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Books for pre-schoolers

Venture into a world of bad bunnies, bickering puffins and an otter who want to be king with these 10 brilliant picture books as chosen by The Cobham Bookshop.

1. Hamish Takes the Train – Daisy Hirst

A quirky tale about friendship and adventure featuring trains and cranes, a bear called Hamish and a goose called Noreen. It’s also a great book for kids who are just learning to read.

2. The Weaver – Qian Shi

Stanley is a spider, a weaver and a collector who likes to keep seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things he cannot name. It’s a simple and thoughtful story about what we collect in the world, and what we collect in our hearts.

3. Big Bad Bun – Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

From illustrator Tony Ross and author Jeanne Willis comes this story about a bad bunny – real name Fluff. But is he as bad as he makes out?

4. The Little Island – Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Robert Starling

Funny, warm and with a clear message about the power of togetherness, The Little Island is set on a farm looked after by the animals – until one day the geese hatch a plan to leave. It’s a story of building bridges and finding friendships.

5. The Rescue of Bunny Wunny – Emma Chichester Clark

A funny take on pets and favourite toys, and a little girl called Imelda. Emma Chichester Clark, studied at the Royal College of Art under Quentin Blake and is most known for her award-winning Blue Kangaroo series.

6. Clem and the Crab – Fiona Lumbers

This is a lovely story about a little boy called Clem who saves a crab from a plastic bag on the beach. It reinforces the moral message that we all have a responsibility to care for the environment.

7. The Steves – Morag Hood

A story of feuding puffins, arguing over their name. Who’s the best Steve? The first Steve? The Steve-est Steve? It’s bold, bright, colourful and hilariously funny.

8. Gwendolyn – Juliette MacIver and Terri Rose Baynton

A tale of friendship, adventure and finding your home, this story book follows the life of Gwendolyn, a penguin who lives in the jungle. 

9. King Otter – Jane Porter

When an adorable otter finds a box filled with fancy clothes and a crown, he declares himself King Otter, ruler of his riverside realm. It’s beautifully illustrated by former journalist Jane Porter.

10. Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much – Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

Inspired by their own four feisty children, Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright are have created the unstoppable Lola Dutch. She’s a delightfully creative girl who is bursting with grand ideas – from how to serve breakfast to the ideal sleeping spot.

The Cobham Bookshop is an independent bookshop in Anyards Road, Cobham just off the High Street, and whilst its doors are closed during lockdown, there is a home delivery service.

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