Topic Books about The Circus for Children EYFS & KS1

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Leon and the Place Between 

by Grahame Baker-Smith

Wanting to prove to his siblings that magic really exists, Leon volunteers to be in a magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world. When Leon returns, not only do his brothers and sister believe, but we do too. Ages 6+

The Singing Mermaid

by Julia Donaldson

Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home.

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Circus Girl by Claire Pernice

When a little girl plays dress up she becomes 'Circus Girl', star of the show. At each page turn she jumps and tumbles, flies through the air, juggles, spins, balances and contorts. Vibrant, modern and timeless, the story conveys a captured childhood moment with simplicity.

Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone

A children's biographical story about artist Alexander 'Sandy' Calder. One day, Sandy made a miniature lion sculpture from wire. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences. Follow his story in this magical book.

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Peppa Pig and the Backyard Circus by Candlewick Press

Grandpa Pig is busy setting up a big tent in the backyard for Granny Pig's garden party, but Peppa thinks it looks more like a circus tent. What could be better than to put on a circus show during the party? 

Balthazar the Great 

by Kirsten Sims

Bathalzar used to be. Now he's the only polar bear left in all the world's circuses. He greatly misses his Grandpa, who gave him his first violin. One day, Balthazar is set free and sets off on an epic journey home to find a familiar face...

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Claude at the Circus 

by Alex T Smith

Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. A walk in the park leads to a walk on a tightrope when Claude joins a circus, throws custard pies, and becomes the star of the show!

The Acrobat

by Alborozo 

An acrobat leaves the circus in search of a new audience. He tries with all his best tricks to attract the attention of passers by, but no one is interested. Just when he's about to give up all hope, something extraordinary happens to change his luck. 

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Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey

When Horace bakes a biscuit, little does he know that it's going to turn into Biscuit Bear! For in the middle of the night, that is exactly what happens, and Biscuit Bear decides that it is time he made some friends of his own. In fact, he makes a whole circus of friends and the fun begins...

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Circus in the Sky 

by Nancy Guettier 

A boy gazes at the constellations on his ceiling as he falls asleep. He dreams of running a circus in the sky, with dancing girls, acrobats and even a roaring lion! A lovely story that teaches children about the different constellations and the beauty of the night sky.


Paddington at the Circus

by Michael Bond

The circus has come to town! But Paddington becomes anxious when he sees a man dangling from a rope by his ankles. He rushes off to save the trapeze artist and as a result the circus is turned upside down! Paddington, however, comes out on top as the star of the show.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

by Julia Donaldson

When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for!

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