Bookstart Toddler: more great books for 1-2s

Don’t Mix Up My Dinosaur

Hand-picked books that are perfect for children aged 1-2, selected to help families get more from their Bookstart Toddler pack.

  • Time For Bed, Panda

    Author: Jo Lodge
    Publisher: Campbell Books
    Interest age: 0-2

    It's time for this adorable googly-eyed panda to get ready for bed - that means having a bath, brushing her teeth and reading a story! A delightfully cuddly and sweet board book for little ones.

  • Baby Touch: Food

    Author: Ladybird Books Illustrator: Lemon Ribbon Studio
    Publisher: Ladybird
    Interest age: 1-3

    Whether it’s soft ice-cream, messy pasta or bobbly rice cakes, food to babies is all about texture and fun, and this bright and appealing touch-and-feel board book lets them explore without making a mess!

  • The Nose, Toes and Tummy Book

    Author: Sally Nicholls Illustrator: Gosia Herba
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 0-1

    This is your nose. BEEP! What a noisy nose! A delightful, interactive book for babies.

  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell
    Publisher: Macmillan (Campbell Books)
    Interest age: 2+

    This appealing story, in lift-the-flap, board-book format has been a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in 1982.

  • Cluck Cluck Duck: Lift the Flaps

    Author: Mama Makes Books Illustrator: Rachael Saunders
    Publisher: Mama Makes Books

    Cluck Cluck Duck is part of the light-hearted “Funny Farm” series. Just like Tractor Tractor, the title combines humour and interaction with some fun and subtle early learning, as well as a wider social angle.

  • Don’t Mix Up My Dinosaur

    Author: Rosamund Lloyd Illustrator: Spencer Wilson
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-3

    Mix and match the dinosaurs’ horns and tails to create new dino friends! A super-fun, colourful touch and feel book.

  • Imagine IF… Veggies

    Author: Aya Watanabe
    Publisher: Templar Books
    Interest age: 2-3

    Discover different ways to look at veggies in this delightful board book with sturdy tabs to push and pull. Irresistible interactive fun for babies and toddlers.

  • Rainforest (Now You See it!)

    Author: Sarah Dellow
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 2-3

    Find the hidden rainforest animals in this brilliant board book, featuring die-cut holes and high-contrast graphics. Perfect for building early visual perception skills.

  • Move and Play: I Want to be a Duck

    Author: Illustrator: Pintachan
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 2-3

    A fun and bright early picture book with fun things to learn and plenty of play opportunity. 

  • Baby on Board: Car

    Author: Seb Braun
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 0

    All aboard the baby car with this bright and chunky board book for little ones.

  • Name Your Numbers

    Author: Smriti Halls Illustrator: Edward Underwood
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-3
    Reading age: 4+

    A brilliantly colourful rhyming board book which introduces first numbers through eleven different animals and includes a surprising (snappy) pop-up!

  • Zeki Loves Daddy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Max

    An ideal gentle step-up from a board book, this sweet story about daily life with Daddy and Zeki is filled with love, play and snuggles. Fun rhyming text makes this an ideal book for shared reading time. 

  • Elmer's Weather

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 0-3

    Whatever the weather, Elmer the elephant always has fun

  • Zeki Loves Mummy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 2-3

    Somewhere between a board book and a picture book, this is ideal for two to three year olds who will enjoy the rhyming text and sweet story about daily life with Mummy and Zeki. Sure to prompt plenty of hugs and snuggles with mummies everywhere. 

  • The Every Baby Book

    Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
    Publisher: Magic Cat
    Interest age: 1-3

    Over the course of one day, we see many different kinds of families engage in the same similar routines: breakfasts, nappy changes, dinners, bedtime. A warm and comforting book with an ultimate message of love and togetherness, which is perfect for bedtime or quieter moments.