Following on from my ‘Do I need to read to my baby?‘ post, I asked my Kindermusik parents to list their favourite baby books. Here’s a list of their suggestions – inspiration for presents or available to borrow at your local library. You can discover more ideas for babies and older children on the Bookstart webpage.
“We found that when M was very tiny he mostly engaged with books with big faces in”
That’s not my … books
“A has engaged with ‘That’s not my’ books from a pretty young age.”
Janet and Allan Ahlberg: Peepo!
” Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is great“
Jonathan Allen: I’m not cute!
“This was a particular favourite”
Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes can’t dance
“We like Giraffes can’t dance – he loves all the jungle animals! “
Ingela P Arrhenius: Where’s Mrs ladybird?
“Good when a bit younger “
Georgie Birkett: Peepo baby!
“I think this was a favourite because of the flaps and just saying peepo!”
Sandra Bounton: Hippos go berserk!
“Both girls loved this book at babies and toddlers. Such happy memories ❤️“
Sebastian Braun: Can you say it too? Brr Brr!
“We adore the Can You Say It Too series at the moment”
Nick Bromley: Open very carefully
“This is great – you can play along with the actions (shaking the crocodile out of the book) “
Philip Bunting: Mopoke
“Mopoke is great – simple concept with fun illustrations, great to read and gets early counting practice in.”
Rod Campbell: Dear Zoo
“We loved the pop-up version of this book”
Eric Carle: the Very Hungry Caterpillar
“We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar finger puppet book over and over to Molly when she was a little baby, she loved anything with wiggling fingers! And then the real hungry caterpillar book when she was a bit older.”
“They like the transformation and the fruits/ variety of food consumed!”
Lynley Dodd: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
“The Hairy Maclary series of books are big hit in our house. “
Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt: Toddle Waddle
“I always thought it was a bit rubbish but Charlotte loves it…she knows it off by heart now though so can read it to me instead “
Kes Gray and Jim Field: Oi Frog!
“Oi Frog is brilliant for rhyming. We often play Oi Frog in the car and think of the different things the animals might sit on!”
Eric Hill: Where’s Spot?
“The baby touch series were great when he was little, this was a particular favourite”
Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Craig Smith: The Wonky Donkey
Ruth Spiro: Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering
“Quite a few of us have them for our budding STEM children”
Fiona Waters: I am the seed that grew the tree
“And this is such a beautiful book, everyone should own it (not just babies and toddlers!)”