued in sturdy board back format, an entertaining story for the very...
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I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!
Emma Chichester Clark
The gorgeous bright colours of Emma Chichester Clark's illustrations make this chunky board book irresistible. Favourite toy Blue Kangaroo thinks he's in danger of being replaced by Wild Brown Bear,...
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Monkey Puzzle
Julia Donaldson
This wonderful picture book with brilliant rhyming text coupled with stunning illustrations will have you and your toddler laughing and laughing and laughing time and time again as you read...
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Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's marvellous story of the scatty witch and her animal friends deserves a place on every child's bookshelf. Julia Donaldson based the witch on herself –...
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The Snail and the Whale
Julia Donaldson
If bestsellers were decided upon by the number of prestigious awards a book had won then this one, with echoes of Edward Lear would be the blockbuster of all time. ...
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A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson writes...A Squash and a Squeeze started its life as a song on BBC Children's Television.The song was subsequently used on “Playdays” and included on a BBC album, sung...
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Tip Tap Went the Crab
Tim Hopgood
Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood's illustrations are also full of warmth and plenty of colour. A chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create...
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Hiding Heidi
Fiona Woodcock
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Debut Picture Book of the Month Fiona Woodcock has used delicate pencil...
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The Lonely Giant
Sophie Ambrose
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | This is a truly beautiful book, and big too – though there's still scarcely room for its central character, a huge, lumbering...
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There's a Bear on My Chair
Ross Collins
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 | Shortlisted for the Bookbug...
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Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph
Odd Dog Out has all the qualities that made Blown Away and Grrrrr! so popular with critics and readers! The pages - filled with dazzling displays of stylishly-dressed dogs on...
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Life is Magic
Meg McLaren
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | The rabbits have taken over the magic show in this funny, original new picture book. Famous magician Monsieur Lapin has a huge...
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Under the Love Umbrella
Davina Bell
This brightly illustrated picture book is a celebration of the enduring love that surrounds your children, wherever they are in the world. The families we meet represent the wonderful diversity...
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Tufty
Michael Foreman
Tufty the little duck grows up in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (his parents are very fond of the Royal Duck and Duckess (sic) who give the ducks their breakfast!)....
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Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Leigh Hodgkinson
March 2016 Book of the Month Leigh Hodgkinson's picture book is a stylish investigation into how and where to read a book. Goldilocks-like, a young boy tries out a variety...
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ABC A Little Alphabet Board Book
Pat-a-Cake
This sturdy little alphabet book is the perfect size for little hands and will be lots of fun to share with toddlers. From a smiling alligator to a zebra zipped...
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Colours A Little Board Book of Colours
Pat-a-Cake
Fun to share this is a lovely way to introduce children to colours. A variety of jolly little characters and objects demonstrate colours across the pages of this attractive, sturdy...
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On the Move
Pat-a-Cake
Cleverly designed and delightfully illustrated this is an excellent first book. Not only will the bright, bold colours help stimulate your baby's developing sense of sight, but the hidden tabs...
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Here Comes the Sun
Karl Newson
With a gentle rhyming text that makes it a particular pleasure to read this picture book, though it's perfect bedtime reading, ends as dawn breaks. Everyone is fast sleep but...
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All About the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
Shaped to reflect the movement of Eric Carle's much loved Very Hungry Caterpillar, this board book introduces the key moments is a well-loved story. Starting with the egg on a...
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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...
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Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Eric Carle
Where's The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Lift the flap to see if he's nibbling away at a bright red strawberry – but no, that's just a tiny ant. Is he hiding...
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Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger
Helen Stephens
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Children | Painted in Helen's much-loved retro style, and introducing a brand new cast of characters, Gracie Grabbit and...
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100 First Words
DK
100 First Words covers all the familiar things little ones are interested in, from my body and my food, to animals, things that go, and bedtime. Crystal-clear photos show the...
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Easter Eggs!
Ted Dewan
Bing and Sula are hunting for Easter eggs in the playground, in this egg-shaped board book based on the hit CBeebies TV series. But when Sula drops her chocolatey egg...
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Happy Easter, Twirlywoos!

T's the Twirlywoos - Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick, and Peekaboo too! All young children will love this bright, appealing book, packed with age-appropriate, Easter themed games and activities...
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We're Going on an Egg Hunt Activity Book
Laura Hughes
Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting Easter egg hunt with puzzles and activities to do along the way. Based on upon Laura Hughes' 'We're...
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Reader Reviewed Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do!
Daisy Hirst
New from the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, this is another witty, eye-catching picture book that adults will enjoy as much as children. Once...
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The Cat Book
Silvia Borando
Walker Books' new Minibombo range already has a reputation for stylish, contemporary picture books: in the cleverly conceived The Cat Book they could have created the nearest thing on a...
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Counting with Tiny Cat
Viviane Schwarz
Quirky and inventive as ever, Viviane Schwarz brings her playful genius to the counting book. Tiny Cat goes from having no woolly red balls (‘None' says the text opposite Tiny...
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The Dog Book
Lorenzo Clerici
Walker Books' new Minibombo range already has a reputation for stylish, contemporary picture books: in the cleverly conceived The Dog Book readers are invited to look after their very own...
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123 A Little Counting Board Book
Pat-a-Cake
123 helps busy, curious toddlers explore their world and introduces them to essential first counting and number skills. This robust board book will withstand many happy hours of looking, holding,...
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Animals A Little Board Book of Animals
Pat-a-Cake
Animals helps busy, curious toddlers explore their world and develop their vocabulary by introducing lots of wonderful animal words. This robust board book will withstand many happy hours of looking,...
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Funny Faces
Pat-a-Cake
This bright and bold, high-contrast novelty board book stimulates a baby's developing vision as they look at the funny animals, play peek-a-boo, and giggle as they see themselves in the...
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Maisy Goes to London
Lucy Cousins
Maisy makes everything fun, and here she takes young readers on a wonderful day out in London, starting at King's Cross station, taking in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and...
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