The benefits of reading to children from a young age are well known, from helping parents and babies to bond, to contributing to improving language skills and preparing children to start reading alone. But what to look for in a baby book? Firstly, babies and toddlers won’t just look through a book, they’ll chew it, drop it and cover it with sticky fingerprints, so a durable format is a must! So for very young little ones, board and cloth books are perfect for babies and toddlers to explore independently without fear of ripped pages. Secondly, books with bright, simple illustrations that babies and toddlers will recognise, and interactive elements such as lift-the-flaps and different textures to touch, will help to keep young children engaged. Here, we’ve put together a selection of books that babies and toddlers are sure to love.

 

Say Hello to the Gruffalo

The perfect introduction to the Gruffalo, Say Hello to the Gruffalo has chunky board pages and interactive peepholes through which you can meet the much-loved characters from the deep dark wood. Bright colours and Axel Scheffler’s instantly recognisable illustrations provide hours of entertainment for babies. 

 

Gruffalo, What Can You Hear?

Ideal for those who are out and about, this is the perfect book to entertain babies in buggies, car seats or highchairs. Explore the deep dark wood with the Gruffalo in Gruffalo, What Can You Hear? – part of a charming range of baby books featuring Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler’s beloved creation.

 

Brilliant Bugs

Explore a forest, a pond and the steamy jungle in the latest book in our popular First Explorers series for children aged one to four. Each scene has chunky push, pull and slide mechanisms for little hands, creatures to spot and fun facts to learn. Beautifully illustrated, this book encourages gentle early learning.

 
 

The London Noisy Bus

Young children aged one to four will love to press the ‘beep-beep’ sound button as they journey through the fabulous sights of London on an iconic red bus. With funny recurring characters and Sherlock Holmes to spot on every page, there is plenty to discover and talk about.

 

Tiger, Tiger, Time to Take a Bath!

What do you do if your ears are dirty and how do you achieve a snappy bright-white smile? Wiggle the sliding tabs and giggle as the animals show your child how to make bath time easier and more enjoyable. With bold, bright pictures and a sweet funny rhyme, this book is sure to put a smile on your toddler's face.

 

Busy Baby Animals

Young children can meet lots of cute new arrivals – including lambs, ducklings, piglets and kittens – in Busy Baby Animals, bringing them to life by pushing and pulling the tabs and spinning the wheel. A delightful book to celebrate spring.

 

I'm Not Sleepy

In I’m Not Sleepy, Ned and his mummy clear away his toys, have a bath and read a story even though Ned is "not a bit sleepy". There are tips on each page for parents and carers about bedtime routines and dealing with reluctant sleepers, endorsed by leading Early Years Consultant, Dr Amanda Gummer.

 

My First London Bus Cloth Book

A very soft, very cuddly washable cloth book for babies all about London. My First London Bus has bright, simple illustrations and features a red London bus with tactile crinkly wheels on the cover. This book is makes a great gift for developing and growing babies.

 

Sleeping Beauty

A delightful introduction for young children to this classic fairy tale. Push, pull and turn mechanisms will bring the rhyming story to life and make children feel they’re sharing in the storytelling. Collect all the fairy tales from our First Stories series.

 
 

Park

Take a trip to the park in this fantastic new touch and feel book for babies aged six months or older. Feel the texture through the hole, then lift the flap to discover the animal or object behind. With something to spot or count on every page, this first colourful book helps to develop your baby’s sensory awareness.

 

Axel Scheffler In the Jungle

Young children will love playing and counting all the jungle animals as they read this colourful board book from the award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler.

 

Busy Holiday

Out just in time for the summer holidays, Busy Holiday is the latest addition to the Busy Books series. Pack the car, splash in the sea, whoosh down a water slide and pitch a tent in time for bed in this interactive book. Perfect for developing your toddler’s hand-eye co-ordination.