In this issue our resident bookworm Emma O’Donovan rounds up the very best board books for babies and toddlers…
How to Catch a Star | By Oliver Jeffers
A toddler-friendly edition celebrating the 10th anniversary of this spellbinding classic. Enjoy a delicate tale of adventure, perseverance and friendship. How to Catch a Star is a must-have. The Way Back Home, Up and Down and Lost and Found are also highly recommended.
Published by Harper Collins
Train! | By Judi Abbot
A little elephant has a single-minded and enthusiastic love of trains, that is until his friend’s cat, rabbit and penguin introduce him to the delights of cars, diggers and planes. A wonderful tale that is fun to read and a joy to share.
Published by Little Tiger Press
Off to the Park! | By Stephen Cheetham
Written in collaboration with childcare specialists, this book is the perfect antidote to a rainy day as you explore the familiar elements of a trip to the park through a variety of engaging and exciting interactive elements. The book is far more than a collection of words and includes buttons to press, textures to explore and a scratch and sniff ice cream finale.
Published by Childs Play
Kiss | By Tiger Tales
A bright and positive story emphasising the gift of giving and the value of friendship. This book springs to life with the addition of clever interactive finger holes to enhance hand-eye coordination.
Published by Abrams Appleseed
Countablock | By Christopher Franceschelli
Learn about numbers from one to 10 and then embark on a further exploration up to 100 in this highly tactile board book.
Published by Abrams Appleseed
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Pop-Up Play Mat | By Eric Carle
This fold out touch and feel playmat is a celebration of colour, nature and the seasons.
The pop-up playmat provides a stimulating focus for babies as they enjoy tummy time and explore the textures.
Published by Puffin
What can you spot? My First Counting | By Gemma Cooper
With engaging illustrations, this first counting book will keep your little readers entertained for hours. Each page is packed to capacity with things to spot and count – from mini beasts, to sea creatures and farm animals, learning to count is made easy.
Published by Autumn Publishing
Circles | By Yusuke Yonezu
This is a supremely stylish read. Shapes are cleverly reinvented with each turn of the page, as young readers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with objects from around the house and their corresponding colours.
Published by Minedition
Funny Bunnies Up and Down | By David Melling
Little ones will have a great time counting bunnies and watching them bounce from one adventure to another as they explore opposites in a delightful way.
Published by Hodder Children’s Books
Happy… | By Emma Dodd
Happy… is the sensitive and innocent observation of the love between a mother and her child.This beautiful book sparkles with glittering gold detailing throughout and would make the perfect gift for a new baby.
Published by Nosy Crow