The books

Alex and Anna’s Acorn Helps Save the World

The first book in the Learn with Alex and Anna series. One autumn morning, Alex watches his Grandpa planting some new trees in the back garden. Alex is surprised to find that trees help the world. Alex then takes Freddie, the dog, to the park with Auntie Lucy and Grandma. After entering a nature reserve, to search for some fairies, Alex becomes a pretend tree. A park ranger joins them, and Alex soon discovers how trees grow. He also learns how important trees are to the environment. Later, with a squirrel’s help, Alex finds an acorn and returns home to plant it in his garden. The following spring, Alex and his sister, Anna, find their brand new oak tree sprouting out of the ground. Their new tree makes a special visitor extremely happy. Read this charming story to find out how one little acorn can help the world.

Alex the Superhero

The second book in the Learn with Alex and Anna series. Grandpa is staying for a few days because Mummy is due to give birth to Anna very soon. Alex becomes flabbergasted when he learns that Grandpa is a real superhero. On the way to school, Alex becomes a pretend superhero, but things don’t go as planned. Then, during a playground break, Alex is the only person to help a friend after she falls over. After school, while Mummy rests in bed, Alex is determined to help her. The very next day, Anna is born, and Alex discovers that, just like his grandpa, he is a real superhero. Read this delightful story to find out how you can become a real superhero.

The Burping  Competition

The third book in the Learn with Alex and Anna series. Alex and Grandpa are walking to the shops when Grandpa accidentally lets out a little burp. Amid fun and laughter, a burping competition then begins. Later at home, while Grandpa is bottle feeding baby Anna, she burps up some milk onto Grandpa’s clean shirt. At the same time, a health visitor arrives to examine baby Anna. With help from the health visitor, Alex discovers how to make burps. He also discovers how human babies grow and how their brains develop. Then he learns why babies need a loving, caring family to keep them safe. Read this delightful story to find out how you can make burps.

Alex the Firefighter Saves the Flowers

Alex and Anna help Grandpa to fit smoke alarms at their Auntie Lucy’s house. They discover why smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are vital in every home. Alex and Anna then become pretend firefighters, and are called away on a pretend emergency. Later, Alex witnesses a real fire emergency and meets real firefighters. He learns what to do and how to contact the fire service if a fire starts. Back at Auntie Lucy’s house, Alex carries out the same very important duties of a firefighter and saves the flowers. Read this story and fine out how to be safe at home.

Alex and Anna Become Rain Molecules

One foggy morning, Alex was trying to find out if an overnight experiment with Anna’s ‘Dolly’ had worked. He wanted to discover if toys really do come alive when humans are not around. But, because of the fog, he couldn’t see her.
When Grandpa arrived Alex was intrigued to learn that monsters may be lurking about in the mist. Alex was now in a panic for the whereabouts of Anna’s doll.
In his search for Dolly, Alex and Anna then become professors and help Grandpa with an experiment to learn about the water cycle and how rain falls.
Read this story to find out about molecules.

The Trapped Duck

One autumn morning, Alex watches as Grandpa plants baby trees in his parents’ garden. He is surprised to learn that trees help the world. Alex then takes Freddie for a walk in the park with Auntie Lucy and Grandma. Whilst exploring a nature reserve in search of fairies Alex becomes a pretend tree. A park ranger joins them and Alex soon discovers how trees grow and how important they really are. Later, with a squirrel’s help, Alex finds an acorn and returns home to plant it. The following spring, both Alex and his baby sister, Anna, find their brand new oak tree sprouting out of the ground, which makes a special visitor extremely happy. Read this story to find out how one tiny acorn can help the world.

Grandpa’s Train Journey

Alex and Anna take Grandpa on a train journey to teach him how to be safe. Grandpa loves train travel.  Firstly they inform Grandpa about why it is essential to pay for their tickets and how important the train staff are.  Next they demonstrate how to keep safe on a platform, then educate Grandpa about the dangers of touching electric cables or playing on rail tracks.  Once on board the train Alex and Anna learn about level crossings and how dangerous they can be.   As the train races through the country it is suddenly forced to brake to a halt.  
Read this story to find out why, and how you can safely enjoy a train journey.

Alex Teaches Road Safety

Alex’s road skills in the back garden scare Anna, but Grandpa saves the day. Taking Alex on a walk to the shops, Grandpa teaches Alex how to be safe on footpaths and the road. At the same time they still have fun. Later, Alex imparts his newfound knowledge to Anna and his friend. Read this story to find out what Alex teaches them.

Seatbelt Safety

Alex and Anna learn about the importance of wearing safety belts when travelling in cars. They experience a near mishap and learn how when driving slowly and carefully, accidents are prevented. 
They then discover that police officers also care about their safety.
Later they witness passengers in a car who aren’t wearing seatbelts being thrown around inside the vehicle.
Read this story to find out why wearing a seatbelt is the safest way to travel in vehicles.

Chasing Shadows

One evening, as Alex and Anna play in the garden, they are baffled when a strange shape covers them and their toys.
Daddy and Mummy then explain about shadows and the sun.
Later that night, just before bed, Daddy teaches Alex and Anna more about light and shadows, and how the sun and the world create night and day.
The following morning, Daddy puzzles them further with an experiment about shadows.
Read this story so that you too can learn more about shadows.

Anna the Honeybee

Anna searches for a book about insects and becomes frightened when a monster of a bee invades her bedroom.
Later, Anna is invited to a fancy dress birthday party and Mummy decides that she can go dressed as a honeybee. But they need to visit Grandpa and Grandma Henley first.
At their grandparents’ home, Alex and Anna discover how important bees are for pollinating plants, flowers and trees. They also learn how honeybees produce honey.
Later at the party, Anna uses her newfound knowledge to teach her friends about honeybees.
Read this story to find out what Anna told her friends.

My Cupcakes

One rainy morning, Grandpa visits Alex and Anna carrying a bag containing eggs, flour, milk and caster sugar.
As Grandpa arrives, Daddy opens the door and looks at the rain and questions whether the school fête will still take place later that day.
Grandpa then steps indoors and sees Alex excitedly waiting. Today they are going to do something special.
Read this story to find out how to be safe in the kitchen but still have fun, as Alex and Grandpa bake some scrumptious cupcakes. Read on to discover Alex’s wonderful surprise when they later visit the school fête.

Anna the Teacher

Anna wakes up very early and is eager to start her first morning at school. Anna’s family love eating together at the kitchen table and during breakfast Anna discovers that not only will she learn to read, write and add up, but school is one of the places where she will acquire vital social skills. When they are ready Mummy, Daddy and Alex take Anna to school where she meets her teacher and lots of new friends. During lesson time Anna acquires new social skills. After a delightful morning Anna becomes even more excited. Having shown the teacher how she puts her coat on, Anna is asked to help teach her class how to put on their coats.
Read this story to find out how going to school is important.

BBQ Time

One warm and sunny day, just as the school summer holidays had started, Alex and Anna were allowed to invite some friends to a BBQ at their home. When Grandpa arrived, Alex and Anna learnt how he kept his heart healthy.
Next while helping Auntie Lucy to clean and prepare the fresh fruit and vegetables, Alex and Anna were taught the difference between good and harmful bacteria. Later, after everyone had arrived, Alex and Anna were surprised to discover that one of their friend’s only drinks cola drink, and others had never eaten healthy food. Some of Mummy and Daddy’s friends then tell the children about the need to reduce sugar, and to drink and eat a mixture of foods which will provide all the vitamins and nutrients they need to keep healthy.
Read this book to discover what Alex’s and Anna, and their friends found out.

A Day at the Beach

Alex and Anna are looking forward to a day out at the beach. While getting ready, Mummy and Daddy talk to them about the sun and the importance of protecting their skin and eyes against its harmful rays. As soon as they arrive Alex and Anna find a lovely place for everyone to sit, including Auntie Lucy, Grandma and Grandpa and Mummy and Daddy’s neighbours with their son Rob, who have all joined them. Alex, Anna and Rob then learn how to be safe on a beach while still having fun, although they see a man with terrible sunburn and a little girl that has got lost. After a wonderful day playing on the sand and in the sea, Alex and Anna are about to leave when they notice some people leaving rubbish behind. They praise the lifeguard who catches them and makes them clear it up. Read this story to find out how you too can have fun in the sun and protect yourselves as well as the beach.

Freddie the Wonder Dog

Alex and Anna take Freddie their dog, for a walk to a nearby park, with Daddy and Grandpa, before going to a dog show. On the way they find out the importance of keeping a dog under control. In the park, Alex and Anna play hide-and-seek and are amazed at Freddie’s display of doggy skills as he finds Daddy who is hidden in dense undergrowth. Later, at the dog show Alex and Anna learn how dogs’ sight, hearing and sense of smell are better than humans’. Freddie then displays his skills in an agility competition. Read this story to discover why Freddie is a wonder dog.