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Nothing beats sitting with a baby or toddler on the knee and reading a book together: the best selection of books for babies and toddlers.
This handsome board book with flocked cover celebrates the 40th anniversary of the creation of Mog. In it we see Mog and a toddler enjoy all the everyday activities such as washing, dressing, eating and above all, playing before falling happily into bed.
This deliciously imaginative night time adventure is perfectly captured in the soft colours of Judith’s beautiful illustrations. What happens in the zoo after everyone has gone home is unexpected, unpredictable and delightful. And it is a useful introduction to counting, too.
A wonderful touch and feel book with pull tabs from the author, Rod Campbell, who we suspect is responsible for more books that get kids to sleep than any other. Goodnight Buster is a new edition to his huge bookshelf of books for babies and toddlers and this one is not to be missed. Click here for a Goodnight Buster related activity sheet.
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make it perfect for the smallest toddler and each and every one of them will relate to the ‘not me’ antics of four little children and little dog Jess.
A Picture Book for kids that love Animals. Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (0-7 years category). Bestselling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and QUACKS! and BAAs! and OINKs! lives a tiny silent ladybird. This beautiful glittery creature (little fingers will love to feel her sparkly shape) is so quiet that she hears two crafty robbers plotting to raid the farmyard. And she comes up with a very clever plan to stop them, helped by the very noisy animals all around her. A wonderful adventure with gorgeous stylised illustrations. ~ Julia Eccleshare Click here for a What the Ladybird Heard activity sheet !
Greenaway winner in 1980. From one of THE top illustrators of all time, comes a wholly delightful picture book classic. Effortless rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations that meld so brilliantly into the story. Not surprising it’s got into the top 10 of winners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kate Greenaway Medal. (0-5) To find out more about this book CLICK HERE to visit the Carnegie Greenaway site
Greenaway winner in 1980. From one of THE top illustrators of all time comes a wholly delightful picture book classic. Effortless rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations that meld so brilliantly into the story. Click here to see other titles by the wonderful Quentin Blake.
Many happy returns to Mog the Forgetful Cat who has been delighting readers for forty years. Brilliant author-illustrator Judith Kerr’s timeless stories about Mog, the cat who has a habit of forgetting everything, charm readers young and old. Toddlers adore the loveable and expressive cat whose unreliable behaviour often brings surprising results! From board books to stunning gift editions, the many stories about Mog capture the hearts of all who come across her. This is a mini hardcover edition, perfect for little hands. The LoveReading Comment: A classic story about a loveable cat who saves the day in an amazing way. Mog always seems to be in trouble. She is not especially clever and she is very forgetful with the result that she often ends up doing all kinds of things that she shouldn’t. In fact, she almost always seems to be in trouble. But when Mog disturbs a burglar stealing the silver she is suddenly the best cat in the world! A warm-hearted story, which captures the very special relationship of a family pet.
In this stunning visual introduction to all kinds of animal families Brian Wildsmith’s jewel-bright illustrations give a snapshot of everything from a pride of lions to a company of parrots and a party of rainbow fish. These are pictures to pore over again and again and again. Lovereading comment: Here at lovereading4kids we were thrilled to see that Wildsmith’s publisher in the UK was bringing out new editions of his classic picture books. Animal Gallery is quite simply breathtaking. It’s a glorious visual introduction to the animal kingdom that will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age and delight toddlers everywhere. Brian Wildsmith on his illustrations:‘Picture books give an opportunity for a marriage between painting and illustrating . . . I believe that beautiful picture books of the right kind are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life.’ Tributes to Brian Wildsmith: ‘Brian Wildsmith is one of the most original and influential picture book makers in the world, particularly in his use of colour and space.’ Anthony Browne, Children’s Laureate 2009-2011 ‘I have always known Brian Wildsmith’s work. His illustrations are visually exciting and lively, full of activity and colour. Combined with the composition, I find them truly amazing.’ Catherine Rayner, Kate Greenaway Medal winner 2009 ‘My childhood was full of books but just as the sixties burst into life, there seemed to be something similar happening in children’s books. Floods of colour exploding across the pages with a name to match: Wildsmith. He was a wild smith. I remember feeling really envious: why hadn’t I had books as lush and wild as these?’ Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007-2009
Tender and warm hearted, the soft focused illustrations and simple rhyming text make a lovely celebration of the many different ways in which all kinds of animal babies love their mums. The whale baby loves Mum’s guidance where the water is dark and dim, the mouse baby loves being held close and tight when the night time rustlings get scary while for the baby hippo it's because mum doesn’t mind how muddy it gets!
This is one of the most beautiful and touchy feely books I’ve seen for babies and toddlers for a while. Each spread depicts a colour and a fruit; for example, a strawberry and alongside it, the words and pictures of other red fruit as well as the word red. The images and text are both bright and bold and the book has rounded corners so is suitable for the youngest hands. I Like Bugs, a counting book, is also available.
A delightful touchy-feely counting book that depicts numbers and bugs through collage. Whilst looking at some wonderfully vibrant insects as your toddler progresses through the book he/she can also begin to learn to count the number of insects on each page. It’s a gorgeous book for babies and toddlers and sturdy too. I Like Fruit, a book of colours, is also available.
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010. Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs and bald dogs, stroppy dogs and soppy dogs delight in themselves but the best is kept to the end when the reader finds out exactly who the narrator is! ~ Julia Eccleshare Be sure to check out Emily Gravett's other titles by clicking here. The shortlisted titles for the 2010 Independent Booksellers' Award were: Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates Auslander by Paul Dowswell Dogs by Emily Gravett The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech Henderson’s Boys: The Escape by Robert Muchamore Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray What’s for Dinner Mr Gum? by Andy Stanton Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce The Last Leopard by Lauren St John Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner
The words provide a language of communication long before conversation is possible and the joy in recognising them over many re-readings provides endless shared pleasure while the pictures can be enjoyed first jointly and then by the child alone as they pour over the images they love.
Included in our selection are a range of really sturdy and interactive books suitable books for babies and toddlers for the bedroom, the car, the bath, the buggy and the playroom. Books that even the tiniest baby will enjoy alone and with their parents.
Titles in this section will be refreshed each month with a range of new and older titles that we feel should not to be missed by any baby or toddler.
There are some excellent free reading activities on the Small Talk website small-talk.org.uk/0-6-months
And click here to read some helpful tips from top childrens' publisher Egmont.