Books to Support Pretend Play

In one of our earlier posts, we listed 15 ideas for Pretend Play and Language.  This has been one of our most popular posts with parents.  For each pretend play topic (eg Picnic)  we have recommended a picture book as a backup for language development. Reading has so many positive benefits for language and literacy and family connections!  But of course it also extends vocabulary and gives more ideas for your imaginative playtime.

Here is a revised list of 40 books that promote imaginative play.

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Post-Office Play


Postman Bear         Peppa’s Post

Birthday Party


Spot’s Birthday Party ,  Happy Birthday Maisy,    Happy Birthday!



Picnic,      Having a Picnic,    We’re Going on a Picnic

Doctor / Vet Play


Olivia Becomes a Vet,     Doctor Maisy,      Mog and the V.E.T.



Maisy Takes a Bath,    In the Bath,      BathTime Peekaboo,      Bathtime

Doing Washing


Washing Line,   Mrs McNosh Hangs up the Wash,    Peppa’s Washing Day



Maisy Goes ShoppingLlama Llama Shopping DramaGoing Shopping



Spot Bakes a CakeEddie’s Kitchen

Ice Cream Shop


Wemberly’s Ice-Cream StarCurious George goes to an Ice-Cream Shop



Mog in the Garden,   Doing the GardenMad about Minibeasts Maisy grows a Garden



Noisy Farm,     Hide & Seek Farm,     Maisy on the Farm   Oh Dear!

Ocean / Beach


Hooray For Fish!   Commotion in the OceanGrandpa & Thomas Noni Pony goes to the Beach



Digger Man,  Dig Dig Digging,  Machines at Work,


happy reading!

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