Children’s books: Under 4s

There are some great books out at the moment – perfect all year round and which also make lovely stocking fillers. We can’t wait to find out why Father Christmas is on the naughty step!

Disney Princess Annual 2013

Step into the world of make-believe, royalty and romance with this lovely new annual. Young girls can follow their dreams of becoming a princess in the enchanting pages that are filled with captivating stories, pretty colourings, delightful activities and fun puzzles. Now an official Disney Princess, Rapunzel joins Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White in treating readers to a magical adventure that promises to make them feel extra special

Fireman Sam Annual 2013

Join Fireman Sam and the rescue crew, as they tackle another set of emergencies. With Pontypandy’s accident-prone neighbours and Naughty Norman Price on the loose, there’s never a quiet moment for Fireman Sam! You can read six new stories based on the popular TV episodes. You can find out more about the special vehicles and equipment the team use in fire, mountain and sea rescues. You can have fun completing all the puzzles, games and activities

I Don’t Want to be a Pea, Ann Bonwill, Simon Rickerty

Hugo is in no doubt as to what he and Bella should go as to the Hippo-Bird Fancy Dress Party. They will go as the princess and the pea and he will be the princess (of course!) leaving poor Bella to be the pea. Indignant, Bella refuses. She has a better suggestion – they will go as a mermaid on a rock and she will be the mermaid (of course!) leaving a huffy Hugo to be the rock. Hugo is not happy. But neither is Bella. They just can’t decide on a costume and things reach a crisis when they both flounce off saying they don’t want to go to the party at all. After time to consider, both Hugo and Bella calm down and (privately) both choose to dress as a pea as a gesture of making it all up to each other. So when they both arrive at the party as peas, Hugo and Bella announce proudly that they are ‘two peas in a pod, just as it should be’ underlining the message of the book that friendship is all about give and take. With wonderfully absurd illustrations from new talent Simon Rickerty and a great read-aloud text, this is a made-for-sharing picture book.

The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter

Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny’s new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out…Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life! There’s poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast.

Father Christmas on the Naughty Step, Mark Sperring

The naughty step is the place Sam has to sit when he has done something he knows he Really shouldn’t have. And Sam isn’t alone. Captain Buckleboots is sitting on the naughty step too and so is Father Christmas – uh-oh, oh no! What’s going to happen on Christmas Eve now?

In the Night Garden, Everybody Loves Christmas!, Andrew Davenport

Once upon a time in the Night Garden…It’s Christmas! Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and all their friends show what they love best about Christmas time. This sturdy first storybook features board pages, rounded corners and a hardcover for “Little Night Garden” fans to read over and over again…

Mr. Men Meet Father Christmas, Roger Hargreaves

This is the perfect stocking filler for “Mr. Men” and “Little Miss” fans! When Little Miss Tiny secretly wishes she could visit Father Christmas she doesn’t expect her wish to come true. But magical things really do happen at Christmas and crazy things too when you’re with the Mr. Men and the Little Miss! Complete with celebrating sheep, pink snow, sneezing elves and a very sooty Father Christmas, this story will having you laughing all through Christmas.

Snowy Tracks, Thomas and Friends

This is the perfect stocking filler for Thomas fans! The Island of Sodor is covered in a thick blanket of snow and the engines have been told to be careful and not to go over any big hills. Gordon doesn’t listen, he’s sure that he’ll be strong enough to steam over every hill he comes to. But it isn’t long before Gordon finds out that snow is much more dangerous than it looks

Super Sparkly Christmas, Hello Kitty

Join Hello Kitty for the best Christmas ever with this amazing activity book filled with festive sparkly stickers! Hello Kitty is preparing for Christmas. Use your sparkly stickers to help her to choose gifts for her family, wrap presents, decorate the tree, make a super Christmas stocking, dress up warm for carol singing and much more. You’ll have lots of fun and feel super-festive with this amazing interactive sparkly sticker book!

The Paper Dolls, Julia Donaldson, Rebecca Cobb

A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens.  A stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of THE GRUFFALO, and new illustrating talent Rebecca Cobb.

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