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The Waterstones Best Books of 2021: Baby & Toddler

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We are thrilled to see so many of our authors and illustrators be featured in this year’s Waterstones Best Books of 2021 list!

Inspired by his acclaimed picture book Here We Are, this gorgeous board book introduces very little ones to a beautifully illustrated A-Z of creatures.

A spectacular concept board book from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers, based on his million-copy selling, global phenomenon Here We Are!

Inspired by the exceptional, award-winning global picture-book phenomenon, Here We Are, comes this irresistible alphabet book to welcome babies and toddlers to our planet. A perfect gift for families to treasure forever, and a must for all nurseries.

From the author/illustrator of Lost and Found and Stuck comes a hauntingly beautiful picture book ghost hunt, boasting interactive transparent pages and Jeffers’ unique artistry.

A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers.

Hello, come in.
Maybe you can help me?

A young girl lives in a haunted house, but has never seen a ghost. Are they white with holes for eyes? Are they hard to see? She’d love to know! Step inside and turn the transparent pages to help her on an entertaining ghost hunt, from behind the sofa, right up to the attic.

With lots of friendly ghost surprises and incredible mixed media illustrations, this unique and funny book will entertain young readers over and over again!

Award-winning illustrator Bethan Woollvin gives voice to three intrepid Viking warriors who are out to prove their Chieftain wrong and save the day – Viking girl style.

Three brave little Viking girls save the day in this bold and funny adventure story for little rebels, by the creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Little Red and I Can Catch a Monster, Bethan Woollvin.

Once upon a time in a Viking village, everything seems to be going wrong. Chickens are disappearing, trees are falling down, and there’s lots and lots of crashing and bashing. The silly Chieftain won’t listen to the three littlest Vikings, but can they work together to solve the mystery and save the day?

Three Little Vikings is all about cooperation, bravery, and getting your voice heard!

Hilariously demonstrating that not all fairies are sweetness and light, Stevens’s hugely entertaining picture book sets a hungry goblin on the trail of some foot-stompingly moody sprites.

Deep in the darkest forests, under rustling leaves, live the fairies. You probably think that fairies are good, kind and sweet. Well, a lot of them are. These helpful fairies take care of the forest and they’re happy to do it. But I’m sorry to tell you that some of the fairies, particularly the littlest ones, are GRUMPY.

I mean proper grumpy.
I mean foot-stompy, frowny, bottom-lip-sticking-outy kind of grumpy.
I mean ‘it’s just one of those days’ grumpy.

But these grumpy fairies better watch out. There’s a goblin about, and grumpy fairies happen to be a goblin’s favourite food…

This wonderful, funny debut will bring a smile to the smallest (and grumpiest) of children.

The sparkling sequel to Meet the Planets sends young readers on a fascinating journey through the depths of the ocean as rhyming text describes incredible underwater creatures from beluga whales to manatees.

‘Young children will love diving into this vibrant picture book and embarking on a captivating exploration of the world’s oceans’ BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021 SPLOOOOSH! We’re off on an exciting underwater adventure in our submarine to meet the oceans and seas of our blue planet. Join in with the rhymes and get ready to spot all the smiley-faced, friendly oceans, from the Atlantic and deep Pacific to the sparkling Mediterranean. Little ones will have a whale of a time (and be back in time for bed!) in this striking, story-led picture book.

This bold, bright follow-up to the acclaimed picture book Meet the Planets is packed with sea creatures from dolphins and beluga whales to turtles and manatees. The ocean is a vast treasure-house, threatened by plastic waste and pollution, and this picture book is the ideal introduction to the importance of caring for it. It’s perfect for all would-be explorers!