The best baby books - as recommended by parents
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 books, recommended by Mumsnetters, are ideal for the very
youngest of readers
The Baby's Catalogue - Janet and
Mumsnetters say: "One of the best books ever for this age - every child I have seen with it loves it!"
Busy Town - Rebecca Finn
Mumsnetters say: "All the Busy books are great. They're lift-the-flap but very sturdy, perfect for inquisitive babies."
Oh Dear!- Rod Campbell
Mumsnetters say: "A lift-the-flap book where Buster has to look all round the farm till he finds the eggs. My children are ten and seven now but I could probably still recite this off by heart!"
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Mumsnetters say: "This is a brilliant book. So simple but so effective. Counting, colours and words - it's all in there. A definite classic."
That's Not My Monkey - Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
Mumsnetters say: "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 story time and she's learnt how to describe the textures of many items that surround her from these books!"
Shoe Baby - Joyce Dunbar and Polly Dunbar
Mumsnetters say: "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."
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
and Clement Hurd
Mumsnetters say: "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."
Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
Mumsnetters say: "A lovely book with cute lift-the-flap style pictures. The animals in this book are great for practising our baby signs too."
My First Words - Dorling
Mumsnetters say: "Each page is a different category of photos (farm, clothes, food, park etc). Great for talking about what we've done or seen during the day, and by far my son's favourite book to look at himself, as he can see things he recognises."
My Dad and My Mum - Anthony Browne
Mumsnetters say: "My Mum, and My Dad, both by Anthony Browne, are favourites in our house. I like them because mum and dad look very normal and a bit exhausted."
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