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    Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is one of the most iconic children’s book characters. The Elmer stories are all about celebrating difference, and their positive message and cheerful illustrations have deservedly made the colourful elephant a modern classic.
     
    First published in 1989, the books are written and illustrated by David McKee, the author of many classic picture books including Not Now Bernard and the winner of a Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award.
     
    The Elmer books have been translated into more than 50 languages and there are now Elmer the elephant toys, clothes and even fairground rides across the world. 
     
    Every year publisher Andersen Press put on an Elmer Day with plenty of Elmer fun and there are lots of other fun Elmer activities to discover on their website too.

    All the Elmer books in order:

    Book 1: Elmer (1968)
    Book 2: Elmer Again (1991)
    Book 3: Elmer on Stilts (1993)
    Book 4: Elmer and Wilbur (1994)
    Book 5: Elmer’s Colours (1994)
    Book 6: Elmer’s Day (1994)
    Book 7: Elmer’s Friends (1994)
    Book 8: Elmer’s Weather (1994)
    Book 9: Elmer in the Snow (1995)
    Book 10: The Elmer Pop-Up Book  (1996)
    Book 11: Elmer and the Wind (1997)
    Book 12: Elmer's Hide and Seek (1997)
    Book 13: Elmer and the Lost Teddy (1999)
    Book 14: Elmer and the Stranger (2000)
    Book 15: Look! There’s Elmer (2000)
    Book 16: My First Elmer Joke Book (2000)
    Book 17: Elmer and Grandpa Eldo (2001)
    Book 18: Elmer’s Concert (2001)
    Book 19: Elmer and the Butterfly (2002)
    Book 20: Elmer’s New Friend (2002)
    Book 21: Elmer and the Hippos (2003)
    Book 22: Elmer’s Jigsaw Book (2003)
    Book 23: Elmer and Snake (2004)
    Book 24: Elmer and Rose (2005)
    Book 25: Elmer and Aunt Zelda (2006)
    Book 26: Elmer’s Baby Record Book (2006)
    Book 27: Elmer and Friends Sticker Storybook (2006)
    Book 28: Elmer and Friends First Colouring Activity Book (2006)
    Book 29: Elmer and the Rainbow (2007)
    Book 30: Elmer’s First Counting Book (2007)
    Book 31: Elmer’s Opposites (2007)
    Book 32: Elmer and the Big Bird (2008)
    Book 33: Elmer’s Special Day (2009)
    Book 34: Elmer and Papa Red (2010)
    Book 35: Elmer and Super El (2011)
    Book 36: Elmer, Rose and Super El (2012)
    Book 37: Elmer and the Whales (2013)
    Book 38: Elmer and the Monster (2014)
    Book 39: Elmer's Parade (2015)
    Book 40: Elmer’s Christmas (2015)
    Book 41: Elmer and the Race (2016)
    Book 42: Elmer and the Flood (2016)
    Book 43: Elmer and the Tune (2017)
    Book 44: Elmer’s Walk (2018)
    Book 45: My First Elmer: Shaped Board Book (2018)
    Book 46: Elmer’s Birthday (2019)
    Book 47: Elmer’s Search and Find (2019)
    Book 48: Elmer’s Shapes: A Touch and Trace Book (2020)
    Book 49: Elmer Opposites (2020)
    Book 50: Elmer and the Lost Treasure (2020)
    Book 51: Elmer and the Bedtime Story (2021)

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    Book 1
    Book 1

    Elmer

    Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey   elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it woul... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Elmer Again

    It's coming up to Elmer's Day, the day when all grey elephants paint themselves in bright colours. For Elmer, the patch... More

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    Book 3
    Book 3

    Elmer on Stilts

    The hunters are coming and all the elephants are worried. Elmer, the patchwork elephant, comes up with a plan to outwit... More

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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Elmer and Wilbur: Board Book

    Elmer loves practical jokes, but so does his cousin Wilbur. Until, that is, Wilbur's practical joke leaves him high and... More

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    Book 5
    Book 5

    Elmer's Colours

    Whatever the weather, Elmer still has fun. He splashes in the puddles when it rains and has snowball fights with his fri... More

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    Book 6
    Book 6

    Elmer's Day

    Elmer the patchwork elephant has a busy day ahead of him. He likes to have fun squirting himself with water and playing ... More

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    Book 7
    Book 7

    Elmer's Friends

    This charming book of colours for very young children features all the colours of the much-loved patchwork elephant Elme... More

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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Elmer's Weather: Tabbed Board Book

    Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, Elmer loves to play! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on eve... More

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    Book 9
    Book 9

    Elmer in the Snow

    At the first hint of a chill in the air, Elmer's friends start complaining about the cold, so Elmer decides to show them... More

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    Book 10
    Book 10

    The Elmer Pop-Up Book

    Flaps and tabs reveal Elmer playing with his friends in a brightly coloured animal kingdom where leopards change their s... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Elmer and the Wind

    Aided and abetted by his ventriloquist cousin, Wilbur, Elmer pretends to be blown away on the windiest day. They make fo... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Elmer's Hide-And-Seek

    Learn each of Elmer's colours when you join him in this playful game of hide-and-seek. His friend, Bird, is hiding. Lift... More

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    Book 13
    Book 13

    Elmer and the Lost Teddy: Board Book

    One night, Elmer hears the sound of crying. It is Baby Elephant. He can't sleep because he has lost his teddy. Elmer off... More

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    Book 15
    Book 15

    Look! There's Elmer

    Elmer and Bird are playing hide and seek in the jungle and it's Elmer's turn to hide. See if you can spot him before Bir... More

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    Book 16
    Book 16

    My First Elmer Joke Book

    This first collection of Elmer-related jokes will have everyone in stitches. From elephant jokes to jungle jokes, this b... More

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    Book 17
    Book 17

    Elmer and Grandpa Eldo

    Elmer is on his way to visit his Grandpa Eldo. He has great fun reminding Eldo of all the things they used to do togeth... More

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    Book 19
    Book 19

    Elmer and Butterfly

    One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a ... More

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    Book 20
    Book 20

    Elmer's New Friend

    Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has a new friend but the other animals can't guess who it is. Can you? Of, course in the ... More

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    Book 21
    Book 21

    Elmer and the Hippos

    The elephants are not happy - the hippos have come to share the river because theirs has dried up. When they complain to... More

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    Book 38
    Book 38

    Elmer Search and Find

    Join Elmer in a search and find adventure! Each page is jam-packed full of things to spot, questions to answer and detai... More

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    Book 23
    Book 23

    Elmer and Snake

    The elephants want to play a trick on Elmer but they can't think of one! So they ask wily old Snake to help them . . . ... More

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    Book 24
    Book 24

    Elmer and Rose

    Grandpa Eldo asks Elmer and Wilbur to help a young elephant find her way back to her herd - and they get a shock when th... More

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    Book 25
    Book 25

    Elmer and Aunt Zelda

    Elmer and Wilbur visit their Aunt Zelda. She may be getting old and deaf, but she is fun and has lots of interesting thi... More

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    Book 27
    Book 27

    Elmer and Friends Sticker Storybook

    Elmer woke up one sunny morning and decided to go for a walk. On the way he meets all his many animal friends. As the s... More

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    Book 28
    Book 28

    Elmer and Friends First Colouring Activity Book

    Elmer has lots of friends. They are all different colours - pink, yellow, green, blue, purple, orange, red and black. B... More

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    Book 29
    Book 29

    Elmer and the Rainbow Board Book

    Elmer and the other elephants are waiting for the storm to end so they can see the beautiful, colourful rainbow. But so... More

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    Book 30
    Book 30

    Elmer's First Counting Book

    Count from 1-10 with Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant!... More

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    Book 31
    Book 31

    Elmer's Opposites

    Elmer is BIG. Bird is SMALL. Tiger is FAST. Tortoise is SLOW. Have fun looking at opposites right from FRONT to BACK of ... More

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    Book 32
    Book 32

    Elmer and the Big Bird

    One day, Elmer notices that there are no birds around. How strange! Soon he finds them hiding from the nasty bully bir... More

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    Book 33
    Book 33

    Elmer's Special Day

    It's almost Elmer's Day again and the elephants have begun their preparations. But in all the excitement they are making... More

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    Book 34
    Book 34

    Elmer and Papa Red

    It's two days before the annual visit of Papa Red and the young elephants are very excited. They choose a tree to decor... More

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    Book 35
    Book 35

    Elmer and Super El

    One morning, Elmer hears an "Oh no!" Looking round, he spots Super El who's in need of Elmer's help. He must get to Aunt... More

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    Book 36
    Book 36

    Elmer, Rose and Super El

    The pink elephant herd, along with Elmer's friend Rose, are celebrating Old's one-hundredth birthday. But the celebratio... More

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    Book 37
    Book 37

    Elmer and the Whales

    Elmer and his cousin Wilbur decide to go to the coast to see the whales. But their journey becomes far more of an advent... More

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    Book 38
    Book 38

    Elmer and the Monster

    There is pandemonium in the jungle! A strange roaring sounds sends the animals stampeding, convinced it's a monster. ... More

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    Book 39
    Book 39

    Elmer's Parade

    Elmer is very excited because today is the fancy dress parade. But some of the animals are missing! Can Elmer find them ... More

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    Book 40
    Book 40

    Elmer's Christmas: Mini Hardback

    It's two days before Christmas Eve, the night Papa Red visits, and the young elephants are very excited. They choose... More

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    Book 41
    Book 41

    Elmer and the Race

    The young elephants want to have a race to prove who is fastest, so Elmer and Wilbur organise a course. With each racer ... More

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    Book 42
    Book 42

    Elmer and the Flood

    Rain or no rain, Elmer is going for a walk. After being cooped up in a cave with his herd, he longs for a bit of fresh a... More

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    Book 43
    Book 43

    Elmer and the Tune

    When Rose meets Elmer she's humming a tune, a tune she just can't get out of her head. When she leaves, Elmer realises h... More

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    Book 44
    Book 44

    Elmer's Walk

    Elmer is enjoying his walk: smelling the flowers, watching the clouds, listening to the waterfall. But each time he poin... More

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    Book 45
    Book 45

    My First Elmer: Shaped Board Book

    Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would ... More

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    Book 46
    Book 46

    Elmer's Birthday

    The elephants decide it's their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday to... More

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    Book 47
    Book 47

    Elmer and the Stranger

    Is there a difference between a bounce and a jump? Kangaroo thinks there is, and he is very concerned he is going to lo... More

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    Book 49
    Book 49

    Elmer Opposites: A Flip Flap Book

    Big and small, quiet and loud, night and day... Learn first opposites with Elmer and his friends with this interactive b... More

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    Book 50
    Book 50

    Elmer and the Lost Treasure

    Elmer, Wilbur and a brave troop of elephants set out on a quest to find the famous Lost Treasure of the jungle. When the... More

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    Book 51
    Book 51

    Elmer and the Bedtime Story

    The latest Elmer story from master picture book maker, David McKee - winner of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement award,... More

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