Jean and Gareth Adamson

The creators of Topsy and Tim, Jean and Gareth Adamson met at Goldsmiths College while studying. Gareth produced the storylines for these classic books and Jean drew the artwork. The books were published by Ladybird.

The Topsy and Tim books have sold over 21 million copies worldwide and even inspired a couple of hit TV series - one animated and a more recent one in live action. Gareth Adamson was born in 1957 and deied in 1982 while Jean was born on 29 February, 1928. She received an MBE in 1999 and was made an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths College in 2016.


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Jean and Gareth Adamson Books

  • TYTM 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim: First Experiences Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    (5) Hand-picked favourites
    Topsy and Tim are a pair of characters who have introduced children to all sorts of first experiences over the years and this slipcased 10-book collection will become essential for any preschoolers.

    Throughout the books, they have fun together and go through many first experiences including going to the doctor; playing football; and suffering from itchy heads due to lice - every parent's nightmare.

    Written by Jean and Gareth Adamson, this trusted pair have sold over 21 million copies since their first book was published over 50 years ago.

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  • TOX2 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim: The New Baby (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    The adventures of fun-loving twins Topsy and Tim can help youngsters cope with tricky first experiences and Topsy and Tim: New Baby, by Jean Adamson, is a reassuring read if your toddler is about to become a big brother or sister.

    Topsy and Tim's friend Tony feels a bit jealous when his mum holds baby Jack but he soon discovers that there are lots of advantages to being big! And his mum has clever ways of involving him!
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  • ADVBL 3 years +

    Start School (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

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    Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this start school story is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim: Start School" follow Topsy and Tim as they learn where to hang their coats, find out all about the classroom and make new friends. Topsy and Tim are a trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences' such as starting school, Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Re-launched in April 2008 with the bestselling titles "Learning to Swim", "The New Baby", "Start School", "Go on an Aeroplane", "Go Green" and "Have a Birthday Party" these wonderful books deserve a place on the bookshelves of the next generation.
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  • AHAPM 3 years +

    Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Numbers (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    "Start School with Topsy and Tim: First Numbers" is a lovely, easy-to-use activity book for children who are starting to learn how to count. Help your child practise writing numbers with the bright, colourful activities in this wipe-clean book. Each number from zero to ten has a page of fun activities including tracing over the number, drawing, linking a number to a picture and circling the correct number of things. Children can wipe the page clean and practice again and again. Topsy and Tim are lovely, friendly characters who do all the same things real children do. Learning with Topsy and Tim is fun and reassuring for young children who have just started school or who will be starting soon and want to get a head start. It includes a free pen with the book.
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  • AHAPE 3 years +

    Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Writing (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Learning to write is fun with "Topsy and Tim's Wipe Clean First Writing". "Start School with Topsy and Tim: First Writing", brought to you by Ladybird, is a lovely, easy-to-use activity book for children who are starting to learn the alphabet. Help your child practise writing letters with this bright, colourful wipe-clean book. Each letter is shown with a picture (such as 'A for Apple') and with two rows of letters drawn in dotted lines that children can draw over with their special pen. Then they can wipe the page clean and practice again! Each letter is also shown with arrows so children know where to place the pen. Left-handed options are shown in blue. A free pen is included with the book. Topsy and Tim are lovely, friendly characters who do all the things real children do. Learning with Topsy and Tim is fun and reassuring. Look out for "Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Numbers" and all the other Topsy and Tim books: "Topsy and Tim: Help a Friend"; "Topsy and Tim: Go on a Trainl Topsy and Time Meet the Police"; "Topsy and Tim: Go to the Doctor"; "Topsy and Tim: Go to the Dentist"; "Topsy and Tim: Go to the Zoo"; Topsy and Tim Visit London"; "Topsy and Tim: Go on an Aeroplane"; Topsy and Tim: Go Camping"; "Topsy and Tim Safety First"; "Topsy and Tim: The New Baby"; "Topsy and Tim Meet the Firefighters"; "Topsy and Tim have Itchy Heads"; "Topsy and Tim: Play Football"; "Topsy and Tim: Buckets and Spades"; "Topsy and Tim: Car Games"; "Topsy and Tim: little Shoppers"; "Topsy and Tim: At the Farm"; "Topsy and Tim: Little Lost Rabbit"; "Topsy and Tim: The Big Surprise"; "Topsy and Tim: Go to the Park"; "Topsy and Tim: Look After their Pets"; "Topsy and Tip: Have Chickenpox"; It also includes "Topsy and Tim: Make a New Friend"; "Topsy and Tim: Busy Builders"; "Topsy and Tim"; "Meet the Police"; "Topsy and Tim: Red Boots, Yellow Boots"; "Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Start School"; "Topsy and Tim: Start School"; "Topsy and Tim: Learn to Swim"; "Topsy and Tim: Have a Birthday Party"; "Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Have a Happy Birthday"; "Topsy and Tim: Go to Hospital"; "Topsy and Tim Go for Gold"; "Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Go on an Aeroplane".
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  • ADUXN 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim Meet the Police (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim: Meet the Police", the twins' class is visited by two Police Officers, who explain to the children what their jobs involve. Topsy and Tim find out about stranger danger, learn about safe places to play, and even get to visit the police station themselves when they find somebody's belongings. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', "Topsy and Tim" books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. "Topsy & Tim" remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • BGRWL 3 years +

    Go on a Train (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: Go on a Train, the twins are going to visit their Granny, and Mummy decides to take them on the train. Topsy and Tim get to see the bustle of the train station, and then they learn about using trolleys, showing tickets, and going through tunnels! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • ADUYC 3 years +

    Go to the Dentist (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

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    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim: Go to the Dentist", children can find out how to keep their teeth healthy and discover that going to the dentist isn't such a scary experience after all. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', "Topsy and Tim" books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. "Topsy & Tim" remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans, these wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • AWWOB 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim: Have Their Eyes Tested (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: Have Their Eyes Tested, Topsy needs to see the optometrist to make sure that she doesn't need glasses. Find out what happens when you have your eyes tested with Topsy and Tim! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognizable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans.
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  • AHATM 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim Visit London (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim: Visit London", the twins have an exciting trip to the capital city. They see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, and even meet the famous Beefeaters at the Tower of London. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', "Topsy and Tim" books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • ADWDP 4 years +

    Topsy and Tim Safety First (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own.

    In Topsy and Tim: Safety First, the children learn all kinds of things about safety, including crossing the road, playing safely in the garden and using their special booster seats in the car!

    A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through first experiences, Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while reimagined in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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    Go to Hospital (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: Go to Hospital, Tim has fallen out of a tree and bumped his head. He's a little nervous about going to hospital, but he soon finds out how nice the Doctors and Nurses are, and there are lots of other children on the ward to play with too. The only problem now is making sure Topsy doesn't feel left out! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • BCXHT 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim: Go on Holiday (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: Go on Holiday Topsy, Tim, Mummy and Dad are off on holiday, but the journey there is an eventful one! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognizable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans.
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  • ADUVT 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim Meet the Firefighters (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim Meet the Firefighters", the twins have an exciting day out at the fire station! They get to see all the fire appliances and learn about fire safety. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • AQPTA 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim: First Sleepover (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Well-known twins Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim: First Sleepover the twins are spending the night at their friend Tony's house. It's a lot of fun but it can be tricky being away from Mummy and Dad as well. How will they get on staying away from home for the first time? With a trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Topsy and Tim is now also a popular live-action TV series on CBeebies!
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  • AHXBW 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim Meet Father Christmas (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Join Topsy and Tim on a new adventure as they meet Father Christmas in this Ladybird festive stocking-filler, the ideal gift for your little one. Topsy and Tim are just like you! Their adventures are the perfect stories to reassure young children as they go through similar experiences themselves. In Topsy and Tim Meet Father Christmas the family are off to the local garden centre to choose a Christmas tree, and while they are there the twins meet a very special person. Inside Santa's Grotto is none other than Father Christmas himself! Topsy and Tim promise that they have been good all year, so Father Christmas gives them both a special present to take home. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim's stories have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves. Other titles are Topsy and Tim The New Baby, Topsy and Tim Have a Birthday party, Topsy and Tim Go on an Aeroplane, Topsy and Tim Play football, Topsy and Tim Go on a train, Topsy and Tim Learn to swim, Topsy and Tim Start school, Topsy and Tim Go camping, Topsy and Tim Go to hospital, Topsy and Tim Go to the zoo, Topsy and Tim Go to the dentist, Topsy and Tim At the farm, Topsy and Tim Go to the doctor, Topsy and Tim Have itchy heads, Topsy and Tim Meet the firefighters, Topsy and Tim Meet the police, Topsy and Tim Safety first, Topsy and Tim Go for gold, and Topsy and Tim Visit London.
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  • ADUTH 3 years +

    Go to the Zoo (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim: Go to the Zoo", you can find out about all the animals they see and how the zookeepers look after them. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', "Topsy and Tim" books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. "Topsy & Tim" remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans, these wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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  • BFNXK 3 years +

    Learn to Swim (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this story is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. Going to the swimming pool for the first time can be daunting but Topsy and Tim are having fun! Follow the twins on their adventures as they have lessons, learn to swim without their armbands and take part in a swimming competition. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Re-launching in April 2008 with the bestselling titles Learning to Swim, The New Baby, Start School, Go on an Aeroplane, Go Green and Have a Birthday Party these wonderful books deserve a place on the bookshelves of the next generation.
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  • ALKQJ 3 years +

    At the Farm (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this story is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim At the Farm", the children meet all kinds of interesting animals. They help collect eggs from the chickens, and find some little ducklings learning how to swim. They are a little bit frightened when they get chased by some large geese, but Farmer Stewart soon finds them a nice job to do, helping to feed a calf.
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  • ALKNW 3 years +

    Have a Birthday Party (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this story is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. It's Topsy and Tim's birthday and that means a party! Follow their adventures as they hang the decorations, open their presents and share the fun with all their friends. A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', "Topsy and Tim" books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. "Topsy & Tim" remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Re-launching in April 2008 with the bestselling titles "Learning to Swim", "The New Baby", "Start School", "Go on an Aeroplane", "Go Green" and "Have a Birthday Party" these wonderful books deserve a place on the bookshelves of the next generation.
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  • ADUWZ 3 years +

    Go on an Aeroplane (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this story is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. "Go on an Aeroplane" shares Topsy and Tim's aeroplane adventure as they meet the stewardess, the pilot. Also, learn all about the airport and discover that sucking sweets can stop little ears from popping! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', "Topsy and Tim" books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. "Topsy & Tim" remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. Re-launching in April 2008 with the bestselling titles "Learning to Swim", "The New Baby", "Start School", "Go on an Aeroplane", "Go Green" and "Have a Birthday Party" these wonderful books deserve a place on the bookshelves of the next generation.
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  • ADUTY 3 years +

    Topsy and Tim Have Itchy Heads (Paperback)

    Jean and Gareth Adamson

    Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In "Topsy and Tim Have Itchy Heads", the twins catch head lice at school! Mummy isn't too pleased at first but soon she finds a good way of getting rid of the itchy problem! A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.
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