Best books for babies and toddlers

Best books for babies and toddlers

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. October 26, 2017 / 8:12 am

    I’ve never seen the hush book, it looks great for my little one, we are such a fan of lift the flap books they really keep little ones attention. Some great recommendations thank you x

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you. Hush was new to us this year. We love it.

  2. October 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

    we love the fabric books! they are less likely to get wet and damaged.

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Exactly and so colourful too.

  3. Mummyto5boys
    October 26, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    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 😁

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      We haven’t read postman bear!

  4. October 26, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    My daughter loves the That’s not my…range when she was a baby and toddler. I love the Hungry Caterpillar puppet book how adorable!

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      We love the hungry caterpillar

  5. Mum on an Island
    October 26, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I think you must have seen our bookshelf haha! X

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Great minds!

  6. October 26, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    We love the ‘that’s not my’ books. The Rod Campbell books are brilliant too x

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      That’s not my books are great and there is something for everyone.

  7. October 26, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    These look super for babies. It’s so important to introduce books as soon as possible.

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      I couldn’t agree more

  8. October 26, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Fab ideas – Violet is so into books now so I want to get a few more for her. She loves books with a puppet in the middle the most!

    Lyndsay xx

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Puppets are a big hit in this house too.

  9. October 26, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Some of these look brilliant, my wee boy has just turned one so we’ve just started reading to him – we’ll need to pick up a few of these!

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

  10. October 27, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Some of these looks great! Amelia LOVES books and we’re big fans of the igloo books with the buttons for noise and ends up pressing them like a DJ repeatedly haha. Drives us barmy but she loves it!

    Lucie xx

  11. October 27, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Lovely books, my little girl loves the ‘thats not my…’ range.

  12. October 27, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Great choice of books, we love the ‘That’s not my…’ series. Zach enjoys life the flap books but needs a lot of supervision

  13. October 27, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    We saw the Hush book at the library a couple weeks ago. My boys are too old for it now, but they had fun pressing the sounds.

  14. October 31, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Jack loves the Lift the Flap books. Also, we have the Hungry Caterpillar with the puppet, which always gets a few giggles.

  15. November 2, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    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

  16. November 2, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    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

  17. November 2, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    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!

  18. November 5, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    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 🙂

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      My eldest is heading towards first readers. I’m sure she’ll love readind some of our board books.

  19. November 5, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    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

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      We borrowed oi frog! (Or oi dog) from the library it is a great book.

  20. November 5, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    This is a great list of books. We had a similar black & white one when my daughter was little #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you. Black and white books are great for babies.

  21. November 10, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Love the colourful fabric books #bloggerpinparty

  22. November 16, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    What a great selection #bloggerpinparty

  23. November 20, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Some lovely books here – it’s never to early to foster a love of books

    • Claire
      November 21, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Completly agree.

  24. November 22, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    This is a great post!! Brilliant selections! #KLTR

  25. November 29, 2017 / 6:15 am

    I miss the little books like this. My girl is reading at a much higher level now but I can’t help but love these books!

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:51 am

      I think I’ll miss them too.

  26. December 17, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    I particularly love cloth books and puppet books for babies and children as I think they’re a great way to engage with them. I will need to be updating my collection again at some point next year so thanks for the recommendations and I totally agree with you it’s never too young to introduce children to books. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

  27. December 17, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    We love books in this house and the That’s not my …. are a firm favourite. We’ve currently got the Christmas ones where the girls play during the day. #KLTR

  28. December 17, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Definitely agree that it’s never too early to start looking at books, these are some great choices! #kltr

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