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The Best Books to Help Your Child Transition From Picture Books

Venturing into the world of proper 'grown-up' books can be a bit daunting for little readers! But these fun, colourful and carefully-levelled books will help transition budding booklovers from picture books to bigger books gently and easily, with plenty of laughs along the way. See below for the best books to help your child transition from picture books.

1. Raccoon on the Moon

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Russell Punter & David Semple

Much-loved children's publisher Usborne has created a range of fantastically fun phonics books, including this truly space-tacular story! It features a raccoon who's off on a whirlwind adventure to the moon. The simple story and lively illustrations guarantee lots of fun and plenty of essential learning for children who are starting to read by themselves.


2. Follow the Swallow

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Julia Donaldson

Part of the exciting Reading Ladder range, this wonderful story comes from the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson. When Apollo the swallow flies to Africa, Chack the blackbird wants to send him a message. But Africa is a long way away! Can a jumpy dolphin, a grumpy camel, a greedy crocodile and a playful monkey help to deliver the message? The books in the Reading Ladder series are sure to help children learn to read in an engaging, enjoyable way.

3. The Story of the Dancing Frog

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Quentin Blake

This poignant and funny story is part of the Little Gems series for not-so-confident readers, presented on high-quality paper with easy-to-read font. Written by sensational storyteller Quentin Blake, this is the tale of a heartbroken widow whose husband has drowned at sea. But then she discovers a friendly amphibian who's no ordinary frog... this one likes to dance! Soon, the two are touring the world with a new routine, spreading light and laughter wherever they go.

4. Star Wars Readers Series

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Little Jedi will love learning how to read alongside characters from the Star Wars universe in this out-of-this-world series. As it progresses through reading levels 1 to 3, this 15-book saga answers new Star Wars questions (such as: what is a wookiee?), and introduces the likes of C-3PO, Han Solo and Darth Vader.

5. Songbirds Phonics Collection

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Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, writes in her perfectly playful and rhythmic style in these vibrant books, which feature bright illustrations and lots of fun! Little readers are sure to be engrossed as they develop their reading skills with these bite-sized stories.


6. Read With Biff, Chip and Kipper: Up You Go and Other Stories

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Roderick Hunt

This super selection features four fantastic books in one, including Kipper's Alphabet I Spy, Chip's Letter Sounds, and the stories Up You Go, I See, Get On, and Who Can You See? Level 1 first stories have been specially written for newly independent readers, helping them learn and practise a range of key everyday words and develop early reading skills. These engaging tales include tips for reading together as well as puzzles and fun activities.

7. My Little Pony Series

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Join Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and all the other characters from Equestria in this perfect My Little Pony series! These eight first chapter books are ideal for kids who are just starting to read. They will help children learn about the magic of friendship and there are even bonus activity pages at the back of each book. With heart-warming tales and lots of adventure, young readers will adore these special stories.


8. My Very First Joke Book

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Kaye Umansky

Find all the very funniest jokes in this brilliant joke book! It's packed with over 60 jokes and rhymes, each with a hilarious illustration. This is the perfect book for playground comedians and new readers.

9. A First Poetry Book

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Pie Corbett

This lively collection of poems is sure to inspire a love of poetry in young readers. It covers a range of topics, from everyday themes like food, friends and family, to subjects more fantastical and phenomenal, including monsters, mermaids and dinosaurs! Show your kids how exciting poetry can be with this engaging book.


10. The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog

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Jeremy Strong

When Trevor agrees to walk Streaker the dog every day during the Easter holidays for 30 pounds, he reckons it's a great offer. But Streaker the dog can outrun a torpedo, so this job certainly won't be a walk in the park! To make things worse, Trevor doesn't realise that this won't be the only problem he'll have to face during the holidays... This barking mad story is sure to have kids yelping with laughter!


Looking for more books for budding bookworms? See our range of early reading books and reading schemes.