Early Years books

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Children's books with Christian values

"Reading depends on prediction"

Professor Frank Smith (2004) in his book Understanding Reading (6thEdition)

These Barney the cat books have been carefully designed to promote prediction skills for beginner readers.

Scroll down for the  Dinosaur books and Freddie the fireman books

Barney the white cat

For preschool children. Barney explores in the house, getting up to mischief. Full-colour illustrations throughout. The first in a series of entertaining picture books that encourage prediction and anticipation in early reading. They each have their own unpredictable and amusing ending.

ISBN: 978 0 9569089 0 2    Price £ 12.00


Barney the brave cat

The second book in the Barney the cat series. Barney explores the garden and shows just how brave he is.

These books create a sense of anticipation, and support the development of prediction, an essential skill for  beginning readers.

ISBN: 978 0 9569089 1 9    Price £ 12.00


Barney the copy cat

This is the third book in the Barney the cat series. Barney visits the zoo and has great fun copying the other animals. These books support the development of predictive reading, an essential skill for beginning readers.

ISBN: 978 0 9569089 2 6    Price £ 12.00


Barney the cold cat 

a Christmas story

This is the fourth book in the Barney the cat series. A Christmas special. It is winter and poor Barney is cold. He sees the other animals, the shepherd boys, angels and the kings following a star. Barney follows the others and eventually finds a warm safe place to stay. These books support the development of predictive reading, an essential skill for beginning readers.

ISBN: 978 1 8380028 5 5    Price £ 12.00

Barney the clean cat

This is the fifth book in the Barney the cat series.

Barney visits a farm and has great fun meeting the animals. These books support the development of predictive reading, and essential skill for beginner readers.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 68 5  Price £ 12.00

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Dinosaur early reading books. These books include teaching resources

Stanley the stegosaurus

This is the first of five 'dinosaur' early reading books. These books are intended to follow on from the initial word recognition games in the book 'Learning to Read is Child's Play'. They are designed to enable the transition from single-word identification to reading in connected text using simple sentences.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 69 2     Price £12.00

Berty the brontosaurus

This is the second of five 'dinosaur' early reading books. These books are intended to follow on from the initial word recognition games in the book 'Learning to Read is Child's Play'. They are designed to enable the transition from single-word identification to reading in connected text using simple sentences.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 70 8     Price £12.00

Stanley is going to play

This is the third of five 'dinosaur' early reading books. These books are intended to follow on from the initial word recognition games in the book 'Learning to Read is Child's Play'. They are designed to enable the transition from single-word identification to reading in connected text using simple sentences.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 71 5     Price £12.00 

Splash!

Stanley is in the water

This is the fourth of five 'dinosaur' early reading books. These books are designed to enable the transition from single-word identification to reading in connected text using simple sentences.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 72 2     Price £12.00 


Stanley and the bucket

This is the fifth of five 'dinosaur' early reading books. These books are designed to enable the transition from single-word identification to reading in connected text using simple sentences.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 723 9     Price £12.00 


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Kaiyo books - exploring feelings and emotion

Kaiyo learns to say sorry

The first book in a new series for preschool children exploring feelings and emotions. In this book Kaiyo learns about saying sorry and how it is better for everyone. Ideal for Early Years settings and for group discussion.

Full-colour illustrations throughout.

ISBN 978 1 8380028 0 0    £ 10.00

Comments from Professor Tracey Bywater


The book is nicely illustrated and I understand that it forms a discussion piece and therefore does not include more context such as why mummy is angry. I assume this is what will be discussed with toddlers. It is important that nursery workers are able to discuss feelings in a non-judgemental way with toddlers. 

Kaiyo learns to forgive

The second book in a new series for preschool children exploring feelings and emotions. In this book Kaiyo learns about forgiveness and how it is better for everyone. Ideal for Early Years settings and for group discussion.

Full-colour illustrations throughout.

ISBN 978 1 913946 64 7    £ 10.00


This is Freddie

This book is the first in a series of five books about Freddie, a fireman, and his friends. These books can be 'read to' books for preschool children or 'read with' for beginner readers.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 79 1  Price £6.00

Freddie meets Andy

This book is the second in a series of five books about Freddie, a fireman, and his friends. In this book, Freddie meets Andy who drives an ambulance. These books can be 'read to' books for preschool children or 'read with' for beginner readers.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 80 7 Price £6.00


Freddie needs help

This book is the third in a series of five books about Freddie, a fireman, and his friends. In this book, Freddie needs the help of Dave who drives a digger. These books can be 'read to' books for preschool children or 'read with' for beginner readers.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 81 4 Price £6.00


Freddie at the fair

This book is the fourth in a series of five books about Freddie, a fireman, and his friends. In this book, Freddie needs the help of Polina who drives a police car. These books can be 'read to' books for preschool children or 'read with' for beginner readers.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 82 1 Price £6.00

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Freddie at the building site

This book is the fifth in a series of five books about Freddie, a fireman, and his friends. In this book, Freddie goes to the help of Tom who drives a truck. These books can be 'read to' books for preschool children or 'read with' for beginner readers.

ISBN: 978 1 913946 82 1 Price £6.00

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