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Looking for new books for your kids to read? Check out our selection of book reviews for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers for inspiration.

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There’s a bear on my chair – Ross Collins

There’s a bear on my chair – Ross Collins

‘We do not make a happy pair, a mouse and bear with just one chair.’ Cue one extremely grumpy mouse and a very funny story that's a read-aloud must. With echoes of Dr Seuss, this joyously illustrated rhyming picture book by multi-award-winner Ross Collins is perfect for sharing.
Get out of my bath – Britta Teckentrup

Get out of my bath – Britta Teckentrup

Ellie the elephant loves bathtime, but she’s not the only one. Everyone else wants to join in the fun too, but the bath is just not big enough. Find out which animals come to visit and what clever Ellie decides to do so she can enjoy her bath in peace.
Follow That Car – Lucy Feather

Follow That Car – Lucy Feather

Bursting with cars and packed full of fun, this interactive storybook needs your help! With comic capers and animal antics, Follow That Car follows Mouse’s madcap race after Gorilla through a variety of exciting settings, from navigating a busy building site, to avoiding an Alpine avalanche.
The Princess and the Giant – Caryl Hart

The Princess and the Giant – Caryl Hart

A funny rhyming picture book about friendship and the power of reading and bedtime stories. Princess Sophie is fed up and exhausted. She just can’t get to sleep and it’s all because of a grumpy old giant who is stomping about all night. But then she suddenly has a bright idea and figures out exactly what the giant really needs.
Thunderstorm Dancing – Katrina Germein

Thunderstorm Dancing – Katrina Germein

This delightful picture book is a rumbling tumbling rhyming story about a family that dances through a wild thunderstorm while the wind and rain swirl outside, and a little girl who shines in the golden calm when the storm passes. Perfect for reading aloud, Thunderstorm Dancing will have your little ones twirling and humming, banging and drumming, in a riot of stormy energy.
This Little Piggy Went Singing - Margaret Wild

This Little Piggy Went Singing - Margaret Wild

The This Little Piggy nursery rhyme takes on a whole new life with the five little piggies having lots of fun adventures and enjoying the excitement of Christmas.
Baby Days – Alison Lester

Baby Days – Alison Lester

Baby Days is a collection of 4 very short rhyming stories about what children do during their day. From Bibs and Boots to Bumping and Bouncing; from Crashing and Splashing to Happy and Sad. Perfect for little ones who are learning about the world around them.
Mix It Up -  Herve Tullet

Mix It Up - Herve Tullet

A best seller according to The New York Times, Mix It Up is a fun book based on the simple idea of exploring colour. The artist encourages kids to rub, shake and smudge the colours in the book to make new colours.
Just right for Christmas - Birdie Black

Just right for Christmas - Birdie Black

A super cute tale with beautiful illustrations and a simple Christmas message based on the idea that giving can be as fun as receiving. Perfect for group story time or bedtime sharing.
Love Always Everywhere – Sarah Massini

Love Always Everywhere – Sarah Massini

All you need is love! A beautifully illustrated picture book about different kinds of love and ways you can show someone you care. Whether quiet, loud, shy or proud, the lyrical text champions love for a faithful pet, a best friend or simply your child's most favourite person in the whole world.
The Beastly Pirates – John Kelly

The Beastly Pirates – John Kelly

Beware The Beastly Pirates, the scariest, meanest and most terrifying pirates ever. This fearsome ugly bunch scour the seven seas for other pirates they can gobble up for lunch! Shiver the timbers of your little ones with this wonderfully hilarious rhyming story book.

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