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Nothing beats sitting with a baby or toddler on the knee and reading a book together: the best selection of books for babies and toddlers.
You can rely on Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet to put a fresh and funny take on the festive season. The creators of Supertato have another surprising, comic central character in this super-silly story: a rogue Christmas tree! All the other houses have a decorated Christmas tree in their window – the one at number 32 is pink – but at number 34 the tree has put its foot down and is refusing to play its part. The baubles are in despair, pleading with it to get into its pot and play its part, to no avail. Fortunately, the tree is as vain as it is stubborn, and not too bright either, and the decorations find a way to trick it into behaving. Where else will you be able to enjoy the sight of baubles and tinsel chasing a Christmas tree round the house? Told in rollicking rhyme this is a Christmas must-have.
Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson followed up her best-selling The Gruffalo with a story about The Gruffalo’s Child. Now celebrating it's 15th anniversary it is reissued in a special hardback. An entertaining story for the very young as the little mouse outwits the Gruffalo’s Child with a plan that is just as cunning as the original one he hatched to frighten away the Gruffalo. Axel Scheffler’s illustrations once again capture the humour of the text and the fear that lurks behind the joke. The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition features a wrap-around snowy wood play scene and press-out characters for an interactive reading experience, plus additional book content including material from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo's Child Song and tips for putting on a Gruffalo's Child show!
December 2019 Book of the Month | ‘‘Twas the night before Christmas …’ but we’re on a snowy hillside where a lonely tree shivers in the cold. As it longs to be in the brightly lit little town below, suddenly footsteps suddenly approach. Somebody very important collects the tree and puts it at the centre of some special celebrations, before leaving with the familiar words: ‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!’ Taking inspiration from Clement C Moore’s classic poem, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’ new book is filled with the joy of Christmas, and captures all its sense of magical anticipation. In a handsome small format, there’s a full page illustration on each right hand page and they tell the story with as much vivacity as the lines of verse opposite. It all concludes with a sparkling double page spread, the tree glowing in the foreground as St Nick flies off into the Christmas night silhouetted against the moon. If this doesn’t set you up for Christmas and its jollities, nothing will!
December 2019 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2019 | Winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal | A stunning near wordless picture book which will inspire the story teller in all of its readers. While Matthew Cordell draws on some themes familiar from the traditional Red Riding Hood story he has created a quite different and hugely heart-warming drama about trust and friendship. Dressed in a bright red coat a little girl sets off to walk home from school. Snow is beginning to fall. At the same time, a pack of wolfs, including a young wolf cub, set out into the same falling snow. The snow turns into a blizzard and soon both the little girl and the wolf cub are lost. How can either of them survive? Luckily, they come together so that bth can get home safely.
Join Peppa Pig as she goes to the Palace and gets to meet the Queen! Miss Rabbit is invited to the Palace to get an honour and Peppa and her friends are going too! It’s a wonderfully celebratory day out for everyone involved.
The second title in a new series about special relationships in the lives of little children. A soft and gentle take on family life and relationships that perfectly captures the humour and impulsive nature of family life, and those people who hold a special place in the lives of every child.
Favourite nursery rhymes- especially ones with actions to go with them – are nicely presented on the page in this pretty edition. A perfect gift for a new baby – and their parents who will be delighted to be reminded of rhymes they have mostly forgotten!
With over 50 lovely stickers you can explore the outdoors with Miffy and learn all about her favourite places, then create beautiful scenes of Miffy and her friends. Perfect for any Miffy fan.
Miffy is enjoying all the preparations for Christmas! She is busy preparing the Christmas tree, wrapping presents and playing with her friends. Young readers can enjoy adding the special brightly coloured stickers that are included to help Miffy make her activities more fun. And enjoy the additional games and puzzles.
Violeta Dabija's lavish and richly coloured illustrations give a new lease of life to this traditional Christmas song. It's sure to become a family favourite, which can be brought out and enjoyed each Christmas.
Beautifully illustrated by Raymond Briggs, the much-loved creator of the Snowman, this revised edition of a famous classic first won the Kate Greenaway in 1966 and is now available again for a whole new generation.
Help your toddler learn all about dinosaurs in My First Dinosaur. With colourful bright pictures of dinosaurs alongside clear word labels your little one will discover T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops. My First Dinosaur keeps early learning fun for your little one.
The ideal first book to introduce parts of the body to toddlers. My First Body is packed with colourful images to help build the foundation of early learning. Help your toddler learn all about the human body in My First Body. With colourful, bright pictures of parts of the body alongside clear word-labels your little one will discover faces, legs, arms and feet. My First Body keeps early learning simple and fun for your little one. Read it together and help them turn the pages and learn all about body parts.
The ideal first book to introduce life on the farm to toddlers, My First Farm is packed with colourful images and clear word-labels to encourage early learning. Help your toddler learn all about life on the farm, from farm animals to farm colours in My First Farm. With colourful, bright pictures of farm animals and plants alongside clear word-labels your little one will discover horses, cows, crops and even an orchard. My First Farm keeps early learning simple and fun for your little one. Read it together and help them turn the pages and learn all about farm animals.
The ideal first book to introduce tractors to toddlers, My First Tractor is packed with colourful images and clear word-labels to encourage early learning. Help your toddler learn all about tractors in My First Tractors. With colourful, bright pictures of tractors alongside clear word-labels your little one will see ploughing and planting and a combine harvester. From counting tractors to different coloured tractors, My First Tractor keeps early learning simple and fun for your little one. Read it together and help them turn the pages and learn all about tractors.
The words provide a language of communication long before conversation is possible and the joy in recognising them over many re-readings provides endless shared pleasure while the pictures can be enjoyed first jointly and then by the child alone as they pour over the images they love.
Included in our selection are a range of really sturdy and interactive books suitable books for babies and toddlers for the bedroom, the car, the bath, the buggy and the playroom. Books that even the tiniest baby will enjoy alone and with their parents.
Titles in this section will be refreshed each month with a range of new and older titles that we feel should not to be missed by any baby or toddler.
There are some excellent free reading activities on the Small Talk website small-talk.org.uk/0-6-months
And click here to read some helpful tips from top childrens' publisher Egmont.