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At Tales you find a wide variety of children’s books, because we all know that our children deserve the best. In our selection you will find all the classics with the most beloved children’s books characters, but you can also let your child take on an adventure with some new heroes. Either way the world of books is an enchanting place for a child experiencing the magic of a good children’s story for the first time, and what makes the world of children’s books even more magical is the many beautiful and thrilling childrens’ books illustrations. They make the characters come alive. So if you want to introduce your child to the magical world of books let the magic begin here.

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  • - A new Tales from Acorn Wood story
    by Julia Donaldson

    Welcome to Acorn Wood. Come and help Cat find a recipe book in Acorn Library in this preschool lift-the-flap book from the creators of The Gruffalo.

  • by Eric Carle
    £5.68 - 19.99

    Suitable for children, this title covers colourful collage illustrations and its deceptively simply, hopeful story. It features die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore.

  • by Giles Andreae
    £2.49 - 8.49

    This funny, touching and triumphant picture book about a giraffe who finds his own tune has been a much-loved family favourite for over 15 years.

  • - A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids: 10th Anniversary Edition
    by Carol McCloud
    £8.99 - 13.49

  • by Igloo Books

  • by Louie Stowell

    A flap book that introduces children to the way their own bodies work. It is full of surprises to keep enquiring minds entertained, including flaps beneath flaps and a cheeky peek inside a toilet cubicle. It shows young readers how their brains work, what happens when they eat, how their lungs use oxygen and more.

  • by Eric Hill
    £7.49 - 9.49

    An adventure that allows children to join in the search for the mischievous puppy by lifting the flaps on every page to see where Spot is hiding. It features simple text and colourful pictures that can engage a whole new generation of pre-readers as they lift the picture flaps in search of Spot.

  • by Rob Lloyd Jones

    A fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it - stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system. Each double-page spread has a colour illustration, and several flaps to lift to find out more about what's going on in the scene.

  • by Joanna Farrow

    Readers can bake their way through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Packed with 45 recipes and gorgeous, eye-catching photography, this baking cookbook inspired by the films is a must-have for every Harry Potter fan.

  • by Judith Kerr
    £2.39 - 36.99

    READ BY GERALDINE MCEWAN. This classic story has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago.

  • by Jon Klassen
    £5.94 - 6.22

    A bear searches for his missing hat in the bestselling, multiple award-winning picture book debut of Jon Klassen.

  • by Julia Donaldson

    Wander into the heart of Acorn Wood and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding in this bestselling lift-the-flap story.

  • by Fiona Watt

    Unicorn lovers will adore this magical activity book, filled with unicorns to decorate and fairies and mermaids to dress on every page. Scenes include rainbows in the sky, playing by the sea and lots more. With over 300 reusable stickers of clothes, flowers and accessories, this activity book can be enjoyed time and time again.

  • by Hey Duggee
    £3.49 - 5.99

  • by Rachel Bright
    £2.99 - 7.49

    A funny rhyming story about dealing with change and overcoming worries. From the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside.

  • - A Potty-Training Book
    by Campbell Books

    A practical and fun first experiences novelty book for toddlers learning to use the potty, with parent and carer tips. Gold winner of the Junior Design Awards for ages 0-2.

  • by Julia Donaldson
    £4.99 - 11.49

    Poor little monkey! He's lost his mum. Luckily butterfly is nearby to help him find her . . .

  • by Fiona Watt

    Meet five friendly dinosaurs in this special edition of the much-loved That's not my... book. Babies and toddlers will love touching the textured patches as they meet dinosaurs with fuzzy tails, bumpy teeth and soft spines. The bright pictures and textures to stroke are designed to help develop sensory and language awareness.

  • by Julia Donaldson

    Wander into the heart of Acorn Wood and discover who is keeping sleepy Rabbit awake in this bestselling lift-the-flap story.

  • by Drew Daywalt
    £3.99 - 40.49

    The Number One New York Times Bestseller! Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

  • by Julia Donaldson
    £8.49 - 11.49

    "Me, you and the old guitar. How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!" Tabby McTat is a busker's cat. He loves his life with Fred, singing along as people throw coins in their hat. Then one day, Fred has an accident, and the two are separated. How will they ever find each other again?

  • by Julia Donaldson

    Wander into the heart of Acorn Wood and help poor old Fox find his missing socks in this bestselling lift-the-flap story.

  • by Eric Carle
    £5.99 - 7.49

    With coloured artwork and favourite animals, this is the suitable introduction to looking and learning about colours.

  • by Julia Donaldson

    Wander into the heart of Acorn Wood and join Bear as he delivers letters to all his friends in this bestselling lift-the-flap story.

  • by Barney Saltzberg

    We all make mistakes. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it's a piece of artwork they've torn by accident, or juice they've spilled on their favorite drawing. In this book, every page begins with a 'mistake' that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty.

  • by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
    £5.99 - 9.49

    New in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of David Attenborough, the inspiring broadcaster and conservationist.

  • by Dav Pilkey

    The brand new bestselling Dog Man book from Dav Pilkey - you'll howl with laughter!

  • by Julia Donaldson

    Never fear, Superworm's here! He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm's rescue, when he's captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Luckily, all of Superworm's insect friends have a cunning plan...

  • by Fiona Watt
    £6.99 - 7.49

    Children will love dressing and accessorising the spectacular dancers in this colourful addition to the hit Sticker Dolly Dressing series. It includes over 300 stickers to dress the dancers with costumes for dances performed all around the world, such as Ballet, Irish dancing, Flamenco, Jazz-Tap and many more.

What defines a children’s book you may ask? The first and the most obvious characteristic of a children’s book is the fact that it is written it to children. Secondly is the importance of how the story is told. In children’s books the story is often told from a children's perspective, or the story has a child or an adult addressing a child as the storyteller. Thereby the child reading or hearing the story can identify with the main character or characters in the children’s story making the child more engaged in the plot. 
Another significant characteristic of children’s books is the use of pictures or illustrations. A children’s story is often told through a combination of written words and children’s books illustrations. It can also be in the form of a picture book, where the child creates the story from the pictures he or she sees. In the newest books we also see a frequent use of sound as an extra level of engagement. You can both find sound books and picture books in our selection of children’s books. 

Children’s books can cover a wide range of genres, but there are two main categories. Either we have the lyric kind that covers both children’s songs, rhymes or nonsense poetry, which often have a fun or silly theme that makes the children laugh while singing or rhyming along. The other kind of children’s books is the narrative story. This is the category of the fairytales, the children’s novels and the classical novels told for children. Here we see a frequent use of figurative language, which speaks to the children’s imagination. The plot in these narrative stories can both be set in a fictional or realistic world. 

The Classics 
The world of children’s books contain a lot of beloved classics by all the great children’s authors. Classics that never lose their magic. Classics that make you reflect. Classics that move you, because of all the lovely memories you have with the stories and all the wonderful children’s books characters. You probably remember yourself when your mom or dad read them to you before bedtime and you couldn’t sleep because of the fascination of all the amazing places, characters and action in the books. Then when you fell asleep you would dream the most wonderful dreams where your imagination would build on to the story and you could be the hero of your favorite fairy tale. You could give that same wonderful experience to your children when you read the timeless classics to them and in doing so sharing the magical world with them and thereby creating a unique bond between you and your children.
You can for example choose to travel back to Neverland with your children following the second star to the right with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, or you could take a trip through the mysterious rabbit hole and experience the curious world of Wonderland with Alice and the Mad Hatter.  

Colouring and learning books
If your child is in a creative mood, we also have a selection of children’s colouring books for both toddlers and tweens. Your child can colour everything from famous artworks by Frida Kahlo to all their favorite children’s books characters and magical creatures like unicorns. The colouring books are beautifully illustrated and just waits to be introduced to the world of colour making them even more beautiful. By letting your children colour figures in a children’s colouring book of their own choice you stimulate their creative side and fine motor skills. Colouring also works relaxing on your children given them a break from the busy everyday. 
You can also stimulate your child with the use of learning books. You will find a wide range of children’s learning books in our store. Your child can both learn about animals of all kinds including dinosaurs, but they can also learn how the body works, or get an introduction to the universe. No matter the topic the books are specially developed for children’s minds and are told in a language they can understand. 

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