100 Best Books For Children in 2022

Best Baby Books

See five of our top baby books below – see the full list of 20 of the best baby books.

Welcome To The World

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  • What’s the story: Welcome To The World is a delightful book celebrating the birth of a new baby elephant. The story follows the colourful journey the little elephant makes as he discovers what the world has to offer.
  • Why we love it: This book is full of gentle, beautiful illustrations in full colour with a hardback cover. It makes the ideal gift for any newborn baby or as a gift at the baby shower. Plus it has the added feature on the front page, for you to write your very own personal message to make this a wonderful keepsake for years to come. This book is a timeless addition to any family bookshelf.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 6,128 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “beautiful illustrations”, “a delightful feel-good story” and “the perfect gift”.
  • Reading Age: To be enjoyed from birth (Reading Level 5-7years)
  • Author: Lucy Tapper
  • Alternative: When the World Was Waiting for You

Don’t Tickle The Dinosaur

  • What’s the story: Don’t Tickle the Dinosaur is a hilarious touchy-feely irresistible book for babies and grown ups to hear each dinosaur make a sound.
  • Why we love it: This book is fun for everyone! You just cannot resist touching the different ‘feely’ patches on each dinosaur to hear the amazing sounds they make. This book is exciting for babies, as the page turns and new sounds can be heard along with different textures to be felt. At the end, readers will discover all the dinosaurs being noisy at the same time!
  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews. From 199 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hilarious”, “fluffy buttons and clear sound effects” and “outstanding quality”.
  • Reading Age: From 6 months
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Don't Tickle The Pig

Little Jellycat – Farm Tails

  • What’s the story: Furry dog tails, curly pig tails mixed with fluff and feathers! The farm friends are ready to show you their wonderful colours and shapes as your baby can touch and feel and learn to match which tail goes on which bottom.
  • Why we love it: This book is full of colour and bright patterns. Its very soft and squishy so easy for babies to grasp and feel. Its superbly designed, with each tail having a different noise or texture making it highly interactive and exciting to babies. It is also very hardwearing which is added bonus!
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 196 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “,Excellent tactile tails” “a cute soft baby book” and “perfect for On the Go”.
  • Reading Age: Suitable from Birth
  • Author: Little Jellycat
  • Alternative Peek-a-boo Activity Book

Baby’s Very First Black and White Little Library

  • What’s the story: Delightful first books to share with a baby, These books have high contrast, black and white illustrations specially designed for babies. There are 4 books in the library including Animals, Faces, Going out and Babies, having illustrations of different emotions babies may feel, facial features such as eyes and nose, freckles and glasses and various animals babies might come across.
  • Why we love it: Each page has a black and white picture accompanied with a simple word that the reader can encourage baby to repeat, helping to develop their speech and language development. These books have thick board pages so they are great for sharing with your baby. I also find that they can be propped up easily for baby to see by themselves.
  • Reviews: Charming reviews. From 2,997 ratings 75% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include ” Perfect size for little ones” “Great high contrast books for your baby” and “perfect first books”.
  • Reading Age: Suitable from Birth
  • Illustrated by: Stella Baggott
  • Alternative: What’s the story: Little children can curl up for a peaceful moment in the middle of a busy day with this soothing music book. Simply press the pages to hear five calming classical tunes, including music by Mozart and Schubert. With delightful illustrations by Alison Friend, showing baby animals enjoying the music.
  • Why we love it: What’s not to love? A well written story, with calming music on every page. Easy to touch buttons for the tiniest of fingers, soothing tunes and visually stunning illustrations all bring this book to life! Parents can use this book to calm baby down before bedtime for a soothing nights sleep.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 231 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Excellent bedtime read” and “makes a calming read”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Black and White Board Book

Squeaky Baby Bath Book

  • What’s the story: Make baby bath time fun with this squeaky animal baby bath book. Perfect for in the bath or for high-chair play. This book has waterproof pages which babies will love to squish and bright pictures of baby animals! Discover a piglet, duckling, elephant, and baby penguin who squeaks, each with a word book label, making this baby-learning bath book clear and simple.
  • Why we love it: With its BPA-free, non-toxic and wipe-clean, squishy pages, what’s not to love! It even has a built in squeaker and squashy pages to help introduce animals to your little one.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 51 ratings 4.6 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Excellent value”, “Bright and Colourful” and “Great for teething babies”.
  • Reading Age: From birth – 3years
  • Published by: DK Children
  • Alternative: Baby Einstein - Splish Splash Bath: Bath Book (A Book in Four Languages)

Best Books For 1 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 1 year olds.

Stories for 1 Year Olds

  • What’s the story: Snuggle up close at bedtime with this wonderful collection of short stories divided by pages of poems and verse. Beautifully illustrated throughout, sit back and enjoy the charming stories such as ‘Whose scratching at my door?’ ‘Little Bunny’ and ‘What are you doing in my bed?’
  • Why we love it: There’s nothing better than picking up a chunky book and snuggling down to share it together, and this book is perfect for that. Young children can independently choose their own story from the book using the contents pages, encouraging independence and supporting an interest in reading. This book has gorgeous illustrations and plenty of rhymes to read over and over again. And, because its very cute, it makes for a great birthday gift too!
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 428 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “beautifully illustrated”, “a perfect 1st birthday gift”.
  • Reading Age: 1-3 years
  • Author: J.H Williams
  • Alternative: 5 minute Bedtime Stories

Where’s The Busy Bee?

  • What’s the story: Where’s the busy bee? Where’s the little duck? This adorable book is full of simple rhyming questions for little children to answer by looking at the illustrations.
  • Why we love it: A great hardback book, perfect size for small hands to hold. I love this book because its so much fun but focuses on children’s language skills, it really encourages the child to form sentences and talk about what they can see, its a really great book for sharing! Such a simple book, but highly rewarding to read.
  • Reviews: Really good reviews. From 7ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A fab little book”, “thrilled to receive this”
  • Reading Age: 0-2
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Where's the Little Mouse?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • What’s the story: Eric Carles The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike Its imaginative illustration and clever cutout detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.
  • Why we love it: Because its an absolute classic, and every bookshelf should have a copy! Based of the endless cycle of a butterfly , from a small tiny caterpillar, who grows into something wonderful is a story book to cherish. Teaching days of the week, the life cycle itself, and names of various foods, this book is not only educational but fun to read! You never get tired of reading this book over and over and I for sure have lost count of the times I have read to it a child, and yet still when its brought to me from the bookshelf, my initial thought is “great choice!”
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 19,694 ratings 90% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Understandably a classic” and “a must-have”.
  • Reading Age: 1-3
  • Author: Eric Carle
  • Alternative: No products found.

Fox’s Socks

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  • What’s the story: Poor old Fox has lost his socks – can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out!.
  • Why we love it: This really is a delightful book to share with your little one, each page has rhyming text, and children get really excited to see what’s under the flap, looking for the missing sock! As a mum, I love reading this book, its a fun story that really engages the child making reading time extra special.
  • Reviews: Charming reviews. From 4,614 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Simple but funny”, “a visual treat” and “More than just a story”.
  • Reading Age: 1-3
  • Author: Julia Donaldson
  • Alternative: Rabbits Nap

Bird Sounds

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  • What’s the story: Little children will love hearing the birds sing as they press the pages of this enchanting book. Each beautifully illustrated scene has simple text and cut-out shapes to discover, and a sound button to press to hear different bird sounds including baby blackbirds tweeting, a magpie chattering, ducklings quacking and a cuckoo singing.
  • Why we love it: Because the bird song is so endearing. This book is different to other sound books, this uses real life bird song to create a wonderful scene and captures the sounds of nature bringing the birds to life. Gorgeous illustrations that just make you feel good as you turn every page.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 120 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “beautiful sounds”, “loved by all” and “a great purchased”.
  • Reading Age: Suitable to listen to from birth/ Reading Level 3+
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Woodland Sounds

Best Books For 2 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 2 year olds.

The Gruffalo

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  • What’s the story: Explore the deep dark wood and discover what happens when a quick witted mouse meets a Fox, an Owl, a Snake and Oh Help! Oh No! A Gruffalo!
  • Why we love it: This book has all the right ingredients for a fun attention grabbing story. It’s read aloud rhythm captures every child in the audience making it a very pleasurable story. The characters are joyful, especially the cunning little mouse. It’s appealing and magical time after time!
  • Reviews: Spectacular reviews. From 19,241 ratings 92% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A real gem” and “Colourful and engaging”.
  • Reading Age: 2-6 years
  • Author: Julia Donaldson
  • Alternative: The Gruffalo's Child

Owl Babies

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  • What’s the story: A gentle tale of 3 baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who wake up one night to find their mummy has gone! As darkness approaches, they begin to grow anxious but they soon bounce with joy when at last, she comes back!
  • Why we love it: This is a charming reassuring book for any child who has or is experiencing separation anxiety. A classic book, with top notch illustrations. I have happily read this story over and over, and find particular enjoyment in doing the ‘voices’ for the 3 baby owls. It’s a simple storyline but with a strong reassuring message. I find this book nearly always leads on to talking about feelings, no matter what the age of the child. Its a short crisp story with a sweet ending!
  • Reviews: Heart-warming reviews. From 3,232 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Just brilliant” and “Sweet, cheerful classic”.
  • Reading Age: 2-5 years
  • Author: Martin Waddell
  • Alternative: Farmer Duck

Look Inside Space

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  • What’s the story: This is a great fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it – stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system. Find out what goes on inside the International Space Station, how astronauts visited the Moon and what they did there, as well as the history of astronomy, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Why we love it: I love this purely because it is packed full of facts. Interesting yet simple so not to overwhelm the younger child. This book is easy to digest, offering a great introduction to space. The lift the Flap element immediately grabs the attention of a curious toddler, with many pages having flaps inside flaps making it exciting and intriguing. So many aspects are briefly covered making it a fab first factual book for little ones.
  • Reviews: Superb reviews. From 3,032 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Simple and perfect” and “Easy to digest”.
  • Suitability: 2-6 years
  • Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
  • Alternative: My First Book Of Planets

Dinosaur Roar!

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  • What’s the story: A group of bold and colourful dinosaurs lead the way in this fun rhyming short story picture book. It features various types of dinosaurs paired up with a rhythm and rhyme text to distinguish between their unique features.
  • Why we love it: This isn’t just for dinosaur fans, Its fantastic for everyone! Its so so simple. Short words presented in a fun rhythmic way. In my opinion, this book relies heavily on the reading style, and if you as a reader, are prepared to have some fun with the voices then this is an absolute essential for your book shelf! So much fun to read, with characterful illustrations.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 654 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Instantly appealing” and “A firm Favourite”.
  • Suitability: 1-5 years
  • Author: Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland
  • Alternative: Dinosaur Stomp!

We Are Going On A Bear Hunt.

  • What’s the story: A delightful tale of a family seeking an adventure on a hunt for a bear. The family find numerous obstacles in their way- squishy mud, swirling snow.. they ‘Can’t go over it!’ and they ‘Can’t go under it’ so they have no choice but to ‘Go through it!’ but what surprise is waiting for them in the dark gloomy cave?
  • Why we love it: This has got to be one of the most memorable and mesmerising stories for young children that I have had the pleasure of listening too. Written by the outstanding Michael Rosen, and illustrated by the incredible Helen Oxenbury makes this an absolute all time classic. The repetitive language is so appealing along with the ‘noisy’ words used in the book – ‘Swishy’ ,’Squelchy’ that I often find myself re-telling this story over and over again whilst out in the woods on our own bear hunt! This book is precious and timeless and any bookshelf would simply be lost without it!
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 9,130 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “a very special book” and “A Must- Read”.
  • Suitability: 2-4 years
  • Author: Michael Rosen
  • Alternative: It's My Birthday!

Best Books For 3 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 3 year olds.

The Smed’s and The Smoo’s

  • What’s the story: Two aliens, 1 red and 1 blue, fall in love but their families disapprove. Love conquers all in this happy love story and is celebrated by a new purple baby!
  • Why we love it: I adore this book, another work of art by Julia Donaldson. It has a fantastic subtle message on diversity and inclusion and reminds me of the classic Romeo and Juliet scenario. It’s entertaining with amazing rhythmic text- typical of Julia Donaldson style. I love the silly names of the planets, and the nonsense made up words in this story which makes it funny for little ones and inspires their imagination – what would it be like to live there? There’s also some cheeky little references to the all time favourite The Gruffalo.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 8,975 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Another fantastic book” and ” Appreciates diversity”.
  • Reading Age: 3-5
  • Author: Julia Donaldson
  • Alternative: Superworm

The Colour Monster

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  • What’s the story: One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour. What is the Colour Monster feeling? And can you help him feel a little less mixed up?
  • Why we love it: What a great story! A colour Monster learning to express emotions. Stunning illustrations make this a hit with children and adults, making them want to read it over and over again. This is a great tool to use in supporting children in dealing with their feelings and helping them understand that it’s ok to feel all those different emotions. It’s a real positive simple narrative , easy to relate too and the pictures support the storyline helping to visually explain about emotions. Brilliant!
  • Reviews: Sweet reviews. From 3,962 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A must-buy” and ” Just Wow!”.
  • Reading Age: 2-4
  • Author: Anna Llenas
  • Alternative: The Worrysaurus

The Wonky Donkey

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  • What’s the story: Who ever heard of a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey? This hilarious picture book will have children – and adults – braying with laughter!
  • Why we love it: Myself and my children find this book absolutely hilarious, every time! It has got to be read out loud for maximum laughter. I can’t say exactly what is so funny about this story, all I know is that you just have to laugh when listening, and even more so when reading it- it’s not like any other book I’ve read! On an education note, it teaches excellent rhyming and poetry and inspires your imagination. The illustrations are humorously unique, an all time favourite on our bookshelf.
  • Reviews: Terrific reviews. From 57,555 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include ” Funniest book ever!” and ” Highly amusing”.
  • Reading Age: 2-6
  • Author: Craig Smith
  • Alternative: The Dinky Donkey

There’s A Dragon In Your Book

  • What’s the story: A simple story about a dragon, who hatches out of an egg- in YOUR book! Turn the pages, and use your imagination to save the day!
  • Why we love it: The concept of this book is unique. A book where your actions influence the story. Highly interactive, where the reader is involved on every page. I love how the child is asked to carry out simple tasks to help save the day. Keeps the reader totally engaged from start to finish. It’s colourful, bold and a really fun book, makes a nice change to a stereotypical story book.
  • Reviews: Great reviews. From 4,942 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Brilliant and fun” and “So so clever”.
  • Reading Age: 2-4
  • Author: Tom Fletcher
  • Alternative: There's A Unicorn In Your Book

Questions and Answers About Dinosaurs

  • What’s the story: If you know a child who is obsessed with dinosaurs and constantly asking about these amazing prehistoric creatures, this engaging, interactive flap book will answer lots of their questions. With entertaining and informative illustrations and over 50 flaps to lift and look beneath.
  • Why we love it: This book is amazing for answering all those first common questions that young children have when it comes to dinosaurs. It’s like a little treasure trove of information. Each page is full of flaps to lift and learn, answering questions that most 3 year olds genuinely ask. The language is so simple so it’s easy to follow but still allows an element of learning with words such as ‘Carnivore’, giving the perfect balance. There is a contents page making it easy to break it down into sections, for finding that one bit of information your looking for. The Illustrations captivate a wide range of age groups, from 3 up to around 7years, so this book is great value for money.
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 2,449 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include ” Brilliant learning tool” and ” An Engaging Treasure”.
  • Reading Age: 2-6
  • Author: Katie Daynes
  • Alternative: Questions and Answers About Animals

Best Books For 4 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 4 year olds.

Jack and The Beanstalk

  • What’s the story: Based on the traditional fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack’s mother is very angry when he swaps their only cow for some magic beans. Jack watches in amazement as his magic beans grow into a beanstalk that reaches beyond the clouds and before Jack knows it, he is off on a big adventure.
  • Why we love it: This is a great version of the classic fairy tale. It’s a perfect length for 4-5 year olds who are looking for a good story to settle down too. The illustrations help to make the story clear and encourage the use of the child’s imagination . This is an ideal level of book as it introduces so many new words to entice new readers and develop their vocabulary.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 1,076 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Classic tale” and “Super book”.
  • Reading Age: 4-9
  • Author: Carol Ottolenghi
  • Alternative: Goldilocks and The Three Bears

See Inside Your Body

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  • What’s the story: This astonishingly inventive title allows young children to discover the inner workings of the human body in a gently humorous, yet wholly accurate way. Lift over 50 flaps to take a look the major organs of the human body and how it all works.
  • Why we love it: A Brilliant book for introducing the fundamental parts of the human body. As with many Lift- The-Flap books, it gives an element of excitement and surprise, and, well I am surprised at how much logical information is loaded into this book, but all in a very easy to understand format. There is just enough information to satisfy your need for facts, but not too much that it cannot be absorbed. The quality of the book is exceptional, and I would imagine the shelf life of a book like this is very long.
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 3,945 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Our favourite non fiction” and “Highly recommend”.
  • Reading Age: 4-6
  • Author: Katie Daynes
  • Alternative: Book of The Brain

The Dinosaur That Pooped A Princess

  • What’s the story: Danny and Dinosaur are convinced that a damsel in distress needs their help… the only problem is, they aren’t sure where she actually is. So they set off through Fairy Tale Land to track her down, but things don’t go exactly to plan…Can Dinosaur make it through Fairy Tale Land without eating everything in sight? And do all princesses really need to be rescued?
  • Why we love it: This is a fun book, from a great series of stories by Tom Fletcher. It brings together all the elements that any 4 year old generally loves to talk about.. Dinosaurs, Princesses and poo! This book is designed to be full of silliness and character, but has fantastic illustrations to compliment it. It’s a great fast pace book to encourage your child to sit down and enjoy together.
  • Reviews: Terrific reviews. From 2,282 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Ace” and “Very funny”.
  • Reading Age: 3-5
  • Author: Tom Fletcher
  • Alternative: The Dinosaur That pooped a Pirate

You Choose

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  • What’s the story: Imagine you could go anywhere, meet anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . you choose!
  • Why we love it: This is such an interesting concept, great for a mixture of ages. It really gets you thinking, and introduces the concept of decision making and choice to younger children. This book allows for great discussion with whoever is sharing the book, whether it be one child or 10, there’s so much to elaborate on, so many questions you can ask.. ‘Why?’ What are your reasons for choosing that?’ So much support for developing language and vocabulary. It’s vibrant book with fab illustrations, it’s exciting and thought provoking and great fun to share! A big hit with my 4 year old (and my 8 year old)!
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 2,404 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Inspirational” and “Super adventure book”.
  • Reading Age: 3-6
  • Author: Pippa Goodhart
  • Alternative: You Choose In Space

The Detective Dog

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  • What’s the story: Peter’s dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work solving mysteries and finding all Peter’s lost toys. But Nell has other talents too . . .When she’s not cracking cases, Nell goes to school with Peter and listens to the children read. Books about dinosaurs, books about space and even books about dogs – Nell loves them all! But one day Peter and Nell arrive at school to find all the books have disappeared! Who could have taken them, and why? Luckily, Detective Dog Nell, with help from the whole class, is ready to sniff out the thief!
  • Why we love it: It’s a sweet book, about a dog who goes to school. It’s got mystery and adventure and every page brings a smile. The book is good for teaching rhyme, repetition and rhetorical questions as the book uses these a lot. Nell is a great fictional dog, who is a fab advocate for promoting the value of using a library which is a great message to share. The art work is incredible, really bringing the story to life. A Must- buy yet again from a legendary author.
  • Reviews: Excellent reviews. From 4,565 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Classic in the making” and “Fabulous and Fun”.
  • Reading Age: 3-5
  • Author: Julia Donaldson
  • Alternative: The Hospital Dog

Best Books For 5 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 5 year olds.

My First Reading Library

  • What’s the story: The first 22 books are taken from Usborne Very First Reading. With these your child takes the first steps in reading with your help, following the phonics methods used in school. The next 12 books are taken from Usborne First Reading Level One. These delightful and very short stories are for children to try reading themselves. 16 further books are takes from Usborne First Reading Level Two. These slightly longer stories will build stamina and reading confidence.
  • Why we love it: This collection is great, it comes with colour coded spines so you can see quickly which book is the right level for your child at that moment, and it’s exciting for the child when they can move on to the next colour, great for rewarding their reading and meeting their own personal goals. The stories and tales are lovely, and the repetition of words works wonders for new readers. I love how the first set has a part for the adult and a part for the new reader, to help build confidence and introduce independent reading slowly, then I love how the next stage is slightly tricky but still manageable ,working their way up to being an independent reader. Great illustrations, and variety of stories to suit all. I would imagine these books would still be enjoyed once the child becomes a confident fluent reader.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 518 ratings 88 % parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Good buy” and “A fantastic set” .
  • Reading Age: 5-8
  • Author: Usborne (Various)
  • Alternative: My Second Reading Library

First Big Book of Dinosaurs

  • What’s the story: Featuring spectacular dinosaur art by Franco Tempesta, illustrator of “The Ultimate Dinopedia”, this book will deliver all kids’ favourite dinosaurs and introduce them to fascinating new ones. Each chapter will focus on a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. This book will be filled with all of the facts that young dino fans will love, and will include interactivity in every chapter and parent tips to help carry a child’s experience beyond the page.
  • Why we love it: A really simple but informative book grouping all the dinosaurs together and jam packed full of facts, names and parts of the dinosaurs. I love how each dinosaur name has the phonetics included (they are easy to read and inspire kids to vocalize each one); and on top of that, the artwork is fantastic, it’s full of vibrantly colourful pages and printed on quality paper. An exceptional book for a dinosaur fan!
  • Reviews: Highly rated reviews. From 10,442 ratings 84% parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Dinotastic” and “Great content” .
  • Reading Age: 5-8
  • Author: Catherine D Hughes
  • Alternative: National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space

Chocolate Cake

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  • What’s the story: When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . .CHOCOLATE CAKE! Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.
  • Why we love it: A great story told from the perspective of the author, whose mum always made his favourite treat, chocolate cake, when he was a boy. Every time I have read this book, the children have been engrossed, they love asking questions about why he sneaks out of bed, and talking about their own experiences of eating cake. My 5 year old and 7 year old adore this book, and often read it together, where you can here them chuckling away! My eldest describing it as ” such a happy book”, and it really does put me in a good mood whenever I read it.. The You-tube video to go with it, is exceptional too!
  • Reviews: Superb reviews. From 303 ratings 83% parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Absolute Gem” and “Brilliant Story” .
  • Reading Age: 4-6
  • Author: Michael Rosen
  • Alternative: Michael Rosen's Book of Very Silly Poems

Man On The Moon

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  • What’s the story: Bob is everyone’s favourite man on the moon; follow him on his daily adventures. Bob has a special job – looking after the moon. He keeps it clean and entertains passing space tourists as well as giving guided tours. He knows everything about the moon and that there is definitely no such thing as aliens!
  • Why we love it: As the title suggests, This book is about a day in the life of Bob, a man who lives on Earth but works on the Moon. The pictures are fantastic throughout, a kind of bold exaggerated lifelike style, really eye-catching which aids the understanding of the story. I like the simplicity of the story line, yet it is a humorous tale, in particular, the part that tells you that Bob says “There’s no such thing as aliens” but.. aliens are hidden in every picture on every page! Children will love being able to see something which the character does not. 
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 527 ratings 84% parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Fantastic” and “Beautifully Illustrated” .
  • Reading Age: 5-8
  • Author: Simon Bartram
  • Alternative: Traction Man Is Here

Usborne Phonics Readers

  • What’s the story: Usborne Phonics Readers 20 Books Collection Box Set includes the titles: Ted in a red bed, Ted’s Shed, Ted’s makes a road, Mouse moves house, Hen’s pens, Fox on a box, Fat cat on a mat, Big pig on a dig, Frog on a log, Goose on the loose, Underpants for Ants, Croc gets a Shock, Bee makes tea, Bug in a rug, Cow takes a bow, Snail brings the mail, Crow in the Snow, Goat in a boat, Llamas in pyjamas, Raccoon on the moon. 
  • Why we love it: I have this set for my own children, and they are just incredible. Absolutely stunning illustrations, and fab stories make these a total joy to read. My 5 year old is beginning to read these independently after having me read them previously. It’s a great way to build on their reading skills and confidence .Each book is a great size, a square, light book, so easy to hold whilst the child is thinking about their reading. They have a gorgeous feel about them, and are so inviting that even I want to read them too! The stories are great too, with rhyming words, and words that will be taught at school. Excellent for beginners!
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 374 ratings 89 % parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A must have” and ” A good range of books” .
  • Reading Age: 5-7
  • Author: Usborne (various)
  • Alternative: First Little Readers

Best Books For 6 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 6 year olds.

Stig Of The Dump

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  • What’s the story: Barney is a solitary little boy, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit when it gives way and he lands in a sort of cave. Here he meets ‘somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes’ wearing a rabbit skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. Of course nobody believes Barney when he tells his family all about Stig, but for Barney cave-man Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learning each others ways and embarking on a series of unforgettable adventures.
  • Why we love it: I read this as a child, so I just had to buy it for my own children. I have fond memories of snuggling up on a rainy day reading this, and I remember reading it many times! It’s a true classic. It is written with an engaging writing style, which grabs you from the get go! The book takes the form of a text based novel rather than a picture book, although there are several illustrative sketches at the beginning of each chapter and scattered throughout the text, and tells a beautiful story of friendship and trust, and how despite challenges, friendships can be formed when you least expect it. A Magical modern ending just completes this wonderful classic book.
  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews. From 1,673 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A Classic” and “A great find”.
  • Reading Age: 6-8
  • Author: Clive King
  • Alternative: A Stone Age Boy

The Enormous Crocodile

  • What’s the story: The Enormous Crocodile is starting to feel a bit peckish… what should he have for his lunch? This foul fiend – the greediest croc in the whole river – wants to eat something juicy and delicious. His teeth sparkle like knives in the sun and he’s getting hungrier and hungrier… But what can the greedy grumptious brute guzzle up? Oh no! Beware- He’s looking for someone… someone who looks a lot like YOU!
  • Why we love it: I find this to be a fantastic introduction to the world of Roald Dahl. It’s a short story, not to heavy but very enjoyable. Perfect length for a child who is beginning to read independently. The always fabulous illustrations from Quentin Blake have you chuckling to yourself. This is great book for a child who likes a bit of humour, and a ‘good’ guy – ‘bad’ guy story line.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 2,809 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Very Funny” and “An entertaining read”.
  • Reading Age: 5-7
  • Author: Roald Dahl
  • Alternative: The Twits

Awesome Jokes

  • What’s the story: A power pack of punchlines that’s sure to get grandfathers groaning, mothers moaning and best friends begging for more. They’re all in here: more than a hundred classics, twisted originals, and brand awesome jokes.
  • Why we love it: A fresh and friendly joke book for the whole family. What’s not to love! Full of side splitting jokes that are simple enough for a 6 year old to understand and easy to read text, makes this the perfect tool for keeping your 6 year old reading day and night!
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 6,787 ratings 4.6 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A fresh great book” and “Worth buying”.
  • Reading Age: 6+
  • Author: Mat Waugh
  • Alternative: Would You Rather..?

Dog Man

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  • What’s the story: George and Harold have created a new breed of justice — one that is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
  • Why we love it: This book is sure to get your child reading! It’s Brilliant. A comic style book with cartoon illustrations, and wacky storylines makes even the most reluctant readers want to pick this up! From the creator of the Captain Underpants film, this book is hugely popular amongst 6 year olds and above. There is a mixture of text and drawings to keep the reader intrigued and engaged. It’s definitely a fun read!
  • Reviews: Awesome reviews. From 12,791 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Instant Hit” and “Big thumbs up”.
  • Reading Age: 6-10
  • Author: Dav Pilkey
  • Alternative: Dog Man Unleashed

A Classic Case of Dr Seuss

  • What’s the story:  A classic collection of twenty of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories – in one wonderful case!
  • Why we love it: Who doesn’t love a Dr Seuss book? They are quirky, funny and sometimes complete nonsense but I remember them well from my own childhood! This series is a total gem, 20 of his most famous books. They come colour coded: blue for the pre-read stage, green when the child starts reading on their own, and yellow when they are more confident readers, so amazing value, and great for rewarding the child and building on their confidence and reading stamina. The best thing is, the box is small enough so it doesn’t take too much shelf space, and still the text has large fonts and is very comprehensible.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 723 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “An incredible set” and “These books have it all”.
  • Reading Age: 5-8
  • Author: Dr Seuss
  • Alternative: The Lorax

Best Books For 7 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 7 year olds.

The Ice Monster

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  • What’s the story: When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more… A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!
  • Why we love it: The story line in this book is so cute and sweet and well thought out. Elsie’s friendship with everyone was is so heart warming and beautiful. The pacing is great, I struggled to put the book down as I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters are noble and funny with moments of humour .There are so many Illustrations in this book and it’s filled with lots of funny conversations and adventures. This book is a mixture of cuteness and sadness and I just adore it.
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 8,535 ratings 85% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “An Adventure fit for everyone” and “Filled with Fun”.
  • Reading Age: 7-10
  • Author: David Walliams
  • Alternative: The Beast of Buckingham Palace

The Usborne Reading Collection for Confident Readers

  • What’s the story: A broad range of story styles. The first 25 Books in this collection are taken from the Usborne Young Reading Series Two in which many of the stories are adaptations of timeless world classics for children and adults alike… The next 15 Books are taken from the Usborne Young Reading Series Three which include longer adaptations to develop the readers’ stamina, and also history books and biographies too giving the child a wider curriculum through each book. This collection box set has 40 books
  • Why we love it: This is an amazing collection of books, in two levels. Perfect for independent reading. It has some real classics, that have been adapted for younger readers. 40 great titles, some classic tales, some educational which are all really easy to digest, and all with illustrations on each page. I would say this collection would last a while, and makes for some very interesting and captivating reading,
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 173 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Very useful” and “A great set of books”.
  • Reading Age: 6-10
  • Author: various
  • Alternative: Usborne Young Reading Collection

Anisha, Accidental Detective 

  • What’s the story: Anisha is all set to be a (reluctant) bridesmaid at Aunty Bindi’s wedding…until a secret ransom note arrives. Bindi’s groom has been kidnapped and will only be released IF THE WEDDING IS CALLED OFF! With best friend Milo, mischievous Granny Jas, a runaway lobster, a kitten-loving giant, and some super skills of logic and observation, it’s up to Anisha Mistry to find her uncle, before the big family wedding of the year becomes a big disaster.
  • Why we love it: A very funny interesting book, with some intriguing characters!  I would describe it as a fun detective story with lots of twists and turns that will keep children interested. Overall, this is a nifty little mystery full of fantastic characters and rich in culture. It was absorbing and delightful to read.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 425 ratings 4.7 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A fun and face paced book” and “very funny and exciting”.
  • Reading Age: 7-11
  • Author: Serena Patel
  • Alternative: School's Cancelled

Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60

  • What’s the story: From lethal beauties to killer beasts, from the unseen to the unexpected, the one thing these creatures have in common is that they are all deadly to other animals. Steve’s encounters range from famous killers such as the Black Mamba and the North American Grizzly Bear to less well known but no less deadly animals. He introduces the surreal Pink River Dolphin of Amazonia and captures Australia’s elusive Ghost Bat for a closer look. Learn about the ingenious techniques and extraordinary weapons that some of our most dangerous animals are armed with. Including the renowned, the unexpected and the downright bizarre, this companion book to Steve Backshall’s high adrenaline tour of the world’s most deadly is not to be missed.
  • Why we love it: This book is from the amazing TV programme on CBBC. It’s an absolute gem for children with an interest for science, geography and the natural world. It is packed full of facts about the animals and their habitats, and the survival mechanisms that they employ. What I love, and what my son loves the best about this book, is that it gives each of the creatures a rating for their deadliness according to their size, speed and weapons. It is highly informative and well written with some outstanding photography and pictures.
  • Reviews: Awesome reviews. From 475 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great buy” and “A must have for a Deadly 60 fan”.
  • Reading Age: 6-9
  • Author: Steve Backshall
  • Alternative: Deadly Top Ten Activity Book

Dirty Bertie – Series 1

  • What’s the story: Dirty Bertie 10 Books Set tells the story of Dirty Bertie, a delightfully disgusting boy who loves everything dirty and nasty. Series 1 titles includes: Fangs, Fetch, Germs, Mud, Bogeys, Yuck, Burp, Pants, Fleas, Worms.
  • Why we love it: Who doesn’t love a bit of mischief and mayhem! These are short chapter books, perfect for building up the child’s reading stamina to a longer chapter book, they still contain illustrations which keeps the story interesting and engaging. They are very funny, and because the are age appropriate and relatable they keep the child reading.
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 168 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “An incredible set” and “These books have it all”.
  • Reading Age: 6-9
  • Author: David Roberts
  • Alternative: Dirty Bertie - Series 2

Best Books For 8 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 8 year olds.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  • What’s the story: Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
  • Why we love it:
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 36,036 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Phenomenal” and “Fantastic!”.
  • Reading Age: 8+
  • Author: J K Rowling
  • Alternative: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Cat Kid Comic Club

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  • What’s the story: Welcome to the Cat Kid Comic Club, where Li’l Petey (LP), Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence.
  • Why we love it:
  • Reviews: Awesome reviews. From 11,821 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “So Funny!” and “A great find!”.
  • Reading Age: 8-12
  • Author: Dav Pikey
  • Alternative: Dogman

Compton Valance The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

  • What’s the story: When Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon discover the world’s first TIME MACHINE (aka a mouldy, thirteen-week-old-cheese-and-pickled-egg sandwich), they become the most powerful boys in the universe. But how will Compton and Bryan decide to use their incredible new time-travelling powers? Will they use them for good? Will they use them for evil? Or will they just focus their efforts on perfecting a formula for the world’s first pair of custard trousers? Things are about to get totally scrambled for Compton Valance.
  • Why we love it:
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 78 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “So Funny!” and “Absolutely superb”.
  • Reading Age: 8-11
  • Author: Matt Brown
  • Alternative: The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back

100 Things to Know About Planet Earth

  • What’s the story: Did you know that rain sometimes falls red? Or that the equivalent of one truckload of plastic is dumped in our oceans every minute? This visually stunning book is filled with 100 fascinating facts, bright, infographic illustrations, information on ways we can help our planet and links to specially selected websites to find out more.
  • Why we love it:
  • Reviews: Highly rated reviews. From 532 ratings 85% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “So interesting” and “Factual made Fun”.
  • Reading Age: 8-10
  • Author: Various
  • Alternative: 100 Things to Know About Science

How to Train Your Dragon: The Complete Series

  • What’s the story: How to Train Your Dragon chronicles the adventures and misadventures of reluctant Viking hero Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless. Join them on all twelve of their exciting stories
  • Why we love it:
  • Reviews: Awesome reviews. From 1,624 ratings 90% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Gripping Adventures!” and “fiercely Exciting”.
  • Reading Age: 8-11
  • Author: Cressida Cowell
  • Alternative: How To Train Your Dragon Book 1

Best Books For 9 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 9 year olds.

The Girl Who Speaks Bear

  • What’s the story: Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.
  • Why we love it: This is an exhilarating adventure story, with beautiful characters, beautiful worlds and a very powerful message! The characters introduced in this book are stunningly illustrated by Sophie Anderson’s amazing literary skill. This book swept me away with it’s gorgeous vivid descriptions of a snowy magical enchanted forest mixed with magical fairy tales. This is a wonderful modern fairy tale about finding the place you belong, in a world that doesn’t seem to have a place for you. I found Yanka’s story very heart warming. Storytelling at its very finest. I just adored this book.
  • Reviews: Gorgeous reviews. From 1,695 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Charming and wintry” and “Sparkles with magic”.
  • Reading Age: 9-12
  • Author: Sophie Anderson
  • Alternative: The Castle Of Tangled Magic

Sir David Attenborough

  • What’s the story: David Attenborough: explorer, broadcaster, natural historian. Explore the beauty of the world we inhabit with this national treasure
  • Why we love it: There is a lot of information packed into this tiny book. What I love about it is, is the fact that you can dip in and out of the various chapters, and not have to read it as a solid read from start to finish. It’s incredibly interesting, a great introduction into an outstanding man for young readers . Not just full of David’s life stories but also clips of history and facts about the world. A wonderful read.
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 31 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Brilliant book” and “Very Popular”.
  • Reading Age: 9-12
  • Author: Lizzie Huxley-Jones
  • Alternative: David Attenborough: Little People Big Dreams

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

  • What’s the story: Tom’s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his CAMPING SUCKS holiday story, Tom’s work starts to go downhill –which is a pity, as he’s desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him… ♥
  • Why we love it: My Son has read this book over and over again. He said It never gets old, or tiring and his words to describe it were “absolutely hilarious!”. If you know a ‘Diary of a wimpy kid’ fan then this is for them! It’s a great book filled with comedy, courage and art and a very easy quick read. It’s fun, It’s well illustrated, it has some very funny moments and the characters are just relatable and loveable.
  • Reviews: Awesome reviews. From 1,960 ratings 83% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Big Hit” and “So Funny”.
  • Reading Age: 9-12
  • Author: Liz Pichon
  • Alternative: Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses

Guinness World Records 2022

  • What’s the story: Fully revised and updated, and with a bright new design, Guinness World Records 2022 provides a fascinating snapshot of our world today. Our editors have chosen to curate the book with environmental issues at the forefront of their mind, so we open with a chapter exploring what’s happening to our ecosystem and what superlative lengths people are going to make a difference. We also want to encourage readers to put their own record-breaking to good, so look out for projects that might inspire you to make a difference – so don’t just Discover Your World, Change Your World!
  • Why we love it: Who doesn’t love to read up on the weirdest and craziest people in the world breaking incredible world records! This book is just so interesting. I’m not sure what makes record breaking so addictive, either to attempt or simply just read about, but it is and for knowledge-thirsty youngsters this book is a must have!
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 218 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Popular with everyone” and “Fantastic to read”.
  • Reading Age: 7+
  • Author: Guinness World Records
  • Alternative: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2022

Cogheart Adventures Series

  • What’s the story: Cogheart: Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart… Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure. Moonlocket: It’s hard to escape the secrets from the past. Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants. Suddenly, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger. Skycircus: Then a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert can’t wait to step aboard… But there’s something sinister about the hybrid children who appear as part of the act. Shadowsea: SECRETS NEVER STAY SUBMERGED FOR LONG. Swept into the bright hustle and bustle of New York, Lily, Robert and Malkin discover shadowy secrets lie beneath its surface. For there are chilling goings-on in their hotel… A strange boy held captive, haunted by an undersea mystery; and a revengeful villain with a treacherous plan.
  • Why we love it: These books are beautiful. They are charming and quaint, set in London, 1896. From the moment you open the front covers until the moment you reach the conclusions of each book, it does not stop! The characters are wonderful. Peter Bunzl is a fantastic writer who knows how to tell a compelling story – the action never seems to stop in all 4 books. The tension is rather high throughout the stories so lots of dangerous and mysterious events happen. Set in Victorian England, these books have mechanical, mechanimals, hybrids, steam-powered airships and so much more. An absolute gem in the ‘steampunk’ genre series .
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 96 ratings 85% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great Collection” and “highly Recommend”.
  • Reading Age: 9+
  • Author: Peter Bunzl
  • Alternative: Cogheart

Best Books For 10 Year Olds

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for 10 year olds.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • What’s the story: The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!
  • Why we love it: This is probably my favourite Harry Potter book, that I’ve read so far. It’s just fantastic! Much longer than the first three, this book changes the series in a good way. The story is darker and more complex than the last, which is why I would say 10+. The writing style keeps on improving, whilst the plot gets more and more thrilling, making it oh so delightful to read.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 23,632 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “greatest literary adventure” and “Spellbinding magic”.
  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Author: J K Rowling
  • Alternative: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ,,

Shadow Jumper

  • What’s the story: Jack Phillips’s allergy to sunshine confines him to the shadows, leaving him lonely and at risk of life-threatening burns every time he steps into the light. Shadow jumping on the rooftops at dusk makes him feel alive. And free. But Jack’s condition is suddenly worse than ever and only his missing scientist dad can save him. As Jack and his new friend, Beth, begin their frantic search and delve into his dad’s past for clues, they have no idea what they are about to uncover. Shocking rumours and dark secrets bombard them at every turn. Shadow Jumping takes courage. But when it comes to the truth, just how far will Jack jump to find it?
  • Why we love it: The book is a good example of how you can write suspenseful scenes for a young reader without making them horrifying or terrible. This is an inspiring and mysterious story that shows readers how far a good friend and a little bit of courage can take you. Every chapter that I finished I wanted to read more.. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommend.
  • Reviews: Great reviews. From 1,840 ratings 70% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Full of suspense” and “A gripping Mystery”.
  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Author: J M Forster
  • Alternative: The Girl of Ink & Stars

How To Train Your Parents

  • What’s the story: Moving to a new area and a new school, Louis is horrified to discover his parents changing into ultra-competitive parents, wanting him and his younger brother to get straight As at school and join all sorts of after-school clubs and activities like the other kids in the area. Suddenly Louis’s life is no longer his own – until he meets Maddy, who claims to have trained her parents to ignore her- But does Louis really want to be ignored? A truly contemporary tale with characters kids will recognize instantly!
  • Why we love it: A wonderfully funny and relatable book that will get even the most hesitant or reluctant reader involved. The humour is age appropriate but it made me laugh and I can imagine it would resonate with children in a very real way. Quite a sweet story and told in a unique and hilarious voice that shines with authenticity and innocence.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 1,735 ratings 75% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “highly amusing” and “Fun reading”.
  • Reading Age: 9-11
  • Author: Pete Johnson
  • Alternative: I Swapped My Brother On The Internet

Alice In Wonderland

  • What’s the story: When Alice journeys down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and magical world. A mad hatter, an invisible Cheshire cat and a crazy caterpillar are just some of the extraordinary characters Alice encounters in this fantastical land. Follow Alice’s amazing adventures in this beautiful graphic version of Lewis Carroll’s timeless fantasy.
  • Why we love it: This graphic novel really brought back some of the joy I felt when watching the movie as a child. I love how the art style gave a new “look” to the classic story, while a lot of the original text was still included along side the images. The pacing and the flow of the story in graphic novel form is perfect. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and perfectly capture the characters’ expressions. This is a wonderful adaption to a wonderful story.
  • Reviews: Super reviews. From 24 ratings 90% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Full of Magic and adventure” and “Great adaptation”.
  • Reading Age: 8+
  • Author: Russell Punter
  • Alternative: The Wizard of Oz

The Proto Project

  • What’s the story: When Jason meets his mum’s billion-dollar invention, an artificial intelligence device named Proto, he accidentally gets caught up in a mysterious adventure. Proto goes missing, and then people go missing. Now Jason and his coolest-neighbour-ever Maya must risk their lives to prevent global mayhem. But who is behind this devious plot? Is it another AI? The FBI? Or any other abbreviation with an I? What exactly is there to learn about artificial and human intelligence while fighting for your life against a legion of furry puppies or a battalion of drones? A lot— if you live to tell about it.
  • Why we love it: This was a fun book to read, I feel that it would really keep a young reader engaged with it’s good sense of humour. It touches upon some worthwhile lessons about loyalty, friendship and humanity. A spectacular book filled to the brim with action and suspense!
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 645 ratings 74% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Out of this world” and “Action-packed”.
  • Reading Age: 9-12
  • Author: Bryan R Johnson
  • Alternative: A Wrinkle In Time

Best Books For Teenagers

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best books for teenagers.

The Gilded Ones

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  • What’s the story: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold – the colour of impurity, of a demon – she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed…
  • Why we love it: I found this to be such a thought provoking and super powerful book! I was gripped from page one. It’s a really good story, with good representation and message, that is also very enjoyable and entertaining to read. The story is easy to follow with a good simple but rich writing style. I would describe it as fantasy story with some romance that verges on a dark fantasy as it takes on war, violence and trauma as the author uses her experiences growing up in Sierra Leone. It is very powerful and fierce.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 1,307 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A captivating Fantasy ” and “Fierce”.
  • Reading Age: 12-18+
  • Author: Namina Forna
  • Alternative: Ace Of Spades

The Extinction Trials

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  • What’s the story: Welcome to The Extinction Trials… In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win. But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…
  • Why we love it: This story is intense and full of twists and turns! The pace is just incredible. I couldn’t stop madly turning the pages, wishing I could read faster to keep up! The story itself is dramatic, intense and compelling, and I can see why it is described as The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park , survival of the fittest on an island full of dinosaurs- Which are heavily present in the story! The ending of this book is superb! It is perfectly set up for the next book in the series and the surprises keep coming from all directions right up until the end. I really, really love this book, the characters, the concept, the world building, everything about it is fascinating and exciting.
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 228 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “High-Stakes Adventure” and “Hunger Games Meets Jurassic Park”.
  • Reading Age: 12-18+
  • Author: S M Wilson
  • Alternative: The Extinction Trials: Exile

Hideous Beauty

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  • What’s the story: Dylan is forced to come out after his secret relationship with Ellis is exposed on social media, but to his surprise, everyone is really supportive – or appears to be. But Dylan’s and El’s happiness is short-lived, and following a tragic accident, Dylan begins to realize how little he knows about the boy he loves or those closest to him.
  • Why we love it: This is a dark mystery, parts harrowing, parts romantic! Intense, emotional and heart breaking. You can feel the realness behind every word, and that’s why I feel this is such a powerful read. The plot of this book is very captivating and engrossing. It serves the story very well, and it keeps the reader involved in the story the whole time! I like how the story is told in the past and present (“Then” and “Now”). The author deals with the themes of grief, love, friendship and focuses on the discussions around coming out, and being gay in a unique storyline. This is a fantastic book in the LQBTQ+ genre.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 169 ratings 75% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “profoundly thought-provoking” and “Thrillingly dark”.
  • Reading Age: 12-18+
  • Author: William Hussey
  • Alternative: The Outrage

Girl, Missing

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  • What’s the story: Lauren is adopted and eager to know more about her mysterious past. But when she discovers she may have been snatched from her family as a baby, her whole life suddenly feels like a sham. Why will no one answer her questions? How can she find her biological parents? And could her adoptive parents really have been responsible for kidnapping her?
  • Why we love it: I was completely absorbed in this book from the first chapter. This is a brilliant story and very well thought out. I find it fascinating to read how the human mind can block out traumatic situations from the past and how intriguing it is that Lauren’s memory was slowly being triggered. The characters are extremely well described and shine throughout the book. The pain that all the characters suffered almost dripped off the page. A rare gem of a book, making me stay up late in the night, reading, because I could not stop.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 1,556 ratings 72% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Wow, What a read!” and “A total page turner”.
  • Reading Age: 12+
  • Author: Sophie McKenzie
  • Alternative: Sister, Missing 

The Time Machine

  • What’s the story: A brilliant scientist constructs a machine that allows him to journey into the future. He travels to the year AD 802,701 where he discovers that humanity has evolved into two separate races: the beautiful vegetarian Eloi people who live purposeless lives and the terrifying carnivorous Morlocks who lives under the ground. After barely escaping the Morlocks, the time-travelling scientist has to make yet another trip even further into the future
  • Why we love it: This is definitely not the book I expected it to be! A little dated, but undoubtedly a classic! It’s not too long and the amazing writing makes it truly transporting. H G Wells is good at building suspense , making the story highly engrossing, and despite the fact that it was first published in 1895, It still today is a wonderful read, and a must read for any fan of the Sci-Fi genre.
  • Reviews: Terrific reviews. From 6,752 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Top class classic” and “Fantastic tale”.
  • Reading Age: 14+
  • Author: H . G Wells
  • Alternative: The War of the Worlds

Best Sticker Books

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best sticker books.

First Sticker Zoo

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  • What’s the story: A fun and lively sticker book with over 100 colourful stickers to use to fill the busy zoo scenes. Favourite zoo scenes include the lions and tigers, the aquarium, the elephants and the reptile house.
  • Why we love it: This is a nice little sticker book with lots of stickers to choose from and gorgeous illustrations. The stickers are the perfect size for little hands, making it ideal for this age range. There is also lots of opportunity for language development as you can talk about what the animals in the zoo are doing.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 835 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hours of fun” and “Excellent pictures”.
  • Reading Age: 0-3
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: First Sticker Farm

Peppa Pig: 1000 First Words

  • What’s the story: Look at the pictures, say the words out loud, then peel off the stickers and play! Explore themes such as family, home, nature, objects, animals, friends, playtime, food, shopping, seasons, travel and adventure. Packed with stickers and hours of fun for learning at home!
  • Why we love it: Peppa Pig and Stickers.. What’s not to love! I love the different topics in this book, ranging from nature, space and transport to food, body parts and holidays, among many others. This book does a great job of promoting vocabulary development in children who are already talking well but are ready to be introduced to new words. I especially like the pages devoted to words describing activities and feelings. The stickers are labelled as to which page they go on which is super useful. So much interesting content and laid out in classic Peppa Pig style. Brilliant!
  • Reviews: Lovely reviews. From 2,033 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Incredible” and “Educational and Fun”.
  • Reading Age: 2-3
  • Author: Peppa Pig
  • Alternative: Peppa Pig: Mermaids, Unicorns and Dragons

Trucks and Things That Go

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  • What’s the story: There are more than a hundred terrific trucks to discover inside this fun activity book that includes over five hundred fantastic stickers. Organized into groups such as construction, emergency, and farm, the colourful pages feature bright truck photographs to look at and names to read. 
  • Why we love it: This is a top quality sticker book. The stickers are quite hardy, so if you make a mistake, it allows you a second chance to peel off and start again. I find that there is lots of opportunity for new vocabulary to be learnt, and plenty of things to talk about. I really like the puzzling aspect too (you have to find the matching sticker and put it on the silhouette).
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 1,755 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Fantastic for little ones” and “Very entertaining”.
  • Reading Age: 3-5
  • Author: Roger Priddy
  • Alternative: Numbers, Colours, Shapes

Build Your Own Fantasy Warriors

  • What’s the story: Build 18 of the bravest, toughest, most powerful warriors from the land of Ravenhold in this exciting activity book. Fantasy lovers will have hours of fun adding stickers of weapons, shields and armour to warriors including Koba, the dragon slayer, and Nagar, leader of the sky pirates.
  • Why we love it: Ok, so I may have every title in this series at home, we seem to have collected each and everyone along the way, why? because they are Awesome!!! This is super cool for this age group, and is pretty much self explanatory. Create your own fantasy warrior by placing the correct stickers on the correct silhouettes, and they are not always easy, some can be challenging making it perfect for the older child! What is an added bonus for this sticker book, is the statistic chart where each warrior is rated on their Skill, Bravery, Intelligence, Attack power and Realm, so they most definitely stand out from the basic sticker books! The illustrations are just incredible too!
  • Reviews: superb reviews. From 60 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Fab time filler” and “Awesome!”.
  • Reading Age: 6-9
  • Author: Simon Tudhope
  • Alternative: Build Your Own Monster Trucks

Sticker by Letter: In the Wild

  • What’s the story: Similar to colour or paint by number, this sticker activity book features designs that are divided into spaces, each with a letter, that corresponds to a sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Watch as a full coloured image emerges from the original unfinished illustration.
  • Why we love it: This is a great book – a bit different from the usual sticker books, and perfect for the older child. The book uses letters instead of numbers which helps the child grasp the concept of putting the stickers in the correct place. The spiral binding is user friendly and makes it easier to peel off the stickers. Lovely colourful pictures at the end! Fantastic!
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 2,933 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Unusual and fun” and “Educational”.
  • Reading Age: 6-10
  • Author: Brain Games
  • Alternative: Geometrics

Best Kids Colouring Books

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best kids colouring books.

Colour and Learn

  • What’s the story: The fun way to learn the alphabet, numbers, colours, shapes and everyday words through 100 BIG, easy to colour, creative colouring pages! Full of engaging designs to boost early childhood development, building connections with words, pictures and colours as they enhance their recognition and fine motor skills.
  • Why we love it: This is simple but delightful. This book is full of pictures which are beautifully simple for little ones to colour. There is a lot of opportunity to learn about shapes and names of objects as well as developing those all important fine motor skills. Nice thick pages to withstand pens as well as pencils. Great value for money!
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 1,116 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “It’s got it all!” and “Great quality pages”.
  • Age Suitability: 1-4 Years
  • Author: Under The Cover Press
  • Alternative: Colour and Learn Vehicles

The Creative Colouring Book

  • What’s the story: Ideal for children fanatical about colouring, the highly-detailed geometric designs in this book will keep boys and girls occupied for hours on end. Each completed picture will be truly spectacular.
  • Why we love it: This is a brilliant book, whereby you can lose yourself for a couple of hours, and relax, and that’s exactly what I did! The patterns are truly beautiful and can be perceived differently by anyone who attempts them, making this the perfect book for creative minds.
  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews. From 174 ratings 77% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hours of fun” and “Excellent pictures”.
  • Age Suitability: 7+Years
  • Author: Joanna Webster
  • Alternative: Amazing Creative 

A Rainbow of Friends

  • What’s the story: Multicultural colouring pages about differences, similarities and the beauty found in both. This colouring book features a simple poem about a “rainbow of friends” and the ways they are unique, how they are the same, and how they can work together and stand up for each other. 
  • Why we love it: This is a great book to use as a starting point to speak to young children about race, respect, and kindness. The colouring pages are simple with easy pictures to colour. The beautiful multicultural poem is a lovely added touch!
  • Reviews: Heart warming reviews. From 56 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hours of fun” and “Vibrant”.
  • Age Suitability: 3+
  • Author: Patty Jane Press
  • Alternative: Children of the World

Lots Of Things To Find And Colour

  • What’s the story: An irresistible book with delightful illustrations just begging to be coloured in. Each page includes a number of simple – and not so simple – things to find and colour. Provides hours of creative and colouring fun.
  • Why we love it: This is a lovely colouring book with quality paper and because you have to find things to colour, It has a bit more going on than the usual colouring books making it highly engaging. I am in no doubt that this book would occupy children for many hours, making it ideal for car journeys, restaurants or long days out!
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 53 ratings 75% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hours of fun” and “Fabulous”.
  • Age Suitability: 4+
  • Author: Fiona Watt
  • Alternative: Look and Find Under the Sea

No Job Is Too Big!

  • What’s the story: An oversized colouring book starring Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol! Ryder and the pups prove that no job is too big and no pup is too small as they keep Adventure Bay safe.
  • Why we love it: A great large colouring book, I would say targeted for the younger child. The pictures are big enough that toddlers won’t get frustrated and I would imagine this would be great to use with chunky crayons. The pictures are on great quality paper and come with sentences on each page describing what the pups are up to. A perfect character colouring book, measuring just over 35cm wide.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 922 ratings 83% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Super” and “Worth buying”.
  • Age Suitability: 1-5
  • Author: Tex Huntley
  • Alternative: Puptacular Rescues! 

Best Farm Animal Books

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best farm animal books.

Baby’s Very First Cloth Book: Farm

  • What’s the story: The high-contrast images in Baby’s Very First Cloth Book: Farm are designed to help new-borns focus. This popular cuddly cloth book also has crinkly pages for tactile fun and a mirror for stimulating the senses.
  • Why we love it: This colourful, crunchy cloth book offers a range of sensory experiences whilst introducing babies to the familiar farm animals. It comes in a really cute gift box, so I think it would make a lovely present for a newborn. I particularly liked that it has a Velcro handle so you can strap it onto a pram or car seat – very practical! And like any sensory book for babies – it wouldn’t be complete without a mirror to catch those smiles! The illustrator has created simple and bold images that babies will love. For newborns, the high-contrast and crinkly-sounding pages will grab their attention. Then, as they get older, they will enjoy you pointing out the different patterns and shapes.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 670 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Irresistible!” and “Ideal”.
  • Age Suitability: 0-1year
  • Author: Campbell Books
  • Alternative: My First Farm Animals

Noisy Farm

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  • What’s the story: Join Sam the farm dog for a day on the farm to meet lots of animals and their babies in this interactive lift-the-flap story.
  • Why we love it: This is a lovely lift-the-flap book, full of opportunities to talk to little ones about animals and the noises they make, counting how many babies each animal has, and spotting Sam the dog!  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it over and over again with my little ones. As with other Rod Campbell books, the illustrations and story are simple but effective, a real delight and great interactive book.
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 946 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great Fun” and “Absolute Classic”.
  • Age Suitability: 1-3 years
  • Author: Rod Campbell
  • Alternative: Oh Dear!

A Squash and a Squeeze

  • What’s the story: A little old lady lives all by herself but she’s not happy – her house is just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she’ll be amazed at how big her house feels!
  • Why we love it: This is such a charming, traditional tale bringing home the fact that sometimes you just don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Fab engaging illustrations of animals and a lovely little old lady and wise man as the main characters. It has a nice pace, perfectly told and great to read out loud with repeating phrases and rhymes to catch your ear and eye. A cautionary tale about being grateful for what you have!
  • Reviews: Highly rated reviews. From 4,914 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Witty!” and “Compelling”.
  • Age Suitability: 2-5years
  • Author: Julia Donaldson
  • Alternative: Monkey Puzzle

Rosie’s Walk

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  • What’s the story:
  • Rosie’s walk around the farmyard, pursued by the hungry but clumsy fox, has become a beacon in the world of children’s picture books. Children love the humour of this near-wordless story. One disaster after another befalls the poor fox while Rosie goes on her way, supremely unaware of the danger behind her.
  • Why we love it: A book that I doubt will ever loose its sense of originality and delight. It is, for me, the perfect classic picture book! This is really all about the expressive and interesting illustrations. With minimal text and simple geometrically patterned pen and ink illustrations, there is much to observe in this lovely preschool concept book. The cause and effect humour of the fox’s walk makes this an enjoyable book to share in small groups or one-on-one.
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 618 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Very Clever” and “Simple but dramatic”.
  • Age Suitability: 2-3 years
  • Author: Pat Hutchins
  • Alternative: We're Going On A Picnic

Farm Sounds

  • What’s the story: Little ones will love bringing the farmyard to life with this adorable sound book. Press the pages and hear hens clucking, cows mooing and much more, and pore over colourful scenes include a sheepdog rounding up sheep, a piglet playing in the mud and ducks splashing in the pond. With simple text, holes to peep through and fingertrails to explore.
  • Why we love it: Beautifully illustrated and so interactive! I absolutely adore this book, and it is a firm favourite with my little ones. The pictures are lovely and vibrant. The pages have little peep holes and cut out sections to feel too. The sounds are very realistic and instead of the chunky buttons on the side that you usually find on sound books, the buttons are incorporated in the pages and you simply run your finger over them to make them work. Little hands can do this easily. It has been designed cleverly and isn’t chunky like you’d expect it to be. You also have an on/off switch on the back which is a handy feature!
  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews. From 865 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Absolutely beautiful” and “First Class”.
  • Age Suitability: 1-2 years
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Garden Sounds

Best Dinosaur Books

See five of our top books below – see the full list of 20 of the best dinosaur books.

That’s not my dinosaur…

  • What’s the story: Meet five friendly dinosaurs in this special edition of the much-loved That’s not my… book. Babies and toddlers will love touching the textured patches as they meet dinosaurs with fuzzy tails, bumpy teeth and soft spines. The bright pictures and textures to stroke are designed to help develop sensory and language awareness.
  • Why we love it: This is a sweet, cute, simple and fun book for little ones to get their hands on. It’s a board book, but the pages are thick and sturdy so little ones should be able to independently turn the pages. The bright coloured pictures are fabulous, as are the describing words to match the textures on each page. Each page has a little white mouse “hidden” to try and find which is a lovely added touch. I love how tactile these pages are with textures including soft, fuzzy, scratchy, bumpy, slipper, rough, and so on. The text is simple and repetitive, so very easy to remember- when my son was a toddler, he was so proud that he could “read” his own book by himself!
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 2,747 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Irresistible!” and “Ideal first book”.
  • Age Suitability: 0-2year
  • Author: Fiona Watt
  • Alternative: That's not my lion... 

Big Book Of Dinosaurs

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  • What’s the story: From the mighty brachiosaurus to the fearsome tyrannosaurus, children will love discovering the biggest and most powerful dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth (and some of the smallest too). Open the huge fold-out pages to show some of the longest, heaviest and most terrifying dinosaurs with measurements and facts about when they lived.
  • Why we love it: This is a great book for dinosaur fans! It comes with extra long fold out pages which are graphically beautiful with vivid illustrations, This really helps give your child a better idea of how big they were. I remember my son loved opening the fold out pages and seeing the dinosaurs getting bigger and bigger.. It was really exciting. I totally love the idea as well of having a real size footprint of a dinosaur and of course we had to compare it to our own hands and feet. This book is full of facts with little blurbs of information that are quite short and perfect for learning, or for just reading off quickly. A really cool big book!
  • Reviews: Lovely reviews. From 390 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Exciting and Educational” and “Beautifully Written”.
  • Age Suitability: 3-5 years
  • Author: Alex Frith
  • Alternative: Big Book of Sea Creatures 

Don’t Tickle The Dinosaur!

  • What’s the story: Don’t tickle the dinosaur! You might make it grunt Little ones just won’t be able to resist tickling the touchy-feely patches to hear each dinosaur make a sound in this hilarious novelty book. At the end, readers will find all the dinosaurs being noisy at once. An exciting new series for babies and toddlers, from the creators of That’s not my…
  • Why we love it: In a nutshell, each page has a fuzzy area to feel which causes the dinosaur to make their sound. At the end, all the dinosaurs sounds come together to play a song, but oh my, It’s way more adorable! This book has a soft, tactile patch on each dinosaur for your baby to discover, and when touched, that’s when you hear the roar- and it’s different on every page! It’s easy to hold with great pictures, but because it is so tactile, your baby will be able to operate the sounds independently which is so wonderful! Brilliant fun book, moving on from the That’s Not My.. series.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 218 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Highly Interactive” and “Great fun for babies”.
  • Age Suitability: 0-2years
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Don't Tickle The Unicorn!

Dinosaur Roar!

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  • What’s the story: The classic picture book that introduces both dinosaurs and opposites with a cheerful rhyming text and is perfect for reading aloud.
  • Why we love it: This is an absolute favourite that we have read in our house many times over! The pictures are fantastically detailed and immediately catches your eye. The wording is simple and kept to a minimum with large text that jumps off the page. I love that it introduces opposites between dinosaurs, focusing on shapes and sizes, strengths and weaknesses and heights and lengths. It’s good fun to read out loud and totally mesmerising!
  • Reviews: Amazing reviews. From 664 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “comforting rhythms” and “firm favourite”.
  • Age Suitability: 1-3 years
  • Author: Henrietta Stickland
  • Alternative: Dinosaur Stomp! The Triceratops

The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet!

  • What’s the story: A laugh-out-loud rhyming picture book where Danny and Dinosaur are off on an adventure in space! But when Danny realises he’s forgotten Dino’s lunch box, the very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way back home: the rocket! How will Dino get them back down to earth?
  • Why we love it: Ok, so here we have a book that has fantastic illustrations, Fantastic rhyming and it combines dinosaurs, poop and space! How can this not be best for storyline! My children have chosen this book from the library so many times, and I must admit, I do find myself laughing hysterically every time we read it! On a educational level, the rhyming pattern is great and it’s good for spotting rhyming words. It flows well making it a joy to read aloud. It is really easy for children to immerse themselves in this book, especially if the reader captivates them with great voices!
  • Reviews: Awesome reviews. From 3,041 ratings 88% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hysterically funny!” and “Galactic fun!”.
  • Age Suitability: 3-5 years
  • Author: Tom Fletcher
  • Alternative: The Dinosaur that Pooped a Pirate! 

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