Toddler explore

The home learning team recommends the following books:

More books for toddlers

'Run Mouse Run' by Petr Horacek. This is a perfect books to share with babies and toddlers. Little mouse runs around the house, over the chair, across the table, through the shoe - why is he in such a rush? This book has bold, beautiful illustrations with cleverly cut away pages for little hands to turn and a great surprise at the end!

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'Oh Dear' by Rod Campbell. Buster goes down to the farmyard to fetch the eggs for grandma. On each unsuccessful attempt at finding the eggs the phrase “Are they in here? Oh Dear!” is repeated. Lift the flaps, meet all the farm animals, and help Buster find an egg for his breakfast.

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'Peep Inside' by Anna Milbourne. Does your child enjoy looking at non-fiction information books? The library service have invested in a series called Peep Inside, many of which are non-fiction based, with peep holes and lift the flaps which are bound to excite your young child!

Explore the 'Peep Inside' series and make reservations

'Postman Bear' by Julia Donaldson. A great rhyming lift the flap book to enjoy with your child! Bear is writing letters to his friends. But what could his letters be about? Lift the flaps and join Frog, Squirrel and Mole for Bear's special surprise!

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'Hide and Seek Pig' by Julia Donaldson. A great rhyming lift the flap book to enjoy with your child. Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where could Hen be? Your child will love looking under the flaps to help Pig find out where Hen is hiding?

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'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy. It was late and Mr Bear was tired, no matter how hard he tried, he could not get off to sleep. The familiar night time noises and repetition make this a great book to share with young children.

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'Fancy Dress Jungle' by Nick Sharratt. Books with doors to open, flaps to lift and holes to explore are not only great fun, creating an element of surprise as children love to guess who is hiding, but they also help young children to start to develop their motor skills. All the jungle animals love wearing fancy dress - but who's hiding under each disguise.

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'Fox’s Socks' by Julia Donaldson. This lift the flap book is perfect for sharing with very young children. The colourful pictures along with the simple rhyme pattern make this a great book for encouraging early language development and children’s understanding of text. Poor old Fox has lost his socks - can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out!

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'Bear on a Bike' by Hannah Shaw. Bear is taking a birthday cake to his friend, Mouse - but Mouse has already zoomed off on his bike! How can Bear catch up with him? On a bike? In a lorry? On a train? In a trolley? It'll be a very battered cake by the time he reaches Mouse.

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The Flying Bath' by Julia Donaldson. When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day.

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'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. One day a penguin arrives on a little boy’s doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole; when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn't what the penguin was looking for after all. 

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'The Very Busy Spider' by Eric Carle. This story follows a little spider as she busily spins her sparkly web. Many animals try to distract the Busy Spider but she doesn’t stop until she is finished!

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'A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea' by Jessica Law. You will discover amazing and fascinating sea creatures in the hole in the bottom of the sea! Each verse introduces a new creature with the shark chasing the eel, who chases the squid, who chases the snail. What will you find at the bottom of the sea? Click on the link to see the interactive retelling of this story by Angellica Bell, there are top tips along the way to make reading together more fun and the option to watch the storybook as a British Sign Language video. You can even read along with this story on your tablet or mobile phone.

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'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. Join in the fun of going on a bear hunt-through tall, wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); and a swirling whirling snowstorm (HOOOO WOOOO!) - only to find a "real" bear waiting at the end of the trail!

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'Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear?' by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle – a great repetitive book which is easy for your child to join with. The book introduces a new animal on each page. Your child will enjoy guessing which animal comes next. There are other similar titles to this by the same authors.

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'Sam’s Sandwich' by David Pelham. This book is shaped like a sandwich and each page a sandwich filling. Sam offers to make his sister a sandwich, leaving a few surprises inside!!!

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‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?’ by Bill Martin Jnr, the book has big, bold colourful pictures and a sing song style that is easy for your child to join in with.

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‘Monkey & Me’ by Emily Gravett has a catchy rhyme and some actions to copy. It even has a sleepy end for bedtime…zzz…

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‘Hippo has a hat’ by Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt. This book is perfect for sharing with very young children. It is one of a series of books by two of our much loved children’s authors. The clear and colourful pictures along with the simple rhyme pattern make this a great book for encouraging early language development and children’s understanding of text. It also gives lots of opportunities to dress up and retell.

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Nursery rhyme books - Your local library has many nursery rhyme books for you to share with your child. Use the link below to explore their directory and make some reservations!

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‘Where’s Spot?’ by Eric Hill. Spot’s first and most famous adventure! Where has Spot gone? Very young children will love lifting the flaps and searching for Spot.

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‘Peepo’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Peepo! Is a great book to share with babies and toddlers. The book follows a day in the life of a baby, with a series of peep holes leading readers on to the next stage in the day, giving a hint of what is to come.

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'Peck Peck Peck' by Lucy Cousins. A little woodpecker has just learnt how to peck and - yipee! - what fun it is! Off the little woodpecker goes, on his first big pecking adventure. He pecks the hat and then the mat, the tennis racket AND the jacket ... just LOOK at all the holes he has made! Have fun pecking like the little woodpecker with your child!!!

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‘Washing Line’
 by Jez Alborough. A great book to share with your child. Who owns those thin stripy socks, that extra-long-sleeved jumper, that enormous scarf, that tiny dress, those huge underpants, hanging on the washing line? Children are encouraged to guess which animal each item of clothing belongs to.

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'Dear Zoo’
 by Rod Campbell. A lift the flap book with a catchy line “I sent him back”, until the zoo sends the perfect pet. 

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‘Dig Dig Digging’ by Margaret Mayo & Alex Ayliffe. A wonderful book for young children fascinated by trucks, diggers, fire engines and other vehicles. Simple, colourful pictures but with enough detail to talk about. Repetition, rhyme and lots of ‘noisy’ words help develop language skills. 

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'Hug' by Jez Alborough. Bobo needs a really big hug from someone who loves him. Walking through the jungle he passes lots of creatures enjoying a cuddle. Will Bobo ever find the hug he needs?

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Counting books

There are many stories and rhymes available to support your child's understanding of numbers, here are a few suggestions to try. Alternatively, visit your local library to explore those they have available:

‘Five little Ducks’ There are many versions of this well-known rhyme in book format. A little duck disappears on each page but happily they all return at the end!

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‘Five in the Bed’ There are many versions of this well-known rhyme in book format, ‘There were five in the bed and the little one said roll over! roll over!’ A great counting rhyme book with fun peek-through holes to explore.

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‘Ten Terrible Dinosaurs’ by Paul Stickland. ‘Ten terrible dinosaurs standing in a line, soon began to mess about, until there were nine’. A countdown book of dinosaurs with a noisy surprise ending.

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