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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These books are filled with friendly information for young children about friends, well-being and getting ready for school.
Join five animal friends as they start school in this delightful introduction to the school day, from getting dressed in the morning to home time. Charming illustrations describe the school day and some of the early years concepts children will learn, including colours, numbers and counting, getting dressed, seasons and more.
This delightful sticker book helps young children talk about their lives through topics such as friends, family, food and feelings. Each double page introduces children to a different topic, including My body, What I can do, What am I good at?, and Growing and changing. With simple activities and over 100 stickers to complete the pages. Also available as a hardback library edition with no stickers and with a contents page and index.
From getting dressed to making friends, this gentle introduction to the Early Years curriculum has lots of useful information The Bookseller review of All You Need to Know Before You Start School
Young children will love moving the sliders to make the circus animals do tricks and reveal the answers to simple sums. Counting the animals on the page, then moving the slider to add one more, shows how addition works in a simple yet entertaining way. Find out more...
Introduce young children to the concept of taking away with this delightful interactive book. Children can count the animals in each scene, then move the slider so one disappears and see how many animals there are now. Find out more...
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.
Lively stories and activity books with rhyming phonics-based text specially written to help children learn to read.