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by | Nov 4, 2020

Book of the Month: Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People

Written by Helen Mortimer and illustrated by Cristina Trapanese
Suitable for age 3+

What does it actually mean to be kind, brave, calm, or happy to a four-year-old? Big Words for Little People has been created by the language experts at Oxford University Press to introduce young children to the words they need to make sense of their feelings. Each word has been carefully chosen to help build their confidence with language, delivering big and small words to help them develop and grow.

Each book includes ideas to help you talk about feelings with your child in a gently supportive way, as well as an age-appropriate glossary to help them understand more challenging words.

Engaging illustrations, fun characters and flowing rhythm make them perfect to share, so that you can explore big topics together in a way that feels good.

Bravery and Kindness are available now, with Calmness, Friendship, Happiness, and Doing Your Best coming in 2021.

Win Big Words for Little People: Bravery and Kindness

To celebrate the publication of these first books in the brand-new Big Words for Little People series, we’ve got three pairs of books to give away!

For your chance to win a copy of Bravery and Kindness, simply tell us an example of when your child has been brave or kind.

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UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 29th November 2020. Terms and Conditions apply (PDF).

About the books

These little hardback books create a moment for you and your child to focus on big topics. They encourage young children to explore their emotions and understand the world around them using carefully chosen words.

This series is special not only because it focuses on feelings in a child-friendly way, but also because it’s from Oxford, created using Oxford University Press’ unique children’s language database to support the personal, social and emotional development learning area of the Early Years curriculum.

Big Words for Little People: Bravery

Helen Mortimer, Cristina Trapanese

This little hardback book creates a moment for grown-ups and young children to focus on Bravery. It introduces words to talk about feelings with confidence and in a way that feels good.
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Big Words for Little People: Kindness

Helen Mortimer, Cristina Trapanese

This little book on Kindness is one in an exciting new series exploring big topics with young children in a way that feels good. Using carefully chosen words and phrases, such as ‘giving’ or ‘taking turns’, it creates a special moment for grown-ups and young children to focus on what it means to be kind in everyday life.
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Book extras

Video: Big Words for Little People | Look Inside

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