Baby`s first birthday..............asked to buy books!

(40 Posts)
triplets Sun 08-Sep-13 00:01:44

I`m all for that! Bit out of touch as to what nice books there are for babes, any ideas please?

nancerama Sun 08-Sep-13 00:02:55

The Oliver Jeffers "once there was a boy" box set is lovely.

sarahandemily Sun 08-Sep-13 00:06:40

I got a set of 10 Julia Donaldson books from the book people for my dd's first birthday. It's fab. Lots of simple ones they will love straight away like "chocolate moose for greedy goose", and others to grow into including the classic Gruffalo. In fact she is 3.5 and we still read most of them now

Where the Wild Things are - Maurice Sendak. We've read that to ours from being tiny and it's wonderful.

Peepo and Each Peach Pear Plum - J&A Ahlberg - still classics.

You can get some basic Mog board books too.

sleepyhead Sun 08-Sep-13 00:14:45

I love Counting: a child's first 123 by Alison Jeffers.

Ok, he/she's a way off numbers, but the pictures are gorgeous and there's loads to spot in them. They're based on fairytale characters as well, so the big bad wolf, sleeping beauty, frog prince etc all pop up - it was ds1's favourite book for a long time.

You can also get a wall frieze, and there's an ABC too.

sleepyhead Sun 08-Sep-13 00:19:42

Oops! Alison Jay not Jeffers (I love Oliver Jeffers' illustrations too)

staverton Sun 08-Sep-13 00:24:55

The baby catalogue by the Ahlbergs
Dear zoo
Maisie books
To grow into: anything by shirley hughes eg dogger
Mpg books

steppemum Sun 08-Sep-13 00:27:17

my all time favourite baby book is dear zoo. It was the earliest book that mine liked.

Lift the flap are good, Spot are good too. I would avoid any that are just pictures and words, and go for ones with very simple story lies, they last longer.

mirry2 Sun 08-Sep-13 00:31:02

Do they still publish Spot lift the flap books? My dd had her first one when she was one and loved it. she's still got her Spot dog.

If you've got an Early Learning Centre near you they do age appropriate books.

sweetiepie1979 Sun 08-Sep-13 00:32:28

I love pip and posy

ShadowSummer Sun 08-Sep-13 00:37:14

Each Peach Pear Plum is a firm favourite in our house.

Lift the flap ones are also good - seconding recommendations for Dear Zoo. There's some good ones by Julia Donaldson too.

Also, whatever baby book you decide to get, I'd go for board book versions if possible given you're buying for a one yr old - they're harder for an overenthusiastic toddler to damage.

dd1 is 15 and dd3 is 6 with dd2 in between and our board book Peepo and Each Peach are still going strong. Yes that's the way to go!

Mumzy Sun 08-Sep-13 09:12:55

Owl babies

stargirl1701 Sun 08-Sep-13 09:16:22

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett.

triplets Sun 08-Sep-13 09:21:47

Fabulous to Amazon, thank you!

BonzoDooDah Sun 08-Sep-13 09:38:11

Any with flaps and mirrors are excellent...
Monkey and me
mirror me was as favourite of dd s
Goodnight moon also - maybe hard to find but loved
Ones with touchy stuff like This little ... annoying as hell to read but enjoyed by babies
The babette cole books (I think it's her - am on phone so can't look) with baby pictures in like Tickle Tickle are marvellous. Babies love pictures of other babies doing things. My children did the actions with these again and again.

MortifiedAdams Sun 08-Sep-13 09:39:43

Julia Donaldson - Stick Man. Love it.

Or, buy your favourite book from your cjildhood. Even if its not suitable for a one year old they will grow.into it and it is very thoughtful.

BonzoDooDah Sun 08-Sep-13 09:43:07

OK not Babette Cole ... was Helen Oxenbury ... fabulous books ...

TiredFeet Sun 08-Sep-13 09:52:32

Julia donaldson's tales from acorn wood are great, beautifully illustrated and lift the flap with lovely simple rhyming stories

Or any julia donaldson books, my son loved the gruffalo even as a baby

Or the Pip and Posy books by axel scheffler are great, beautiful detailed pictures and a toddler friendly story line

The spot books/ dear zoo - every child loves these

I have also liked busy airport/ busy harbour. Lots of detail in the pictures and bits to pull and turn

greenhill Sun 08-Sep-13 09:53:29

Peepo by the Ahlbergs is brilliant, it's very soothing to listen to and as they get older they'll notice more of the details in the pictures.
Also any of the Hairy Maclary and Slinki Malinki stuff by Lynley Dodd, they are very funny and can bear the repetition.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 08-Sep-13 10:01:32

Pants by Nick Sharratt and Giles Andreae
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Tiger Who Came to Tea
Any book of rhymes / nonsense

Also remember its important to buy books that the parents enjoy reading - anything that's funny / non-preachy or has lovely rhyming sounds and is short goes down well.

There are a lot of AWFUL children's books. THomas the Tank Engine and most TV tie ins or supermarket anthologies of stories tend to be dire.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 08-Sep-13 10:02:43

Also, A Very Hungry Caterpillar - there are a few different versions you can buy - with flaps, finger holes etc.

Mumzy Sun 08-Sep-13 10:15:47

Also the Sarah Garland series, few words but beautiful illustrations which all my dcs loved looking at the everyday tasks from a child's eye view

books by Shirley hughes again beautiful pictures which both dcs& dps will enjoy
What do people do all day by Richard Scary ds1 had that read to him every night for 6 months
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs has come out every December in the lead up to Xmas for the past 11 years

Mumzy Sun 08-Sep-13 10:22:16
RobotHamster Sun 08-Sep-13 10:24:26

Not the gruffalo or where the wild things are. They're brilliant books, but seem to be the first choice for presents, we have 3 of each!

Oliver Jeffers is a great suggestion though

RobotHamster Sun 08-Sep-13 10:25:25

Yy to Julia Donaldson acorn wood. Nobody's ever heard of them and the box set is a great present.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sun 08-Sep-13 10:26:53

Beatrix Potter, classics which can be read to a toddler and the illustrations are lovely.

Meglet Sun 08-Sep-13 10:33:40

I'm trying to remember what I enjoy reading...

Shark in the park.
Bottoms up.
Shoe Baby.
Tell me something happy before I go to sleep.
Anything by Mick Inkpen.

The Wibbly Pig board books are cute, and very short.

giddly Sun 08-Sep-13 10:34:22

Hippos go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton. You can see it being read on youtube: Taught both my kids to count very young, and I still find it hilarious for some reason.

teabagpleb Sun 08-Sep-13 10:56:36

Tactile board books. Board books with flaps. And a bath book. Bath books are great!
Ladybird do some great fairy tales and other board books.

triplets Sun 08-Sep-13 23:18:10

That's a nice idea Mortified my fav book was a Ladybird book, Tiptoes the Mischievious Kitten smile

Periwinkle007 Mon 09-Sep-13 10:41:11

poetry often gets forgotten - try Poems for Young Children - Miles Kelly publishing (might find it cheap in TKMaxx, have seen it in there recently a few times for £3.99 - about £6.99 on Book Depository and under £10 on Amazon normally). We were given it as a present and my kids love it, we have bought it for lots of presents since. over 300 classic poems for children, wonderful for a child to keep and enjoy for many many years with beautiful illustrations.

babybythesea Mon 09-Sep-13 17:11:30

Meg and Mog - dd was loving them by 18 months. You can get sets in bags which she also liked. This set, in fact:

Also this treasury:

There's a great range of stories in there, including some classics (like where the wild things are) but also less well known ones. And it will last for years. We started reading some of the stories in it to dd when she was around 1(like Titch, by Pat Hutchins) but some of them she's still not ready for aged 4.5. We use it a lot. And you can get another volume called Hutchinson's Treasury of Children's Literature, and one of poetry.

Bakingtins Tue 10-Sep-13 14:26:06

Ladybird Baby Touch books tactile board books
Big book of my World lovely book with bright illustrations covering colours, shapes, numbers, objects, on the farm etc etc
Can you find me? spotting book
Usborne lift and look board books many many variations but all good.

Neither of my children were interested in stories until they were two, but they loved "spotting" books and flaps.

Bakingtins Tue 10-Sep-13 14:26:16

Ladybird Baby Touch books tactile board books
Big book of my World lovely book with bright illustrations covering colours, shapes, numbers, objects, on the farm etc etc
Can you find me? spotting book
Usborne lift and look board books many many variations but all good.

Neither of my children were interested in stories until they were two, but they loved "spotting" books and flaps.

Bakingtins Tue 10-Sep-13 14:26:46

Oops double post - sorry.

ZingWantsCake Tue 10-Sep-13 16:11:22

The "It's not my...." books are brilliant!

hard pages, few words, big print and besr of all "feely" details - excellent for sensory development (smooth, scratchy, shiny, furry bits. I love them!grin )

triplets Wed 11-Sep-13 22:20:46

Right, have ordered 3 Alison Jeffers and 2 Its not my..... books plus Each Peach Pair Plum which was my late sons fav book when he was small. Thank you for all the brilliant suggestion smile

ZingWantsCake Wed 11-Sep-13 22:22:36

good decision and very generous of you!

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