Children's books about first experiences

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Florette

Anna Walker

When Mae's family moves to a new home in the city, she wishes she could bring her garden with her. She'll miss the apple trees, the daffodils, and chasing butterflies in the wavy grass. But there's no room for a garden in the...

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Hair

Hair

Leslie Patricelli

Describes hair from a toddler's perspective.

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The Airport Book

The Airport Book

Lisa Brown (AUTHOR)

Follow a family and the youngest member's favourite sock monkey through all the inner and outer workings of an airport.

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Bathtime for Little Rabbit

Bathtime for Little Rabbit

Jorg Muhle, Eve Erikson

A perfectly simple interactive board book that lets the child take charge of bathtime.

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Mo Willems

The pigeon is BACK! And he STINKS! No, really, he actually smells very bad...

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Maisy Learns to Swim

Maisy Learns to Swim

Lucy Cousins

Goggles and swimsuit at the ready - it's Maisy's first swimming lesson!

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Anna Dewdney

First published in hardcover by Viking, 2005.

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The New Small Person

The New Small Person

Lauren Child

Elmore Green started life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his. But one day, everything changed. This picture book about the arrival of a new sibling is suitable for...

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Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie

Emma Quay

'One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath...' Emma Quay captures all the joy and energy of childhood in this irresistible rhyming tale.

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I Don't Want to Go to Bed!

I Don’t Want to Go to Bed!

Tony Ross

The incorrigible toddler is now asking the infamous question- 'Why do I have to go to bed when I'm not tired?', and she uses every stratagem she can think of to avoid her fate- monsters in the cupboard, hairy spiders, thirst, even...

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Ginger McFlea Will Not Clean Her Teeth

Ginger McFlea Will Not Clean Her Teeth

Lee Fox, Mitch Vane

Ginger McFlea, twin sister of Jasper, makes her debut in this witty picture book that make cleaning your teeth seem more appealing to the most reluctant toddler. While Jasper loves using his toothbrush, Ginger gives hers to her...

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The Travel Bug

The Travel Bug

Benjamin Gilmour, James Gulliver Hancock

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Everyone Is Yawning

Everyone Is Yawning

Anita Bijsterbosch

Ages 2 and up It's time for bed! The kitten yawns. Look. I think it is tired. All the little animals yawn. And the little kid? Does the little kid yawn too? You'll find out as you lift-the-flaps in this surprising book.

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I Don't Want to Wash My Hands!

I Don’t Want to Wash My Hands!

Tony Ross

The Little Princess loves getting her hands dirty. The trouble is, she hates washing them. Until she learns all about the nasties, the dirties and all the other horrible things that lurk and make you ill . . .

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Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair

Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair

Lee Fox, Cathy Wilcox

Ella Kazoo simply refuses to brush her hair, and soon it develops a mind of its own!

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Plenty of Love to Go Round

Plenty of Love to Go Round

Emma Chichester Clark, Sue Buswell

When Binky the cat moves in next door, Plum can't understand why everyone likes him so much. But she soon learns that there's no need to be jealous and there's plenty of love to go round. Inspired by her hugely popular Plumdog...

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Arlo Needs Glasses

Arlo Needs Glasses

Barney Saltzberg

Every child who wears glasses will know just how Arlo feels, and will feel better because of it. And every parent will want that child to know that glasses are cool and fun and enable us to do the things we want to do. Take Arlo:...

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Hush-A-Bye Bunny

Hush-A-Bye Bunny

Holly Surplice

A perfect bedtime book for comforting sleepy little bunnies who don't like been left alone when it's time to turn the lights out.

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Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato

Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato

Lauren Child

Charlie's little sister Lola does not eat a lot of things - and she absolutely will not never ever eat a tomato - until one day Charlie plays a good trick on her! A book designed for tackling fussy eaters in a fun way. ...

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King Baby

King Baby

Kate Beaton

I am King Baby! You have been waiting for me. I will give you many blessings, for King Baby is generous...

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A Giraffe in the Bath

A Giraffe in the Bath

Mem Fox, Olivia Rawson

A giraffe in the bath - does that make you laugh? Or a frog in the flour? Or a sheep in the shower? An owl with the flu? Or a roo on the loo? A crocodile with style - does that make you smile? What makes you laugh? This very funny...

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How to Babysit a Grandma

How to Babysit a Grandma

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

Filled with humour, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for reading when you're visiting Grandma! Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013.

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Madeline

Madeline

Ludwig Bemelmans

'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...' The small but feisty heroine, Madeline, and her charming Parisian world have been loved by children and adults alike for...

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Let's Go to Nursery!

Let’s Go to Nursery!

Lauren Tobia, Caryl Hart

From a wibbly-wobbly building block tower to a sing-song circle, join friends Billy and Bee in a wonderfully bouncy introduction to the hustle and bustle of nursery!

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Dear Tooth Fairy

Dear Tooth Fairy

Alan Durant, Vanessa Cabban

A book with fold-out letters and real gifts from the Tooth Fairy!

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How to Babysit a Grandad

How to Babysit a Grandad

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

Filled with humour, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for reading when Grandad comes to visit! Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013.

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The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business

Wolf Erlbruch, Werner Holzwarth

Near-sighted Mole climbs out of his tunnel only to have a large poo drop on his head. Needless to say, Mole is not pleased with this in the least, and so he begins a journey to find the offending animal. Is he looking for...

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Peppa Pig: Peppa's First Sleepover

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s First Sleepover

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is going to her very first sleepover at Zoe Zebra's house. The most important thing about a sleepover is that you must not sleep! With music, a midnight feast and a scary story, can Peppa and her friends stay awake? Read...

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Tickle My Ears

Tickle My Ears

Joerg Muhle (Author)

Tickle My Ears brings a wonderful new bedtime ritual: clap your hands, plump the pillow, give little rabbits ears a tickle, stroke his back, pull up the covers and plant a goodnight kiss. And dont forget to turn out the light:...

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Peppa Pig: Peppa's First Glasses

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s First Glasses

Peppa Pig

Pedro Pony can't see very well without his glasses. And Peppa Pig is sure she can't see very well either. So Mummy Pig takes her to see Mr Pony, the optician, and Peppa has an eye test. But does she really need glasses?

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Picky Eaters

Picky Eaters

Ellen Jackson, Amy-Clare Barden

Did you know that koalas only eat eucalyptus? That arctic foxes dine on lemmings? Like children, animals can be very fussy about food! This rhyming board book, with engaging lift-the-flaps, introduces toddlers to ten choosy...

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Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

Axel Scheffler, Camilla Reid (Editorial Director)

Pip and Posy are friends (most of the time!) in this series about the dramas of toddler life created by Axel Scheffler, whose books, including the modern classic, The Gruffalo - which has sold more than two million copies...

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On My Potty

On My Potty

Leslie Patricelli

Leslie Patricelli's beloved baby is back in this first potty board book.

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Dress the Teddy Bears Travel Sticker Book

Dress the Teddy Bears Travel Sticker Book

Felicity Brooks, Ag Jatkowska

Join the teddies as they travel around the world, and dress them in outfits for different adventures. Little children can add stickers to dress the bears for sightseeing in Paris, snorkelling in a coral reef, skiing, an African...

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Fancy Nancy Saturday Night Sleepover

Fancy Nancy Saturday Night Sleepover

Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy is back in this magical new story about a very exciting sleepover with a very special little sister...

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Who's Hungry?

Who’s Hungry?

Tuck Me In Dean Hacohen, Mr., Tuck Me In Sherry Scharschmidt

Flip the flaps to feed the animals in this simple and fun interactive book for young children.

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Dress the teddy bears Moving House Sticker Book

Dress the teddy bears Moving House Sticker Book

Felicity Brooks, Ag Jatkowska

The teddy bears are moving house! Follow the bears as they pack their belongs, say goodbye to their old house and move in to a brand new house. An ideal book to settle any nerves about moving house. Illustrations: Full...

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I'm a Dirty Dinosaur

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

Janeen Brian, Ann James

Stomp, splash, slide, dive ... This little dinosaur just loves mud! Rounded corners and boardbook format with thick card stock make this a perfect book for early readers. Simple rhyming text and repetition make this a lovely...

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Going to the Hospital

Going to the Hospital

Anne Civardi, Stephen Cartwright

Offers to introduce young children to unfamiliar situations in a friendly way. This book features illustrations, providing lots to look at and talk about. It is suitable as a starting point for young children and adults to discuss...

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Everybody Poos

Everybody Poos

Taro Gomi

A no-nonsense approach to poo to encourage children not to be ashamed about potty training.

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There's A House Inside My Mummy

There’s A House Inside My Mummy

Giles Andreae, Vanessa Cabban

A funny and tender picture book about waiting for a new brother or sister to arrive. Written by Giles Andreae, author of family favourite Giraffes Can't Dance.

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