Picture books
Dive into the wonderful world of picture books with your toddler with these beautifully illustrated titles.
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The singing mermaid

By Lydia Monks & Julia Donaldson

When the magical voice of a mermaid enchants a circus owner, fame seems to be on the cards for both. But soon the mermaid wants to go home and needs the help of all her friends. 

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Rabbits in the park

Little Rabbit and her friends are in the park when the wind blows their brightly coloured belongings away. Will they be able to rescue them before they're blown into the pond?

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Giggle, Giggle what's so funny?

The glove puppet in this entertaining book is sure to bring hours of fun to older toddlers. Is it an octopus all puffed out or two ballet dancers jiggling around? Let your tot slip his hand in and turn the pages to find out!

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Winston was worried

Winston has to go to the vet because he has to get a big splinter taken out of his paw. He's so worried about it that he doesn't realise how lucky he really is. Will he ever notice the chaos his friends are experiencing? After all, a great big splinter is mighty distracting. 

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I took the moon for a walk

A young boy goes on a special journey with the moon in this book, where he learns to overcome his fear of the dark. The book also includes facts about the moon and nocturnal plants and animals. 

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The World Champion of staying awake

It's time to go to sleep, but Stella's toys are all wide awake. She thinks up clever ideas to get them to bed, but can she stay awake to follow them through? A very cute bedtime read.

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My Mummy

We all do extra special things for our children just like Little Bear's mom. See why he wouldn't want any other mom in this heartwarming book. Read it with your toddler and then have a chat about what he appreciates about his mom. 

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Why dog is afraid of storms

Finally, an explanation why your pet dashes for cover during thunderstorms! A cute story with a decidedly South African twist that is a great addition to any toddler's bookshelf.

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What the ladybird heard

Two robbers have a plan to steal the farmer's prize cow, but ladybird overhears them planning and comes up with an idea to stop them. Will it work?

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Legendary journeys- Ships

If your little boy has a thing for anything that sails, this is a must! Quite an intricate book, it has pull-out tabs and flaps that explain everything you need to know about life on the seas. An investment book for sure. 

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Pip and Posy- The scary monster

From the illustrator of The Gruffalo comes this book about friendship, fears and fun. Posy is busy baking cakes on a rainy day when she gets a visit froma  monster. But is it really a monster, or soemone else she knows very well in a scary costume?

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Little lucky Lolo and the very big boy

Little Lolo loves everything about going to school until a new boy joins the class. The new boy, Khulu, isn't very nice to Lolo. What will happen when Khulu gets into trouble? A South African story about dealing with bullying constructively. 

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Splashy whale

Have a real splash with this fun bath time for book for your older baby. The soft plastic pages are very safe and the sucker attachment ensures the book stays where your baby can find it. Turning the pages encourages fine motor development. The bright colours are also perfect for this stage of your baby's development.

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Farmer Fred

Follow Farmer Fred as he visits each shop in the village collecting things for the upcoming farm show. The interactive pop-up elements on each page help improve hand-eye coordination. 

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The deep end

This book familiarises your toddler with the idea of swimming as it follows the story of a little girl and her swimming lessons. She has big plans for her underwater antics and is ready to face her fears to achieve them. 

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Ivumbu the happiest hippo

The popular Beautiful Creatures series has recently launched their second children's book, Ivumbu the Happiest Hippo. Featuring everyone's favourite hippo from the series, the words in the book are adapted from lyrics on the Beautiful Creatures CDs. Your tot is likely to be familiar with them, adding interest and encouraging a love of reading. 

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Noisy Trains

The sound button on this board book is an attention grabber for your older baby. Pressing it encourages his hand-eye coordination and the sound it makes stimulates his senses. The bright illustrations will also encourage his interest and while you read the story to him, you will be enhancing his understanding of language and rhythm.

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Wolf won't bite

An interesting take on the three little pigs. Follow the action in this beautifully illustrated book as the three little pigs and Wolf take part in a circus act. The pigs play the ringleaders in their little act, but will the wolf bite them?

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Unpoppable

Share a bit of magic with your toddler in this uniquely illustrated story of a little boy's unpoppable, unstoppable yellow balloon and its journey to the stars and beyond. A nice read for a fun, relaxed story time.

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Aesop's Fables

The animals of Africa have a starring role in this proudly South African take on Aesop's Fables. The entertaining stories all have a strong moral message, making it a perfect read for your tot. 

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On the move

With five snap-on popper characters, this interactive book enhances your tot's fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Creating much of the story herself also encourages your tot's imagination.

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Delivery man Stan

Stan and his dog Boxer deliver just about anything, anywhere, as your tot will find out by opening the many exciting flaps on each page. This also exercises his fine motor skills and encourages lateral thinking.

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Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?

Problem arise when Zoe and Beans have to share Molly the doll because Binky Boo is missing. Will they find her before Molly becomes too stinky for the both of them? A cute story about sharing. 

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Foxes in the Snow

Two young fox cubs get up to mischief in the forest as snow falls. At first the adventure is filled with fun and laughter but the cubs soon wish they had stayed in the den as Mother Fox had told them to. 

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Over the Rainbow

Harold Arlen and EY Harburg's classic song comes to life in this beautifully illustrated book. With a three-song CD performed by Judy Collins, this stunning book is a real treat for everyone!

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God's Dream

Former ArchbishopDesmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams' book Gods Dream was awarded the South African Early Childhood Development Award for best publication in 2010. Published in all 11 languages and illustrated by Leuyen Pham, the book, "Is a place where laughter, love and peace reign and where we realise that we are all members of one family- God's family," says former Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Ladybug Girl

A feast for the imagination- follow Ladybug Girl and her sidekick Bingo as she travels the garden in search of something to do. It's an exciting read with many parts to act out and a strong moral message. Lovely illustrations.

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Bear Flies High

Read along as Bear's wish of flying comes true with the help of his four friends. It's a great way of illustrating the concepts of ambition and friendship to your tot. The audio CD is also a great addition. 

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The Troll

An amusing story of how a band of pirates and a troll meet up after a series of unfortunate events. The quirky illustrations add a fun touch and the audio CD gives you a break from having to read out the story. 

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Wizard Magic

Your tot will love this humorous book. The interactive element on each page challenges his fine motor skills, while the storyline introduces him to the magic of imagination as the story follows a mischievous magician.

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Poddy and Flora

When Sylvie can't fall asleep she resorts to counting sheep. But they have other ideas! Follow this fun bedtime story as the sheep dance, swim and play themselves to sleep. Will this work for Sylvie?

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My first pocket library

The bold illustrations make this collection of tiny board books a great way to introduce your child to counting, patterns, colours and opposites. The convenient size means you can take these four books anywhere and the thick pages are also perfect for little hands. 

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Seymour & Henry

Follow the antics of two adventurous ducklings as they go off into the unknown to play and get lost. Will they ever find Mummy Duck again? A cute story with beautiful illustrations and lots of action words to act out with your toddler as you read the book.

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Blue Chameleon

Chameleon is a pretty lonely chap- he can change into any colour he wants but still no one will talk to him. Will he be able to find a friend despite his differences? This is a great book about being happy with who you are and it's a great read to act out with your toddler.

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Animal I Spy

This book offers a fun way for your toddler to familiarise himself with the identifying characterisitics of different animals. A magnifying glass icon on each page points out what to look for. Your toddler will derive hours of enjoyment from this book.

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A Finder's magic

In this charming book Till looks for his missing dog, Bess, with the help of a strange little man who introduces himself as a "Finder". You'll probably have to explain a few concepts in this longer length book but it's heart-warming and funny.

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Olivia leaps

Olivia the piglet is determined to be a ballerina. Her story is a great example of perseverance and willpower. Read the story at bedtime and let your tot turn the pages by herself- thereby strengthening her hands and working on her fine motor skills.

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Gator

The merry-go-round used to be the most popular place in town, but lately no one has come for a ride. Gator leaves his merry-go-round home in search of laughter and adventure, but will he find it? Follow his quest in this heart-warming book. Makes a great bedtime read. 

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Big Bear, little brother

A polar bear and a young boy form a unique bond in this touching book. In it, your toddler will learn that differences between people aren't really differnces at all. A great read about acceptance and friendship.

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Colour me Happy

There's a colour for every mood- orange forbravery or green for jealousy. Let your tot delight in this book that teaches her about the different colours for every mood. She is sure to enjoy the vibrant colours and the rainbow finale. 

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Happy Home

In this interactive pop-up book you pull the tabs and turn the wheels to see the pets of this happy home run, jump or to discover their hiding places. The book helps encourage interaction with your toddler, develop his manual dexterity and stimulate imagination.

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Dogs

This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of dogs and is a must for tots who are born dog-lovers. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, some with long fur, some with short, and some are loud, others are not- but can you choose which one is the best?

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God found us You

An endearing read for you and your toddler. As Mama Fox tucks in Little Fox for the night she reminds him of how God brought him to her and just why she is the luckiest mother in the world. 

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Watch me throw the ball

Gerald and Piggie are best friends who often hang out together. Gerald thinks throwing a ball is serious business. Piggie has his own ideas and shows Gerald how he thinks it should be done.

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Naked Mole Rat gets dressed

Wilbut is a naked mole rat who loves wearing clothes. This does not sit well with the other naked mole rats, and they decide to ask Grand-pah, the oldest mole rat in the colony, what they should do about Wilbur and his clothes. This is an incredibly amusing story that will teach your child the importance of individuality.

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Salty and Button

A beautiful story about friendship and adventure. Follow Salty and Button, the best of friends, as they set of to sail across the sea. Misfortune begets them and their bravery is tested. A great read for your toddler. 

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The Odd Egg

A beautifully illustrated book about Duck, who didn;t have an egg of her own. When she finds an egg she thinks it's the most beautiful egg she's ever seen, but what happens when its time for the egg to hatch?

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Hot Hippo

A beautiful African story of how the hippo came to live in water but comes out at night to graze. A great bedtime read for you and your toddler.

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Rainforest romp

Teach your toddler about the animals in South America with this fun, colourful book. The rhyme is easy to follow and the illustration bright and interesting. 

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Dora's Princess Pals

Little fans of this Nickelodeon series will be delighted with this book. In it, Dora's crystal necklace lights up while she is making a charm bracelet, so she visits her princess friends who gives her special charms for her bracelet. 

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The boy who hated toothbrushes 

Billy's dislike of toothbrushes means he never brushes his teeth- no matter what. A visit from the Tooth Fairy brings him the Funtastic Tooth Sparkler. Will it help his mind about brushing his teeth?

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The Rhyming Rabbit

Rhyming Rabbit's habit of making up poems at all hours of the day annoys his fellow rabbits, so he decides to go off on his own. He soon gets lonely. Will he find a friend who shares his passion for rhyme?

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Betty and the Yeti

Betty finds some interesting clothes as she traipses throught the snowy mountains and decides to return them to their owners. This sets her on a mission involving all the winter animals she can find, but who do the clothes belong to?

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No more kisses for Bernard!

Everyone wants to kiss Bernard, especially his four aunts, but he's had enough! How is he going to get them to stop? Read along as he explores some very creative solutions to his problem.

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Hidden Hippo

Hippo is hiding out somewhere in the savannah and it's up to your toddler to find him while on a safari through the plains. Will he be chilling with the chimps or enjoying some time with the elephants?

Barefoot Books.

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Bear takes a trip

Bear is off on a journey, but to make it to the mountains for a bit of adventurous fun he has to stick to a very strict schedule. Will time be on his side? That's for you and your older toddler to find out. 

Barefoot Books. 

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