There are literally thousands of books for babies and lots of them are great. These suggestions are my personal favourites, a mixture of classic and new titles and authors, but none of them too old to start looking at with a baby.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
There are soft copies, hard copies, books with caterpillars and puppets. Whatever copy you get, the pictures are bright and the story is interesting to babies and older children who understand different parts of it. Eric Carle has written many fantastic books – I also love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.
This has adventure, fun and a bit of scariness. There are beautiful sounding words and opportunities to put actions to them. I think I like the sound of the buggy book so you could take it to the park and act it out if you fancy.
That’s not my…..by Usborne Books.
There are so many different books in this series you are bound to find something that sounds appealing. They have textures to touch and a repetition that is great for small children as it allows them to hear the rhythm and as they get older they can join in.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Nursery rhymes in the Ladybird series.
Little children love songs and this has five in a bright tactile book. Great for reminding you of the words in case you have forgotten.
Incy Wincy Spider and friends from Little Tiger Press.
Another beautiful book of nursery rhymes for a publisher that produces a lot of exciting books for children.
Roger Priddy has produced so many books for very young children that it is hard to know what to show on the page. These three are my favourites, but it is very much worth browsing through the others.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.
This is another classic book that now has many different versions. The original board books with lifting flaps cannot be beaten for a clear interesting story with a lovely ending.
I also love the Spot books (Eric Hill), Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney), Noisy Noisy Grrr! (Ladybird), Dr Seuss and the Meg and Mog books (Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski). Ultimately you have to follow what your child likes and as they start to show an interest in things you will no doubt find books about them – whether that is your cat or cars or flowers.
For ideas about why to read books with no words (which includes ideas about learning about how books work) click here.