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1 year and up


Where are Baby's Easter Eggs?  

by Karen Katz  

Easter is coming up, and I just have to introduce you to our playgroup's favourite Easter book.

This lift-the-flap book from the popular "Where are Baby's ...?" series is particularly bright and colourful.

The children can't wait to lift the sturdy flaps as they look for Baby's Easter eggs, and delight in counting them, when they finally find the shiny eggs on the last page. And just like that, they learn some new Easter vocabulary, too.

A sweet and brightly coloured, engaging lift-the-flap Easter book for children from 1 to 4.








Tweenies - Song Time

The Complete Collection

(from the CBeebies / BBC series)

A classic BBC children's series, the Tweenies - Bella, Milo, Fizz and Jake, along with the dog Doodles and the playgroup managers Judy and Max - capture every child's heart in no time.

Who wouldn't want to join this colourful group in their cheerful playgroup for some informative field trip, arts & crafts or story time as well as lots of singing and dancing?

The best of "Song Time" from the Tweenies on 2 CDs for everyone who loves to sing and move to the music. Entertaining as well as instructive.








Hands Up / Best of Friends

(Justin Fletcher)

Playgroup just wouldn't be playgroup without Justin Fletcher. He's with us every semester. Surely, you all know "Let's Make Music" or "You Won't Be Cold Anymore", to name just two of his songs.

This double CD includes various well-known English children's songs as well as some "Justin originals".

A typically funky Justin CD with spoken sentences thrown in every now and then to make it authentic and appealing to children.








Frosty the Snowman

by Jack Rollins, Steve Nelson and

Sam Williams

Children love English Christmas songs. But do they understand what the songs are really about?

This book with its lovely illustrations helps even the youngest to follow the well-known song and its story through the pictures.

A book accompanying the Christmas song with lyrics and beautiful pictures to help understand the story about Frosty.








The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The story about the courageous little mouse is always fun to read.

For the little ones, there's a lot to discover in the beautifully and lovingly painted pictures on every page. And the mouse's clever way of protecting himself from bigger or stronger enemies also appeals to older children.

As always with these authors, the rhymes are easy for the children to memorise.

A beautiful story about how imagination and cleverness can make up for the lack of size and strength.








from 0 years


Noisy Touchy-feely Santa

by Sam Taplin and Janet Samuel

A classic Usobrne book, designed with loving attention to detail and a sound panel with matching sounds for every page.

Babies and pre-schoolers alike can't get enough of pressing the buttons in order to hear Santa's jolly laugh or his boots crunching in the snow.

Spreading its lovely Christmas magic, this book has been an integral part of every Christmas playgroup for years.









from 0 years


My First Gruffalo: Touch-and-Feel

by J. Donaldson and A. Scheffler

Who is brave enough to kiss the Gruffalo good night?

A really cute touch-and-feel book with a lot of different textures and a very simple telling of the Gruffalo story.

Perfect for all young Gruffalo fans to introduce their little siblings to the wonderful world of The Gruffalo.









3 years and up


Peace at Last

by Jill Murphy

The beautifully illustrated tale of tired Papa Bear's many attempts to find a quiet spot to sleep never fails to make children laugh.

Also a good book to casually introduce new words regarding the different rooms of a house.

A lovely bedtime story - warm, funny and soothing, and a good way to practice house and garden vocabulary.


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4 years and up


1001 Things to Spot at Christmas

by Alex Frith and Teri Gower  

Children love spy books, and the 1001 Things to Spot series not only helps their focusing skills but encourages their counting as well.

While all books in the series show loving attention to detail, the Christmas version is especially elaborate and festive.

A beautiful spy and counting book. Keeps children entertained while waiting for Christmas.


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8 years and up


Detectives At Work

by Renate Ahrens  

These three exciting detective stories are ideal for first-time English readers, as the main language is German with only the conversations with native speakers being written in English.

Furthermore, readers won't need dictionaries, since all of the English paragraphs are discussed and explained in German by the protagonists immediately afterwards.

Perfect for everyone who wants to grow into English reading rather than start with a whole English book right away.








2 years and up


Little Red Tractor

created by Colin Reeder

There are no villains in this charming British children's TV series, the closest thing being a smug modern farmer whose high-tech machinery often gets him into trouble.

And then there's Stumpy, the lovable miller, who amuses the children no end, driving his quadbike Nipper really badly.

This is one of the few kids' DVDs that have both a German and an English sound track, so there's no need for expensive import from the UK.

Children just love the feel-good stories about friendship and adventure in the idyllic village of Babblebrook.

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8 years and up


The 13-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

A fun, if a little whacky book about two boys and their fantastic and absurd adventures in their self-designed treehouse equipped with all the fixtures and amenities a boy could wish for.

With its balance of text and cartoonlike drawings, the book manages to captivate even the less avid readers.

A "cool" book that even unenthusiastic readers get engrossed in.








3 years and up


The Smartest Giant in Town

by J. Donaldson and A. Scheffler  

The charming story about George, the kind-hearted giant, enthrals both kindergarten and primary school kids.

Repetition and rhymes help with memorising new vocabulary.

A heart-warming story - and a good way to casually introduce and practice clothes and animal vocabulary.









0-2 years


That's not my puppy...

by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

With its simple pictures and only one special material per page, this book encourages even the youngest to touch and discover without being overwhelming.

And slightly older children love to look for the mouse that is hiding on every page.

This classic is still my favourite in the Usborne Touchy Feely series.


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Just Party

(Justin Fletcher)

Justin Fletcher - somewhat different. A great children's disco CD with a lot of funny cover versions.

From "The Macarena" to "I Like to Move It" to "La Bamba", Justin has adapted the lyrics of various well-known hits to turn them into typical Justin-style children's dance hits.

The perfect dance CD for little Justin fans' New Year's Eve party.


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The Fire Engine Book  

Tibor Gergely / Golden Books  

Old but still good - this book, which was first published in 1950, captivates little fire fighter fans today just as much as it did then.

With its exciting, detailed pictures that make you feel right in the middle of what's happening as well as a little explanatory text, this sturdy picture book has been among our favourite books in playgroup for years.

A fascinating picture book for all fire engine lovers, big or small.


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3 years and up


The Monster at the End of this Book

by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin  

No matter how often you read this book, children will love it again and again.

A hilarious story about Sesame Street's Grover, who desperately tries to keep the children from turning the pages, because he is so scared of the monster at the end of the book.

The children, of course, can't get enough of turning the pages anyway, delighting in Grover's embarrassment, when, at the end of the book, he finds that he himself is the monster he was so afraid of.

A fun and enjoyable interactive book that will keep children in fits of laughter.








4 years and up


Winnie in Winter  

by Paul Korky and Valerie Thomas  

The "Winnie the Witch" series is equally popular with kindergarten and primary school children. While the short and funny stories are great to read to the little ones, older children are perfectly able to read the simple texts accompanied by detailed pictures on their own.

This special "Edition for learners of English" also includes an additional "Activity Book" with simple tasks and a picture dictionary for key vocabulary.

An easy and entertaining introduction to the popular "Winnie the Witch" series.


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0 years and up


Say Hello to the Snowy Animals  

by Ian Whybrow and Ed Eaves  

Since it's still winter, this book is a lovely way of introducing animals living in the snow and the noises they make.

The short and simple rhymes are easy to remember, and the velvety surfaces of the animal pictures give the book a "touchy-feely" quality that already the youngest children love.

An adorable "touchy-feely" book about animals with really beautiful pictures that will take both children and their parents on a journey through winter wonderland.

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3 years and up


PAW Patrol - 5-Minutes Stories Collection

(Random House / Nickelodeon's TV series)

The perfect book for all the little PAW Patrol fans in my groups.

Nine short stories about the adventures of Chase, Marshall, Skye & Co. Ideal for bedtime or short breaks.

With its tales of friendship and teamwork featuring the "paw-some" heroes on their exciting rescue missions, this book will also charm those who don't know the TV series.

Nine lovely 5-minute stories featuring the four-legged heroes from the popular TV series "PAW patrol".








9 years and up


Watch out! - In London auf Verbrecherjagd:

Ein deutsch-englischer Rätselkrimi

by Christian Tielmann  

A suspenseful book for children aged 9 and up. It is basically written in German, interspersed with short English sentences that are - quite cleverly - translated or explained immediately afterwards, so there is no need for a dictionary.

The book consists of many short chapters, and the individual criminal cases are entertaining and thrilling.

An easy and enjoyable read for children who like detective and mystery stories, no matter their level of English.


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9 months and up


Dig Dig Digging

by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe  

A wonderful book for all fans of vehicles and construction. All the favourites are there: tractor, digger, crane, bulldozer and more.

Children love spotting all the details in this brightly illustrated book just as much as joining in with all the different sounds in the fun, rhyming text.

The perfect book for all machine-obsessed boys and girls - from babies to pre-schoolers.








3 years and up


Go Away, Big Green Monster!

by Ed Emberley

This is an awesome interactive book that helps children chase away their fears. Even after decades, its die-cut pages never fail to fascinate.

Turning the pages, the children see the monster grow before their eyes until they can take charge and make it disappear again.

The book also encourages talking English, as the children keep shouting "Go away!". And on top of that, it's also a fun way to repeat the most important words around the face.

A fun and fascinating interactive book to help children overcome their fears and at the same time repeat basic vocabulary around the face.








4 years and up


The Story of the Easter Bunny

by Katherine Tegen and Sally Anne Lambert

An innovative Easter book that inventively explains how the Easter Bunny came to be.

The story of the old couple who give Easter baskets to their neighbours every spring and rely more and more on their rabbit's help as they get older, is a heart-warming and quite plausible explanation for how a little bunny became a legend.

An imaginative and beautifully illustrated Easter book for children from 4 to 8 years.

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0 years and up


Baby Touch: Peekaboo  

by Ladybird  

With its bright colours, various textures and large flaps, this book, just like all the others from the Baby Touch series, is an ideal introduction to the world of books.

Even the youngest babies will enjoy exploring the sturdy pages and discover what's behind the flaps with their parents, or even on their own.

A great touch-and-feel book for babies and toddlers aged 0 to around 2 years.








2 years and up


Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

by Richard Scarry

An absolute must-have for all vehicle-obsessed girls and boys, this delightful book by the one and only Richard Scarry offers lots to discover on every page.

The detailed pictures and funny situations featuring all - possible and impossible - kinds of vehicles will entertain kids as much as parents.

The ultimate book for little vehicle fans who love a fun mixture of fact and fantasy.








7 years and up


A City Through Time  

by Philip Steele and Steve Noon

A phenomenal history book that will introduce kids as well as adults to key periods of time, from the early Greeks to the present, in a very easy and fun way.  

The wonderful pictures by the award-winning illustrator invite the kids to follow the progress of an imaginary city through time, while simultaneously learning a lot about the people who lived there - from Greek slaves to present-day commuters.

A fascinating and informative book that will grab your attention again and again as you continue to discover ever new details.

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