Here are our recommended books for preschool children up to about 4 years old. At this age, children are very curious about the world, and are also learning their first reading and writing skills.
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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?
These fun books will help children develop pen control and write their first letters and words. Using the special pen, they can practise their writing, wipe the page clean, then try again.
Press the buttons on the pages of this delightful book to hear the tunes for seven well-loved nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-peep, Sing a Song of Sixpence and Hey Diddle Diddle. Includes the words for each rhyme and delightful illustrations by Richard Johnson with fingertrails and cut-out shapes to discover.
Young children can discover the magic of the orchestra with this sound book. Each page has an embedded button to press to hear instruments from brass to drums, as well as the whole orchestra playing together. There are snippets of information about each instrument and a QR link to listen to the complete piece of music online.
Little children can press the buttons on the pages of this book to hear the wonderful sounds of a jungle, a hungry tiger roaring, tropical birds singing and a noisy orang-utan who isn’t yet ready for bed. The colourful pages show the jungle at night, the sun rising and more, with simple text, delightful illustrations and cut-out shapes to discover.
Little children can listen to a baby bird tweeting, frogs croaking in the pond and owls hooting when they press the pages of this delightful book. Colourful pages show the garden and pond in the sun and rain and at night. With simple text, holes to peep through and fingertrails to explore, this is a lovely first book about nature and the outdoors.
Lively stories and activity books with rhyming phonics-based text specially written to help children learn to read.