Expert / 21 April, 2020 / My Baba

Best New Children’s Books To Read During Lockdown

Reading to your children everyday is such a rewarding experience, not only due to its emotional, cultural and educational benefits, but also because it offers the perfect time to bond and have fun.

In saying that, most of us have had the thought “If I have to read that book ONE more time….”. Well, just when you didn’t think you could bear to read the same books another time, we are all locked inside our homes! For many families the idea of three plus months of reading the same books over and again might be terrifying. Luckily, with the help of BookTrust, we have got all your new reads, fresh finds and fun activities sorted.

Emily Drabble, Head of Books at BookTrust said: “As a reading charity we always want to shout about the amazing talented authors out there and fabulous books available. With this new time at home, parents now have the opportunity to have fun with some new titles!

While we can’t venture out to libraries – many ebook services are providing free downloads for kids and book retailers, and some independent stores are still operating online, which is a good opportunity to get some books safely in your hands.

On top of just reading to your kids, BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity has created a new platform called BookTrust HomeTime, a new digital hub to entertain children and families at home, packed with free books, videos, recipes, competitions, quizzes and guest appearances from some the UK’s most loved authors and illustrators including Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and BookTrust current Illustrator in Residence, Ed Vere.

0-3 Years

Treacle Street: Prima’s Missing Bunnies

Author: Kate Hindley

Animals in the Sky

Author: Sara Gillingham

Put Your Botty on the Potty

Author: Sam Lloyd

Pug Hug

Author: Zehra Hicks

Making Tracks: Park

Author: Cocoretto

This Little Piggy

Author: Jarvis

Red Red Red

Author: Polly Dunbar

Don’t Tickle the Hippo!

Author: Sam Taplin Illustrator: Ana

On Sleepy Hill

Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Xuan Le

100 First Words: With BIG Flaps to Lift!

Author: Edward Underwood


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4-6 Years

I’m Actually Really Grown-Up Now

Author: Maisie Paradise Shearring

Creature Features: Dinosaurs

Author: Natasha Durley


Author: Fred Blunt

Pablo and the Noisy Party

Author: Andrew Brenner and Sumita Majumdar


Author: Penny Harrison Illustrator: Katie Wilson

Keith Among the Pigeons

Author: Katie Brosnan

Talking is not My Thing!

Author: Rose Robbins

Some Dinosaurs are Small

Author: Charlotte Voake

Too Small Tola

Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Onyinye Iwu

The Boy Who Loved Everyone

Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie


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