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Dear Zoo  
  Rod Campbell

I wrote to the zoo, but what did they send me? Lift the flaps to find out.

Maisy's Bedtime  
  Lucy Cousins

Maisy the mouse goes through her bedtime routine.

Where's Spot?  
  Eric Hill

Spot the dog is hiding. Can you lift the flaps and find him?

  Sue Porter

On a bitterly cold night little lamb Parsnip makes friends and hunts for her mummy in this classic lift-the-flap book.

Dig Dig Digging  
  Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe

Diggers, tractors, cranes and more. Dig Dig Digging shows you how good machines are at doing their stuff.

I'm Not Scared!  
  Jonathan Allen

A fearless baby owl goes for a night-time adventure with his jumpy best friend.

Each Peach Pear Plum  
  Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A wonderful rhyme featuring lots of nursery-rhyme characters in a nursery-rhyme world.

Owl Babies  
  Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Where has the baby owls’ mother gone? Will she come back in time?

Bear on a Bike  

Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter

A bear on a bike travels to some wonderful places in this lovely bedtime book.

So Much!  

Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury

Mum and the baby weren’t doing much at home until everyone came to visit.

  Shirley Hughes

Dogger, the well-loved stuffed dog, gets lost. Can Dave find him?

Handa's Surprise  
  Eileen Browne

Generous Handa wants to carry some fruit to her friend Akeyo as a surprise. But what happens to the fruit on the way?

Crocodile Beat  

Gail Jorgensen and Patricia Mullins

Crocodile is hungry, but the noisy animals don’t intend to be his dinner.

Quacky Quack-Quack!  

Ian Whybrow and Russell Ayto

What a racket! A little baby won’t feed the ducks, so they start to quack and then everyone joins in.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?  

Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth

In this lovingly illustrated book Big Bear cares for sleepless Little Bear.

Kipper's A to Z  
  Mick Inkpen

Kipper the dog capers through the alphabet with his friends and a zealous zebra.

Possum Magic  

Mem Fox and Julie Vivas

An invisible baby possum and his grandma tour Australia to find that special, magical ingredient to make him visible again.

  Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Here’s a great book. One, two, three. It’s full of rhymes and pictures. It’s lov-er-ly!

We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania  

Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns

A lovely counting rhyme based in Tanzania that is full of all kinds of African animals.

Look Out, Suzy Goose  
  Petr Horáček

The other geese are too noisy for Suzy Goose, so she decides to go for a walk in the woods. But who else is there?

Queenie the Bantam  
  Bob Graham

After being saved from a lake in the nick of time, hen Queenie becomes part of Caitlin’s family.

The Blue Balloon  
  Mick Inkpen

Kipper finds a blue balloon that is truly unique.

Whizz Bang Orang-Utan  
  John Foster (comp.)

These funny, energetic poems, written especially for young children, are bursting with fun and a love of life.

Where's My Teddy?  
  Jez Alborough

A great rhyming story in which Eddy can’t find Freddy and Bear can’t find Ted, until…

Little Polar Bear  
  Hans de Beer

Lars’s first hunting trip becomes quite an adventure! Can he get home?


Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Baby animals eat all kinds of slimy, crunchy, furry things, but surely that’s not what human babies eat . . . Or is it?

Leo the Late Bloomer  

Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego

Leo’s father is rather worried about him, but will Leo make it in the end?

Who Sank the Boat?  
  Pamela Allen

All the animals got in, but can you guess which one sank the boat?

Pumpkin Soup  
  Helen Cooper

Duck, Cat and Squirrel are a supreme soup-making team.

Would You Rather…  
  John Burningham

Would you rather be crushed by a snake or eaten by a crocodile? There are some difficult choices to be made.

Harold and the Purple Crayon  
  Crockett Johnson

Harold creates a wonderful world with his magical purple crayon.


Mick Manning and Brita Granström

A cheeky rhyming book about dinosaurs. Fact sheets are included for young palaeontologists.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy  
  Lynley Dodd

What makes Hairy and his doggy friends run and hide?

The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems  
  June Crebbin (ed.)

This wonderful anthology is perfect for sharing. With funny animal poems and warm bedtime rhymes there is something for every occasion.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea  
  Judith Kerr

What do you do when a big, furry, stripy tiger comes to tea?

The Gruffalo  

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A clever mouse meets a lot of hungry animals, but even the scariest snake is afraid of the gruffalo.

Something Else  

Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell

A weird-looking creature isn’t accepted by the ‘normal’ animals, but finds friendship in the end.

Wombat Goes Walkabout  
  Michael Morpurgo and Christian Birmingham

Wombat goes looking for his mum. On the way he meets lots of rude animals who don’t want to help him, until something scary happens.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  
  Mo Willems

The bus driver’s instructions are clear, but the pigeon really, really wants to drive the bus. What will you do?

Toot and Puddle  
  Holly Hobbie

World traveller Toot writes postcards to stay-at-home Puddle. Both like different things but remain the best of friends. Wonderful!

Dr Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!  
  Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss’s alphabet, filled with weird and wonderful animals, educates while it entertains.

Where the Wild Things Are  
  Maurice Sendak

Mischief-making Max is sent to bed. From his room he goes on an incredible journey meeting, and then becoming king of, the wild things.

Revolting Rhymes  
   Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Did Little Red Riding Hood really get eaten? Did Cinderella really marry a handsome prince? Find out in this belly-wobblingly funny book.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type  

Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

A herd of uncomfortable cows find a typewriter, and decide to send the farmer an ultimatum.

Rotten and Rascal: The Two Terrible Pterosaur Twins  
  Paul Geraghty

Two pterosaurs bicker over a fish. Passing dino chums chip in, but Rex has the last word.

The Shopping Basket  
  John Burningham

Steven pops down to the shops but has to get past lots of nasty bullying animals on the way home.

The Emperor of Absurdia  
  Chris Riddell

In this fantastically illustrated book a little boy dreams up an amazing world full of live toys. 

The Colour of Home  

Mary Hoffman and Karin Littlewood

The moving story of a Somali refugee child who is getting used to life in a British school.

The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights  
  Ted Hughes

A gigantic iron man appears from nowhere and terrorises the countryside.

  A A Milne and E H Shepard

Join Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends on their adventures in and around the Hundred Acre Wood.

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