Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

Woodpeckers belong to a family of birds called picidae, which have the ability to bore holes into trees, thanks to their strong bills. In particular, woodpeckers have longer, sharper and stronger bills than the other species of birds in the same family — which probably explains why they were named as such. No thanks to Woody Woodpecker, however, I kind of grew up believing that woodpeckers peck wood just for the fun of it — when in truth, this specific skill has many important uses for the bird, including food foraging and nest excavation.

While you’re not going to learn any of this in Peck, Peck, Peck, the woodpecker’s signature skill is put to good use here.

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Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words by Lucy Cousins

Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words is literally a big book of the names of common objects — all illustrated in the colourfully and cheerfully in the style of the Maisy series of books — presented neatly in themes, such as in a kitchen, a garden, a playground, a farm, etc.

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