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.
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.
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
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
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.