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A Baby’s First Library – 10 Best Baby Books

07/11/2013 | Bedtime, Fun, Room to Grow | by Catherine Godiva

Peepo – Janet & Allan Ahlberg

No list of baby books would be complete without the classic Peepo board book which has been gracing our bookshelves for 32 years. The peeping windows in the pages offer a narrative arc for youngsters to feel involved in.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

Another classic, everyone knows the tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The bright jewel colours are captivating and the tactile nature of the different sized, holey pages offers a dextrous element for those little learning fingers.

 

Photo courtesy of Bobcat Rock (Flickr)

Photo courtesy of Bobcat Rock (Flickr)

 

Usborne farmyard tales

Available in board book or paper back, as individual stories or as a compendium these beautifully illustrated tales offer stories about farmyard life. Don’t forget to find the duck hiding on every page!

 

Maisy lift-the-flaps (series) – Lucy Cousins

The Maisy books have been a staple on the baby bookshelf for many years due to their simple narrative, bright and colourful illustrations and interactive flaps.

 

Baby Animals Black and White – Phyliss Limbacher Tildes

Baby’s respond well to contrasting black and white images and pictures of faces. This book is an excellent addition to the newborn library. Babies will laugh and stare at the pictures whilst developing their brain function.

 

Pantone box of Colour

One for lovers of creativity and design, this selection of 6 board books gives babies an early learning into the design-lovers Pantone palette.

 

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm

All the farmyard animals are cut in two so that your child can flip one half and guess the animal. Each animal comes with a lovely rhyme and an alphabet learning activity.

 

Fox’s Socks – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A lovely flap book by unstoppable bastions of the picture book, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Help Fox search for his lost socks by following the humorous rhyme through all the nooks and crannies of his house.

 

That’s not my… (Series) – Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

The touchy-feely That’s not my… series includes many topics such as Prince, Fairy, Monkey, Tiger… The list seems endless.  Each book is filled with lots of different textures and bright illustrations to keep your little ones captivated.

 

The Wheels on the Bus: A Very Noisy Picture Book – Polona Lovsin

Every child loves to sing the Wheels on the Bus and the Very Noisy Picture Book adds another level of interaction by adding sound effects on each verse. Watch the joy as your baby presses the noise maker in time with the song.

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