Becoming a bookworm
Screens can be educational, and they’re certainly fun. But no child should miss out on the rich experience of reading. Books are lovely to share, grow vocabulary, instil knowledge and are an entry point to an imaginative world where your child heads up the action. Check out our choice of the latest batch.
MY ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF VERY IMPORTANT OCEANS
Packed with fun facts, this is brimming with curious creatures and incredible adventures. Dive in and explore ancient shipwrecks, swim with fabulous fish and other awesome underwater animals, and weave your way through secret deep sea homes. Travel back in time to meet plundering pirates, scientists and explorers and learn about how you can help to protect Earth's precious oceans.
UNICORN AND DINOSAURS BABY TOUCH SENSORY BOOKS
Age Birth +
These two new sensory books are added to Ladybird’s well-loved Baby Touch collection. With textures and colours to explore on each page, little ones can take a magical adventure amongst the stars with Baby Touch Unicorns, which features shimmering fabric wings, colourful felt mains and twinkling rainbows. Dinosaurs offers toddlers a chance to step back in time and meet some loveable characters from years past
The Baby Touch collection uses a variety of textures to boost sensory development and motor skills. Simple texts can be read aloud by parents, encouraging children to look for the points of interest on each page.
THREE STEP SERIES
From Magic Cat Publishing
Age 12 months +
An interactive first introduction to the natural world, this new series of board books has double layer lift-flaps with five lifestyle stories, all sharing a single ecosystem. Each simple ‘story’ is set across a double page spread. Watch a tadpole hatch from frogspawn, then lift the flap to see it grow into a frog. Simple rhyming texts provide an explanation to the process. Choose from In The Pond and In The Tree.
I WANT THE MOON
Working late at his desk in his office one night, the man raised his head as the space filled with light. Moonbeams and memories flooded the room as did his longing of owning the moon…
An over-indulged little boy grows into a wealthy man who has everything he could possibly want on Earth. There is only one thing left that he must have – the moon he coveted as a child. Plans are drawn, machines built and factories sent spluttering into the air. Giant towers grow up and up. Soon the moon is nearly within the man's grasp but someone else wants it too. Their tug of war ends in disaster and it’s up to the children to come to the rescue.
WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT A TREE?
From Big Picture Press
This gentle picture book encourages children to explore their connection with nature. Published in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, it
explores themes of empathy, mindfulness and personal growth through the eyes of a child. Written and illustrated by the award-winning artist Emma Carlisle, it encourages kids to reconnect with nature by asking questions that establish a deeper appreciation for the environment and their place within it.
Stunning watercolour and hand-finished artwork is accompanied by a lilting rhyming text, mindfulness tips and interesting information about trees for parents and children to share.