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Here are our recommended books for preschool children up to about 5 years old. Choose a category or scroll down for highlights.

Lift-the-flap first questions and answers

These delightful books answer some of the biggest questions for small children through charming illustrations and flaps to lift.

Exquisitely illustrated, a delight to look at. The sort of thing that really intrigues young children. The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2016 judges on How do Flowers Grow?

Big Book of Trains

"The large format means the wonderful illustrations are really engaging and there’s also space for plenty of snippets of text – the sort of facts small boys love to learn and retain."

Read Carla's Parent's pick review

Big Book of Trains: an Usborne Parent's Pick

Word books for little children

Children will love spotting all the dinosaurs, animals, flags and more in these colourful word books.

Usborne Quicklinks

Listen to a pronunciation guide for every dinosaur in 199 Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals on Usborne Quicklinks.

Pop-up books

These pop-up books have delightful surprises on every page, and they’re a perfect size for little hands.

Step into the garden and share the joys of the great outdoors in a picture perfect, pop-up extravaganza! Lancashire Evening Post review of Pop-up Garden

Maths books for young children

Slide and see: Adding at the Circus

Young children will love moving the sliders to make the circus animals do tricks and reveal the answers to simple sums. Find out more...

Slide and see adding at the circus

Slide and see: Taking Away

Introduce young children to the concept of taking away with this delightful interactive book. Find out more...

Slide and see taking away

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning game that helps children learn to read.

It was created and funded by the Usborne Foundation – a charity set up by Peter Usborne, founder of Usborne Publishing.

You can find out more and play the game for free at Teach Your Monster to Read.

Teach Your Monster to Read