Early Starters – it’s Competition Time!

This week, Libby and I have been lucky enough to be reviewing the latest books by Rod Campbell, creator of the much loved Dear Zoo. The new series is called Early starters and consists of these four fabulous books. 

Each one of them is based around a particular theme. “How many?” is a great introduction to counting, “My Day” follows the baby’s day and encourages children to name objects. “What’s That?” has lovely colourful page tabs and helps a child to learn about animals and things they might encounter in every day life. Libby’s particular favourite is “Can You?”. This follows the story of a baby that can open a present, look in a mirror and do various other tasks. It is a touchy feely book that allows the child to demonstrate that they can do all the things that baby can do. 

I initially wondered whether these books might be a little bit young for Libby now, but she completely disagreed. They are very educational and encourage basic learning in addition to the usual imagination that is generated through reading. Libby has insisted on reading all of the books many times over, finally settling on “Can You?” as her favourite, which we are now reading on repeat. This photo shows part of her decision making process! She loves “My Day” because it is great for her to read to herself if I’m busy. 

The fabulous people at Macmillan Children’s Books have given me a full set of these books to give away. If you know a toddler who might like them, please enter through the below Rafflecopter. They are gorgeous books and would suit babies from as young as you decide to read to them (day one in our case) through to around age three, at which point they are great for children to read (i.e. name the pictures) to themselves. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



  1. Vicky Charles
    April 12, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I’d love to win them for my daughter; she is bonkers for Dear Zoo and Oh Dear, they’re her favourite books! (and Dear Santa at Christmas time!)

    • Natalie Ray
      April 12, 2014 / 6:59 pm

      Aw bless her. They are lovely books. Good luck!

  2. Lynsey Buchanan
    April 13, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    I would like to win as a gift for my neice

    • Natalie Ray
      April 13, 2014 / 7:25 pm

      What a lovely aunt you are, they’d make a perfect gift.

  3. Marianne Hopwood
    April 13, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    Rod Campbell is great – what a great set to review 🙂

  4. Marianne Hopwood
    April 13, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Sorry , that was too many ‘great’s for one sentence, must try harder to think of words 🙂 Libby looks so grown up reading her book, beautiful xxx

    • Natalie Ray
      April 13, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks Maz 🙂 They’re fabulous books!

  5. Dani Graves
    April 13, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    I’d love to win them for my little boy Jacob.

  6. Tracy K Nixon
    April 14, 2014 / 6:27 am

    My youngest daughter! Thank you!

  7. Gina M
    April 14, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    I’d love them for my daughter

  8. Anonymous
    April 14, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    Would love them for my son who loves books
    (kim neville)

  9. Sam B
    April 14, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    I would love to win these books for my baby boy who I have started reading to.
    He is only 12 weeks old and feel the earlier they start, the more he will turn into a bookworm like his Mummy

  10. Helen Porter
    April 14, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I would love to win these books for my little boy he is a big book fan x

  11. Leanne Lunn
    April 15, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    My daughter would love these 🙂

  12. pauline black
    April 15, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    my grandson jayden

  13. Prince Aaron
    April 16, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    my nephews 4 month old TODAY, would be perfect for him and his one year old sister

  14. Chris
    April 18, 2014 / 8:34 am

    Tell me who you’d like to win the books for!
    for my grandsons Jake and Sam

  15. Anonymous
    April 18, 2014 / 8:41 am

    My Great-nephew.

    Rachel Craig

  16. cheryl kean
    April 18, 2014 / 8:52 am

    I’m a child minder so these would be ideal for my setting. x

  17. maci234
    April 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

    my nephew

  18. Joanne Higgins
    April 18, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Would love them for my 2 year old daughter, she has learning difficulties so is un able to read herself but loves listening while I’m reading and turning the pages too… xx

  19. helen
    April 18, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    I’d love to win these for my friends daughter

  20. Erica Price
    April 18, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    My nephew

  21. Fiona Paley
    April 18, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    I’d love them for my 2 year old niece who loves books.

  22. Isis1981uk
    April 18, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    For my little boy!

  23. Sarah hurrell
    April 18, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    For my 20 month old son who loves books.

  24. clairew137
    April 18, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    My friends son.

  25. headsy12
    April 18, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    For Lilly she is just starting to read and loves it.

  26. mellysocks
    April 18, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    I would love to win these for my little niece,she loves books.

  27. Christine Caple
    April 18, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    I would love to win them for my granddaughter.

  28. Natalie Crossan
    April 18, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    For my lovely little girl who would so appreciate them 🙂

  29. Natalie Ray
    April 19, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    Thank you to everyone who entered, the winner has now been contacted by email 🙂

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