All About Me
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
In this, the first ever Funnybones book of all, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series. The Funnybones books are a must for children just starting to learn to read – these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort!
Three white-boned skeletons have a great night out when they set forth with the express intention to “frighten somebody”. Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton live in the dark, dark cellar of a dark, dark house on a dark, dark hill and they set out to scare in a dark, dark night. Alas, they find everyone, including the animals in the zoo, is asleep but nonetheless they entertain themselves in the playground and enjoy frightening each other instead. The jokey text is full of repetitions making it easy to read while the illustrations provide strong visual clues.
by Pat Hutchins
A TITCH storybook by award winning author, Pat Hutchins. Titch is the smallest and the youngest in his family. His brother Pete and his sister Mary have bigger bikes than Titch, kites that fly high-up in the sky and instruments that make much BIGGER noises. But when Titch plants a tiny seed thay all find out that starting off small is just the first stage of GROWING!!!
Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo
by Emma Chichester Clark
Lily and Blue Kangaroo – a friendship forever! The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results.
When Lily starts at a new school she asks Blue Kangaroo to come too. Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo is worried about going but, secretly, he can’t wait to explore and try new things – which is just as well, because the fun lasts even longer than he expected…
A reassuring story for children starting school.
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s classic, Starting School.
From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read is full of humour and fun for children and parents alike. A classic picture book which offers advice and enjoyment for the whole family before school starts.
Alfie Gets in First
by Shirley Hughes
Alfie and his mum and baby sister, Annie Rose, arrive home after shopping. While his mum struggles with the pushchair outside, Alfie rushes inside and slams the door behind him. So now Alfie’s stuck INSIDE and his mum and Annie Rose are stuck OUTSIDE without a key! Soon everyone in the street is trying to help rescue Alfie – but he’s got a plan of his own . . .
How many sleeps till my birthday?
by Mark Sperring
How Many Sleeps till my Birthday is the perfect birthday countdown book!
It’s hard to be patient when you’re only a very little bear, and Little Pip cannot wait until his birthday. And he’s driving Papa Grizzle nuts! Every day he wakes up and asks the same question. Poor Daddy Grizzle . . . and poor Pip! How will he be able to wait until the big day? Luckily, Pip has his big Daddy Grizzle there to help. An hilarious and endearing story that every parent will recognise!
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato
by Lauren Child
Patient older brother Charlie cleverly tricks his younger sister, Lola – an extremely fussy eater – into eating all her least favourite foods. Carrots are ‘orange twiglets from Jupiter’, mashed potato is ‘cloud fluff’, and the tomato-like ‘moon-squirters’ become her favourite food of all!
This is the first picture book about the brilliant brother and sister duo, Charlie and Lola. A bold and brightly-coloured book illustrated in Lauren Child’s distinctive style, incorporating a varied typeface and a characteristic combination of collage techniques, it will be completely irresistible to children and their parents. Great fun to share, this story may even persuade picky eaters to try something new.
Lollipop and Grandpa go Swimming
by Penelope Harper, illustrated by Cate James
Lollipop is learning to swim and Grandpa is on hand to help. In Lollipop’s first encounter with the big pool, they find naughty pirates, a giant octopus and a waterslide that looks and behaves suspiciously like a big blue whale.
About the series: Lollipop and Grandpa are intrepid explorers, always on the lookout for the next adventure. Underpinning the series is the relationship between an intelligent, inquisitive little girl and her mischievous grandparent who understands the workings of a child’s mind brilliantly. All stories combine the familiar trials and tribulations of being pre-school/reception age with great fantasy adventures arising from ordinary, everyday identifiable situations. Humorous, warm family fun.
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
by Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Neal Layton
Emily and her toy rabbit, Stanley, love to go on adventures together. One day when they are attempting to launch themselves into space from the kitchen, one of the Queen’s footmen knocks at the door and demands Emily give Stanley to his mistress in exchange for a brand-new teddy bear.
Emily refuses but the Queen perseveres, constantly sending her minions to bargain with the girl. In the end the naughty Queen orders for Stanley to be stolen but soon discovers that you can’t make someone else’s toy your own. Emily rescues Stanley but not before she suggests the Queen has some adventures with a brand-new teddy to make him into a ‘real toy of her own’.
With a quirky, humorous text and lively illustrations, this fantastic picture book was a deserving winner of the 2006 Nestle Gold Award. A real visual treat, it will especially appeal to any child who has a much-loved toy of their own.
by Anthony Browne
My brother is really COOL. He’s a SUPER skateboarder and he’s got MASSIVE muscles. He can run so FAST that . . . he can FLY! Yes, my brother is really COOL.
A humorous, affectionate tribute to brothers, perfect for adults and children everywhere. A brilliant follow-up to the best-selling My Dad and My Mum!
by Anthony Browne
My dad can wrestle with giants,
eat like a horse,
swim like a fish … Can yours?
A brilliant, humorous look at fatherhood from a child’s point of view, from this multi-award-winning author/illustrator.
by Anthony Browne
She’s nice, my mum . . . My mum’s a fantastic cook,and a brilliant juggler. She’s a great painter,and the strongest woman in the world! She’s really nice, my mum.
A warm, funny tribute to mums everywhere by the brilliant author/illustrator Anthony Browne.
by Rachel Bright
Fifi and Frankie are twins, but they have very different tastes. Although they like different colours and games and hate different things, they share a love for the same toy – Funny Bunny.
One day they go to visit Grandma Flo and they both want to hold Funny Bunny. After some arguing they pull him in different directions and off come his ears.
Grandma Flo talks to the twins about sharing and while she sews on Bunny’s ears, the girls work out a rota for playing with Funny Bunny throughout the week. On Sundays they all play together – which still makes Funny Bunny a little nervous!
A simple yet practical approach to the problem of sharing, ably demonstrated by big, bold, bright illustrations
My Two Grannies
by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
Alvina has two grannies who she loves with all her heart. Grannie Vero is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Grannie Rose is from the north of England. When Alvina’s parents go away on holiday, both the grannies move in to Alvina’s house to look after her. But the two grannies want to do different things, eat different food, play different games and tell different stories. The grannies get crosser and crosser with each other, but Alvina thinks of a way they can do all the things their own way so the grannies can become the best of friends.
There's an Ouch in My Pouch
by Jeanne Willis
Willaby Wallaby is not happy. There’s an ouch in the pouch and it’s making him grouch! So off he hops to the Blue Billabong to find a new home. Mummy Wombat and Mummy Possum can’t help, but the Billabong becomes scary when Willaby bumps into Ma Dingo. You and I know that a dingo has no pouch, but Ma Dingo is as cunning as a fox . . . run for your life, little Willaby, run!
Willaby bounces back to his mum, but when he learns that the ouch is just his new little sister, he realises that maybe he doesn’t need a pouch after all. He’s a big boy now and likes being free to do bounces and hops!
A truly entertaining story about toddler behaviour and the discovery of independence.
by Shirley Hughes
Dogger is the endearing story of how Dave’s beloved toy dog was lost and found. Winner of the 1977 Kate Greenaway Medal, Dogger is a timeless classic which, in simple words and detailed pictures, shows the distress the loss of a toy causes a child, as well as the reality of family life. Filled with humour and Shirley Hughes’ deft touch, this is a book for young readers to tackle by themselves, as well as a delight to read aloud.
There's a House Inside My Mummy
by Giles Andreae, illustrate by Vanessa Cabban
There’s a house inside my Mummy
Where my little brother grows,
or maybe it’s my little sister
No-one really knows.
A gentle and tender story of a little boy waiting for his little brother or sister to arrive. Told with humour and a simple rhyming text, this is the perfect picture book for all expectant brothers and sisters!