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The best baby books - as recommended by you

best baby books

It's never too soon to start reading to your children, and sharing a book with your baby can be a very bonding experience. These storybooks, as recommended by Mumsnetters, are ideal for the very youngest of readers.

The Baby's Catalogue by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The Baby's Catalogue by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A classic, sturdy board book, The Baby's Catalogue is full of vibrant scenes for your baby to enjoy. Open the book at any page and make up your own story about what could be happening.

“One of the best books ever for this age – every child I have seen with it loves it.”

Buy now for £5.05

Busy Town by Rebecca Finn

Busy Town by Rebecca Finn

An interactive baby book, the tabs on each page can be pushed, turned and pulled to bring the 'Busy Town' to life. Ride the bus, feed the ducks and pop to the shops with rhyming text and bright illustrations.

“All the Busy books are great. They're lift-the-flap but very sturdy – perfect for inquisitive babies.”

Buy now for £5.99

Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell

Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell

Created by the author of Dear Zoo, Oh Dear! is another popular sensory book. Lift the flap as you turn the pages and follow main character Buster all around the farm.

“A lift-the-flap book where Buster has to look round the farm until he finds the eggs. My children are 10 and seven now but I could probably still recite this off by heart!”

Buy now for £6.99

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Everyone's heard of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and probably eaten a few hundred Caterpillar cakes too), and for good reason. Vivid and colourful, the pages' holes make for a fun, sensory reading experience.

“This is a brilliant book. So simple but so effective. Counting, colours and words – it's all in there. A definite classic.”

Buy now for £4.66

That's Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

That's Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

Another touch-and-feel book, your baby can explore different textures with every page, as well as trying to spot the little white mouse.

“We've got six of the That's Not My… series of books and my daughter loves every single one of them. It's her first choice every storytime and she's learnt how to describe the textures of many items because of it.”

Buy now for £4.37

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

'There once was a baby who lived in a shoe, who had learned how to say “How do you do?”' A solid favourite among parents, Shoe Baby is charming and (ever so slightly) off the wall.

“Not a touchy-feely book, but it's lasted since my son was one and it's still going strong. It's a rhyming book too, which seems to keep their interest from a very young age.”

Buy now for £2.36

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

Another classic bedtime book for babies, Goodnight Moon is a gentle, rhythmic story perfect for lulling your little one to sleep (or for trying to, at least).

“A fantastic bedtime story about a little rabbit who goes around his room saying goodnight to everything. It's lovely and gentle, I used to end up reciting it to my little boy when he woke up in the night – worked a treat.”

Buy now for £5.11

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Rosie the hen is walking around the farm – little does she know, she's followed by a fox. Unfortunately for the clumsy fox, he encounters calamity after calamity. Read it with your baby for shrieks of laughter.

“An absolute classic and lovely to look at.”

Buy now for £5.99

Miffy The Artist by Dick Bruna

Miffy The Artist by Dick Bruna

It's hard not to have a soft spot for Miffy the bunny. In this colourful lift-the-flap book, Miffy takes inspiration from an art gallery and decides to become her very own Picasso.

“Miffy is super for the words and illustrations.”

Buy now for £8.46

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

A wonderful first book, the three owls in Owl Babies wonder when their Mummy will come home (which she does, of course). You'll return again and again for the timeless illustrations.

“Owl Babies is lovely.”

Buy now for £4.02

- All prices correct at the time of publication -