“Until I had a baby I never appreciated quite how hard it is to write a good picture book. But having read hundreds now – and many of them repeatedly – you soon learn why classics (longstanding or modern) are classics. Some of our favourite books are the ones that rhyme, as there is something very soothing about the bouncing word play. But the greatest books are fun for both parents and children, and a bookseller will be able to recommend something that’s perfect for you. It’s especially satisfying to discover a new author and illustrator, or a book that helps with your baby’s next development stage.”
Shannon Cullen, publishing director and aurthor of I’m Wrecked, This Is My Journal – The alternative baby book for frazzled parents
Baby’s Very First Book: Faces by Jo Lodge – excellent crinkly black and white fabric book, including a mirror for the baby to check out their own reflection.
Baby Touch First Focus: Things That Go – vehicles in black, white and yellow, with different noises to make as you read.
I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy (currently out of print) – lovely black and white book with splashes of colour, with an excuse to tickle and kiss your little one.
First 100 Animals by Roger Priddy – a bright animal book that uses photos rather than illustrations.
Sing Along with Me: The Wheels on the Bus by Yu-Hsuan Huang – the classic nursery rhyme includes a QR code to download the music.
Peepo! By Janet and Allan Ahlberg – one of the best picture books with hundreds of details to point out, plus classic ‘peepo’ fun
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell – one of the original lift-the-flap books with a playful story to entertain.
Lulu Loves Flowers by Anna McQuinn – a lovely story incorporating garden nature and friendships.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss – a masterclass in language!