Children's Must-Read Lists

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    Pippa Goodhart's You Choose! will get parents and children imagining their favourite places in the universe to visit, and thinking about the best way to travel and who they should be best friends with.

    With bright and colourful illustrations by Nick Sharratt, You Choose! is a stunning book to share with children aged 3 and over who will love the random ideas that are thrown up.
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    Eric Carle's classic book has enchanted generations of children with its colourful collage illustrations and simple story.

    With die-cut pages and finger-sized holes for little ones to explore, the story of the hungry green caterpillar with a very big appetite is simply one of the best children's books of all time.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for children from 1+ and good for talking with older toddlers about how caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies.
  • Julia Donaldson Audio Collection - 10 CDs - Audio - 9781447253235 - Julia Donaldson
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    The Gruffalo has become one of the most-loved children's characters of all time and this 10-CD collection brings him, and many of his equally brilliant friends from Julia Donaldson's collection of books, to life in audio format.

    Perfect for long journeys and for keeping children entertained whatever the weather, among those delivering the soothing, rhyming stories are Imelda Staunton, Alexander Armstrong and even Julia Donaldson herself!

    A Squash and a Squeeze is a charming story; while Room on the Broom is hilarious; and The Snail and the Whale is quite rightly regarded as a children's classic. There is even The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs included, a CD which contains some of Julia's very own fun-filled action songs for children aged 3 and over.

    CDs in this collection:
    What the Ladybird Heard, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, The Troll, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Gruffalo's Song, The Gruffalo's Child and The Gruffalo.
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    Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo has been published in a sturdy board book format to suit very young children. The lively illustrations, simple story and engaging lift-the-flap fun guarantee the book's toddler appeal.

    With its repetition and appealing illustrations, this is bound to be a favourite choice at bedtime for toddlers from 1 and over.
  • What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781509854097 - Julia Donaldson
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    Described as 'picture book perfection' by the Sunday Telegraph, these exciting stories all come from the bestselling duo of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

    Both What the Ladybird Heard books feature rhyming text and bold artwork; Sugarlump and the Unicorn is full of sparkle; and The Princess and the Wizard is an exciting tale of good versus evil.

    These books are great fun to share with Julia's flowing, rhyming text sure to delight little ears. Lydia's bright artwork is also beautifully appealing.
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    Judith Kerr created a best-loved children's classic with her story The Tiger Who Came to Tea, delighting generations of young children.

    The gentle illustrations coupled with the slightly anarchic story have unbeatable child-appeal and make this a perfect book to read aloud. If you haven't invited the tiger into your home yet, do so without delay!

    Toddlers from 1+ will love the big striped hero and his naughty antics.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
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    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
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    Not only has Julia Donaldson brought us The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and many other picture book favourites, but she's also an extremely talented songwriter whose rhymes are sure to bring a smile to the face of any toddler.

    Illustrated by her regular collaborator Axel Scheffler, this is a treasury of her 25 best songs, rhymes and fables - all inspired by her bestselling books. The book even comes with a CD of Julia performing all the songs - perfect for long journeys and entertaining the kids at home.

    The beautiful foiled jacket and high-quality paper make this a wonderful gift for birthdays and christenings, too!.
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    The Dog and the Fox finds a dog wanting to play int the daytime, but his friend Fox is fast asleep. Will Fox join him? This is a Yellow book-banded story to help children build their reading fluency and confidence.
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    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy is the wacky invention of award-winning author and illustrator Lynley Dodd. This board book version, featuring the scruffy and lovable mutt, brings the lively rhyming verses and comical adventures to a whole new readership. A sing-song rhythm and terrific pictures make this an irresistible board book to share with toddlers and preschoolers.
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    Award-winning children's classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen, has a perfect sing-song verse for plodding along to on a family walk.

    Learning the words off by heart should be compulsory for children and grown-ups! Helen Oxenbury's illustrations beautifully capture the obstacles of squelchy mud and splishy-splashy river.

    The fabulous text and pictures are totally in tune and this simple book will have young children returning to it again and again.
  • Peppa Pig: Little Library Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781409303183 - Ladybird
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    Six chunky little books in one pretty slipcase - all starring the one and only Peppa Pig!

    One of the most popular characters around, these first readers are sure to help children develop a love of books and reading.
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    Created by Eric Hill, Spot the dog has entertained generations of toddlers and this sturdy and interactive board book gives little ones the chance to have hours of fun searching under the flaps for him!

    Children will love the repetition of "Is he in the clock? Is he in the box? Is he under the rug?" and will enjoy predicting what's going to happen with the turn of every page!

    A fun and interactive children's book that will be returned to again and again - Spot books never fail to impress.
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    This charming tale starring some very cute baby owls is perfect for sharing with any youngster.

    The reassuring story is ideal for helping to calm little ones who have ever worried about Mummy leaving them alone, as Sarah, Percy and Bill wake up in their tree hole to find their mother has gone.

    As darkness closes in the owls start to worry but she soon joyfully returns and their fears disappear. Beautifully illustrated, this book will warm the heart of any grown-up enjoying it with a child.
  • Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom: Little Library - Collection - 9781409305323
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    Ben Elf and Princess Holly invite young children to discover the joys of books and develop a love of reading in this little library.

    Featuring six little books in a sturdy slipcase, this collection provides the perfect introduction to Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom - an enchanting place where flowers and grasses rise above the tallest towers.
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    There was a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton - woof! Well-loved author Allan Ahlberg teamed up with Andre Amstutz to create this hilarious collection of skeleton stories, featuring The Ghost Train, Bumps in the Night and Skeleton Crew in one bumper book.

    Full of jokes and with a simple, repetitive text that will help build reading skills, Funnybones: A Brilliant Bone-rattling Collection! will appeal to young children and entertain parents or family members who remember the classic animated TV series.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare's efforts to express their love for each other has long been a favourite of ours at Red House - and with the book selling over 18 million copies worldwide, many generations of readers also love this touching tale.

    This beautiful 20th anniversary edition of Guess How Much I Love You comes in an enlarged board book format that little ones will cherish forever. The gorgeous story will be enjoyed time and time again - it's a true classic and this version is robust enough to withstand even the most terrible of toddler tantrums.

    Adored by children and adults alike, the simple story and endearing illustrations make this an unbeatable bedtime read 20 years on from first publication.
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    A timeless tale, we love Puff, the Magic Dragon and know your little one will, too.

    If they're already not familiar with the magical story and famous song, then prepare for them to be delighted as they get to know the words and sing along with the free CD - featuring the vocal talents of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary!

    Beautifully produced, this picture book features gorgeous and atmospheric paintings from Eric Puybaret and is sure to quickly become an enchanting family favourite.

    The CD also includes Froggie Went-A-Courtin', The Blue Tail Fly and an instrumental version of Puff, the Magic Dragon.
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    An enchanting and timeless tale of friendship and possibilities, all told in a stylishly spellbinding way, Oliver Jeffers' How to Catch a Star is full of amazing storytelling and beautifully characteristic illustrations.

    It captures the expressive changing moods of the tale's little boy wonderfully, and will enrapture all readers.
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    When Farmer Green falls sick and can't feed the sheep, Lee decides to help. But he forgets to shut the pens and soon a big flock of sheep are on the run. This Yellow book-banded story is perfect for introducing children to new words and developing their vocabulary in a fun and exciting way.
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    This red book-banded early reader contains two stories that will help children build their reading confidence and fluency. Dog in a Dress finds animals wearing lots of clothes and asking who they belong to while Run, Tom, Run! follows Tom as he enters the big race. Will he win?
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    Following a cheeky monkey, Up Here is a Pink book-banded book that introduces engaging, accessible and contemporary vocabulary to help build a child's reading fluency and confidence.
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    This early reader contains two stories - Cool Duck is about a hot cat who spots a duck and Lots of Hats follows Sam and his family on a windy day as they wear all kinds of hats. This book will help children familiarise themselves with the kind of things they'll see on days out.
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    This pink-book banded early reader contains two fun stories to help children develop their reading skills. Bad Dog finds a muddy pup trying to find somewhere to sit and No, Nell, No! follows Nell as she enjoys a picnic but can't stop thinking of eating other things.