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Top 5 Books We’re Loving for Little Readers

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

Reading time with your toddlers is a moment a parent always cherishes. As well as fun for the little ones, reading at an early age is also crucial to supporting early development and learning. The Quarto Group’s new imprint, Happy Yak, publishes preschool board books, playful picture books, and accessible nonfiction for kids ages zero to seven. With eye-catching, bright and bold colours, interactive novelty books that aid motor control through to first concepts such as words and numbers, Happy Yak aims to make reading with your little ones a joy.

If you’re on a hunt for a new book to read with your child, look no further than our top 5 recommendations published by Happy Yak!

Animal ABC by Nikolas Ilic | Age: 0-5 years The perfect first concepts book, little readers can learn the alphabet with some amazing animals and find out some fun facts along the way in this bright and fun board book. A great book for parents to read with children or for kids to entertain themselves with, this book is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of young readers as the cartoon-style illustrations jump off the page.

Hungry Farm by Carly Madden, illus. by Natalie Marshall | Age: 3-5 years Hungry Farm is a fun, interactive board book in which children can choose what to feed the pop-out farm animals – pick from the four ‘dangly’ food items, hanging from the spine of the book! Cow, Sheep, Chicken, and Pig are all hungry – but what will you feed them? You decide in this innovative must-read!

Wee Gallery Touch and Feel: Scales by Surya Sajnani | Age: 1-5 years This interactive board book features the classic touch-and-feel concept but with a fun, stylish Wee Gallery twist! Each spread features an intriguing textile and a different animal character to spark the curiosity of babies and toddlers. Meet seven incredibly cute animals who all feature super special scales – from the bumpy back of a prickly pangolin or the smooth and shiny skin of a slinky snake.

Never Brush a Bear by Sam Hearn | Age: 4-6 years Never Brush a Bear is a delightfully amusing story about a determined young pet stylist called Herschel, who makes it his mission to brush a bear… He ventures deep into the woods in order to accomplish this aim, discovering a GIANT and TERRIFYING BEAR…who turns out to be quite polite. This is the perfect picture book for little readers looking for a humorous read as the bright and lively illustrations accompanied by the rhyming text will guaranteed have children in fits of laughter!

Parp! by Mike Henson | Age: 2-4 years PARP! What’s that smell? In this interactive board book, a group of animals enters a lift – at each floor, one of the animals breaks wind, producing a really stinky whiff! But who did it? You’ll have to read to find out. This sturdy board book includes pull-out sliders, which reveal extra story details, making this book a firm family favourite that will provide hours of hilarious fun.

We ran a fantastic competition with Happy Yak to give these books away in December 2022 - congratulations to the winner!

Keep an eye on our Instagram and blog for more competitions coming soon.


Happy Yak is a loveable new imprint of The Quarto Group that publishes preschool board books, playful picture books, and accessible nonfiction for kids ages zero to seven. Our books are bright and accessible, with eye-catching design, contemporary illustration, and engaging, entertaining text. With a focus on the latest trends and a strong seasonal offering, our books are perfect for small children with big personalities.

At Happy Yak, we understand the importance of supporting child development. Each of our preschool series is underpinned by core developmental benefits, from interactive novelty books that aid motor control through to first concepts such as words and numbers. Humorous and uplifting, our picture books make reading a joy that can be rediscovered again and again. And if you’re on the hunt for a book that will fill your child’s head with knowledge while providing endless entertainment, look to our fact-filled, accessible nonfiction offering.


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