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Best Children’s Books for 2023

Below is a list of some of the top picks of children’s books that you’ve loved in 2023!

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A Whale of a Time

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Matt Hunt
5-7
A brilliantly illustrated collection of 366 hilarious poems to keep you laughing all year round! Shortlisted for The Week Junior Book Awards 2024! From rib-ticklingly funny to wryly witty, each poem in this uplifting collection is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and is perfect for reading aloud…
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We Disagree About This Tree

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
A fantastically funny festive story about the Bear and Mouse who ALWAYS disagree from the award-winning Ross Collins, creator of the bestselling There's a Bear in My Chair. Bear and Mouse have finally overcome their differences and are living together in perfect harmony . . . until it's time to…
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Train Trouble

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5
All aboard for an exciting new Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam escapade! When Shifty and Sam are asked to bake on board the Pawrient Express, travelling to Venice for Carnival night, they find themselves caught up in a robbery. A sneaky thief has stolen the posh passengers' gems and she's…
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Unicorn Academy: Sophia’s Invitation

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd
7-9
The official companion title for the smash hit Netflix animated series, now playing globally! At Unicorn Academy, Sophia can't wait to discover her destiny and become a Unicorn Rider. First, she must bond with Wildstar to unlock the unicorn's magical powers. But evil Queen Ravenzella wants to destroy Unicorn Island,…
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D is for Dog

Written by Em Lynas Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
2-5
Bound into this playful and energetic rhyming text featuring an adorable cast of dogs. Whether it's getting marvellously muddy, leaping and lolloping or hiding under the bed with a stolen slipper, a dog's life is so much FUN. This hilarious alphabet celebration of canine capers is perfect for dog lovers…
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Kevin the Vampire: A Most Mysterious Monster

Written by Matt Brown Illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino
7-9
"Full of hilarious, highly illustrated mayhem" Guardian "Loved it. Full of heart, laughs and adventure." Dermot O'Leary "Fearfully funny, and a book to get your teeth into! You'll be Kevin's biggest fang!" Danny Wallace When Kevin and his family get stuck in a strange town, they accidentally wake up something…
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We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt!

Written by Goldie Hawk Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar
0-2
Fun and spooky reimagining of the American folk song, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Three children are hunting for the perfect pumpkin to take trick or treating. But first, they've got to get through the sticky spiders' webs, the flapping bats, and then - worst of all - enter…
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Peekaboo Pumpkin

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
Easy-to-use peekaboo sliders, a funny rhyming text and surprise mirror ending combine in this stylish and interactive board book for babies and toddlers! With a total of 10 smooth mechanisms to push, pull or turn on every spread this beautiful book is packed full of Halloween fun! From Camilla Reid…
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Peekaboo Santa

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
A sparkling new Christmas title in the hit novelty series with multiple sliders! Easy-to-use peekaboo sliders, a funny rhyming text and surprise mirror ending combine in this stylish and interactive board book for babies and toddlers! With a total of 10 smooth mechanisms to push, pull or turn on every…
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Where’s Mr Snowman?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mr Snowman?, you're on the look out for Mrs Angel, Mr Gingerbread man, Mrs Robin and Mr Snowman…
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