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Dogger, by Shirley Hughes

What you need

Your listening ears.


  • Reading to your child helps them to get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. Your child learns to value books and stories.
  • Reading sparks your child’s imagination and stimulates curiosity while helping their brain, social and communication skills develop.

The experience

Sit back and listen to this wonderful story of Dogger, read by Rik. This is a classic picture book from award-winning author-illustrator, Shirley Hughes. It tells the endearing story of how Dogger, the much-loved toy dog, was lost and finally found again.

Extend the learning:

For under 2s:

While listening to the story, look at the illustration of Bella in bed with her toys. Why not sing along the song ‘Ten in the Bed’? You could even try recording yourself singing the song and playing it back for your baby. They will love your very own version of the song!

For over 2s:

After listening to this heartwarming story, why not encourage your child to bring his/her favourite toy and tell you all about it? What makes it so special for them?

Set up a treasure hunt where you hide a toy and have to give instructions / clues to your child to help them find it. You can also add an adventurous musical soundtrack while looking for the lost toy at home!