Top 10 Best Novelty Books for Children

Ordered by target age, these brilliant novelty books are packed with fun features to keep kids engrossed, including puzzles, activities, stickers, flaps, pop-ups and lots more. See below for the best novelty books for children.

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1. My First Gruffalo: Can You Count? Jigsaw Book

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler | Toddlers

In this unique jigsaw book, the Gruffalo will help your little learner develop their counting skills through five fantastic puzzles. Count from one piece to five with Mouse, Snake, Fox, Owl and the Gruffalo in this chunky board book, which is perfect for small paws to explore. Young Gruffalo fans will love discovering a favourite character on every spread.

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2. The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

Janet & Allan Ahlberg | 3+

This interactive book features a host of favourite fairy-tale characters and exciting stories. Discover letters tucked into the pages, including a letter of apology from Goldilocks to the three bears, a postcard from Jack to the giant, a solicitor's letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood to the wolf who ate her grandmother, and many more.

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3. Look Inside: Your Body

Louie Stowell

This fantastic flap book introduces children to the way their bodies work in a fun, informative way. Perfect for little fingers, it's full of surprises to keep enquiring minds engaged, including flaps beneath flaps and a cheeky peek inside a toilet cubicle. Young readers' minds will boggle as they learn about how their brains work, what happens when they eat, how their lungs use oxygen and lots more.

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4. Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

This beautiful edition of the classic tale features a number of pop-up surprises and exciting sounds, ensuring little ones feel immersed in the adventures of Alice. With spellbinding illustrations, this book will delight adults and children alike with its fantastical storyline and classic characters, including the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.

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5. First Sticker Book: Optical Illusions

Sam Taplin

Discover the eye-boggling fun of optical illusions with this stunning Usborne book, which contains more than 150 stickers. Watch as mysterious movements, shifting shapes and wobbling arrows are brought to life when the stickers are applied to the pages to complete the images. Great for learning about sight and vision, children will also develop their hand-eye coordination with this mind-bending book.

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6. Usborne Sticker Atlas of the World

Alice Pearcey

This brilliantly interactive book will help kids learn all about the countries of the world whilst having plenty of fun. Featuring more than 140 fantastic stickers and lots of illuminating facts, children will be engrossed by this helpful introduction to geography. It includes a range of famous capital cities and landmarks, such as the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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7. Astronaut Academy

Steve Martin

Kids can test their astronaut abilities to see if they could flourish in space with this out-of-this-world book. They'll face a variety of challenges and missions, and many of the activities are based around science and maths, great for learning and developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination and basic first aid. Kids will be enthralled by this interstellar book, which includes fun stickers, a board game, press-out figures and even a model space shuttle!

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8. Secret Stuff for Dreamers Journal

Unlock the secrets of your dreams with this spellbinding journal. It explains what dreams can mean and provides tips and tricks for making the most of the things children experience in dreams. Kids can record their night-time reveries the moment they wake up and can then investigate them with this beautiful book. They can also figure out the reasons for nightmares and discover how other events occurring in their lives may affect what they dream about.

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9. You vs. the Book

Featuring an awesome maze on the cover, this book is bursting with perplexing puzzles, brain-busters and heaps of quirky fun. Test yourself with a series of quizzes and conundrums, ranging from easily-solvable puzzles to tougher challenges that may require more patience, perseverance and skill. They include mazes, observational tests and memory games, perfect for brain-training and hours of enjoyment.

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10. This Is Not a Maths Book

Anna Weltman

This innovative activity book cleverly combines maths and art for a fun and creative learning experience. Packed full of simple activity lessons, it's sure to engage even the most maths-shy children. Each page features a fun drawing activity with a subtle mathematical basis, coupled with incredible maths facts. Children will be creating beautiful designs in no time, including Celtic knots and fractal and anamorphic art, perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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  • AEUWQ 5 years +
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    This is a wonderful flap book introducing children to the way their own bodies work in a fun and informative way. It is a new, smaller format of the "Look Inside" series, perfect for little fingers. It is full of surprises to keep enquiring minds entertained, including flaps beneath flaps and a cheeky peek inside a toilet cubicle. Young readers' minds will boggle as they learn about how their brains work, what happens when they eat, how their lungs use oxygen and much more.
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    From the experts at Usborne, this is a brilliantly interactive resource that will help children learn all about the countries of the world. With fantastic stickers and insightful facts, this proves a useful introduction to geography and features a range of famous capital cities. Famous world landmarks are also featured, including the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Astronaut Academy - Paperback - 9781782403937 - Steve Martin
    ASAC 8 years +
    8 years +
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    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
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    Learn all about numbers with the Gruffalo and friends through five fantastic puzzles. Count from one piece to five with Mouse, Snake, Fox, Owl, and the Gruffalo! This chunky board book is perfect for small paws, and young Gruffalo fans will love discovering a favourite character on every spread! An exciting new My First Gruffalo jigsaw series from the best-selling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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    An awesome activity book that cleverly combines maths and art, This Is Not a Maths Book is packed full of simple activity lessons for engaging maths-shy children aged 9 and above.

    With each page featuring a fun drawing activity (with a mathematical basis) alongside incredible maths facts and more, they will soon be making beautiful designs - including Celtic knots and fractal and anamorphic art - to share with friends and family whilst learning (shh, don't tell them!) about the wonders of geometry.

    An innovative book that is as entertaining as it is educational!
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    This innovative book has a cool maze on the cover and is bursting with interactive puzzles, brain busters and quirky fun.

    There are quizzes, conundrums and puzzles to test any child's brain and they range from the easily solvable to ones that may require more patience, practice and skill.

    Among the tricky challenges are mazes, observational tests and memory games.
  • Usborne First Sticker Book: Optical Illusions - Paperback - 9781474924061 - Sam Taplin
    FSOI 5 years +
    5 years +
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    With over 150 stickers, this Usborne book will introduce children aged 5 and over to the eye-boggling joy of optical illusions.

    There are mysterious movements, shifting shapes and wobbling arrows that will be created when the stickers are stuck on the pages to complete the images. The book also provides scientific explanations for why each illusion happens.

    Ideal for learning about sight and vision, this book can also help children develop their hand-eye coordination skills.
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    Coming with a lock so children can keep them all secret, this journal can help them unlock the mysteries of their dreams.

    It explains what dreams mean and even provides tips and tricks for making the most of the things children's minds thinks about while they're fast asleep.

    Children can jot down their dreams the moment they wake up and discover all sorts of things with this beautiful book. It gives children the chance to analyse their dreams, figure out the reasons for bad dreams and think about how the things happening in their life could affect what they were dreaming about.
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    A beautiful keepsake book of a classic tale, this edition of Lewis Carroll's much-loved Alice in Wonderland features a number of pop-up surprises and exciting sounds that will make little ones feel as if they are joining Alice on her incredible adventures. With stunning colour illustrations, this is a book that will also delight parents with its fantastical storyline and is sure to evoke strong memories from childhood. It features all the beloved characters that have made their mark in literary history including the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle and the Mad Hatter.

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    Bestselling author-and-illustrator team Janet and Allan Ahlberg will capture your child's imagination with the Jolly Postman's familiar faces and exciting back stories!

    There's 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 more!

    A lovely bedtime story for children aged 3 and over.