An Orchard bursting with books

Posted June 2, 2015 by Orchard Books

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An Orchard bursting with books

June’s featured publisher, Orchard Books (an imprint of Hachette), have blogged about books to share with young children

We at Orchard Books are proud to be the home of many prize-winning authors and artists. Everything we do at Orchard is infused with our passion for telling stories through words and pictures.

Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle coverWe are thrilled that Book Trust have selected Rumble in the Jungle to be their official National Bookstart Week 2015 title, and are sure you will love the special booklet version we have produced with them. Tying in perfectly with their Jungle adventure theme, this is a classic which continues to entertain millions of children. This noisy, rhyming romp is a delight to read aloud and share with young children, and they will love learning about their favourite animals time and again.

Download and print Rumble in the Jungle colouring sheets from the Hachette website

Explore lots of National Bookstart Week activities inspired by Rumble in the Jungle on this site


Rumble in the Jungle spread


We have a brilliant range of rhyming picture books which are perfect for you to share with young children. Not only are they lots of fun and key to helping foster a real enjoyment in stories, but they are ideal for cultivating word recognition and developing numerical and phonetic skills. Here are a few of our highlights.


Giraffes Can't Dance coverGiraffes Can’t Dance

Gerald the tall giraffe would love to join in with the other animals at the jungle dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance … or can they? This funny, touching and triumphant story about a giraffe who finds his own tune has been a much-loved family favourite for over 15 years, and is perfect for helping build a child’s self-confidence and celebrate difference in themselves and in those around them.


Help Gerald find his friends by downloading this fun activity sheet from the Hachette website


Giraffes Can't Dance spread


Ten Little Pirates coverTen Little Pirates

Ten to one counting fun! Ten little pirates set out to sea in search of adventure. But what will the ten little pirates do when they meet a hurricane . . . and a giant squid . . . and a HUNGRY SHARK? This rollicking rhyming story is great to share with young children who are learning about numbers and the accompanying humorous illustrations feature objects to spot and count on every page.


Download this Hachette activity sheet to help budding pirates make and design their own hat


Ten Little Pirates spread 

Side by Side cover

Side by Side

Little Mouseling lives with her family in Wintermouse Wood. She loves being together, but she is SO small that she's sometimes left out when her brothers and sisters go out to play. Will this tiny mouse find the perfect friend to stay by her side? This heart-warming, beautiful tale about making friends is set to be a classic.  


Side by Side spread


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