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A new selection of books especially chosen to introduce toddlers and young children to the world, through colours, shapes, numbers, letters and more.
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 flaps reveals all sorts of secrets, an anemone uncurling its wriggly tentacles, or an enormous whale and its baby. One delicately patterned flap hides a leafy sea dragon, ‘its body looks just like seaweed’. It’s a visual treat, while extra die cuts on each page make this a really satisfying tactile experience too, and it’s packed to the gills with information. ~ Andrea Reece
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 which grows and grows, until they are all there and it’s just ‘Too much!’ say Jeff and Emmy. The text is admirably short but the pictures are full of life and action, thanks to the interaction between the children and the colours, which all have their own personality. Specially designed for readers – child or adult – with dyslexia, this is easy to read but bursting with ideas.~ Andrea Reece
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 simply but very clearly just what stars are. From basic information – that stars are bright dots in the night sky – through close ups and just the right level of detail, it teaches children a huge amount, and gives them a really good understanding of what stars are. The flaps are just the right size for small hands and good and sturdy too, and make the gathering of information even more fun. A really effective first book. ~ Andrea Reece
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 curiosity and inspire a first fascination with history. No-one looking at these beautiful objects and paintings could fail to be struck not just by their beauty, but also by the sense of stories they contain (more information is readily available via a QR code printed on the back page). Child-focused and thoroughly useful, this will also be a fascinating book to share with children and should inspire happy visits to museums and galleries. ~ Andrea Reece
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 is for everyone’, the illustration featuring bleary-eyed dad, still in bed, two little children bouncing on top of him, mum in the doorway with two cups of tea. There’s so much to look at and talk about in these warm, detailed pictures and this is ideal for sharing with pre-schoolers and the youngest readers. ~ Andrea Reece
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 number explained through scenes and activities all little children will recognise. Shirley Hughes captures ordinary life with an unerring eye, the children in her books are particularly beautifully observed and there’s love and joy in every little gesture and facial expression. ~ Andrea Reece
Level: EYFS Subject: Maths Introduce young learners to numbers with this fun and engaging activity book. * Lots of practice opportunities to help children learn the numbers 0-20. * Wipe-clean pages and pen so that children can try the activities again and again. * Colourful, motivating activities to help boost confidence.
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 by an ever lengthening parade of creatures – elephant, bear, hippo, dog, and finally – tenth in line - Carle’s most famous character, that Very Hungry Caterpillar. Even the numbers are beautiful in Carle’s bold, textured artwork, a line of colour-co-ordinated spots above them demanding to be counted too. ~ Andrea Reece Each year on 20 March, the first day of Spring, Very Hungry Caterpillar Day is celebrated! Why not celebrate too?! Click here to find a Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack to help you get the most out of the day.
An engaging Numbers activity book to really help boost your child’s progress at every stage of their learning! Fully in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, this Maths book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child’s learning at home. Combining useful Maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Numbers workbook helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. Included in this book: • questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school • colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home • helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child’s learning
Level: KS1 Subject: English An engaging Telling the Time activity book to really help boost your child's progress at every stage of their learning! Including helpful questions and answers, this Maths book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child's learning at home. Combining useful Maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Telling the Time practice book helps to boost your child's confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. Included in this book: * questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school * colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home * helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child's learning
Whether he’s looking cool in the subshine, enjoying the excitement of a thunderstorm or – delightfully – getting blown off his feet in the wind, Elmer is the best playmate a child could have, and the very young will love this gorgeous board book. On each page, Elmer and his friends experience different types of weather, and it’s always fun. The bright pages are packed with things to look at and talk about, and details that will make all readers smile. Sturdy, specially shaped tabs help identify the pages and make turning them over easy even for the littlest hands. David McKee’s artwork shines on the laminated boards. - Andrea Reece
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.