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Classic Picture Books for Kids

  • VHC2 Toddlers
    Toddlers
    (2)
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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.
  • TGT2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
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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.
  • EPQ2 Toddlers
    Allan Ahlberg
    Toddlers
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    A beautiful brand new cased board book version of this classic picture book by the iconic Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each Peach Pear Plum introduces characters from well-known nursery stories, such as the Three Bears, Mother Hubbard and Tom Thumb, and encourages children to participate and to find the characters hidden in the pictures. The text, with its strong rhyme and rhythm, is perfect to read aloud to very young children, while the game of 'I Spy' keeps children enthralled.
  • DZO2 Toddlers
    Rod Campbell
    Toddlers
    (2)
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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.
  • MTFC2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
    (1)
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    With her Mog the cat stories, Judith Kerr created a classic children's book character who has won lots of admirers over the years.

    Cuddly, grey-and-white cat Mog always seems to be in trouble for her forgetfulness. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she has already eaten her supper. But one night her forgetfulness proves really useful.

    Although first published over 40 years ago, Judith Kerr's story, starring this lovable, accident-prone cat is still making children aged 3 and over laugh out loud.
  • LAX2 Toddlers
    Jill Murphy
    Toddlers
    (3)
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    Jill Murphy is an award-winning author and illustrator and her first picture book, Peace At Last, is a lively, fun book to share with babies and toddlers. Mr Bear is finding it hard to sleep, what with the distractions of Mrs Bear's snores, the dripping kitchen tap and annoying owls hooting loudly in the garden. There are lots of laughs to be had reading this noisy book out loud and babies and toddlers from 1+ will return to it again and again. Fans of Peace At Last will also enjoy Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
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    • Just £1.30 per book
    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
  • VEL2 3 years +
    Margery Williams
    3 years +
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    Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit is a best-loved children's book that will strike a chord with readers of all ages.

    The importance of friendship and the affection that young children feel towards their favourite cuddly toys are subjects that are poignantly and heart-warmingly expressed in Margery Williams' classic tale.

    The Velveteen Rabbit hopes to become real as he has been told that if an owner truly loves their toy, the toy will become real forever! This little treasure would make a perfect present for parents and their toddlers.
  • AAWUY 3 years +
    3 years +
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    A sequel to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?", Bill Martin's playful story combining animals, colours and sounds, is beautifully illustrated by Eric Carle. A simple rhythmic text introduces the reader to a menagerie of wild animals from a roaring lion to a fluting flamingo and a trumpeting elephant. With refreshed colour artwork, this paperback reissue celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the second title in the series, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?".
  • ADVCB Toddlers
    Toddlers
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    Thirty-six years after publication this much-loved classic is still as popular as ever. Ingenious die-cut holes bring this much-loved nursery rhyme to life, and Pam Adams's illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the proceedings. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.
  • DAI2 Toddlers
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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.
  • OXN2 3 years +
    Michael Rosen
    3 years +
    (1)
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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.
  • DGG2 3 years +
    Shirley Hughes
    3 years +
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    Dogger by Shirley Hughes will strike a chord with all children aged 3+ who have ever lost their favourite cuddly toy.

    Dogger is a well-worn dog with crooked ears and a friendly face who means everything to Dave, so when he goes missing, Dave is devastated. Will our young hero ever find his friend Dogger? This timeless picture book has lost none of its appeal and is still a tale to which all children and their parents can relate.

    Fans of Dogger will also love Judith Kerr's Mog The Forgetful Cat. Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson has named Dogger as one of her favourite picture books.
  • AFKWR 3 years +
    3 years +
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    The Jolly Postman delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor's letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and so on. There are six envelopes in the book, each containing letters, cards, etc.
  • AGMAY 3 years +
    Rod Campbell
    3 years +
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    Rod Campbell's bestselling and much loved classic picture book, Dear Zoo. What kind of pet would you like from the zoo? An elephant, a lion, a snake - or something a bit smaller, and cuddlier and playful? Lift the flaps and see what has been sent - it's bound to be a surprise! And just when you think they'll never get it right, they send the very best, most perfect pet of all...A bestselling lift-the-flap book for more than twenty-five years, Dear Zoo is a perennial favourite and is regarded as a classic. Rod Campbell is the creator of many brilliant novelty books for babies and toddlers including ABC Zoo, Farm Babies, Farm Chase, Farm 123 and Noisy Farm as well as Dear Zoo, regarded as a classic. Other books by Rod Campbell: Dear Santa; Dear Zoo; ABC Zoo; Oh Dear!; It's Mine!; I'm Hungry!; I Won't Bite!; Baby's Busy Book; My Presents; Noisy Farm; Farm 123; Farm Babies; Buster's Day; Buster's Zoo; Here's Buster, but Where's Teddy?; Buster Goes to Playschool; Buster Gets Dressed; Buster Keeps Warm; Buster's Bedtim; The Pop-Up Farm; and, The Pop-Up Jungle.
  • AMXOQ 3 years +
    Emma Chichester Clark
    3 years +
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    Every night Blue Kangaroo falls fast asleep, cuddled in Lily's arms. But as new toy animals start arriving, Blue Kangaroo worries that there just isn't enough room for him anymore. When he goes missing, Lily looks everywhere for him and it turns out none of the other toys mean as much to her as her first and favourite Blue Kangaroo.
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
    WOPR 3 years +
    3 years +
    (19)
    • £32.00
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    • Just £1.39 per book
    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
  • Curious George Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9781406348453
    CRGE 3 years +
    3 years +
    (1)
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    • Just 86.00p per book
    Curious George is a very cheeky monkey who is beloved by millions of children all around the world. This seven-book collection finds him catching a train, fighting fires and even encountering a dinosaur!

    Written by Margret and H.A. Rey, the books find Curious George heading off on all sorts of familiar situations. We're not monkeying around when we say the crazy experiences are sure to have both parent and child laughing their heads off as they share the stories together.

    Presented with eye-catching yellow designs, don't hang around to get your hands on these books. They're perfect for all curious little monkeys.
  • Meg and Mog Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780141376264 - Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski
    MGMG 3 years +
    Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski
    3 years +
    (4)
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    • Just 80.00p per book
    Meg and Mog are the spellbinding stars of Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski's classic picture books and this collection includes 10 of their magical adventures.

    The bold, deceptively simple artwork is a treat for children to absorb while the stories are funny and can be enjoyed countless times. We love these books and know you and your children will, too!

    Throughout the books, the duo visit the zoo; head out to sea; and Meg starts driving a new car. Favourites for over 40 years, this is a brilliant collection for any little witch or wizard.
    Format: paperback
  • Where's Spot? - Paperback - Paperback - 9780141343747 - Eric Hill
    WXX2 3 years +
    Eric Hill
    3 years +
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    Bigger and brighter than ever before, this paperback edition of the first book starring Spot the dog is full of simple text, colourful pictures and a whole host of flaps to lift .

    Spot is hiding. Will your children be able to find him under the flaps? A favourite ever since it was first published in 1980, this is a book that belongs on your toddler's bookshelf.
  • GFO2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo has become one of the most recognisable characters in children's picture books and on kids' TV, and this story is an essential addition to any child's bookshelf.

    Witty pictures from Axel Scheffler, a glorious rhyme that will soon be learned by heart, a brave mouse and the most lovable scary monster ever... what's not to love? Readers aged 3 and over, not to mention Mum and Dad, will soon be hooked!
  • AUVXH
    Jean de Brunhoff
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    This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, Babar, as he becomes king, builds a city, meets Father Christmas and has many other exciting adventures. One of the most iconic series of animal books in history, Babar has become a household name both as a character in children's books and on TV. Jean de Brunhoff's exquisite stories have charmed readers around the world for 80 years, and fans can now cherish a collection of his tales in this beautiful gift book. This edition includes the original introduction by A. A. Milne
  • GMO2
    Margaret Wise Brown
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    Although Goodnight Moon was first published more than 50 years ago, it is clearly an enduring bedtime classic (recently being reference in both the film Life and the Netflix series Orange if the New Black) and this board book edition is sure to be a beloved favourite.

    Young babies will adore the simple rhyming text and the repetition of the words as the little, sleep-resistant bunny whispers goodnight to all the familiar objects in his room. This is the ideal story to add to your child's winding-down bedtime routine.

    Fans of Goodnight Moon will also love Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
  • Kipper and Friends Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781444943191 - Mick Inkpen
    KPRF 3 years +
    Mick Inkpen
    3 years +
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    • Just £1.20 per book
    Mick Inkpen is a hugely popular children's author and this five-book collection is full of fun stories. There are books starring Kipper - a dog beloved throughout the world - and the ever-popular Wibbly Pig.

    Beautifully illustrated by Inkpen, these books follow Kipper as he learns about baby animals and finds Wibbly Pig meeting a toucan. There's also a book about a bear getting ready for bedtime and a fantastic story about Snapdragon, who keeps eating the letters from the words in the books. Can Bookmouse and the Woollywolves help him?

    There is also a book called We Are Wearing out the Naughty Step... Does that sound familiar?
    Format: paperback