Nothing beats cuddling up with your baby or toddler and reading to them, does it? From ‘baby’s first book’ that you’ll read in soft, calming tones, to interactive books that will allow your child to join in with the story telling, there’s always a fabulous range of books on offer.
Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on the shelves at the moment. ….
by Sophy Henn
Ted is always on the go! If he isn’t whizzing about in his little racing car, he’s digging a hole with his digger. Your child will have great fun watching as Ted’s imagination goes wild…and, thanks to the flaps that are easily manoeuvred by little hands, he or she will be able to see what Ted’s planning to do next!
by Tim Hopgood
Tip Tap Went the Crab is the latest offering from award-winning illustrator, Tim Hopgood. This engaging board book features a curious little crab, who tip-taps out of her rock pool to explore the big blue sea and goes on to discover a world full of wonderful creatures. After some time, however, she realises that the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere and is happy to tip-tap home with her ten baby crabs.
by Julia Donaldson
This book may not be exactly ‘new’ but its beautifully redesigned cover makes it a must-have choice for any child’s bookshelf. The Snail and the Whale is just one of the fantastic collaborations between the picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the creators of the global success, The Gruffalo. In the book the two characters go on an amazing journey, but when disaster strikes, it’s the tiny snail who saves the day. A beautiful tale of friendship.
by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Alison Jay
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is another classic that has been given a new lease of life thanks to the beautiful illustrations of Alison Jay. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Jay brings to life in this beautiful board book, which is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Your child can run, dance, party and play with Alice in Wonderland, while you can introduce him or her to fun first words like ‘drink’, ‘shrink’, ‘eat’ and ‘grow’.
Award-winning Lane Smith recreates the life story of a much-loved great-grandfather through wonderful illustrations of topiary in this beautiful and touching tribute. Memories of his childhood include his love of stories – illustrated by the Wizard of Oz characters cut into shapes in a hedge. But then war breaks out, and Grandpa’s life is to change forever. An ode to the joys of a full life well lived, as well as to the sorrows that it can sometimes bring.
Julia Donaldson makes another welcome appearance on our top books’ list – this time in partnership with celebrated book illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. This read-aloud classic sees Rabbit arrive home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow:
‘I’m the Giant Jumperee and I’m scary as can be!’ shouts the stranger. Rabbit’s friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they’re no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee?