Baby books are a brilliant first gift, and something that always goes down super well with new parents. We've compiled 10 of our favourites to help you make the all important choice - which book should be their FIRST book...?
1) Peepo - Janet & Allan Ahlberg
A true classic, Peepo introduces babies to the world through the eyes of a fellow baby. With visually stimulating imagery, rhyming verse, and a romantic vintage feel, it's a delight that you'll want to read and reread at bedtime.
2) Rabbit's Nap - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
There are so many great books by this dynamic duo that it's almost impossible to know which to pick. Their "Tales from Acorn Wood" series is aimed at the really young, with short stories, flaps to lift and discover, and friendly animals to entertain. Rabbit's Nap is a favourite that will resonate with exhausted parents everywhere!
A perennial favourite, the Spot the Dog stories are perfect for babies. With his friendly face and happy go lucky outlook, this range of stories will introduce every day situations and show your little one the world through his eyes.
4) That's Not My...
An endlessly expanding range of books, with most creatures under the sun now represented, the "That's not my" series are a sensory delight for babies. Each page contains a new texture to feel, the perfect teaching tool as they discover their hands. With a short narrative, and bright, cheerful illustrations, they're a brilliant first read.
5) The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
With 45 years as a favourite baby book under it's belt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been enjoyed by generations. With it's distinctive illustrative style, and simple yet beautiful story, it's a work of art.
6) Meg and Mog - Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
Meg and Mog has spawned an entire series of books about the scatty witch and her feline best friend. With an iconic, bold visual identity, these stories are instantly recognisable to young readers, and endlessly popular.
7) What's a Penguin to think when he wakes up Pink! - Lynne Rickards
An unusual and captivating tale about a little penguin who wakes up one day to find he has turned bright pink. With lively characters, a compelling storyline, and a beautiful life lesson, it's a story to cherish.
8) Hairy MacLary - Lynley Dodd
Children will delight at these tales of fun about a little black dog called Hairy MacLary. The rhythm of the language used will hold their attention and keep them coming back for more.
9) Kitchen Disco - Clare Foges & Al Murphy
Tiny bookworms will adore this brilliant book about a nighttime fruit party in your kitchen. Hilarious lyrics, eye catching illustrations and a fabulous concept, it's a treat for adults too!
10) Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
So good they get a second mention, Each Peach Pear Plum is another Ahlberg favourite. Its beautiful drawings, hide-and-seek concept, and fairytale characters make it a timeless classic.
That's our round up - which of these is your favourite childhood book?
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