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Sam Taplin - Author

About the Author

Author of Baby's Bedtime Story Box.

Featured books by Sam Taplin

Noisy Bottoms

Noisy Bottoms

3+ readers

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2012

Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013  This hilarious soundchip book will provide hours of cheeky fun for little children - and for everyone else! Follow the story of Little Bear as he discovers that all the animals in the forest have very noisy bottoms... including himself.

Other books by Sam Taplin

Play Hide and Seek with Tiger

Play Hide and Seek with Tiger

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2020

There are lots of animals hiding in the jungle! This delightful book has big flaps to lift and touchy-feely patches to stroke as you explore each part of the jungle and discover all the cute animals who are hiding behind the trees and in the bushes.

Listen and Learn First English Words

Listen and Learn First English Words

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2019

A word book that lets you listen to 120 English words, spoken by a native speaker. Simply take one of the 4 cards (each features 16 words on each side) out of the envelope and slot it in as instructed. Press 'go' and then press each of the pictures to hear how the word is pronounced. Press 'go' and then press each of the pictures to hear how the word is pronounced. For preschool children learning English as either a first or second language.

Don't Tickle the Hippo!

Don't Tickle the Hippo!

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2019

Don't tickle the hippo! You might make it snort... Little ones just won't be able to resist tickling the touchy-feely patches to hear each animal make a sound in this hilarious novelty book. At the end, readers will find all the animals being noisy at once. An exciting new series for babies and toddlers, from the creators of That's not my...

Knight's Handbook

Knight's Handbook

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

From holding lances to courtly dances, this is the ultimate guide for the novice knight, covering everything from sieges to swordplay, feasts to fights and crusades to courtly love. Written in a lively, humorous and engaging style, this book is packed with a wealth of fascinating and informative historical detail that brings the period of medieval knights and valour vividly to life. Wittily illustrated by Ian McNee, this is the handbook that every chivalrous young knight will want to have tucked in his chainmail. Illustrations:Full colour throughout

Nursery Rhymes Keyboard Book

Nursery Rhymes Keyboard Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 03/10/2019

Little children can discover the magic of making music with the keyboard built into this beautifully illustrated book. There are ten beloved nursery rhymes to play, including Row, row, row your boat, Twinkle twinkle little star and Jack and Jill, plus simple instructions and links to hear all the tunes online.

My First Guitar Book

My First Guitar Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 03/10/2019

Discover the fun of playing the guitar with this innovative and exciting sound book. There are four guitar chords to play and five different tunes to play along with, plus easy-to-follow instructions and links to listen to all of the tunes online.

Poppy and Sam's Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities

Poppy and Sam's Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Join Poppy and Sam for Christmas at Apple Tree Farm with this delightful activity book, filled with festive mazes, dot-to-dots, matching and other wipe-clean activities. The simple puzzles help young children develop essential observation and pen control skills in an enjoyable way.

Are You There Little Owl?

Are You There Little Owl?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2019

Little owl is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this beautiful hide-and-seek board book, spotting squirrels, bats and kittens along the way. Part of a gorgeous series for babies and toddlers, perfect for fans of That's not my...

Winter Wonderland Sound Book

Winter Wonderland Sound Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2019

Step into a world of winter magic with this festive sound book. Little ones will love pressing the pages to hear Christmas carols, robins singing, a crackling fire and much more, and pore over beautiful scenes of animals ice- skating and hanging Christmas decorations. With simple text, holes to peep through and fingertrails to explore.

The Twinkly Twinkly Bedtime Book

The Twinkly Twinkly Bedtime Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2019

It's bedtime for little bear... but the starry sky looks so exciting! Little children will love the twinkly lights that light up as you turn the pages and follow the story in this book. A beautiful gift and a delightful book to share during the festive season.

Poppy and Sam's Halloween Party

Poppy and Sam's Halloween Party

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 05/09/2019

Rusty the dog has gone missing! Can Poppy and Sam find him in time for their Halloween party? Little children will love looking through the peep holes and touching the textured pages in this charming book with bats, pumpkins, spiders and the adorable animals of Apple Tree Farm to spot on every page. And of course, the little yellow duck!

The Solar System

The Solar System

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Discover the wonders of our Solar System with this fold-out book and 200-piece jigsaw. The sturdy box contains a jigsaw showing the planets, their moons and the spacecraft that have been sent to explore them, plus an 8 page double-sided fold-out illustration of our solar system packed with fascinating facts and links to websites to find out more.

Poppy and Sam's Rubber Stamp Activities

Poppy and Sam's Rubber Stamp Activities

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 11/07/2019

Join Poppy and Sam for lots of rubber stamping fun in this entertaining activity book, with its own brightly coloured inkpad of seven colours. Decorate the scenes with hens, sunflowers, goats, pumpkins and much more. There are simple instructions showing how to fingerprint each scene and the book has a spiral binding so that it lies flat.

Zoo Sounds

Zoo Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 13/06/2019

Little ones will love bringing the zoo to life in this adorable sound book. Press the pages to hear lions roaring, monkeys jabbering and lots more, and pore over colourful scenes including feeding time for the seals and elephants playing in the pool. With simple text, holes to peep through and fingertrails to explore.

Poppy and Sam's Wipe-Clean Summer Activities

Poppy and Sam's Wipe-Clean Summer Activities

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2019

Join Poppy and Sam for lots of summer fun in this activity book, perfect for helping young children develop their observation and pen control skills. Join the dots to make a tent, spot the differences between rock pools, count bunnies in the garden and lots more. Durable, wipe-clean pages mean children can enjoy the activities again and again.

Poppy and Sam's Noisy Train Book

Poppy and Sam's Noisy Train Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 29/05/2019

Join Poppy and Sam for a steam train adventure full of fun sound effects. Press the buttons on each page of this exciting book to hear sounds that bring the story to life, including Rusty the dog barking, Dolly the carthorse neighing, and the steam train puffing along the tracks and tooting its horn.

Quiet Time Music Book

Quiet Time Music Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 26/04/2019

Little children can curl up for a peaceful moment in the middle of a busy day with this soothing music book. Simply press the pages to hear five calming classical tunes, including music by Mozart and Schubert. With delightful illustrations by Alison Friend, showing baby animals enjoying the music.

Are You There Little Tiger?

Are You There Little Tiger?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

Little tiger is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this beautiful hide-and-seek board book, spotting monkeys, bears and chameleons along the way. Part of a gorgeous series for babies and toddlers, perfect for fans of That's not my...

Poppy And Sam's Bedtime

Poppy And Sam's Bedtime

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

It's the end of a busy day on Apple Tree Farm. Join Poppy and Sam as they say goodnight to all the animals, including Woolly the sheep, Curly the pig and Daisy the cow. With touchy-feely patches, flaps to lift and the Little Yellow Duck to spot on every page, this charmingly illustrated book is perfect for sharing with little ones at bedtime.

Poppy and Sam's Easter Egg Hunt

Poppy and Sam's Easter Egg Hunt

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

Poppy and Sam are searching for Easter eggs on Apple Tree Farm. Children will love looking through the peep holes in this charming book to discover the colourful eggs, following fingertrails to trace the flight of a butterfly or bee, and spotting Daisy the cow, Clucky the hen and Rusty the pig along the way.

Where's the Busy Bee?

Where's the Busy Bee?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2019

Where's the busy bee? Where's the little duck? Where's the rowing boat? This adorable book is full of simple rhyming questions for little children to answer by looking at and talking about the charming illustrations. A lovely way to encourage children to talk and form sentences, and a delightful book to enjoy together.

Poppy and Sam's Animals Sticker Book

Poppy and Sam's Animals Sticker Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2019

Join Poppy and Sam for a wander around Apple Tree Farm to meet all the animals who live there, including favourites Rusty the dog, Dolly the horse and Woolly the sheep. There are lots of scenes to decorate, including the stables, snowy fields and a summer show, and over 150 stickers to bring the pages to life.

Poppy and Sam's Magic Painting Book

Poppy and Sam's Magic Painting Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2019

Bring Poppy and Sam's adventures to life in this charming magic painting book. Brush water over the black and white pages and watch as they magically burst into vibrant colour. Scenes include a scarecrow, feeding the pigs, flying kites and collecting eggs. With a handy flap to stop paint seeping through to the page beneath.

Poppy and Sam's Fingerprint Activities

Poppy and Sam's Fingerprint Activities

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 04/03/2019

Join Poppy and Sam for lots of fingerprinting fun in this entertaining activity book, with its own brightly coloured inkpad of seven colours. Decorate the scenes with flowers, chicks, piglets, rabbits and much more. There are simple instructions showing how to fingerprint each scene and the book has a spiral binding so that it lies flat.

Poppy and Sam's Animal Sounds

Poppy and Sam's Animal Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 04/03/2019

Poppy and Sam are feeding the animals at Apple Tree Farm, and they're a noisy bunch! Little children will love hearing the farm come to life as they press the pages of this entertaining book, to hear Curly the pig, Woolly the sheep, Rusty the dog and more. At the end you'll hear all the noisy animals at once, accompanied by a jolly tune.

Are you there little unicorn?

Are you there little unicorn?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 07/02/2019

Little unicorn is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this magical hide-and-seek board book, spotting mermaids, fairies and dragons along the way. Part of a gorgeous series for babies and toddlers, perfect for fans of That's not my...

Where's the Butterfly?

Where's the Butterfly?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 07/11/2018

Where's the butterfly? Where's the jumping frog? Where's the hungry dog? This adorable book is full of simple rhyming questions for little children to answer by looking at and talking about the charming illustrations. A lovely way to encourage children to talk and form sentences, and a delightful book to enjoy together.

Famous Classical Tunes Keyboard Book

Famous Classical Tunes Keyboard Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 01/11/2018

Learn to play ten of the best-known tunes in classical music on the keyboard built into this beautifully illustrated book, including music from Beethoven, Vivaldi, Verdi and Dvorak. A great introduction to the world of classical music and playing the piano. Includes a link to a virtual keyboard to listen to the tunes.

The Twinkly Twinkly Christmas Tree

The Twinkly Twinkly Christmas Tree

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2018

Children - and adults - will love the twinkly lights that light up as you turn the pages and follow the story in this book. Mouse has no Christmas lights, so she sets out with her friend Mole and together they discover the twinkliest Christmas tree sparkling with lights. A beautiful gift and a delightful book to share during the festive season. Please note: the bulbs in this book are activated by a light sensor and may not work if the light in the room isn't bright enough.

Where's the Little Mouse?

Where's the Little Mouse?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 04/10/2018

Where's the birthday cake? Where's the hungry dog? This adorable book is full of rhyming questions for little children to answer by looking at and talking about the charming illustrations. A lovely way to encourage young children to talk and form sentences, and a delightful book to enjoy together.

1000 Things That Go

1000 Things That Go

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

This stylishly illustrated reference book probably contains every type of vehicle you've ever seen - and lots that you haven't. There's everything from rockets, racing cars and planes to tanks, trucks and Roman chariots. Every picture is labelled with its name, and there's an index of all the names at the back of the book.

Drum Kit Book

Drum Kit Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Learn how to play a drum kit by pressing the buttons in this exciting book. There are six different tunes to drum along to and seven drum buttons, including a snare, bass and cymbal, arranged in the shape of a drum kit. With links to Quicklinks to hear all the tunes and drum parts, this is a fun introduction for beginner drummers.

Woodland Sounds

Woodland Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 04/10/2018

Little children will love hearing the woods come to life as they press the pages of this enchanting book, and hear cuckoos and woodpeckers, rustling leaves and rippling streams. The colourful pages show birds in the treetops, animals playing beside a river and more, with simple text, beautiful illustrations and cut-out shapes to discover.

Are You There Little Reindeer?

Are You There Little Reindeer?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2018

Little reindeer is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this festive hide-and-seek board book, spotting a fox, squirrel and snowman as they search for the elusive little reindeer. Part of a gorgeous series for babies and toddlers, perfect for fans of That's not my...

Poetry for Children

Poetry for Children

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2018

A luxurious new treasury of poetry for older children, featuring a selection of work from classic and modern poets including Shakespeare, Byron, Ted Hughes and Wendy Cope, alongside all new original poetry by Sam Taplin.

First Colouring Book Football

First Colouring Book Football

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Young football fans will enjoy bringing the game to life in this colouring book full of players, kit, team badges and exciting match action. Scenes to colour include a corner kick, training session, cheering fans and a victory parade. The backgrounds are already coloured, so children can focus on the really interesting details on each page.

Who's up in the Air?

Who's up in the Air?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 31/05/2018

Who's driving the train? Who's wet in the rain? This adorable book is full of rhyming questions for little children to answer by looking at and talking about the charming illustrations. A lovely way to encourage young children form sentences and improve their language skills, and a delightful book to enjoy together.

Who's Fallen Asleep?

Who's Fallen Asleep?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 05/04/2018

Who's wearing blue socks? Who's friends with the fox? This adorable book is full of rhyming questions for little children to answer by looking at and talking about the charming illustrations. A lovely way to encourage young children to talk and form sentences, and a delightful book to enjoy together.

Farm Sounds

Farm Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 02/03/2018

Little ones will love bringing the farmyard to life with this adorable sound book. Press the pages and hear hens clucking, cows mooing and much more, and pore over colourful scenes include a sheepdog rounding up sheep, a piglet playing in the mud and ducks splashing in the pond. With simple text, holes to peep through and fingertrails to explore.

Are you there Little Bunny?

Are you there Little Bunny?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 08/02/2018

Little bunny is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this beautiful hide-and-seek board book, spotting a badger, chick and other animals as they search for the elusive little bunny. A lovely Easter gift for a baby or toddler, sure to be read many times.

Who's Wearing a Hat?

Who's Wearing a Hat?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 08/02/2018

This adorable book for babies and toddlers is full of fun rhyming questions to answer and charming illustrations. Little ones will love looking at the pictures and discovering which animal is wearing a hat, which dog is chasing a ball and much more. A lovely book to enjoy together.

My First Xylophone Book

My First Xylophone Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 01/02/2018

A sturdy xylophone attached to a book of well-known tunes, with colour-coded notes so that anyone can play them. Tunes include The Grand Old Duke of York, Frere Jacques, and Old MacDonald Had a Farm. With delightful illustrations, this is a lovely gift that can be taken anywhere, and there's an online virtual xylophone to see how to play the tunes.

Are You There Little Fox?

Are You There Little Fox?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 02/11/2017

Night Sounds

Night Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2017

Santa Sticker and Colouring Book

Santa Sticker and Colouring Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2017

A delightful sticker and colouring book for little children, featuring a range of scenes showing Santa's preparations for Christmas, from his busy workshop to delivering presents for Christmas Day. Contains over 175 stickers. Illustrations:Full colour throughout WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

My First Drumming Book

My First Drumming Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2017

A soundchip book with a difference! By pressing the big buttons in this unique and charming book, children can drum along to a variety of different tunes. The lively artwork and simple step-by-step instructions make learning the basics great fun, and then they can press a button to activate the music and drum along with it. Illustrations:Full colour throughout

First Colouring Book Dinosaurs

First Colouring Book Dinosaurs

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2017

Are You There Little Elephant?

Are You There Little Elephant?

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 21/08/2017

In this beautifully illustrated hide-and-seek series, children can spot the elephant through a hole on each page... but when they turn the page it isn't the elephant at all! Very young children will love searching for the elusive elephant, and all the charming details and other animals they discover along the way. Illustrations:Full colour throughout

First Colouring Book Pirates

First Colouring Book Pirates

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

A swashbuckling colouring book packed with pirates, parrots and treasure. With exciting scenes of Captain Crayfish and his crew as they set off in search of buried treasure; scenes include the pirate ship on the high seas, rowing to a desert island, digging for gold, a pirate party and a pirate treasure map. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Jungle Magic Painting Book

Jungle Magic Painting Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

Brush water over the black and white illustrations and watch the jungle magically burst into life! There are 16 scenes to paint with elephants having a bath, parrots flying high in the sky, a tiger and her cubs and lots more. With a handy flap at the back of the book to stop paint seeping through to the page beneath.

First Sticker Book Optical Illusions

First Sticker Book Optical Illusions

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2016

Baby's Bedtime Music Book

Baby's Bedtime Music Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 19/12/2016

Big Keyboard Book

Big Keyboard Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 24/10/2016

Learn to play simple, well-known tunes on the sturdy keyboard attached to this book. Each note is represented with a different colour, which corresponds to the same colour on the keyboard, allowing even very young children to pick out the tunes. Tunes include 'Hey Diddle Diddle' 'Auld Lang Syne', the theme from Swan Lake and many more. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Jungle Sounds

Jungle Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2016

Card Tricks and Games

Card Tricks and Games

Author: Sam Taplin, Phillip Clarke Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/10/2016

Christmas Songbook

Christmas Songbook

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2016

Listen and Learn First Chinese Words

Listen and Learn First Chinese Words

Author: Sam Taplin, Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

This looks like a book but it's actually a clever sound panel that allows children to hear 128 Chinese words spoken by a native speaker. Simply take one of the 4 cards (each features 16 words and pictures on each side) out of the envelope and insert into the slot as instructed. Press 'go' and then a picture to hear how the word is pronounced. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

First Book About The Orchestra

First Book About The Orchestra

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 25/07/2016

Garden Sounds

Garden Sounds

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/07/2016

101 Optical Illusions

101 Optical Illusions

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2016

Dinosaurs Sticker & Colouring Book

Dinosaurs Sticker & Colouring Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2016

A bumper activity book providing hours of creative fun, packed full of prehistoric scenes to colour and over 100 stickers. There are dozens of fun dinosaur activities in this exciting book, featuring lots of dinosaurs to colour in, as well as scenes to fill with dinosaur stickers. Hours of fun for young dinosaur fans. Illustrations: Full colour throughout WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

First Colouring Book Football

First Colouring Book Football

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2015

A very simple colouring book for little children, featuring a range of scenes showing football players, matches and fans. Includes stickers to add to every page.

My First Christmas Keyboard Book

My First Christmas Keyboard Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 19/10/2015

Learn to play simple, well-known Christmas tunes on the sturdy keyboard sound panel attached to the book. Each note is represented by a different colour, which corresponds to the same colour on the keyboard, allowing even very young children to pick out the tunes. Tunes include 'Jingle Bells', 'Silent Night', 'We Three Kings' and 'Deck the Halls'.

Listen and Learn First Words in Spanish

Listen and Learn First Words in Spanish

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2015

This looks like a book but it's actually a clever sound panel that allows children to hear 128 Spanish words spoken by a native speaker. Simply take one of the 4 cards (each features 16 words and pictures on each side) out of the envelope and insert into the slot as instructed. Press 'go' and then a picture to hear how the word is pronounced.

Knight's Handbook

Knight's Handbook

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

The ultimate guide for the novice knight, covering everything from sieges to swordplay, feasts to fights and crusades to courtly love. Written in a lively, humorous and engaging style and packed with informative historical detail. A really fun way to access medieval history.

Goat in a Boat

Goat in a Boat

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2015

A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together. With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. Includes guidance notes for parents at the back of the book.

Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and Punctuation

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

A handy little book that explains all the basic rules of grammar and punctuation. It shows you the difference between subjects, objects, verbs, nouns and adjectives, where to use an apostrophe or a semi colon, how to use capital letters and lots of other rules and helpful hints.

My First Keyboard Book

My First Keyboard Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 22/09/2014

Learn to play simple, well-known tunes on the sturdy keyboard attached to the book. Each note is represented with a different colour, which corresponds to the same colour on the keys, making this accessible even to very young children. Tunes include Twinkle, Twinkle, Frere Jacques, Ode to Joy and more.

Santa Sticker and Colouring Book

Santa Sticker and Colouring Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Two books in one, this bumper activity book contains over 150 stickers as well as lots of colouring activities. The festive scenes will provide lots to spot, look at and talk about including Santa's elves in their workshop, his reindeer in their stable and Father Christmas himself, as he squeezes down chimneys to deliver his gifts.

Baby Animals Flap Book

Baby Animals Flap Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/03/2014

It's springtime and there are lots of baby animals on the farm. Children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals' hiding places. The text is specially written to encourage interactivity, with questions such as 'Who's being noisy in the hay?' and 'Who's rustling inside the hutch?' prompting the child to peek underneath the flaps and reply.

The Usborne Official Pirate's Handbook

The Usborne Official Pirate's Handbook

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2014

A humorous guide to a pirate's life on the high seas packed with intriguing historical detail that no self-respecting sea-dog should leave port without. * Young landlubbers can become the fiercest of pirates by finding out how to keep their ship in tip-top shape, the best way to settle an argument with a shipmate and how to survive a storm at sea. * Reveals the true nature of piracy to be more fascinating than the myths of peg legs, eye patches and parrots.

First Sticker Book Football

First Sticker Book Football

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Young football fanatics will have great fun using the stickers provided to fill the pictures with all the goals and glory of the beautiful game. With over 150 stickers of footballers, footballs and football fans to add to the busy scenes, this title helps children to develop their manual dexterity whilst having fun.

Nativity Flap Book

Nativity Flap Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2013

A flap book to introduce little children to the story of baby Jesus. It features warm and friendly illustrations. Follow the journey of the Three Wise Men and the shepherd as they follow a bright, shining star to a stable in Bethlehem.

Wipe-Clean Get Ready for School ABC and 123

Wipe-Clean Get Ready for School ABC and 123

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2013

This title features forty pages of wipe-clean activities to give pre-schoolers practice with numbers and letters. In preparation for starting school, children will have a head start if they know their letters and numbers, and are able to use a pen. It comes with a special wipe-clean pen which is really satisfying to write with, yet easy to wipe off the shiny pages.

First Sticker Book Pirates

First Sticker Book Pirates

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

A sticker book for young children packed with colourful pirate scenes. It contains over 150 stickers which can be used to complete busy scenes of pirate life above and below deck. It lets you witness a pirate battle, find buried treasure, and build your own sticker pirate ship.

Noisy Orchestra

Noisy Orchestra

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/02/2013

From gentle woodwind to crashing drums, this book is a perfect introduction to the world of classical music for young children.Join the animal orchestra as they rehearse for their concert. From hamster on the triangle to Hippo on the tuba, listen to all the animals' instruments by pressing the sound buttons, before hearing the entire orchestra playing together at the end.

Optical Illusions Activity Book

Optical Illusions Activity Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2012

An amazing, interactive book which allows children and adults to discover the world of optical illusions in a new way. By adding stickers and drawing patterns and shapes, you can create dozens of eye-popping illusions and find out how they work.

First Dot-to-Dot Pirates

First Dot-to-Dot Pirates

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2012

Young children will love joining the dots and colouring the pictures in this pirate activity book, the latest in the First Dot-to-Dot series. All pictures can be completed using the numbers 1 to 10 making the activities suitable for children who are just beginning to count and recognise numbers.Includes a name sticker to add to each picture, once the dot-to-dot is complete.

Noisy Bottoms

Noisy Bottoms

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 26/10/2012

Foxes do it...rabbits do it...Even Daddy Bear does it! Little children won't be able to resist pressing the buttons to make all the sounds in this hilarious book! Little Bear meets all the animals in the forest and discovers that sometimes, everyone has a noisy bottom...including himself!

Five Minute Bedtime Stories

Five Minute Bedtime Stories

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

This brand new collection of original stories by Sam Taplin is perfect for sharing at bedtime. There are eleven stories in the book, all featuring endearing animal characters and beautifully illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. The stories are gently humorous and very cosy, as we follow the adventures of Mouse as she tries to find a happy feeling for her friend Badger, Little Tiger's efforts to learn to swim, and Dog's quest to find out who is flying the yellow balloon on the other side of the hill.

Big Wipe Clean Activity Book

Big Wipe Clean Activity Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Contains lots of different activities for young children, including mazes, dot-to-dots and doodling. This title features wipe-clean pages so that the activities can be done again and again. It offers an useful way to help practise pen control. It also includes a wipe-clean pen.

Santa Flap Book

Santa Flap Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2012

This is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the magic of Christmas. This charming board book follows Santa as he flies through the night sky, tiptoes along the rooftops and leaves presents under the tree. There are five big Christmas presents to discover, each behind a shaped flap which lets you guess what the gift might be. The book also has die-cut holes to peep through in each page, revealing surprises when you turn over to find out what you were actually glimpsing through the hole.

Poems for Little Children

Poems for Little Children

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2012

This collection is an introduction to poetry for very young children, full of simple and beautiful poems with strong rhythms and rhymes to enjoy.

Noisy Diggers

Noisy Diggers

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2012

This title is full of big noisy diggers for little children to discover. There are five sounds on the panel, one for each digger, including a rumbling bulldozer, a thudding rock-breaker, an excavator digging a hole, and a tipper truck unloading rocks.

Easter Bunny Flap Book

Easter Bunny Flap Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/02/2012

This is a charming Easter book with a counting element for little children, with one big colourful easter egg to find under a flap on each spread. Children will enjoy helping each group of baby animals to find the egg that the Easter Bunny has hidden for them - lambs, ducklings, chicks, puppies and kittens. At the end of the book there's a chance to count all five eggs, and to find the elusive easter bunny under a flap. The scenes include: lambs in a meadow, ducklings on a pond, hens and chicks in the farmyard, puppies in the garden and kittens in the barn.

First Sticker Book Castles

First Sticker Book Castles

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

This is a boisterous sticker book full of busy castle scenes, with over 100 stickers to add to the pictures. Scenes include a castle siege, a feast, a joust and the chance to make your own castle.

Big Sticker Book of Animals

Big Sticker Book of Animals

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

There are dozens of different animals to discover in this fun sticker book. With over 450 stickers, children will love placing the right stickers on the different scenes. Themes include the zoo, pets, under the sea, wild animals, farm animals and more. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

First Sticker Book Santa

First Sticker Book Santa

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

A perfect activity book for Christmas; little children will love adding stickers to the magical festive scenes and bringing them to life. Scenes include Santa getting ready, flying in his sleigh and delivering presents. With over 150 stickers. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2011

This is a thrilling introduction to prehistoric times. It has fabulous illustrations and clear, simple text. It is an ideal reference book for school projects. It features a glossary, index and facts and records. It presents internet-links to amazing websites. What was the biggest dinosaur? When was the ice age? Why did the dinosaurs die out? Find out in this lavish and lively book. Simple text, beautiful illustrations, stunning photographs of dinosaur models and links to exciting recommended websites introduce young readers to the wonder of the prehistoric world.

First Sticker Book Dinosaurs

First Sticker Book Dinosaurs

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2010

Big, small, spiky, swimming and flying - there are lots of dinosaurs to discover in this exciting sticker book! Children will love placing the stickers on the landscapes to create colourful prehistoric scenes. Includes over 100 dinosaur stickers. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and Punctuation

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Cards Release Date: 25/06/2010

A set of cards containing fifty exercises and a wipe-clean pen to test grammar and punctuation. Includes cards with rules and helpful hints.

50 Optical Illusions

50 Optical Illusions

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Cards Release Date: 30/10/2009

This title includes fifty cards featuring mind-bending illusions to surprise your eyes, taken from the personal collection of Al Seckel, world expert on visual illusions. An optical illusion on each card is accompanied by text on the reverse explaining how the illusion works in tricking the eye. This title comes with a 'revealer' card, which can be used to measure and check the illustrations to increase understanding of how each illusion works.

Wind-Up Racing Cars

Wind-Up Racing Cars

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Novelty book Release Date: 25/09/2009

All the thrills and spills of the Grand Prix are in this book! With three sturdy tracks embedded in the pages, the two accompanying wind-up racing car toys can be raced, overtaking one another, crashing and swerving to be the first to reach the finish line. It contains all sorts of information and fun facts about motor racing including pit stops, overtaking and getting ready to race. This is a perfect gift for young racing enthusiasts.

Noisy Zoo

Noisy Zoo

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Novelty book Release Date: 29/05/2009

The zoo is a noisy place, full of hooting monkeys, barking sea lions and roaring polar bears. This title allows little hands to press the buttons and copy the animal noises. It features picture tabs that allow scenes to be located quickly and easily.

Noisy Jungle

Noisy Jungle

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/02/2009

This board book is perfect for sharing with small children, who will love pressing the buttons to make the sounds you hear in a noisy jungle, from animals such as monkeys, parrots and tigers.

ABC Sticker Book

ABC Sticker Book

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2008

A fun activity for very young children to learn about the alphabet. Includes over 150 colourful stickers with letters, words and pictures for children to stick on the letter-themed pages.

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