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Topic: EYFS,KS1

Recommended children’s books about food

Immerse yourself in the delicious topic of Food Glorious Food!

This collection of books about food combines rich illustrations and fascinating facts with an array of world cuisine to bring the EYFS Food Glorious Food topic to life. From a curry-loving penguin to a giant jam sandwich, this list of children’s books about food features farm-to-fork fact books alongside a love letter to chocolate cake. So what are you waiting for? Dig in!

This topic booklist is aimed at children aged 3-7. For books about food and digestion for older children, try our Food & Digestion Topic (KS2) booklist.


An irresistible story about finding the bright spark of braveness inside from the creators of One Camel Called Doug, and the author of award-winning The Littlest Yak.

Mavis is not like her adventurous friend Marge. Mavis is a chicken who finds EVERYTHING scary (night-time and daytime and anything hairy!). So when the slumbering peace of their cosy barn is disturbed by someone trying to steal their friend Sandra the sheep, will Mavis be able to find her bright spark of braveness and save Sandra?

This adorably warm-hearted story is brimful of humour, reassurance – and two exceedingly courageous chickens!

Best children’s books about life cycles

Hatching, growing, changing… this list brings you the best children’s books about life cycles. Featuring butterflies, seeds, eggs and more, this collection covers the life cycles of a huge range of creatures and plants. From favourite stories to fascinating non-fiction texts with vibrant illustrations, children in the Early Years and KS1 will love exploring the science of how all sorts of organisms change and grow with our list of recommended children’s books about the topic of life cycles.

Recommended children’s books about colours

Lose yourself in the glorious world of colours. This collection of books about colours mixes vibrant illustrations, heartwarming stories and fascinating science to offer a range of perspectives on the EYFS colours topic. Rainbows and crayons feature alongside favourite characters to bring the colours topic to life. Brighten up your classroom with this list of the best children’s books for learning about colours.

Best children’s books about festivals and celebrations

Let’s celebrate! Featuring fun picturebooks and fascinating non-fiction texts, this collection of the best children’s books about festivals and celebrations offers a colourful and insightful global journey. Learn about festivals from a range of cultures and traditions and extend your children’s understanding of important religious celebrations with this list of books for Early Years and Key Stage One classrooms, designed to bring the topic of festivals and celebrations to life.

Recommended children’s books about people who help us

Discover the world of key workers! From teachers and bin lorry drivers to medics and police officers, this collection offers a fascinating insight into the people whose job it is to help us. This list offers the best children’s books about people who help us, and features illustrated storybooks alongside lift-the-flap explorations of emergency vehicles to introduce young children to a host of helping jobs.


No one knows what lies ahead or who they’ll grow to be, It’s all a part of growing up – the journey to be me!

In this stunning picture book, Richard Jones’ enchanting illustrations sensitively depict each stage of life and the journey of transformation that we undergo as we grow up.


From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about discovering the world – and your place in it.

For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Ergo the chick. Ergo wakes up and sets about exploring her world. She discovers her toes. She discovers her wings and her beak. She has discovered EVERYTHING! But then she considers the wall. And something outside the wall goes BUMP. What could it be? The only way to find out is to peck peck peck through to the other side…

This is an inspiring story told with heaps of humour. Like its predecessor, I Am Henry Finch, Ergo is a book for everyone – from the very young to the very old. It is for dreamers, philosophers, artists, the foolish and the enlightened. A profound picture book experience told with simplicity and style.


Rosie has lost her baby chick. She looks under the hen house. She looks behind the wheelbarrow. But little baby chick isn’t there. But watch out Rosie – there’s someone following you, and it’s not just your baby chick!

The funny sequel to the much-loved and bestselling Rosie’s Walk, with the same element of danger and surprise that children so enjoy.


Learn about the remarkable beginnings of life with this adorable book of baby animals hatching from their eggs.

Find out all about how eggs hatch step by step in this fascinating baby animal book for children. Many animals start life inside eggs and this book explores these magical capsules in detail, with stunning photographs of the moment the creatures emerge.

Featuring more than 20 animals – including a penguin, a tortoise, and even a slug – this book documents the moment of hatching in detail. Children aged 5-7 can learn how birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates hatch from their eggs, as well as what happens inside an egg’s shell.

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