Best Books for Babies and Toddlers Up to 12 Months

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    Why not take a look at our pick of the best new books for babies and toddlers up to 12 months, plus some all time favourites too.

    Faces Babys Very First Book John Fordham

    Faces (Baby’s Very First Book) – John Fordham or other touchy-feely-crinkly-flap books.
    This beautifully designed high-contrast black-and-white images that are easy for babies to focus on. Each simple black-and-white image has a single splash of colour.

     Lamaze Peek a Boo Forest Soft Book.


    Lamaze Peek a Boo Forest Soft Book
    The pictures are adorable and babies will love the different textures and "finding" the hidden animals under the flaps. And because it's fabric you can pop it in the wash if it gets sticky.

    Buggy Buddies Bear With A Pear and other books

    Buggy Buddies – Bear With A Pear & other books – Nick Sharratt
    Fun rhyming books which your toddler can't lose! Each spread has an animal with a household object - helping your toddler to learn about colours.

    Babies Very First Book: Farm
    You can not fault this book when it comes to entertaining babies. Babies love to look at faces and high-contrast images from birth.  This soft cloth book also has a mirror and crinkly page to stimulate the senses.
    Tiny Love where do I live Tiny Love Where do I live
    A fantastic first book. It's made of fabric so it's suitable for the tiniest babies, and the ring fits most prams and cribs. Interactive features include crinkly textures, peek-a-boo characters and a mirror.

    That's Not My Kitten (Touchy-feely Board Books).
    A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
    Baby Touch: Peekaboo

    Baby Touch: Peekaboo 
    Babies and toddlers will love this original tactile playbook from the innovative Baby Touch range. Have fun touching the different textures and playing peekaboo with the large flaps. The bright and bold illustrations are perfect for baby to enjoy.
    aby's Very First Touchy-feely Lift-the-flap Playbook

    Baby's Very First Touchy-feely Lift-the-flap Playbook
    As babies begin to interact with the world, they will love to reach out and play with the holes, tactile patches and flaps in this vibrantly colourful book. This first book will help babies learn about turning the pages, looking and pointing - an essential part of starting to understand what books are all about.
    Ten Little fingeres and Ten little toes  Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury.
    Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, known for We're going on a Bear Hunt,  this beautiful book tells the story of different babies around the world with one thing in common - ten little fingers and ten little toes. The gentle rhyming means it;s ideal for reading aloud. Warning: it will be much-requested.
    The Tickle Book

    The Tickle Book
    Pull the tabs and lift the flaps and discover how very tickly a book can be. Watch the Ticklemonster in action, tickling his animal friends at every opportunity: monkeys in the train, pigs on the farm, penguins playing and bears in bed
    The Very Busy Spider

    The Very Busy Spider 
    Early one morning a little spider begins to spin her web on a fencepost. In this multi-sensory book, children can feel the pictures as well as see them, while they hear or read the easy rhythmic text.Alongside the visual excitement of Eric Carle's vibrant collages of similar animals is the tactile experience of feeling the spider's web as it grows from a simple line into a complex and beautiful creation -a perfect story for reading aloud and sharing.

    Old Macdonald had a farm (Classic Books with Holes Board Book)
    "Old Macdonald had a farm, Ee I Ee I O! And on his farm he had a dog, Ee I Ee I O! With a Bow, wow here And a Bow, wow there..."
    Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child.

    Baby's Very First Noisy Book
    This is a bold, bright new book for babies containing beautifully designed high-contrast images that are easy for even newborn babies to focus on and a sound panel to bring the pictures to life. The words are onomatopoeic, providing easy prompts for parents to make sounds for their babies to hear, essential for their speech development along with the sound panel for added effect.

    First 100 Words (Soft to Touch Board Books)
    A soft-to-touch, padded board book of words. Packed with over 100 first words to learn and bright, vibrant pictures that babies will love to look at!
    Tickle Tickle
    Tickle Tickle – Helen Oxenbury
    The much-loved and cherished babies are back in these delightful stories to help engage toddlers and encourage a love of reading.

    The Best Books for babies under 12 months old and other book are available from all good book shops as well as online at;

    Looking for the Best Books for older children? Why not take a look at;
    Best Books for 1 - 2 years olds
    Best Books for 2 - 3 years olds
    Best Books for 3 - 5 year olds

    Why not take a look at our Top Ten Books for children?
    Top Ten books for babies under 12 months old
    Top Ten Books for 1 - 2 year olds
    Top Ten Books for 2 - 3 year olds
    Top Ten Books for 3 - 5 years olds
    or audio books for toddlers

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