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Lovemybooks is for parents, carers, teachers, schools, and early years staff, created by literacy experts. Free and ad free with over 250 activity pages full of creative book-based ideas.
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Each year many wonderful picturebooks are published. Here is our selection of some of the best.  We think these are books which you and your child will enjoy sharing again and again. We hope they will prompt interesting conversations and play linked to the stories and creative activities.
Find out more and see our selection here

Our focus book is Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracy Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are robbers. The trouble is they are not very good at it and keep coming away empty handed. Thinking it might be easier to rob their neighbours than the bank or the zoo, they invite them all to a tea party so they can rob the empty houses. Unfortunately they are spotted and so fail yet again. The two hapless robbers, realising the error of their ways, decide to turn away from their life of crime and find a new career as café owners as their cake making proves such a hit.

An amusing story with appealing characters and wonderfully detailed illustrations. The rhyming text makes it memorable and easy to join in with.

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"Lovemybooks is such a brilliant resource for parents and teachers! Thank you Lovemybooks for such brilliant recommendations and such imaginative and inspiring activities to continue the fun further!" Rachel, parent and teacher

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You can search the Lovemybooks website for:

* Topics and themes…
Our specially chosen books are arranged in topics and themes that young children love, with ideas for ways to share the books and lots of exciting things to do Read more…

* Books for different age groups
Find books for children aged 0-3, 3- 5, 5-7, 7-11 Read more

* Our Top 10 book lists
Whether you want to find out about exciting new picture books, alphabet books, folk and fairy tales or story apps you’ll find them here in our Top 10 books sections Read more