1. Farmer Duck (9780744536607)
A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this award-winning picture book classic from Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury.In this Kate Greenaway Medal and Kurt Maschler Award-winning modern classic, two of the most celebrated picture book creators of our time tell the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for the other animals on the farm - and all while the famer lies in bed! That is until the day the animals decide to take action ... and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan.
2. How Kind! (9781844284665)
This bold, bright and happy picture book shows how acts of kindness are infectious. Pig is kind to Rabbit, and Rabbit to Cow...and so it goes on. One good turn leads to another in this big-hearted, funny farmyard tale, which ends with a cracking surprise for Hen!
3. The Sniffles for Bear (9781406338560)
The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair. Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is.
So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear "as good as new" by reading a sunny story, singing a rousing chorus and plinking a twangy tune on her banjo, the pitifully coughing Bear - growing weaker by the minute - is convinced that his tiny friend does not appreciate the gravity of the situation. Can there be any saving Bear from his certain demise? Welcome the world's most lovable curmudgeon and his endearing, unstoppable sidekick in a wry new comedy sure to have even red-eyed, sniffly-nosed readers rolling with laughter. It is another laugh-out-loud funny picture book starring the mismatched friends Bear and Mouse.
It is a witty, tongue-in-cheek take on the "I have a cold" story. It is the third picture book in the bestselling series
4. My Friend Bear (9781406372472)
Eddie and the bear are back, but can it be true? Yes! They're inseparable!Eddy is feeling sad and so is the Bear. They both wish they had a friend to talk to. All they've got are their teddies, and teddies can't talk.
Or can they? A great first look at friendship and feelings from master picture book maker, Jez Alborough.
5. Blue Penguin (9781406366013)
A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek.A heart-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? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as "the thinking tot's Eric Carle".
6. The Perfect Guest (9781406376173)
In this heart-warming, laugh-out-loud story of friendship, accident-prone Pansy tries her very hardest to be the most perfect guest to her friend Walter ... with hilarious and calamitous results!From children's author and illustrator, Paula Metcalf, comes a witty and fun-filled story of friendship. Walter is really a very neat and tidy dog.
His house is his pride and joy and he gets quite nervous when guests come round... When his best friend Pansy asks to stay, though, Walter is so excited! She's just a teeny weeny squirrel after all, how much trouble can she possibly be?! But when Pansy tries her very best to be helpful things just seem to keep going wrong! Nothing - from Walter's trousers to his curtains to his beloved brand-new teapot - is safe from accident-prone Pansy! Is she turning out to be the worst guest there ever was?
7. A Secret Worth Sharing (9781406373240)
Mole discovers that friendship is worth sharing in this fifth title in the best-selling Mole series.One hot summer's day, when Mole is out exploring, he discovers a newcomer to the forest - a newcomer called Mouse! The two quickly become friends, but Mole isn't keen to introduce Mouse to the other forest animals. In fact, he doesn't want to share her with anyone. Meanwhile, Rabbit, Squirrel and Hedgehog are wondering why they haven't seen Mole for so long.
When they finally discover his secret, they're so pleased to meet Mouse that Mole realizes it's much nicer for everyone to be friends. With beautiful illustrations, this story is a celebration of friendship and why it's always good to share.
8. Toby and Tabitha (9781406378207)
With a tappity tap and a rat a tat tat ... bet you've never seen tortoises move quite like that!From the creator of Mike the Knight, comes a warm-hearted picture book full of dancing animals, newfound friendship and a generous sprinkling of moonlight magic. To shy little Lucy, the very best thing about her grandpa's pet shop is the two teeny-tiny tortoises - Toby and Tabitha.
And Lucy knows something about Toby and Tabitha that no one else knows... When the sun goes down, the tortoises open their sleepy-snoozy eyes, wriggle their little legs ... and dance! But, one Saturday, Lucy realizes that Tabitha is missing ...
she's been sold! Did Lucy leave it too late to share her magical secret?
9. So Cosy (9781406371185)
The irresistible joy of snuggling up and getting cosy together is celebrated in this funny and cheeky and heartwarming story for the youngest readers.Dog's bed looks so cosy, Goose, Cat, the rabbits, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear, Goat and Snake and even Elephant want to snuggle up with Dog too. And so they do! By the end it's a teetering pile-up of cosiness. Until ...
10. Doodle Bites (9781406378603)
Doodle is feeling bitey. And what better to bite than a big bottom - Tumpty's! But poor sore Tumpty is so upset he stamps on Doodle's tail...and now both of them are upset...and before long everyone is upset! When Doodle and Tumpty apologize, everyone can be happy again.
But Doodle is still feeling just a little bit bite...This book is from the bestselling author and illustrator of "Penguin", which was winner of the 0-5 Nestle Silver Award 2007 and the 2007 Booktrust Early Years Award in the pre-school category.