Sophie Thompson reads Early Soundplay stories

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We are delighted to launch audio CDs to accompany our award winning Early Soundplay series!

Award winning actress Sophie Thompson brings the Early Soundplay stories and characters to life - listen to a clip from Digby the Diggedy Dog here:

Hear an intro by Sophie Thompson

Sophie's warm lovely clear voice and warm interpretation of the series gives you another fabulous way to engage and delight children whilst developing those essential speech, language and early literacy skills! 

Children love repetition and now they they can enjoy listening to Sophie the Early Soundplay series, again and again and again!There are four volumes of Early Soundplay stories to enjoy - find out more about Volume 1 which features Jake's Cakes, Chatty Bat and Clip Clop's Picnic here.

Early Soundplay scoops Silver!

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We are delighted to announce that our Early Soundplay series has won another award - a Practical Pre-School Silver Award 2015!

Here's what the testers said about these Erica's Chicks, Flo the Flamingo and Trish the Fish:

"The books are a great enhancement to our current letters and sounds programme. The books had a great range of rhyme and alliteration. the pictures were clear and catchy and the accopanyaing resources are a fab back-up activity. The children enjoyed the illustrations and the books were simple to follow." 

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Clickety Books Scoops Another Gold!

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We are delighted to announce that our first trio of Early Soundplay books have won a Practical Pre-School Gold Award!

Here's what the testers said about Chatty Bat, Jake's Cakes and Clip Clop's Picnic :

"The children really enjoyed these books. These colourful books use playful illustrations and repetitive words and phrases to introduce the child to both individual word sounds and sound sequences. This is an important part of a child's speech development. The humour in the book was appropriate for younger children and the book is in a child-friendly print. The story is simple and engaging."


Delighted Competition Winner

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A massive thank you to recent Facebook competition winner, Alan Mortimer, for sharing this picture of his granddaughter enjoying her copy of Chatty Bat and finger puppet.


"My granddaughter loves the book and the bat has become a bedtime favourite companion of hers - probably because both she and the bat are nocturnal!"

Make sure you like our Facebook page to enter our latest competitions. 

National Insect Week

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With over a millions species of insects worldwide, we’ll probably need more than a just week to discover them all, but this is the best chance to get started.
Every two years the Royal Entomological Society organizes a week, championing the discovery and conversation of all things creepy and crawly. Get outside and get involved, you never know what you’ll learn. For instance, did you know that there are over 3,000 species of woodlice worldwide? Including the precise woodlice bakers:

The woodlice bakers are so precise,
They made a special baking device
That produces nice rice cakes,
Just for mice,
Topped nicely with raisins,
Cream crackers and spice.

Take a look at our free Precise Woodlice activities, or head over to our shop and use the code “WOODLICE10” to receive 10% discount during National Insect week.

Take a look at the National Insect Week website for more ways to get involved.