The best books for babies
Introducing children to books early on in life can help to develop their language skills, as well as cultivate a life-long love of reading. Here are the best baby books and books for toddlers, from baby's first book to an introduction to the Gruffalo.
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 the best baby books come in a durable format! For very young children, board and cloth books are perfect to explore independently without fear of ripped pages.
Secondly, the best books for babies have bright, simple illustrations that little ones will recognise, and interactive elements such as lift-the-flaps and different textures to touch to keep young children engaged.
Here, we’ve put together a selection of the very best baby books that all little ones, from newborns to toddlers, are sure to love.
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