Great Books Guide 2021: 0-3

I Like Trains

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2021), which we think any baby or toddler aged 0-3 will love.

These brilliant books feature in our Great Books Guide and cover everything from early learning to touch-and-feel books and wonderful stories to giggle over together.

  • Cheeky Monkey

    Author: Zehra Hicks
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 2-5

    A cute little red monkey wants to play, but nobody wants to play with her! She accidentally causes havoc wherever she goes in her search for a playmate - until she says a magic word that makes everybody want to play with her.

  • I Like Trains

    Author: Daisy Hirst
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-5

    Feel the excitement build as a locomotive-loving little dog takes a train journey to visit his granny – who’s a big train fan, too! A great picture book for toddlers and preschoolers.

  • Catch That Chicken!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
    Publisher: Candlewick Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    A joyful, vibrant romp through a Nigerian village in the company of Lami, the best chicken-catcher in the business. A great book for reading to groups, as well as sharing at home.

  • I Can Learn My First Colours: Animal World

    Author: Lauren Crisp Illustrator: Thomas Elliot
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-5

    Learning the colours will be great fun with this rhyming, interactive, board book packed with bright animals and with wooden spinners for little fingers. 

  • Supertato: Super Squad

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 2-3

    Supertato is on a mission to teach Evil Pea a lesson and rallies the Super Squad to help - but what do sprinkle-covered cupcakes have to do with defeating their nemesis? A hilarious, action-packed, and delicious picture book.

  • Where's Baby Elephant?

    Author: Ali Khodai
    Publisher: Tiny Owl
    Interest age: 2-3

    Embark on a wonderous journey through this innovative lift-the-flap picture book, to discover the whereabouts of baby elephant.

  • 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.

  • Scruff

    Author: Alice Bowsher
    Publisher: Cicada Books
    Interest age: 2-5

    A rather scruffy man goes to the dog pound and finds a dog which is just as scruffy as him: Scruff! But Scruff doesn’t want to jump and run around like the other dogs. Scruff just wants to be pampered!

  • The Touch Book: A Sensory Book To Explore

    Author: Nicola Edwards Illustrator: Thomas Elliott
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 1-3

    Little fingers explore fluffy, crinkly, bumpy, sticky, rough, and spongy surfaces in this beautifully presented touch-and-feel board book for very young children.

  • Where's Lenny?

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 2-3

    Lenny and Daddy have a great time playing hide and seek! This charming tale, which features a mixed-race family, is ideal to share with toddlers.

  • The Whales on the Bus

    Author: Katrina Charman Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Interest age: 1-3

    Most of us might know the nursery rhyme The Wheels on the Bus, but what if there were two whales in a double decker, driven by a goldfish? Or a tiger in a glider – or a sheep in a jeep? A hilarious and gorgeously illustrated update on the best-loved nursery rhyme.

  • Veg Patch Party

    Author: Clare Foges and Al Murphy
    Publisher: Faber
    Interest age: 4-5

    When the moon is high and the farm animals have gone to bed... it's time for the vegetables to wake up and throw a party! 

  • Loves Makes a Family

    Author: Sophie Beer
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-5

    With simple text, and bursting with bright, vibrant illustrations, this simple, inclusive, board book speaks volumes about all aspects of the love inspired by children in the adults who care for them. 

  • Mirror Baby: Peekaboo!

    Author: Campbell Books
    Publisher: Campbell Books
    Interest age: 0-1

    Peekaboo! Can you see a smiling baby? What about that baby hiding under a blanket? Babies adore seeing photos of other babies and seeing themselves – so what better than a book that shows your little one five other babies they can play peekaboo with, as well as a mirror they can see their own face in?

  • Meekoo and the Little Nursery

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2-3

    This delightful, interactive board book explores the highs and lows of Meekoo the bear’s busy day at nursery

  • Let's Go! On A Digger

    Author: Rosalyn Albert Illustrator: Natalia Moore
    Publisher: New Frontier
    Interest age: 2-3

    This lovely rhyming board book for toddlers tells a little story about a girl experiencing the dream of many toddlers – getting to drive a big yellow digger! 

  • 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Hide & Seek

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 1-4

    An interactive board book with cut-out finger trails and sturdy flaps that encourage youngsters to explore the forest in the company of the very hungry caterpillar.

  • No! said Rabbit

    Author: Marjoke Henrichs
    Publisher: Scallywag Press
    Interest age: 2-4

    No matter whether it's time for breakfast, time to get dressed, or a lovely day to go and play - Rabbit's answer is NO! Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as parents of little ones who have just discovered “no” and like to use it at every opportunity. 

  • Animal ABC

    Author: Nikolas Ilic
    Publisher: Happy Yak
    Interest age: 1-2

    This delightful, colourful board book is perfect as a starting point for animal-loving toddlers learning their alphabet.