5 Books for little ones

Introduce your little one to the wonderful world of books with our pick of favourite reads for little ones.

Reading to your little one from a young age is very beneficial for her development. “As a child hears and talks, she not only learns words and sentences, but also pronunciation, grammar and hopefully a good accent and information,” says Muriel Coldham, principle at Fledglings Pre-Primary in Johannesburg.

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books and reading with our five favourite books for little ones.

Peter Rabbit: My Mum
Written by Beatrix Potter
Published by Penguin, R95
Peter Rabbit wants to make his mum her favourite strawberry pie as a Mother’s Day gift. But the best strawberries grow in Mr Tod’s garden. Will Peter and his friends Lily and Benjamin be able to gather enough strawberries before that sneaky fox puts them in a pie of his own? This book comes with fantastic illustrations which young children will love.

Peter Rabbit: I love you
Written by Beatrix Potter
Published by Penguin, R105

This adorable book encourages engagement and ends with a peekaboo mirror surprise so that little ones can see themselves. You can sing and dance with the little one. Featuring Peter Rabbit – and other classic Beatrix Potter characters – this warm and gentle rhyme is the perfect bedtime book for babies and toddlers.

Zoe and Beans
Written by Mick Inkpen and Chloe Inkpen
Published by Pan Macmillan, R93.69

Join Zoe and Beans and their new friend Oscar as they count the animals, from one to ten. There’s a hungry rabbit, a kitten, a duck a puppy and even a cow! But will there be enough room for them all? With its gentle rhyming text, beautiful artwork and familiar and funny animals, this book is perfect teaching young ones how to count.

Tip Tap Went the Crab
Written by Tim Hopgood
Published by Pan Macmillan, R93.69

When a curious little crab tip-taps out of her rock pool to explore the big blue sea, she discovers a world full of wonderful creatures. But after she’s counted everything from one noisy seagull and two sleepy sea lions to nine silent sharks at the bottom of the sea, the little crab soon realizes that her very own rock pool is the most amazing place of all. This is an engaging board book about counting.

Teeny Weeny Looks for Mommy
Written by Nosy Crow, R103.84

Teeny Weeny is a little bit worried: he can’t find his mummy anywhere. Still, she can’t have gone far. Perhaps mummy is behind the tree? Or is she in the flowers? All little readers will enjoy pulling the sturdy tabs to help Teeny Weeny in his search, and identify with the story’s sweet, happy resolution.

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