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Our top five series for young English-language learners

Learning a new language should be fun, and we have invested time and research to curate books for children to support children of various ages who are in the process of learning English. Below are Nosy Crow’s top picks for you to explore. These books also come with free audio readings as part of our Stories Aloud offering – perfect for English-language learners to listen and follow along with, again and again!

Please note that these are not official ELT texts, but they can be used to complement and enhance your child’s language journey.

All of our paperback picture books come with a free Stories Aloud audio reading.

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Where’s Baby Bunny?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius

Our Felt Flaps series is an ideal pick for young English-language learners. Each spread features the familiar ‘Where’s x? Here he/she is!’ refrain, which aids learning through its use of repetition. With lots of friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps in each title, this series not only helps babies and toddlers learn, but is lots and lots of fun!

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Sing Along With Me! Baa Baa Black Sheep

Illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang

Each board book in our Sing Along series comes with a free instrumental and vocal version of the featured nursery rhyme. The bright illustrations and memorable melodies make this series ideal for English-language learners, while its robust board sliders encourage interaction.

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Pip and Posy: The Friendly Snail

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

These simple, engaging and funny stories reflect the ups – and downs – of toddler life. Short sentences and simple vocabulary, coupled with familiar situations and emotions, makes this series perfect for English-language learners!

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100 First Words

Illustrated by Edward Underwood

This first words series is ideal for helping to build vocabulary and confidence with the English language. Every spread has flaps to lift, encouraging kids to engage more deeply with the words and pictures on the page. With its large, easy-to-read format, and simple words arranged by theme, this is a perfect series for those learning English.

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Princess Minna: The Enchanted Forest

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo

And now for something to suit slightly older children! Our Princess Minna series is full of short, funny stories accompanied by colourful illustrations. These are great for English-language learners who have moved past picture books, but may not be ready yet for the challenge of chapter books. The visual component supports children’s understanding of the story, and the vocabulary used is more diverse, helping readers to expand their knowledge.

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