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Our Top 10 Baby and Toddler Books

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Even when they are just weeks or months old, its never too early to start reading to your little one.  For babies, they love hearing and seeing the animation in your voice and face.  As they grow, reading together is the perfect opportunity to carve out some quiet, one on one time together.  Whether it starts to form part of your little one’s bedtime routine or simply catching some quality time through the day; reading regularly together will encourage a love of books as well as supporting their development.

For World Book Day we thought we would share some of the books loved by our own little ones, from babies and toddlers to young children up to the age of approximately 6 or 7.

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo Book Cover

by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Who doesn’t love this book!  This interactive version of the book means they can follow along with the story and press the correct symbol, bringing to life the sounds of the animals.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Bear hunt book cover

by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Another firm favourite, you will find yourself and your little one learning this book off by heart and even re-enacting scenes on any forest walks you might go on.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hungry caterpillar book cover

By Eric Carle

We are sure this book is on almost every child’s bookcase.  Its such a good book for learning so many basics such as counting, types of fruit and vegetables as well as the obvious lifecycle of the caterpillar.

That’s Not My……

thats not my book cover

By Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

This series of ‘touch and feel’ hardback books really engage your little one with their simple repetitive story style as well as keeping them engaged with lots of tactile textures throughout for baby to touch and feel.

Freight Train

freight train book cover

By Donald Crews

If your little one loves all things trains then this picture book is fab.  Not so much a story but describes the various parts of a cargo train in a fun way.

How to Catch a Star

How to catch a star book cover

By Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers’ books are beautifully illustrated and just as much about the illustrations as they are the story, therefore more suited to older toddlers.

Funny Faces

funny faces book cover

Look and Laugh Mirror Board Book

Bold colours and patterns stimulate baby’s developing eyesight so its never too early to introduce books.  Books like this Funny Faces animal picture book are perfect with their bold colours and the little mirror inside also gets baby involved.

Fox’s Socks

Fox's Socks book cover

By Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

This range of hardback books by Julia Donaldson are great fun for little ones with short, engaging stories which include hidden sections on every page for your child to guess and reveal.  There are lots of stories in the series to enjoy.

Guess How Much I Love You

guess how much i love you book cover

by Sam McBratney

This book has such as lovely sentiment, sharing  the story of expressing love with beautiful illustrations. Its a book your little one will want to be read time and time again. It also makes a lovely keep sake baby shower or birthday gift.

The Tickle Book: A Lift-the-flap book

Tickle book cover

by Ian Whybrow

This book is great fun with lots of humour, laughs and rhymes as well as a flap to lift on every page to get your little one interacting.