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Start building your baby’s first library

When it comes to reading, starting kids early is the way to go

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Babies love a certain type of books. They must be colourful, and mum should be able to read them at bedtime, or whenever, in a fun way. So finding them can be quite the task! Here are our favourite reads to help you along.

1 All You Need to Know Before You Start School! by Felicity Brooks (author), Marina Aizen (illustrator)
Five animal friends have just started school and they’re taking young readers on a funny, yet educational journey as part of their first day at school. The book incorporates early educational concepts such as shapes, colours, opposites, numbers, weather and seasons, senses and letter recognition.

2 First Day at Skeleton School by Sam Lloyd (author, illustrator)
Can you hear this creepy noise? Mr Bones is here! This Halloween-ish tale takes place at Skeleton School, where the spooky girls and boys howl in assembly, fly broomsticks in the library and float through walls.

3 Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson (author)
The little monkey wants his mummy – it’s no fun being lost in the jungle. A kind butterfly is keen to help, but the pair don’t seem to be having much luck, as the well-meaning butterfly misunderstands monkey’s descriptions and leads him to all sorts of troublesome animals. But eventually, they find Dad. They’re in luck, too, as he knows exactly where mum is, and she’s waiting with a well-deserved cuddle. It’s a clever, funny and charming tale.

4 Peep Inside a Fairy Tale: Beauty and the Beast by Anna Milbourne (author), Lorena Alvarez (illustrator)
This is the story of Beauty and The Beast, as known and loved by kids, but told through delicate cutaways and holes for them to peep through, layered on top of each other to create a magical effect. If you aren’t familiar, the beauty is Belle, a small-village girl with an inventor father, who stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner. Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place, eventually seeing beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovering a human prince.

5 Peppa Pig: Goodnight Peppa by Neville Astley (author)
Time for bed! The only problem is, Peppa and George aren’t tired at all. This is a delightful picture book based on the hit pre-school animation Peppa Pig. It’s a bedtime story from Granny Pig, Grandpa Pig, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig that should send them off to sleep. You’ll want to read this story over and over again, to watch as it soothes the little ones into slumber.

6 Peppa Pig: The Wheels On The Bus by Neville Astley (author)
Another amazing book from every kids’ beloved children’s book character, the little ones can sing along to The Wheels on the Bus with Peppa and her friends for this one. And it’s a sturdy story book with real wheels! perfect for play time and story time.

7 There’s A Monster In Your Book by Tom Fletcher (author),‎ Greg Abbott (illustrator)
Tom Fletcher, best known for his The Dinosaur That Pooped… series, has a book that’s perfect for story time. A mischievous monster has invaded the pages of this read-aloud, interactive picture book treat. It invites kids to make magic happen page by page, through tilting, spinning and shaking the book, and then seeing the funny results when each page is turned.

8 The Smartest Giant In Town by Julia Donaldson (author), Axel Scheffler (illustrator)
Board books are perfect for young readers, and this handy board book format features a stunning redesigned cover. The book tells the story of George, who wished he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. When he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it’s time for a new look and now he’s the smartest giant in town... until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help.
All books are available at Virgin Megastore on www.virginmegastore.ae. Delivery available to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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