Help with life skills for little ones
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?
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Author: Katie Abey
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.
Author: Hervé Tullet
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.