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All sorts of heroes

Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

These books are perfect for showing toddlers and younger children that there are all sorts of everyday heroes in life, including even themselves.

  • My Mum

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Random House

    All small children love their mums and in this colourful and entertaining picture book, Anthony Browne explains exactly why.

  • Lulu Loves the Library

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Alanna books

    Lulu has her library card, her rucksack full of borrowed books, and a big smile on her face, because it's Tuesday – and on Tuesdays Lulu and her mummy go to the library

  • Harris Finds His Feet

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Harris leaps joyfully across the pages, against vibrant washes of colour, as he learns to be independent for the first time.

  • What Does Daddy Do?

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Puffin

    One day at nursery, the children begin to discuss what their daddies do - which gets Daisy wondering about her own Daddy.

  • One Smart Fish

    Author: Chris Wormell
    Publisher: Red Fox

    A small silver fish has done everything he can possibly do in the ocean - he sings, dances and even performs plays, but has never walked upon the land.

  • Elmer and the Lost Teddy

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    In this republication of a 1999 title, McKee shows young readers that we each have special things which nobody else loves quite as we do.

  • I Like It When

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Red Wagon

    A touching and heart-warming book, illustrated in dramatic primary colours.

  • Christopher Nibble

    Author: Charlotte Middleton
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Christopher Nibble loves to eat dandelion leaves. But so does every other guinea pig in Dandeville – and that’s the problem!

  • Flashing Fire Engines

    Author: Tony Mitton Illustrator: Ant Parker
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    This story’s full of big, bold fire engines ready to rescue or fight fires. There’s plenty of action, rhyme and rhythm.

  • Just Because

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Lion Children's

    This uplifting book focuses on a sibling relationship, as a little boy affectionately describes his older sister

  • A Day with the Animal Doctors

    Author: Sharon Rentta
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Terence the Tapir accompanies his doctor mum to the animal hospital for the day.

  • Alfie Gives a Hand

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Shirley Hughes' much-loved Alfie goes to his first birthday party in this lovely picture book for pre-school children.

  • The Dark

    Author: Lemony Snicket Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Orchard Book

    One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it.

  • The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

    Author: Gemma Merino
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Little crocodile doesn't like water. It's cold. It's wet. It's embarrassing.

  • The Storm Whale

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Noi finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm and decides to take it home to care for it.

  • Specs for Rex

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A perfectly judged niche story that has general appeal due to a clean text and cute character; Specs for Rex is a visual treat that's really worth putting your glasses on for.

  • Blown Away

    Author: Rob Biddulph
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Penguin Blue has got a new toy, and it's the right kind of day to try it out. But the wind is a little stronger than expected and along with the new kite, Penguin Blue is blown away.

  • Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A beautifully illustrated and simply worded story about friendship and kindness. 

  • Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Pip is having so much fun at Posy's house that he forgets he needs a wee...

  • Grandma

    Author: Jessica Shepherd
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This is a sensitive and touching picture book that helps young children understand dementia.

  • Digby Dog Delivers

    Author: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Digby needs your help! He's the best delivery dog in town and must get his parcels to the right place.

  • Little Jungle Explorers

    Author: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    Colourful board book with double-sided explorer figure!

  • I’m not Reading!

    Publisher: Boxer Books

    Baby Owl really wants to read out loud but a fluffy cloud of chicks put him on the spot, how can he read now?