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25 Children’s Books With Activities

We’ve put together a list of our favourite children’s books with activity sheets, perfect to extend the reading fun! These books and linked book-themed activities are perfect for home, school or library settings. This list is full of enchanting tales filled with fun characters and captivating adventures, and you can then extend the fun with our engaging activity sheets that will spark the imagination of young readers. Discover these children’s books with activity sheets now!

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National Trust: Beatrix and Her Bunnies

Written by Rebecca Colby Illustrated by Caroline Bonne Müller
2-5

Published in collaboration with the National Trust, this is a moving and inspiring picture book based on the life of Beatrix Potter.

Beatrix loves the countryside, but lives in a big, lonely house in London – if only she had a friend. Then she meets Benjamin Bunny and everything changes! They spend every day together playing chase and follow my leader. But when Benjamin dies, Beatrix is heartbroken. She decides to write about Benjamin’s adventures and about her new bunny, Peter, who plays the tambourine and jumps through hoops. If she can publish her stories, she knows children will fall in love with Benjamin and Peter, and her bunnies will live forever.

Download your free printable colouring sheet.

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Bizzy Bear: Building Site

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2

Bizzy Bear is helping the builders build a house today. There are lots of jobs to do and he needs your help! Push the rubble, build the walls and get the garden ready with four easy-to-use moving counters.

Push Bizzy Bear along 4 different tracks with a moving counter on every spread, plus an extra one on the cover! The perfect book for children who love things that go, busy building sites and love being in control of the story!

Get your free Bizzy Bear activity sheets including colouring sheet!

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Building a Home

Written by Polly Faber Illustrated by Klas Fahlén
2-5

Building a Home by Polly Faber & Klas Fahlén is a beautifully illustrated picture book guide to exactly how an old building can become a brand-new home.

Download these activity sheets to design your own dream home, create your own tool kit and match up the building machines!

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British Museum: Celebrate!

Written by Laura Mucha Illustrated by Hannah Tolson
5-7

Travel the world in this awe-inspiring new gift title from the British Museum featuring 50 spectacular new festivals that you won’t want to miss!

It’s time to celebrate as you explore some of the world’s most exciting festivals from different countries, cultures and religions around the globe. From the familiar to the unexpected, discover how and why festivals bring people together to enjoy all kinds of sensational celebrations.

This free activity sheet includes design your own Día de los Muertos skull and make your own marigolds.

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Cosmic Creatures: The Runaway Rumblebear

Written by Tom Huddleston Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7

Cosmic Creatures is a brilliant out-of-this-world animal rescue series from Tom Huddleston!

Download these activity sheets to draw your own cute cosmic creature and write a postcard home from planet Vela.

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National Trust: Every Bunny is a Yoga Bunny

Written by Emily Ann Davison Illustrated by Deborah Allwright
2-5

Every Bunny is a Yoga Bunny is a funny, reassuring picture book about yoga, mindfulness and finding calm, from debut author Emily Ann Davison and award-winning illustrator Deborah Allwright.

Download these activity sheets to learn some yoga poses and colour a peaceful scene, so you can learn to find calm too.

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Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong!

Written by Dr Nick Crumpton Illustrated by Gavin Scott
7-9

Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong is an informative, inventive and entertaining take on a dinosaur book!

From fossilised feathers to long-necked lookalikes, this ingenious book is packed with so many amazing dinosaur discoveries, you’ll soon become a palaeontology pro.

Download these free activity sheets to test your dinosaur knowledge!

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Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Minibeasts

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
2-5

Flip Flap Minibeasts illustrated by Axel Scheffler has over 121 possible creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle!

 

Make your own mixed-up minibeast with this activity sheet.

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Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns to Ride a Bike

2-5

Bert is CERTAIN he can ride his bike as well as Frank, but he is very wobbly! And even when they BOTH try riding Frank’s bike . . . it still goes very wrong! Will the best friends make it all the way down from the big hill? Of course! All they need is a little bit of confidence and trust in each other!

These free activity sheets include a bicycle maze, spot the difference and a Frank and Bert colouring sheet.

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How to Count to ONE

Written by Caspar Salmon Illustrated by Matt Hunt
2-5

How to Count to ONE is a hilariously bossy book about counting.

Download these activity sheets to solve the dot-to-dot and play a game of snap!

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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Written by Fiona Waters Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
2-5

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! is lavishly illustrated gift book treasury of 366 animal poems. Britta Teckentrup’s breath-taking illustrations bring together all the richness and wonder of the animal kingdom, making this poetry anthology a perfect gift that will be treasured by generations.

Learn how to create your own animal collage in this fun activity!

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I’m Going to Be a Princess

Written by Stephanie Taylor Illustrated by Jade Orlando
2-5

A warm and witty celebration of the lives of amazing Black women.

What will Maya be when she grows up? A rocket scientist like Annie Easley? An Olympic athlete like Alice Coachman? A brain surgeon like Alexa Canady? In this heart-warming and funny story, Maya discovers the achievements of some incredible Black women . . . but it’s a brave Nigerian princess who really captures her imagination!

 

These free activity sheets include “I’m going to be…” job quiz, draw your dream job and cut out and wear your own crown.

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This Zoo is Not for You

Written by Ross Collins
2-5

This Zoo is Not For You by Ross Collins is a rollicking rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There’s a Bear on My Chair, combining comic misunderstandings with a heartfelt story about acceptance and belonging.

 

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National Trust: Look What I Found in the Woods

Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Jesús Verona
0-2

Set off on an outdoor adventure to find natural treasure in Look What I Found in the Woods. Packed full of fascinating facts alongside a gentle rhyming narrative and encouraging children to get outside and explore their surroundings, this is a nature treasure hunt series for the whole family to treasure!

Download these activity sheets to go on your own nature scavenger hunt, try out bark rubbing and create some nature art!

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Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School

Written by Simon Puttock Illustrated by Ali Pye
0-2

A gentle, reassuring picture book, perfect for little ones who are about to start school.

It’s Mouse’s first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night but she is VERY shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.

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Nabil Steals a Penguin

Written by Nishani Reed Illustrated by Junissa Bianda
2-5

Get ready for this fast-paced and big-hearted rhyming adventure about a penguin who loves curry!

When Pierre the penguin tries Nabil’s delicious biriyani rice, Pierre decides to leave the zoo and go home with him! But Nabil will be in BIG TROUBLE if his mum finds out. And Pierre is EVERYWHERE – honking, dancing, bouncing on the bed and making a HUGE bubbly mess in the bathroom . . . Will Nabil’s parents let Pierre stay?

These free activities include how to draw Pierre the penguin, cake counting and Nabil’s balti recipe.

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Never, Ever, Ever Ask a Pirate to a Party

Written by Clare Helen Welsh Illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl
2-5

If you want the perfect party, never, ever, ever invite this crowd of chaotic guests! The unicorn will demand sparkles and bubbles, the dragon will set fire to your decorations and the fizzy drinks will send the aliens wild! But . . . never, ever, EVER send your guests home! Because a party’s only a party if you share it with your friends!

Design your own door hanger by downloading our Never, Ever, Ever Ask a Pirate to a Party activity sheet!

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Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
0-2

Pip and Posy is the bestselling series from award-winning The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Download lots of fun activity sheets for the series!

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Princess Minna: The Best Princess

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
2-5

Princess Minna’s mirror ALWAYS tells her that she’s the best princess of all, so she’s SHOCKED when one day it says that PRINCESS SKY-BLUE is the best! Princess Minna sets out to put things right again but learns instead that being a BEST FRIEND is far better! These free kids activity sheets include “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the kindest of them all?” drawing activity, “If I were a Princess or Prince…” quiz, Princess Minna and Princess Sky-Blue colouring sheet.

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Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

Written by David Melling
2-5

Laugh with Ruffles as he faces all the tricksy troubles of toddler life in this brightly coloured new picture book series from award-winning author and illustrator, David Melling.

Use these activity sheets to colour in Ruffles, match the activities and create your own Ruffles story.

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National Trust: Sam Plants a Sunflower

Written by Kate Petty Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
2-5

Discover the joy of growing things with Sam Plants a Sunflower!

With a gentle story and simple facts to explain how plants grow, children will be inspired to get outside and follow the helpful tips to plant their very own sunflowers.

Featuring artwork from bestselling The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, this new nature series from the National Trust is one for all the family to treasure!

These free activity sheets include a sunflower diary (plant your own sunflower seeds and record their growth) and colour in your own sunflower.

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Pirates Ahoy!

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5

The detective dogs are back for a swashbuckling pirate adventure! Shifty and Sam have swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. But when they’re asked to bake for a pirate party, they find themselves caught up in the middle of a robbery. Uh-oh! Captain Sharpwhiskers and his criminal crew have stolen Captain Chucklebeard’s treasure! Can Shifty and Sam catch those BAD pirates and bring back the loot?

Download our FREE activity sheets for kids including pin the tail on the parrot game, liquorice maze and design a pirate ship flag!

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Spooky School

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
5-7

The first title in a two-colour fiction series, ideal for children growing in confidence as readers and beginning to read alone. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam don’t just make amazing cakes. These two brave bakers solve wacky mysteries too!

Halloween at St Spectre’s school brings out the cheekiest of ghosts! And who is to blame when the weather goes CRAZY? A power-grabbing red panda, maybe? Certainly not the raccoon gang fixing the museum’s toilets – they’ve got dastardly plans of their OWN!

 

These free activities and worksheets include design a new gadget for Shifty and Sam, fill in the blanks to make some scary sentences, guide Shifty and Sam through the maze and draw some spooky treats to serve at school!

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The Cat and the Rat and the Hat

Written by Em Lynas Illustrated by Matt Hunt
2-5

The Cat and the Rat and the Hat is a raucous, rhyming tale that will have children (and adults) in fits of laughter!

Download these activity sheets to design your own hat, help Cat through the maze and solve the spot the difference!

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National Trust: The Wide, Wide Sea

Written by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Jenny Løvlie
2-5

The Wide, Wide Sea is a lyrical and inspirational picture book about protecting nature from plastic pollution.

Download these activity sheets to explore everything the amazing beach and wide, wide sea has to offer!

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