Start a culture of reading in your kids from a young age with these fab, beautifully illustrated books.
First Facts and Flaps: Brilliant Body
by Kristina Routh (illus. Naray Yoon)
Age: 3 to 5 years
In First Facts and Flaps: Brilliant Body preschoolers discover the wonders of the human body through over thirty flaps, a turn-and-learn wheel and a giant fold-out ending. With colourful scenes by Naray Yoon and rhymes to introduce each topic, this fun novelty book encourages young children to learn as they play. All facts are age-appropriate, picture-led and fact-checked by Kristina Routh, a medical doctor and experienced medical writer, editor and consultant. Discover more titles in the First Facts and Flaps series with Amazing Animals, Giant Dinosaurs and Super Space.
My Magical Sea Unicorn
My Magical Series by Campbell Books (illus. Yujim Shin)
Ages: 1 to 5 years
Enter a magical world and go on an underwater adventure with a helpful sea unicorn! With push, pull and turn mechanisms and a sparkly foil cover wheel, My Magical Sea Unicorn has plenty to keep little ones engaged and entertained. Yujin Shin’s beautifully coloured illustrations are paired with gentle rhyming text and lots of things to spot in four bright and busy magical scenes. Enjoy more magical adventures with My Magical Unicorn, My Magical Dragon and My Magical Mermaid.
The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes
by Julia Donaldson (illus. Lydia Monks)
Ages: 3 to 7 years
A glittering magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard and Sugarlump and the Unicorn. When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound – Click-click! Click-click! A bear with a backpack is following her! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary – these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there’s a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way? The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes is an exciting adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. Full of action and imagination, and with a delightfully unexpected ending, this gorgeously glittery book is one to enjoy over and over again. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by Noma Dumezweni.
We’re Going to the Dentist
Big Steps Series by Campbell Books (illus. Marion Cocklico)
Ages: 1 to 5 years
The Big Steps series is designed to help little ones (and their parents or carers) with new everyday experiences. In We’re Going to the Dentist, Nancy and Teddy go for a dental check-up. This novelty book with a sweet story has fun flaps to lift and mechanisms to move, as well as practical tips for parents and carers on each page, endorsed by leading Early Years Consultant, Dr Amanda Gummer. With delightful illustrations from Marion Cocklico, We’re Going to the Dentist is the perfect book for sharing and reassuring little people. For more toddler tips, read We’re Having A Baby, I’m Not Sleepy, No More Nappies, I’m Starting Nursery, We’re Going to the Doctor, I Can Get Dressed and Can You Say Please?
Published by Pan Macmillan. Images supplied.