Our Preschool & Picturebooks category usually covers books for the 0-6 age group – but every child has different needs so do check out the Young Kids section too if you can’t see something that works for you! We’ve independently chosen our favourite titles to sell in our bookshops and online. And remember – we offer Free Postage in ROI on orders over €30 – just choose the Free Postage option at checkout.

  • 'In an old part of Dublin, right down by the sea, There's a moon-shaped park with a creepy old tree. The Dublin Vampire lives there. The Vampire wakes up as the sun's going down. He hops on the ghost bus and rides into town. Have you seen the Dublin Vampire?' A funny, warm picture book set throughout Dublin, home to Dracula's creator, Bram Stoker. Featuring well-known sights around Dublin, including The Crescent (Marino), Five Lamps, O'Connell Bridge, Trinity, Grafton St, Natural History Museum, St Stephen's Green, Bewley's, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar. ISBN 9781788491198
  • Mr Gray is a very serious man. And he is in charge of a very old, very serious museum filled to the brim with stuffed animals. Mr Gray does not like people. He does not like children. In fact, he is most at home with things that are stuffed. So when a real live mouse decides to move into the Dead Zoo, Mr Gray is determined that she must go. That is, until he needs her help... Another instant classic from the creator of the award-winning President picture book series. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9780717191116
  • Uncle David and Simon are going to get married! There's lots to do, from making the invitations to arranging the decorations, but when the wedding rings go missing just before the ceremony, Bear the dog has to use all of his special skills to help save the day. This fun and engaging picture book is a celebration of love, family and weddings and is a gentle introduction for children to the idea of same-sex partnerships and marriage equality. Story by The Gutter Bookshop owner Bob Johnston (www.bobjohnstonbooks.com)., with wonderful illustrations by Michael Emberley (www.michaelemberley.com). Copies will be signed by Bob & Michael before dispatch - we'll email you once you've placed your order to see if you'd like any personal dedication added ('To Lucy' etc.) Also, you can let us know if you'd prefer an unsigned copy! Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9781788493147
  • Eoin McLaughlin and Rob Starling join forces to create a hilarious, not-so-spooky tale... This book is NOT a bedtime story. It's scary, strange and rather gory. Bedtime stories make you sleepy. This book won't. It's much too CREEPY. Except it isn't... this book is told by a group of monsters who think they're very scary, but in fact they're not - they're cute and cuddly. They try their hardest to scare you - in a haunted house, creepy wood, ghostly ship and darkest dark, but each time they fail! The problem is, these monsters aren't at all spooky. They're a bit silly, actually. And a bit cuddly. In fact, they share the insecurities and worries of us humans and all they want is a cosy, snoozy good night's sleep. Despite the title of this book it really is a bedtime story. A brilliant tale that reassures children, makes them laugh and gets them ready for a peaceful night's sleep. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9781843654384
  • A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come. The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams,And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems... In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she isn't playing with children her own age. Instead Marianne is alone, and digging for dinosaur bones to build a special sort of companion. Then, one night, she goes to sleep wishing with all her heart that her dinosaur might come to life... A very rare and special book where the words and pictures take you on a magical journey far beyond the page. Great for Ages 3-7. ISBN 9781408880548
  • A spectacular new title from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers, creator of the million-copy selling, global phenomenon Here We Are! What shall we build, you and I? I'll build your future and you'll build mine. We'll build a watch to keep our time. A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work; building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm. From renowned, internationally bestselling picture-book creator and visual artist, Oliver Jeffers, comes this rare and enduring story about a parent's boundless love, life's endless opportunities and all we need to build a together future. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9780008382209
  • The book behind the viral internet sensation of "The Scottish Granny" reading this story to her grandchild. A young boy suddenly notices a big problem - his bum has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated bum? A rocket bum? A robot bum? Find out in this silly, quirky tale with hilarious illustrations. Children and parents will love this book - no ifs, ands, or butts about it! ISBN 9781407196015
  • Celebrate life's ups and downs in this gorgeous paperback edition of the bestselling Dr. Seuss classic! Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places!You're off and away! For more than thirty years, this Dr. Seuss classic has carried us through life's ups and downs - from fun times and triumphs, to lurches and slumps!Take an entertaining look at the adventures life has in store for all of us in this very special paperback edition of the beloved classic. The perfect gift for every moment in life, from graduations, weddings and birthdays, to those when you just need a little lift. ISBN 9780008201487
  • Meet hilarious, science-mad chatterbox, Rocket - she's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived! But... can she convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars? Bursting with energy and passion about science and space, this heart-warming, inspirational picture book will have readers turning off their screens and switching on to the outside world. "Outstanding - a breath of fresh air, just like Rocket herself" - Kirkus Reviews "Energetic and with a wry, sweet take on family dynamics, it will alert readers to the mysteries of the night skies" - The Guardian Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020. Great for Kids 0-6 ISBN 9780241345849
  • A fun and visually stunning interactive counting book with peep-through pages and fold-out flaps, from the bestselling Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and exceptional illustrator Sharon King-Chai, who together created the award-winnning Animalphabet. With bright and beautiful artwork and a fabulous array of animals and their babies to marvel over, this is a gorgeous book to treasure and read over and over again. Every page draws you further into the beautifully vibrant animal kingdom with flying bats, frolicking fox cubs and jumping Arctic hares, inviting you to compare the animals to each other, explore their habitats, and learn proper animal baby names for each creature as you count. Also includes a fun spidery search-and-find game. Can you count how many kittens Leopard might have pouncing and playing in the jungle or how many tadpoles are wriggling in the pond ?Sharon King-Chai's colourful illustrations and the cleverly designed shaped pages makes Counting Creatures a rich delight, while Julia Donaldson's signature rhymes are a pleasure to read aloud. Great for Ages 0-6. ISBN 9781529048155
  • This gentle bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share at bedtime. In a great green room a little bunny is tucked up snugly and safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight to all the familiar things in his room, one by one. Margaret Wise Brown's comforting, rhythmical text accompanied by the warmth of Clement Hurd's classic mid-century illustrations make Goodnight Moon a timeless picture book, which is known and loved around the world. Printed now with a beautifully vivid orange pantone ink to recapture the magic of the 1947 original, Goodnight Moon makes the perfect gift for newborns. ISBN 9781509831975 Great for Ages 0-3
  • From the multi award-winning picture book maker of 'A Bit Lost', 'Oh No, George!', 'Shh! We Have a Plan' and 'Goodnight Everyone' comes a bold new picture book about building up the courage to try something new. In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea. "This is going to be so great!" says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water... Oh... The waves! They're ENORMOUS. "JEEPERS!" Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in? Great for Ages 0-6 / ISBN 9781406392869
  • This touch and feel book doesn't contain any plastic. It is made with responsibly-sourced cardboard that little hands will love to touch. Everything in the book is completely recyclable. Each book takes you on a journey through a different landscape in search of an animal at risk of extinction. Along the way you will meet all of the other animals that live in the same place. The last page reveals the animal. In Where Are You? Polar Bear wrap up warm to take a journey through a frozen world. Meet Arctic foxes, reindeer and narwhals as you search for the elusive polar bear. In Where Are You? Tiger take a trip to the hot and steamy jungle. Say hello to elephants and orangutans in their natural habitat. But what's that stripy flash in the undergrowth? Great for Ages 0-3. ISBN 9780241440254
  • This book and CD edition of the exquisite and thought-provoking Here We Are comes with heartfelt, award-winning audio, read by the internationally best-selling creator himself, Oliver Jeffers! Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you'll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else... Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you've just got to be kind. Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers. We're glad you found it. ISBNGreat for Ages 0-6 9780008354749
  • Have you ever seen a Bumbum bee, or an Elelamp? Does your pet wear Doggles? These are all Eggcorns, where a child's mispronunciation can add a whole other level of meaning! What would a bumbum bee (bumblebee) or Elelamp (elephant) look like? Or Doggles (goggles) or a Carcodile (crocodile)? Illustrator Chris Judge (The Lonely Beast, Danger is Everywhere) has brought his bizarre sense of humour to imagine them for us all. Great for Ages 0-5 ISBN 9781788491921
  • "Every person has their own thoughts in their head,and their own feelings in their heart. Every single person is different. And only they know how to be them." Only a Tree knows how to be a tree! But trees are just the start - everything and everyone is different and special. Birds, dogs, fishes, people - and our Earth itself - all have their own unique place in our world. And only you know how to be you. With a sure touch, this book shows every child its place in the world, and how everyone and everything is both part of the whole and special in itself. Great for Ages 0-6 ISBN 9781913074524
  • The new picture book from the bestselling duo behind the phenomenal I Need A New Bum! What would you do if your bum was SO NOISY? Would you try to hide the noise, or would you be proud of your parps? For this little boy, a noisy bum is just the start of an ENORMOUS adventure. And there's only one question for you to answer before you read ALL about it: are you ready to have some FUN? The third book in the bestselling series! With a brilliantly funny story and eye-catching illustrations that children will love Also available: I Need a New Bum! and I've Broken My Bum The perfect gift for anyone who loves to laugh! Praise for I Need A New Bum: "I can assure you right now that your kids will love this book. They will giggle, they will laugh, and they will want this book to be read over and over again because it is just plain silly and funny ... the perfect kid-combo." Storywraps Great for Ages 0-6 ISBN 9780702305948
  • Young babies will love snuggling up with this soft, padded cloth book - with a different touch-and-feel pair of ears poking out from every page! Helping to stimulate developing senses, this is a perfect very first book for children. Baby Touch is an innovative and award-winning range that provides a sensory feast for babies, stimulating their growing minds and active senses through bold, colourful and playful illustrations and baby-friendly text. Great for Ages 0-2. ISBN 9780241439357

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