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Top 10 Best Books for Early Readers

These exciting, colourful and engaging stories are guaranteed to inspire a lifelong love of reading in children. See the list below for the very best books for early readers, ordered by target age.

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1. Peppa Pig: Big Book of First Words

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Toddlers

In this vibrant book, Peppa and George introduce a selection of important first words in an exciting and enjoyable way. With simple themes like 'at home', 'at the park' and 'at a party', little ones will be learning lots of words in no time, and will be captivated by the lift-the-flap surprises!



2. The Gruffalo

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Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler | 3+

Featuring the famous half-grizzly bear, half-buffalo, this tale follows a brave little mouse, who believes the Gruffalo is nothing but fantasy - until he comes face-to-face with him! Complete with distinctive illustrations by Axel Scheffler, this story is guaranteed to delight early readers and be remembered forever.



3. Giggles Galore Collection

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3+

Join Supertato as he battles Evil Pea and Alan the Bear who is desperate for a wee in these fantastically illustrated picture books, by some prize-winning authors. This 10 book collection is perfect for any child who loves brightly coloured books and having a giggle. 



4. The World of Peter Rabbit

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Beatrix Potter | 3+

This delightful series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. First published in 1902, these tales have enchanted young readers for generations, introducing youngsters to unforgettable characters like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, all illustrated in a delicate style.


5. Tiny Tots: Tick-Tock Clock Book

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4+

The perfect addition to the Tiny Tots range, Tick-Tock Clock will help ease children into learning how to tell the time, while having lots of fun too. The bright illustrations will keep any child's attention, and the easy-to-turn hands make it the perfect tool to help new readers develop on some important skills. 


6. Little Scientists Big Questions Collection

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Ruth Owen | 4+

Help answer your little ones burning questions, with this fun, easy-to-read collection. Each book helps to encourage your children to think like a scientist, while answering questions like why is the sky blue and how did dinosaurs become fossils. You never know, it might even answer a few of your grown-up questions too. 


7. Snug

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Michael Morpurgo | 5+

This poignant tale follows Lisa and her beloved cat, Snug. Everywhere Lisa goes, Snug follows. But as Snug grows older, he spends more time away from home, and one night he comes home all beaten up. Then, he disappears. This touching story about friendship will move young readers.




8. Welcome to Our Habitats Collection 

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Honor Head | 5+

These books are great reads for children who love facts. Mixing geography and science, each one of the four books in this set focuses on a different animal habitat, from the Artic to the desert and the rainforest to the coral reef. Find fascinating information that will support the early years curriculum and eye-opening photographs in these excellent books for five-year-olds.


9. My Usborne Reading Library Beginners Collection 

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5+

The Usborne Reading Programme is an especially curated range of books for different reading levels. In this mighty 50-book collection, there are 14 First Reading Level Three titles, 16 First Reading Level Four titles and 20 Young Reading Series One titles to help your child build their reading confidence and steadily progress through the bands. The books in this collection are based on fairy tales, children's classic stories, mythology and more. 


10. Noddy Collection

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Enid Blyton | 5+

This bright and colourful slipcase includes 10 Noddy stories, featuring the adventures of Noddy, Big-Ears and their friends in Toyland. The Noddy books are Enid Blyton classics and must-haves for every child's bookshelf. From finding a job to going to school and getting the chance to drive around in his little red-and-yellow car, Noddy has a lot of exciting experiences in this collection.