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These books are perfect for entertaining toddlers and younger children that that love animals, with everything from hilariously silly stories to early learning tales.

  • Elmer and Snake

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Random House

    A group of mischievous elephants decide to play a trick on Elmer, the famous multicolour patchwork elephant, so they ask Snake for help.

  • Doing the Animal Bop

    Author: Jan Ormerod Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Children will enjoy matching the rhythmic text to the animals actions, and joining in with the dancing themselves.

    A great book for sharing and one that children are sure to want to hear over and over again!

  • Seal Surfer

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A welcome re-publication of Foreman's timeless and evocative account of a boy's relationship with life and death.

  • Meerkat Mail

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Sunny lives on an arid plain with his extensive and loving meerkat family; they work together, play together and together do their best to stay away from jackals!

  • Banana!

    Author: Ed Vere Illustrator: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Penguin

    Follow the cartoon-style adventures of two monkeys. One of them has a banana and the other one wants it - but what is the magic word?

  • 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.

  • Elephant

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Horáček's illustrations vividly supplement this many-layered story of a lonely child who finds solace in an imaginary world.

  • Mr Pusskins Colours

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A great introduction to colours, simple stories and relationships – all in twelve pages!

  • Ernest

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Ernest’s huge, friendly face fills up the spreads of this gorgeously illustrated book.

  • WOW! Said the Owl

    Author: Tim Hopgood
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Everyone knows that owls are nocturnal but one curious little owl decides to take a long nap at night so she can stay awake during the day.

  • 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.

  • That's Not My Tiger...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    Small children will love touching the tiger’s fluffy ears, soft paws and bumpy teeth and will particularly like tracing his soft, stripy tail on the very last page.

  • Puffin Peter

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Peter and Paul are the best of friends, until one day while they are diving for fish, Peter is caught in a storm and swept out to sea alone. Thankfully, a kind blue whale is on hand to help him find his friend again - the only problem is that Peter has forgotten to tell him that Paul is a puffin, just like him.

  • Chickens Can't See in the Dark

    Author: Kristyna Litten
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    When Little Pippa Chicken is told by her teacher that chickens can't see in the dark, she sets out to prove him wrong, and soon becomes the talk of Sunnyside Farm.

  • I’m not cute!

    Author: Jonathan Allen
    Publisher: Boxer Books

    Baby Owl is fed up. In fact, he’s furious. He sets off for a walk in the woods but kangaroo, fox and squirrel won’t leave him alone. They insist on picking him up, hugging him and telling him how cute he is. It’s too much! For Baby Owl doesn’t think he’s cute at all: he’s a sleek hunting machine with silent wings and huge …

  • 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.

  • Peck Peck Peck

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The new picture book from Lucy Cousins introduces readers to an enthusiastic and eager woodpecker who is being taught to peck by its dad.

  • 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.

  • Macavity

    Author: T. S. Eliot Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Escaped from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Macavity is now the star of his own picture book. With new illustrations from Arthur Robins, this timeless rhyme will charm a new generation.

  • Roar: A big-mouthed book of noises

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Fhiona Galloway
    Publisher: Little Tiger Kids

    Something is giving animals a scare! Cat miaows, Frog croaks, Lion roars. A bright, engaging book and a great introduction to animal noises.

  • Brambly Hedge - Summer Story

    Author: Jill Barklem
    Publisher: Collins

    Part of the classic Brambly Hedge series, which also includes Spring, Autumn and Winter.

  • One to Ten Animal Mayhem

    Author: Thomas Flintham
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A colourful counting book full of animals.

  • Elmer's Day

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    What does the world's favourite patchwork elephant do all day?

  • Mouse is Small

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A colourful picture book about animal sizes

  • 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.

  • Big and Small

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    It is never too early to introduce some information about how an apple grows from a seed, or how a shark survives by eating fish, and this lovely little board book is an excellent way to ease some non-fiction facts into even the youngest babies’ book routine.

  • Quick Duck!

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Walker

    Trace the mucky duckling's footprints as he leaps, wiggles, runs, hops and SPLASHES into the river.

  • Axel Scheffler Rhyming Stories Book 1: Pip the Dog and Freddy the Frog

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    The first in a series of rhyming stories following unlikely friends who love to make noise and have fun.

  • Peekabooks: In the Jungle

    Author: Emily Bolam
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    Join these baby animals as they ask their parents questions about getting bigger.

  • 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?

  • Peekaboo Park!

    Author: Emily Bolam
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    A life-the-flaps adventure in the park!

  • I Love You More And More

    Author: Nicky Benson Illustrator: Jonny Lambert
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Bear and Cub love roaming through their world. And as they roam, Bear explains how much she loves Cub. The deceptively simple rhyming text celebrates the solidity of this parent and child bond, with stylish double-page illustrations.