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Nothing beats sitting with a baby or toddler on the knee and reading a book together: here are the best selection of books for babies and toddlers from 0-2+
A gem of a book! How the panda finds the perfect hug is told in sparkling rhyming couplets which describe hugs of all sorts including ‘hugs for wrigglers and hugs for gigglers,/ Hugs that are tickly and hugs that are prickly’. A gorgeous celebration with a lovely cuddly resolution.
Paperback and CD-audio edition. Award winning Oliver Jeffers’ book is wholly compelling for the importance of its message and the brilliance of how that is conveyed in words and pictures. To overcome her sadness when her grandfather dies a little girl decides to protect her heart from any further suffering by putting it in a bottle. For a time it works, but living without a heart turns out to be living only part of a life and soon the little girl needs to get it back. Luckily, there is someone who can help her. A story to return to time and time again.
This shout-out-loud picture book is suitable for the very youngest of children. All the animals love the baby - and so will you! 'I saw the baby! Did you see the baby?' 'Yes! I saw the baby, the teeny, weeny thing.' 'I tickled the baby! Did you tickle the baby?' 'Yes! I tickled the baby, the wriggly, giggly thing!' Join in the fun in this shout-out-loud picture book for the very youngest of children. Mary Murphy's new picture book Utterly Lovely One will be published in hardback in 2011. You're in the right place if you want some gorgeous activity sheet packs for this title or to celebrate your own Picture Book Picnic with friends and family. Click here to download the activity sheets.
Meet Cuddle Bear, the unforgettable hero with hugs for everyone! A perfect book for parent and child to share time and time again. Click here to visit the author page for Claire Freedman, where you can read a Q&A including how Claire got the inspiration for this book.
The best-selling Little Mole has been delighting or displeasing readers according to their taste in toilet humour for a couple of decades. All young children will adore this sound version which adds an important dimension to the story of Little Mole’s search for the source of the unpleasant ‘business’ that lands on his head. Which animals ‘do’ what is fun; it also takes the embarrassment out of the subject. If you'd like to see the other Little Mole books, cllick here.
A sumptous collection of puzzles - mazes. spot the differences etc - and fourteen of the most popular Little Princess classic stories, including I want my Dummy!, I want my mum!, I want a Friend! and I want my Tooth! It's the perfect gift for little princesses and particularly for those who love to watch the award-winning animated series, Little Princess on TV.
Join the little soft-to-touch husky as he scampers off on the snow and ice to say hello to all his soft-to-touch animal friends. Meet a polar bear, a seal and a caribou too! Toddlers will love calling out the animal noises as they turn the pages of this beautiful book. The satisfying rhyming text and the velvety soft-to-touch animals make this board book perfect for younger children.
The welcome return of a modern classic, this Treasury should be a gift for every newborn. Prize-winning illustrator Raymond Briggs’ wonderful illustrations capture the humour, pathos, poignancy and downright silliness of some of the best known nursery rhymes and riddles which have been passed down from generation to generation as well as some that are less familiar. Every verse has its own entertaining illustration, almost all in colour.
This witty wordless picture book charts how much the hungry and greedy Foxly thinks about his next meal. Foxly eyes up the chickens, the ducks, the fish and the rabbits and looks as if he will feast on them all. But, when it actually comes to Foxly’s big meal, his plans for the animals are quite different from what might be expected! Strong illustrations match the text perfectly. This debut picture book is beautifully illustrated and was highly commended for the Macmillan Prize for illustration.
Deservedly a modern classic, this action packed and hilarious picture book brings all kinds of traditional – and not so traditional! – Christmas excitement vividly to life. Like everyone else, the mice are eager to have a big Christmas party but, without money, it is hard to see what they can do. As ever, Arthur and Humphrey come up with some inventive ideas but nothing, especially raffling off Sampson the Cat, goes exactly according to plan! An exciting encounter with various Father Christmases, irate shoppers in the toy shop and more have unexpected results which leave the mice with a Christmas to remember.
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is in trouble - as all babies are! Luckily, the hairy mammoth sweeps the Cave Baby off on a scary moonlit adventure before finding just the place where a creative Cave Baby can be happy!
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.
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