What better way to welcome a little one to the world than with a brilliant selection of books, filled with bright colours, wonderful rhymes and sturdy pages for little fingers to hold.
We are fortunate enough to review so many wonderful books but it was a real treat to receive this incredible collection from Ladybird and Puffin books. One lucky reviewer, Joanna reviewed these ten fabulous books with her gorgeous daughter, Annabelle, who has just turned one. Find out what Jo and Annabelle think of each of these brilliant books, essential for every baby's bookshelf!
Top 10 Books for a Baby's Bookshelf
Baby Touch: Peekaboo
"This was Annabelle's favourite book from the bundle and the one she wanted to read first. The vibrant colours, different textures and flaps kept her engaged throughout and eager to read again and again. Annabelle loved the surprises on each page and as she lifted the flap she'd say boo. The best of all was the last page which had a mirror and she saw her reflection. Unlike some books with flaps, this one is quite sturdy and the flaps are big which is great for my daughter who is a bit heavy handed and excited. A wonderfully illustrated book which will keep little ones entertained and enjoy story time."
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: With Audio Read by Eric Carle
"I love the illustrations in this book and how, similar to the very hungry caterpillar, the pictures are bright and feature on a white background. Each page follows the same rhyme and describe the colour of the animal on each page. I like the way the pictures include different shades of the same colour for the child to see. At the end it recaps on all things spotted throughout the book and the colours. Simple yet effective."
"A classic which is much loved and very popular. Peter Rabbit visits Mr McGregor's garden whilst being warned not to by Mrs Rabbit. It's a lovely tale that reminds children the importance of doing what they are told as Peter Rabbit wouldn't have been at risk or as frightened had he of gone down the fields like his siblings did. Annabelle is a bit young to follow this story at present but will enjoy and relate to the characters as she grows older."
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar wonderfully depicts the transformation of a caterpillar to an butterfly. It's nice how at the start of the book pops a little caterpillar from an egg. It's cleverly written in a way younger children can easily understand and follow. The pictures are beautiful, bright and will be enjoyed by all ages. Annabelle enjoyed turning the flaps and feeling the holes in the food which the caterpillar had eaten. As Annabelle grows older, the book will also help with numbers as you count the fruit the caterpillar has eaten. A book that not only tells a story of a cute little caterpillar but is educational too."
"Children follow the story of the snowman entirely through pictures. This means that any age can enjoy and interpret the drawings in their own way. It's easy to follow and understand the storyline through the actions and characters expressions shown. The young boy is so excited to see it snowing and rushes outside to build a snowman. It's magical as the snowman comes alive and they so much fun playing together, even flying around the world. The next day the young boy wakes to find that his new friend has disappeared and all that remains is his clothes."
"This book cleverly has holes between the pages which encourages the child to peep through and see what the baby can see on the next page saying "peepo!". Each page rhymes nicely and describes different objects and family members in each scene. This in turn encourages the child to search for them as well as noticing other details too. The picture are full of detail which adds to the fun of finding different things on each page. Annabelle enjoyed looking through the holes and in time will enjoy pointing out things too."
"A nice storyline which tells of a young boy's upset at losing his favourite toy. All the family members help look around the house but they are unable to find dogger. However, he turns up the next day for sale at the fair but unfortunately another girl manages to buy him first. The ending is very special as his sister sacrifices her prize teddy in order to win his much loved dog back. It's lovely to see them both reunited again and the sibling love too."
"A fun, rhyming book which also follows the game I Spy. Each page describes a well known character and another hiding on the page to find. It's written in a fun, fast paced way as it's only two sentences long "Mother Hubbard down the cellar. I spy Cinderella"."
"Another great book by Julia Donaldson. I enjoy reading her books along with my little one to discover the ending and also find them entertaining. Unlike most of Julia's books, this one only rhymes in part but still flows nicely and I enjoyed reading it aloud. This story is cute as all the animals are frightened by the giant jumperee in the rabbits burrow, yet none of them know is hiding in there. Luckily the Mummy Frog wasn't scared and they soon find out who was hiding there, much to their amusement."
"Spot goes missing at dinner time and Mum goes on a hunt to find him. Each page there is a different object to search and animal behind each flap. It was an easy read and Annabelle remained focused on the book, finding the flaps to open on each page. In time I can see us expanding upon the characters and Annabelle identifying the animals as we go through. A lovely book which I'm sure will be one of Annabelle's favourites as she loves books with flaps."