Help with life skills for little ones

Can I Eat That?

We think these books are perfect for developing everyday life skills in toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-4). 

Whether you'd like to help your child use a potty, tie up their shoelaces or get themselves dressed, how about sharing a fun story to encourage and show them how?

How books can help toddlers to develop vital life skills

  • I Want My Potty!

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    The Little Princess hates nappies, and thinks there must be something better. This is classic picture book entertainment, which will be especially appreciated by any children who are learning to love their potty!

  • Zeki Gets a Checkup

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

    Zeki is a big boy now – he loves hiding toys, playing ball, singing and dancing. Today, he’s going for a checkup at the doctors’ with Daddy and his toy Mister Seahorse. A lovely book to share with toddlers, which marks their developmental milestones.

  • My Big Shouting Day

    Publisher: Jonathan Cape
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Bella is having a Big Shouting Day: from morning until bedtime, she shouts and complains about everything from biscuits to baths. But eventually, Bella says 'sorry' for her big shouting day...

  • My New Shoes

    Author: Leilani Sparrow Illustrator: Dan Taylor
    Publisher: Boxer Books
    Interest age: 2-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Young bear’s feet are growing, so it is time for him to get some new shoes. Vibrant illustrations and rhyming text capture the excitement of this familiar experience, making this an ideal tale for toddlers who are embarking on their own visit to the shoe shop.

  • Hugo Makes a Change

    Author: Scott Emmons and Mauro Gatti
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 4-5

    A simple and accessible book with rhyming text and lovely, bright illustrations, all about the importance of healthy eating, having a balanced diet and trying new foods.

  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman
    Publisher: Phaidon Press
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    A quirky combination of fact and fun, this distinctive picture book about food poses questions that inquisitive children typically ask, such as: 'If I eat jelly and I eat fish, can I eat jellyfish?' Stylish, witty and informative.

  • Eat Your People!

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    Dinnertimes can be difficult in any household - even Monster households. Bright, bold and childlike illustrations accompany this entertaining twist on the 'eat-your-greens' cautionary tale: picky eaters be warned!

  • Still Stuck

    Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
    Interest age: 3-4

    A boy wants to get ready for his bath on his own, but his top gets stuck over his head. What if he is stuck forever? This charming, funny picture book shows the boy realising that everything is OK – and thinking of all the advantages of this new point of view.

  • How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc

    Author: Jane Clarke Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
    Publisher: Red Fox (Penguin Random House)
    Interest age: 1-3

    The little girl in this delightful board book takes Snappy Croc through each teeth-cleaning step: from squeezing out the toothpaste to brushing round and round, and showing off her sparkling smile at the end.

  • Getting Ready

    Author: Illustrator: Cocoretto
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 0-4

    Time to get up! Pull back the covers and choose your clothes. Getting ready for the day is made both fun and interactive in this touch-and-feel book. An irresistible tactile treat.

  • We Wear Pants

    Author: Katie Abey
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 2-4

    We Wear Pants showcases the bright and quirky illustrations that Katie Abey is known for, creating an enjoyable picture book that will have parents and children giggling together as they find their favourite animals wearing funny things.

  • The Good Morning Game

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Phaidon
    Interest age: 3-5

    The finger puppets are back for another adventure. This time the finger puppet experiences various morning rituals: waking up, having a shower, having breakfast, getting dressed, and going to school.