Best Books for 3-5 year olds

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    Why not take a look at our pick of the best new books for 3 - 5 year olds, plus some all time favourites too.

    Theres a Bear on My Chair

    There's a Bear on My Chair
    Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what's that? Is that a Mouse in Bear's house?
     Captain Jack and the Pirates

    Captain Jack and the Pirates
    From the award-winning creator of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Peter Bently comes this utterly delightful picture book, that sees a family day out at the beach turn into a wonderful piratical adventure! Make-believe fun, illustrated by picture book star, Helen Oxenbury, will capture the imaginations of children everywhere. This is sure to be a classic.

    The Day the Crayons Quit

    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Poor Duncan just wants to colour. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit!
    You Choose

    You Choose
    Imagine you could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . you choose!
    The Detective Dog The Detective Dog

    There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell. Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Whether it's finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path, her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. But Nell has other talents too.

    Zoe and Beans Hello Oscar

    Zoe and Beans: Hello Oscar
    Zoe has found a guinea pig at the bottom of the garden. And a tortoise, and a chameleon, and now there’s a noisy parrot! Where have they all come from? The hole in the fence could be a clue, but who lives on the other side?

    Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, along with… a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orang-utan and a whale, amongst other things!

    The Enormous Crocodile

    The Enormous Crocodile
    The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!

    Tabby McTat
    Tabby McTat is purr-fectly happy, singing along all day with Fred the busker. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again? A heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty - and kittens!

    A First Book of Fairy Tales
    Once upon a time there were some wonderful fairy tales waiting to be read...  14 classic stories retold with beautiful illustrations and a sprinkle of story magic, bedtime will never be the same again. Enchant your child with favourite tales like Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, or tell them some wonderful new stories; The Fisherman and his Wife or Diamonds and Toads. A wonderful collection to quietly enjoy together - making bedtime easy.
    Fantastic Mr Fox

    Fantastic Mr Fox
    For under a tree on the hill nearby live a fox and his friends: Mr Badger, Mr Mole, Mr Weasel, Mr Rabbit and their families. Every night cunning Mr Fox creeps into their farms and helps himself to a delicious dinner, but now Mr Boggis, Mr Bunce and Mr Bean have other ideas

    Blue Penguin Blue Penguin

    A heat-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. "I feel just like a penguin," says Blue Penguin. "But you're not like us," said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all?

    Animal Encyclopedia (First Reference)
    From aardvark through to zebra, bring your child face-to-face with their favourite animals with this first reference for young animal lovers.  Discover over 2,000 animals from the largest and the loudest, through to the tallest and smallest. Find out why koalas sleep for nineteen hours. Whether all bears can climb trees. And how much a camel can drink in one go.  Packed with curiosity quizzes, 'turn and learn' boxes and bite-sized animal facts kids love getting their teeth into, there's lots to see and explore.  Go ahead, let your children take a walk into the natural world!
    Once Upon an Alphabet

    Once Upon an Alphabet


    Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet

    See Inside Your Body (Usbourne Flap Book)
    This astonishingly inventive title allows young children to discover the inner workings of the human body in a gently humorous, yet wholly accurate way. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams display all the major organs of the human body and are accompanied by witty, clear and informative factual text. It contains over fifty flaps, which children can lift to reveal extra detail. Entertaining and authoritative, this is human biology for children at its very best - a book both educational and enjoyable.

    National Geographic Little Kids: First Big Book of Dinosaurs
    Featuring spectacular dinosaur art by Franco Tempesta, illustrator of "The Ultimate Dinopedia", each chapter focuses on a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. This book is filled with all of the facts that young dino fans will love, and includes interactivity in every chapter and parent tips to help carry a child's experience beyond the page.
    Going to School

    Going to School (Usborne First Experiences)
    An ideal starting point for young children and adults to discuss first experiences. Features Stephen Cartwright's delightful illustrations, providing lots to look at and talk about.
    Charlie and Lola I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

    Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School
    This classic tale of first-day-at-school worries addresses childrens' fears with warmth, humour and fun. Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school - but Lola is not so sure.She thinks it probably would be useful to read and write and count, but she doesn't really have time for school - she's much too busy doing extremely important things at home.
    Topsy and Tim Starting School
    Topsy and Tim: Start School
    Topsy and Tim Start School is a perfect, reassuring picture book for children who are just about to start school. Along with favourite characters Topsy and Tim, children will learn what to expect in lessons, in the playground - even in the canteen - and, more importantly, that school can be fun!

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    Looking for the best books for younger children? Why not take a look at 
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    Best Books for Toddlers up to 1 - 2 Years Old
    Best Books for 2 - 3 years olds 

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    Top Ten books for under 12 months olds
    Top Ten Books for 1 - 2 year olds
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    Top Ten Books for 3 - 5 years olds 
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