Books for baby: all-time classics

Illustration from 'Peek-a-boo Miffy' by Dick Bruna

Emma O’Donovan shares her old and new favourites books your baby will love.

Stack up your baby’s bookshelf with these wonderful books

Peek-a-boo Miffy by Dick Bruna
Peek-a-boo! Who’s behind the flaps? A lovely start to your collection of baby books. Read along with your little one to discover who is hiding on each page of this bright and stylish Miffy favourite.
£6, Simon & Schuster

Baby books poems
A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
With repetition and jollity, this book’s collection of short poems will provide hours of special shared moments. The illustrations are beautifully observed, too.
£14.99, Walker Books

Books for babies

I Love You, Little One by Holly Surplice
Adorable guinea pigs are the stars of this comforting and reassuring rhyming tale. Full of colour and fun, and brimming with love.
£6.99, Nosy Crow

Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! adapted by Tish Rabe
For babies, and babies on the way, this beautiful rhyming tale from the works of Dr Seuss extolls the joys awaiting newborns when they meet the many beloved Seuss characters. Wonderful for bedtime reading.
£6.99, Harper Collins

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Join in the search for the mischievious puppy by lifting the flaps on every page to see just where he’s hiding. The simple text and bright, bold pictures continue to make this book a bestseller.
£5.99, Penguin Books


Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell
First published 35 years ago, this charming lift-the-flap story will have even the youngest readers entranced as they join the hunt for eggs on Grandma’s farm.
£6.99, Macmillan Children’s Books


The Orchard Book of Bedtime Fairy Tales by Helen Craig
This is a beautiful must-have collection of 10 family favourites, including Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, from the creator of Angelina Ballerina.
£8.99, Orchard Books

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg 
Now celebrating 40 years in print, this whimsical rhyming journey weaves together nursery rhymes and fairytales characters. A book to be read repeatedly until it can be recited joyfully from memory.
£5.40, Puffin Books


Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
This optimistic and heartfelt story offers the perfect welcome to the world for your baby. Stunning timeless illustrations make this book a keep-forever treasure.
£10.19, Harper Collins


The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Our mischievous friend brings the British countryside to life in this charming tale. A great introduction to Beatrix Potter.
£4.79, Warne