Early reading specialist Emily Guille-Marrett talks about how oral storytelling can lay the foundations for literacy skills – as well as being great fun.
Blog posts for: Age 0-3
Guest blogger and primary school librarian Clare Turner gives her top five reasons why you should visit the library with your child.
Here are 5 fun and easy activities you can try at home to build up your child’s co-ordination, strength, and control before they start writing.
Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with our eBook library, containing hundreds of free eBooks. Developed for children aged 3–11.
It’s never too early to explore numbers and counting with your child. Encourage early numeracy skills with these 6 great activities.
It’s the season of giving, so we’re celebrating with not just one book of the month, but a whole bundle of festive treats!
Matty Long, author of Super Magic Happy Forest, chooses his favourite fantasy picture books for children under five years old.
A recent report highlights the link between children’s early language skills and their life chances. We look at simple everyday activities to boost your child’s communication, language and reading skills.
Headteacher Tracey Smith shares her ideas for fun and easy games you can play to build your child’s vocabulary and boost their confidence with words.
A rich vocabulary allows a child to enjoy their reading, to express themselves and to learn about the world. James Clements offers tips on how to help your child’s vocabulary develop.
Wendy Cooling MBE has selected her favourite illustrated books to help you introduce your child to the wonders of stories and storytelling.
To celebrate the publication of the brand-new Big Words for Little People series, we’ve got three pairs of books to give away! (November 2020)
To celebrate the publication of the brand-new All Aboard series, we’ve got three pairs of books to give away! (January 2020)
Shapes are all around us and there are many ways you can start exploring them with your child. Get ideas on how to help familiarise your child with different shapes in all sorts of contexts.
Louise Pennington shows us her top five maths games, including ‘Bunny rabbit ears’ and ‘What’s in the bag?’, to help your child practise their number facts.
Books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter, selected by the award-winning children’s author Joanna Nadin.
Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child’s vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a great opportunity to bond. Children’s author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading.
Discover how to help your child get a good night’s sleep with these tips inspired by our new book for toddlers, Goodnight, Sleep Tight.
A series of picture books created by the language experts at Oxford University Press to introduce young children to the words they need to make sense of their feelings.
From seriously spine-tingling stories to tales about the silliest of spooks, our collection of Halloween reading recommendations is packed full of books to entertain 2–12 year-olds on long, dark autumn nights.
From hand-print Christmas wreaths to games to develop shape recognition skills, discover lots of toddler-friendly crafts and activity ideas to try with your little ones this Christmas!
Play games to help your 0–3-year-old child’s language and maths skills – and have fun!
It’s Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They’ve posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes…
Measure and record your child’s height as they grow with this height chart.
Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there’s trouble ahead!
When Ben is tempting his cat across the page with a fluffy mouse, his cat . . . disappears! Then his best friend Bella disappears, too. Sniffer dogs and rescue teams can’t help . . . When Ben also vanishes, it’s up to the reader to sort the situation in this playful and funny story.
Winnie and Wilbur love their local museum, especially the dinosaur gallery. When an exciting competition is announced to draw or make a model of a dinosaur Winnie and Wilbur can’t wait to take part. But what did dinosaurs look like?
Winnie and Wilbur are fascinated by the creepy-crawlies in the garden and decide it could be fun to shrink right down to their size. But when you’re knee-high to a caterpillar, there can be some very hairy moments.
In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way.
Hop on board our amazing train for a fun-filled learning journey! We’re off to explore shapes, playtime and so much more. All aboard everyone!
Tolkien for toddlers! When the Mystical Crystals of Life are stolen, five brave heroes must go on an epic quest to get them back and save the Super Happy Magic Forest from the root of all evil.
Shoot into space on the rocket train and learn about number recognition and counting as you zoom past planets and stars!
Winnie and Wilbur are going into space! Winnie conjures a rocket and they blast into orbit. It’s quite tricky dealing with all the rocket’s controls but it’s even trickier knowing what to do with hungry space rabbits . . . will Winnie have enough magic up her sleeve to save the day?
Lula lives in a house next to the beach with her family. When they must leave their home to make way for a highway, Lula is desperate to protect the beach and its wildlife, but how will a small girl like her be able to do it? A beautiful picture book about the relationship between humans and nature, celebrating the power that children have and how they can make a difference.
Even a big bear can feel small when starting school!
Everyone’s body is different in some way – and that’s okay! Whether your body is big, small, short, or tall – Jon Burgerman shows us that it is something to celebrate and be proud of.
Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a rhyme! Will the rhyme thief ever be brought to justice, and can YOU solve the mysterious ending?
Meet a host of talking food characters, including a pizza slice that most certainly does NOT want to be eaten! Bright colours and lots of visual gags introduce a range of fantastic food – and will even encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables!
Beatrice is taking a bunch of beautiful bananas to her grandad, but on the way a giraffe flicks them into the stream – Splash! How will Beatrice get the bananas back? Find out and, on the way, meet hungry bees, playful monkeys, and even a sneezing elephant!
Christmas is only days away when Milly meets a unicorn. He patters softly into Grandpa’s house on a snowy night and suddenly Milly’s world is filled with magic, friendship, and the happiness she has been hoping for.
In a divided world of cats and dogs – where dogs only play dog music and cats only play cat music – one little dog chooses to follow the music in his heart, and that means jamming with the cats!
Even the bravest of the brave and the coolest of the cool worry. Worrying is normal when so much has changed. This reassuring and practical picture book is brilliant to help children open up about their feelings and get worries under control.
Whoops! Winnie the Witch has just sat on Wilbur . . . again! But that’s what happens if you share your black house with a black cat. Can Winnie find a magical way to put a stop to the accidents?
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