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Get Ready for School: Opposites

To reserve any of the following books to help children learn opposites before starting school to your local library, click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, or contact us on 01473 351249 or

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Stanley's Opposites, by William Bee

"Its another busy day for Stanley and friends! Travel through a day with Stanley and Little Woo as they learn about opposites."

The Hueys in What's the Opposite?, by Oliver Jeffers

"The Hueys explore the concept of opposites in their characteristically quirky way. Starting out with some easy ones like 'up' and 'down', they move on to ever more wildy imaginative examples, guaranteed to raise a smile!"

Up and Down: an opposites lift-the-flap book, by Sue Nicholson

"It's a lovely sunny day, and Peppa and her family are going on a picnic in the countryside. So off they go on their bikes, to their favourite picnic spot. Let's hope addy Pig can keep up! Lift the flaps to explore the world around them and find out all about opposites, including happy/sad, big/small, up/down and lots of others."

Opposites, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

"Which animal friends are having fun outside and who is busy inside? Enter the world of Acorn Wood and find out in this fun book of opposites."

Roald Dahl's Opposites, by Quentin Blake & Roald Dahl

"Day and night, big and small, hungry and full - learn your opposites with the Enormous Crocodile! With lots of flaps for busy little hands, this sturdy board book is the perfect introduction to the world of Roald Dahl."

Opposites, by Britta Teckentrup

"Night-time is close, the birds go inside to bed, but which little bird is outside instead? Gentle rhyming text combines with a fun spotting activity to present early concepts in a fun new way. Can you find the odd one out?"

Up and Down, by David Melling

"A wonderfully funny introduction to opposites for the very young and great to read aloud. Follow these hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through their crazy day. These bunnies go up and these bunnies go down. Sometimes they're funny and sometimes they frown!"

Big Dog, Little Dog: lift-the-flap opposites, by Élo

"Learn your opposites in this stylish lift-the-flap book. Spotty dogs, bendy dogs and really, really long dogs - find the opposites with the help of some hilarious and colourful dogs."

Opposites, by Courtney Dicmas

"Courtney Dicmas introduces babies to basic concepts with her award-winning charm and humour. In Opposites, interactions between animals with drastically different characteristics provides plenty of opportunities to discuss and make comparisons."

Me and You: a book of opposites, by Alice Melvin

"Me and You uses opposites to explore the activities of a young child, from playtime in the park to cuddling up ready for bed."

Opposites, by Emma Dodd

"What an exciting life Dog leads - it's the opposite of dull! For example, he gets caught out in a heavy rainstorm and ends up dripping wet. His owner Vicky is able to stay dry in her waterproofs. The weather is much nicer when Dog goes to the beach, where he runs and jumps over a rock pool. Later, he goes for a nap under an apple tree. It's peaceful and quiet in the garden - that is, until a noisy donkey turns up!

"Not all of Dog's friends are so big. Some are small, like a crab, a bird and some bees. At the end of the book, Dog gets another soaking. He is dirty after rolling around in the mud, so Vicky makes him clean again by giving him a bath."

Double Take! A new look at opposites, by Susan Hood & Jay Fleck

"Who knows what's BIG unless there is SMALL? Does SHORT mean a thing except next to TALL? Susan Hood, author of over 200 children's books, and illustrator Jay Fleck create a topsy-turvy journey that will make readers see the familiar concept of opposites in a different light."

Elmer Opposites: a flip flap book, by David McKee

"Big and small, quiet and loud, night and day. Learn first opposites with Elmer and his friends with this interactive board book specially designed for very young children. Match the opposites using the flip-flap pages!

"This simple but engaging format encourages conversation and play, so those little fingers can really get to grips with opposites. Great for enriching young readers' vocabulary in a fun and engaging way, this interactive book features bright illustrations and is the perfect introduction to the idea of opposites."

Some Dinosaurs are Small, by Charlotte Voake

"This is a book about opposites: big and small, fast and slow, carnivore and herbivore. Some dinosaurs are small, and some dinosaurs are BIG. Some dinosaurs have tiny teeth for munching leaves, and some dinosaurs have POINTY teeth for munching. OTHER dinosaurs! UH-OH. Some dinosaurs need to RUN!"

See also: * Reassuring books to help prepare children for their first day of school or nursery * Get Ready for School book bags