There are all sorts of colourful, quirky books available that little ones will adore - and so will their parents! Browse this list of our very favourites, from timeless tales like We're Going on a Bear Hunt to brand new adventures like Gordon's Great Escape.
This beautiful children's classic features fun sing-song verse and stunning pictures by brilliant illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. It follows a family going on a walk, squelching through mud and splashing through puddles, in search of a bear! But will they be prepared for the surprise that awaits them in the cave? Kids will love this engaging story.
Surely it's impossible to drink the sea - or is it? Danny McGee does just that - and now, he has his sights on other crazy things! It's not long before he's gulping down trees, flies, fleas, peas, mountains and more, but where will it end?! This wonderful book comes from the brilliant Andy Stanton, award-winning author of the Mr Gum books.
After being cooped up with the herd, Elmer longs for some fresh air and peace and quiet. But when he goes outside, he discovers that the relentless rain has caused a flood! Will he be able to find a way to save a stranded little elephant? Generations of little ones have adored Elmer's exciting adventures.
Jill Tomlinson & Paul Howard
This gorgeously-illustrated book is the perfect bedtime story for little ones, particularly those who are afraid of the dark! It features a baby owl called Plop who is absolutely terrified of the dark, but overcomes his fears as he meets different reassuring characters, and learns all about why darkness is wonderful and important.
In this hilarious, delightful book, little ones can learn all about what penguin life is really like - and it's not as fun and carefree as you might think! Firstly, it's really, really cold in Antarctica, but worse than that, penguins must evade lots of sinister predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mum in an enormous crowd of nearly-identical penguins?! Kids will adore this brilliant book, as will their parents!
These much-loved Moomin tales will delight little ones with engaging stories and beautiful, dreamlike illustrations. Moomintroll wants to celebrate his birthday, but thinks that everyone has forgotten about it! Is he right? He must also look after a special telescope, but refuses to share it with anyone. It's not long before he's bored all by himself, and learns to appreciate the value of sharing. Enjoy these stories and more with this gorgeous collection.
Henrietta Stickland & Paul Stickland
This bestselling picture book has been endorsed by the Natural History Museum. It's a stunning, vibrant book, featuring a cast of colourful dinosaurs! The story is packed with fun rhyming text, perfect for reading aloud, and children will love the eye-catching pictures. The book even includes a pull-out poster!
This heart-warming fable about friendship and belonging features a penguin who's a little different from the rest: he's blue! He wants to belong and feel part of the huddle, but can he convince the others that he is one of them after all? This story is perfect for teaching kids that it is our differences that make us unique and special.
This magical, poignant tale - told through captivating text and dazzling illustrations - is all about friendship, loss and courage. Fox lives in a deep, dense forest, and for as long as he can remember, his only friend has been Star, who illuminates the forest paths each night. But one night, Star disappears, and Fox must face a daunting journey through the shadowy forest alone, in order to find his missing Star.
Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet
This enthralling story features a favourite childhood delight :- a balloon! Follow Gordon the balloon on his adventures around the world - earning new things, meeting new people and avoiding all sorts of dangers - as he travels with a colourful, exciting circus. But what will happen when a perilous storm hits their ship, and they are left stranded on a deserted island? It's up to Gordon to save the day!