The best books for toddlers

16 February 2017

By Macmillan Children's Books

As your toddler grows, reading time will not necessarily be quiet time. From books with sing-along songs to books that roar, you'll find the best book to help your child's language skills develop and continue their love of reading.


Dear Zoo Book and Story Blocks

Dear Zoo Book and Story Blocks includes the lift-the-flap classic story and ten stacking blocks. Stacking helps toddlers understand cause and effect, develop hand-eye coordination and construction skills. Plus, they'll love building a tower and knocking it down again!

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Monkey Music Let's Sing and Play

Music is a fundamental part of pre-school children's development, helping them to enjoy socialising, learning and playing. Based on the award-winning Monkey Music classes and featuring the much-loved illustrations of Emily Bolam, this series encourages children to begin their own lifetime love of music and boosts their educational and emotional growth.
The CD includes 22 fantastic sing-along songs that can be enjoyed on their own, on the go or alongside the book.

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Dinosaur Roar!

First published in 1994, this classic story now comes with a sound button so the dinosaur can roar along with the story. The rhyming text and eye-catching illustrations are a wonderful way to introduce dinosaurs to even the smallest children.

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123 is a first numbers book that introduces your child to counting from one to ten. There are chunky, tabbed pages to turn as they count with the help of a gently rhyming story and a collection of farm animals.

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ABC is a first alphabet book that introduces your child to letters and sounds. There are chunky, tabbed pages to turn as they learn about the alphabet with the help of a gently rhyming story and a collection of farm and zoo animals.

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Goodnight Moon

This gentle bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share at bedtime. Margaret Wise Brown's comforting, rhythmical text accompanied by the warmth of Clement Hurd's classic mid-century illustrations make Goodnight Moon a timeless picture book.

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Noisy Jungle

It’s too soon to worry about mathematical concepts, but the counting in this book is simply fun. Toddlers will love pressing the pictures, hearing and copying the animal noises. Let your child lead and you will be surprised at how much accidental learning takes place. Learning to count has never been so much fun!

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Alice in Wonderland

A simple introduction to the story of Alice in Wonderland as she follows the white rabbit down the rabbit hole. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters - Alice, the White Rabbit, the March Hare, Mad Hatter, Dormouse and of course the Queen of Hearts. A great interactive book that really engages toddlers.

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Hello! School

Hello School is a brilliant book to share before your child starts playgroup or nursery. This interactive book has dials and slides and lots to look at and talk about, and demonstrates wonderfully how great it is to play and learn with other children. It will increase your child’s confidence by making the world of school seem straightforward and manageable.

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Busy Fire Station

With lots to see and heaps to do, in Busy Fire Station children really can join in by pushing, pulling and turning the tabs so that the firefighters can save the day! Help them slide down the pole at the fire station, switch on the fire engine's flashing lights, raise the ladder to the building and put the fire out. Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations.

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