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

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

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. Monsters' Nonsense Phonics

3+

Journey to the spellbinding Planet Pok where friendly monsters PemPem, Nid, San and Gop will introduce children to some hilarious nonsense words and help them develop their phonics skills. Whilst adults read the main narrative, kids can enjoy reading the monsters' funny language.

4. The World of Peter Rabbit

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. Strawberry Farm Phonics

Katie Saunders | 3+

This big, beautiful book is sure to keep little readers entertained as they develop their phonics and reading skills. Each of the five funny stories focuses on a different vowel sound, and children will love reading about the cats, hens, pigs, foxes, pups and ducks on the farm. Children will build their vocabulary and have lots of fun, too!

6. Winnie-the-Pooh

A. A. Milne | 5+

Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the most recognisable and adorable characters in children's literature, and you and your little one can join him and all his friends in his enchanting adventures. Starring best-loved characters such as Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin, early readers will be enthralled by these classic tales.

7. Snug

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. The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss | 5+

The vibrant stories of Dr. Seuss are bright, fun and completely crazy! Featuring all the best-loved tales such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham, kids will adore these quirky books, which are sure to help them become confident readers.

9. Rainbow Magic Books

Daisy Meadows | 5+

Fairy fans will be spellbound by these stunning stories. They follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Easily readable and wonderfully magical, this fantasy series is perfect for children who want to start reading on their own. But which fairy will be your child's favourite?

10. The Moonshine Dragon

Cornelia Funke | 5+

This captivating story features a tiny silver dragon who has been chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight. Now, chaos has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunk down into a miniature man, hiding in a toy castle. Can he defeat the knight and survive to the next morning? This gorgeous, appealing book is perfect for those who are learning to read.

  • SWFP 3 years +
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    A big and beautiful padded hardback that is strong enough to withstand even the most terrible of toddler tantrums, Strawberry Farm Phonics from the lovely Katie Saunders is guaranteed to keep little ones entertained for hours and hours on end.

    Featuring five funny stories with each concentrating on a different vowel sound, children aged 3 and above will love reading about the cats, hens, pigs foxes, pups and ducks...

    Exquisitely illustrated and perfectly capturing the busy and exciting aspects of farm life, Strawberry Farm Phonics is a unique collection of stories that will not only help build their vocabulary, but have fun too!
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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!
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    After wowing readers across the globe with her bestselling Inkheart series, Cornelia Funke turns her attention to those aged 5 and over with the magical story of The Moonshine Dragon.

    A tiny silver dragon has been chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight and all mayhem has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunken down too and hides in a toy castle... Will he be able to defeat the knight and make it through to the next morning?

    An appealing story especially designed with spaced text and cream pages for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), the Little Gems book comes with beautiful illustrations from Monica Armino.
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    Peppa and George introduce a selection of first words in this bright, simple and fun early learning book. The themes are all ones that Peppa Pig fans will enjoy including 'at home', 'at the park' and 'at a party'.

    Young children will be captivated as they look and point at each picture while saying the words and there's even an extra surprise to find under a fun-to-lift flap
  • Monsters' Nonsense: Phonics Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781784937058
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    Children will love learning to speak Monsters' Nonsense and practising their phonic skills with these four books.

    The friendly monsters PemPem, Nid, San and Gop all hail from the Planet Pok and will introduce children to some brilliant nonsense words in these exciting stories. It will be up to the adult to read the main narrative, while children are encouraged to read the monsters' language shown in the speech bubbles.

    These 'non-words' will help kids practise their emerging phonics skills and gradually develop them. Very fun and wonderfully silly, these are monster stories for children who can't wait to get stuck into books!
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    Part of the Little Gems series of Michael Morpurgo books, Snug tells the poignant story of Lisa and her beloved cat.

    Everywhere Lisa goes, her cat Snug follows. But as he grows older, he spends more time away from home and one night he comes home all beaten up - and then he disappears.

    Especially designed for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), this is an illustrated story about animals and friendship from the former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.
  • The Wonderful World of Dr Seuss Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9780007823505 - Dr. Seuss
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    The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who... Dr. Seuss' creations are timeless and here you can read all of the stories starring this zany cast of characters for one unbelievable Book People price.

    With books full of crazy rhymes and weird and wonderful characters , this collection even contains some Dr. Seuss books you may not be familiar with just yet - making it all the more fun to read!

    Wild, wacky and energetic, you'll love reading these books almost as much as your children will enjoy listening to you read them. With 20 little hardbacks displayed in a box, this collection will inspire a lifelong love of quirky reads in your children.

    Please note each book size is 160 x 115mm
  • A Year of Rainbow Magic Boxed Collection - 52 Books - Collection - 9781408348246 - Daisy Meadows
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    This sparkling collection gives fairy fans the chance to enjoy one Rainbow Magic story a week for an entire year!

    A Book People favourite, these magical stories follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Completely spellbinding and with easy-to-read, accessible text, they are full of fun and will appeal to any child who has just started to read independently.

    With 52 books to get through, this is a massive collection of fantastic stories at a magical Book People price. Who will be your child's favourite fairy?
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
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    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
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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.