Children's books

Best books for babies and toddlers

October 25, 2017

Today I want to share with you some of the best books to read with babies and toddlers. I’ve heard people asking at what age they should introduce books to babies and toddlers and my opinion is it’s never too early. With babies and toddlers short books that keep their attention are the best. We have a variety of books including board books, fabric books, noisy books and lift the flap books. Below I’ll tell you a little about why I think each type of book is perfect for little ones and recommend a few.

Fabric books

We’ve got a few fabric books which are perfect as they are not easy for enthusiastic page-turners to damage. Indestructible’s are another great book for young readers as the idea is that they can withstand anything.


Creep crawl *

The other two are great books but we have had them for 4 years now and I can’t find them online.

Black and white books and noisy books

High contrast pictures are great for babies. This book has no words but it is a perfect first book for newborns. I picked it up 5 years ago in the supermarket so I don’t think it is available anymore but there are many similar books.

Hush….. baby bear is sleeping is another high contrast image book but this time it also has sound elements. This is different to most noisy books as the noises are actually quite calming. E loves this book and it really captures her attention. We have lots of other noisy books that she likes too.


Hush…..Little bear is sleeping

Lift the flap

We love lift the flap books. My 4-year-old still enjoys them but they are great for toddlers too as they add an interactive element to each page helping to keep them interested.


Whose spots? *

Oh Dear, Rod Campbell

Foxes socks, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

Dear zoo, Rod Campbell

Puppet and interactive books

Just like noisy books and lift the flap books, these are great for keeping older babies and toddlers attention. Interactive books can involve puppets, touch and feel books and books with moving parts. E enjoys feeling the different textures of that’s not my books (we have a few) but puppet books are her favourite. She finds the puppets funny and giggles away. She also giggles when we show her how to trace the paths in the on the move book.


That’s not my monkey (well any from this series really)

Follow me on the move *

Finger puppet hungry caterpillar

Busy Alice in Wonderland

Baby’s very first big play book

Children’s book discounts

As part of my role as a member of Books and pieces parent panel, all my readers can currently get 10% off any books using the code Ladybird10 They have a range of books in a 3 for £10  deal.

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Disclosure: Books marked with a * were sent to me free of charge by Books and Pieces. I am part of their parent panel. All photos, thoughts and opinions are my own.

  1. We love the Julia Donaldson books, our favourite at the moment is Postman Bear. I’m going to keep a look out in our local book store for the other books you have recommended though 😁

  2. They’re all lovely recommendations. We introduced books with our son when he was only a few weeks old (at bedtime) and he still loves them. I’m a firm believer in having books in your child’s life from a young age. #bloggerpinparty

  3. My little one loves books a lot – we have to hide some at bedtime so he doesn’t ask for all of them hahahaha. Loving the recommendations #bloggerpinparty

  4. Claire my little boy loves all of the ‘That’s not my’ books I think I had read That’s not my Elf all year now!:) the black and white books are lovely too. We love books in this house!

  5. I feel quite sad that we have grown out of board books now, although some of them make for great first readers as by then the kids are so familiar with them! We loved the ‘That’s not my…’ books and of course have most of Julia Donaldson’s books 🙂

  6. Great round-up here- we love the ‘That’s not my…’ range and also ‘Oh Dear!’ I’ve just discovered ‘Oi Frog!’ which is really, really funny, especially if you are at a stage in family life where you spend a lot of time reading early reader books with kids! #bloggerpinparty

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