Books for baby: Reading with dad

Emma O’Donovan rounds up the best books for baby and papa

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Just Like Daddy by Lucy Freegard
This tale is a joyful observation of the special relationship between parent and child – a  perfect gift and a lovely reminder that children cherish the little moments as much as us adults do.

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ABC Off to Sea by Virginie Morgand
‘A is for Adventure’ in this stylish nautical-themed introduction to the alphabet. The bright drawings from the French illustrator are sure to inspire a love of learning.

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My Pictures After the Storm by Eric Veillé
With animals, shapes and scenes to spot, this witty exploration of ‘before and after’ is filled with clever rhymes and funny images.

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Bedtime with Ted by Sophy Henn
What Ted lacks in stature he certainly makes up for with his imagination in this delightful new pre-school series of board books. Familiar themes are explored with charm and humour.

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If I Had a Dinosaur by Alex Barrow and Gabby Dawnay
Perfect for pre-school palaeontologists! This little girl has her sights set on a pet that is slightly larger and considerably scalier than the norm… A joy to share any time of day.

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Look, there’s a Rocket! by Esther Aarts
Peep through the cut-out holes and lead baby on an intergalactic adventure into outer space. Encounter aliens and help steer the spacecraft on its mission.

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Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
A brilliantly anarchic feud between a triangle and a square evolves using black and white illustrations and clever, simple text. A fantastically funny read.

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William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trucks by William Bee
This visual feast will have little ones entranced for hours on end, with bright and bold characters to seek out on each page.

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The Lumberjack’s Beard by Duncan Beedie
Chopping down trees means Big Jim Hickory needs to find a new home for his woodland friends. Perhaps his beard would make the perfect temporary residence?

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When Grandad was a Penguin by Morag Hood
Confusion ensues as a little girl realises her beloved Grandad has been replaced by a mischievous penguin. A heartwarming tale of the importance of grandparents.