The B on Your Thumb is a book of 50 hilariously illustrated rhymes and delightful ditties to boost early reading – each poem teaches a specific sound, spelling or rule. Using rhythm and wordplay, they promote phonics awareness, thinking skills and literacy. But most of all, this book delights young readers with the fun and silliness of the English language. An introduction instructs grown-ups how to use the book and extensive activities at the end allow children to build on their learning. Grouped into three categories – sounds, silent letters and secrets, and words that sound the same – the poems include: See with Two Ees, The Story of Q and U, The Rain in the Train, Ridiculous Ph, Enough of Uff, Certainly a C and Which Witch. Learning to read has never been so much fun! The B on Your Thumb is a must for every young family’s bookshelf.
This is a book where words like to play,
where letters get cross when they don’t get their way. There are sounds to make and jokes to uncover.
An owl in your bowl, for you to discover.
Meet the K on your knee, who’s ready for fun,
and don’t be alarmed by the B on your thumb!
Colette Hiller is a writer, arts producer and mother of twins. Her arts projects have reached hundreds of thousands of participants – she is the woman who put pianos and ping-pong tables in countless locations across the UK, and is also the mind behind the hit Talking Statues project.
Her children’s rhymes have been featured on BBC Words and Pictures and her children’s LP, Applehead, has been a hit with kids across the world, selling over 50,000 copies. An advocate of early learning, Colette believes that even very young children are receptive to the joy of wordplay. She taught her own twins to read by the time they were three.
Tor Freeman is a London-based illustrator. In 2012she was awarded the Sendak Fellowship. In 2017she won the Guardian Graphic Short Story Prize. Her books include the Digby Dog and Olive series.