3 March 2016

Brilliant First Books for Babies & Toddlers

It's World Book Day today and what better way to celebrate than by sharing some books that are great for babies and toddlers. Some children aren't natural book worms so getting them, and keeping them, engaged in a book can be tricky at times. Harlow's still at the stage of wanting to flip the pages quickly and not really listen to the story so I always feel bright illustrations, interaction and less words to read normally keep her attention for a bit longer than she'd normally sit. So here's a few of our favourite books at the moment.

Usborne Baby's very first touchy-feely Colours Play book
This book has to be Harlow's go to book when she's interested in some kind of story. It has all the makings of a great first book from different textures and surfaces to bright colours, lift the flaps and minimal writing. Yes some of the flaps have been torn off and I've had to cello tape them back on but she loves it and it keeps her happy and amused for ages. There's lots of different versions of the touchy-feely books in the Usborne range, for example there's one that's dedicated to just animals and another which is lift-the-flap. They're priced at around £7.99 but I'm sure I got this in Dobbies Garden Centre when they had a sale on for £3.99.

Fisher-Price Chunky Board books
As well as story books I do love an educational book for babies and toddlers, it's sometimes a nice way to get them to learn their colours, numbers and shapes. Fisher-Price have a lovely range of chunky board books which are a lot thicker than the normal board books, and each page edge has been painted so hopefully less chance of damage from little chompers. Harlow currently has the Super Shapes and Jungle Colours book but it would be nice to get the others in the set. For the shapes book each shape has a coordinating animal and colour on one page and the opposite page is covered in that particular shape. Very eye catching. These books can be picked up for £3.99 but I can't remember if I got these cheaper somewhere or if they were given as a gift?
Feeling Great Just Like Me book
This is a fab little book all about emotions. It's a board book which has fold out flaps on each page so much sturdier than normal lift-the-flap internal pages. The book uses different animals to show different emotions and the baby in the book copies them with the saying "So do I!" It's a great idea and the illustrations are perfect, very bright and the fact your little one can fold out each page is giving them something to do whilst you're reading. Hopefully they'll come to enjoy the anticipation of waiting to fold out the page. I know Harlow quite likes doing this. This book is £4.99 but if you're lucky enough to live in Scotland and receive a Bookbugs bag for your little one then this book is included. There's lots of others in the series though so give Feeling Great Just Like Me books a little search online.

Usborne That's not my owl... book
I couldn't write a first books post without including the lovely That's not my books now could I. Logan loved them when he was little and Harlow's the exact same. They're short, bright and interactive and excellent first book for little ones. We're currently loving the That's not my owl... book but Harlow does have a few others she quite likes to pull out for a read now and again. That's not my reindeer... is another favourite. Retailing for £5.99 these books can normally be picked up for a little bit cheaper if you shop around.

Dear Zoo Lift-the-Flap book
Continuing with the interactive theme Dear Zoo is a classic lift-the-flap book and I'm sure I had it when I was younger. Harlow received a little mini one for herself in her Bookbug bag which was lovely and she's obsessed with lifting the flaps to reveal the animals constantly. There's lots of different versiosn of Dear Zoo out there from pop-up style to noisy book and even there's a little gift set so your wee one can keep their own lion. 

I'd love to know what your little ones favourite book is at the moment so please do share.

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3 comments on "Brilliant First Books for Babies & Toddlers"

Adventures of Mummy and Me on 23 January 2017 at 17:24 said...

What a colourful selection of books! We love the "that's not my" books, and have quite a few now. I think the hardback baby books are my favourites so far - Though I know my little man loves his board books! #KLTR

Angela Milnes on 26 January 2017 at 19:41 said...

Ah you have shared a few of my favourites here. I love dear zoo and thats not my owl! I'm such a huge fan of early years books. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

Laura - Laura's Lovely Blog on 19 February 2017 at 14:17 said...

Dear Zoo has been a favourite for both of my children and my daughter still loves it. What a fab list! Thank you for linking up to #kltr and sorry I am so late with my comment this month

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