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Mum’s New Hat and Other Stories
By Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta (Oxford, R2 879 set of 6 books)
In this Read with Oxford Stage 1: Biff, Chip and Kipper collection, children can enjoy funny rhymes with Kipper, watch Biff and Chip’s magic show and find out what happens to Mum’s new hat on a windy day. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together. This series is the perfect companion from your child’s very first steps in phonics all the way to reading independence.
 
 
Songbirds Singing Dads
By Julia Donaldson (Oxford, R2 879 set of 6 books)
With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills. Find out about Singing Dad and Viv’s Odd Pet, as well as Ron Rabbit’s job at the fish and chip shop! Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky.
 
 
Opposites
By Roald Dahl (Puffin, R118)
Let your child learn their opposites with Roald Dahl (with a little help from the Enormous Crocodile too). Busy little hands can lift the flaps to discover the opposites with iconic illustrations of Dahl’s much-loved characters from Quentin Blake. This sturdy board book is the perfect first baby book to introduce titchy toddlers to the world of Roald Dahl.
 
 
The Day the Dragon Came
By Fanie Viljoen (Human Rousseau, R95)
A book for girls and a book for boys, which tackle the serious matter of child molestation and serve to inform and empower children. They highlight the warning signs of sexual abuse and teach children how to react in such a situation.
 
 
 
 
 
Sammy the Starfish
By Phillippa Morassi (myfeelingfriends.org R130)
While everyone else was having fun, Sammy the Starfish was feeling glum, but he didn’t know why he was feeling bad, tearful, and a little bit sad. My Feeling Friends is a series of stories aimed at assisting children in managing big emotions.
 
 
 
Obnoxious Naledi and the Poppysmic Fairy
By Tracy-Lee Easthorpe (Obsidian Worlds Publishing, R150)
The Poppysmic Fairy is a magical creature that visits Naledi to teach her a lesson. Naledi is obnoxious, rude and annoying. Open the book to help the story unfold, a secret lies hidden in it, we’re told …

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