Books for baby: rhyming

Emma O’Donovan rounds up her pick of poetic reads

BearThere’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins
In this deliciously simple and endlessly entertaining story, a disgruntled mouse becomes increasingly frustrated by the intruder on his chair. This book is a delight to read out loud. £9.99, Nosy Crow 

WinnieHello Pooh, Hello You!
A board book introducing babies to beloved Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. With a surprise mirror hidden under a peekaboo flap at the end, this is the perfect book to share with your own little bear at bedtime. £6.99, Egmont 

Hey-Diddle-Diddle-cover-visual_HRSing Along With Me! Hey Diddle Diddle by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Bright, joyful illustrations lead little ones through this much-loved poem. With a free audio and instrumental version for smartphones and clever slider mechanisms to bring the characters to life. £5.99, Nosy Crow 


Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson
An interstellar story inspiring budding astronauts to imagine how amazing it would be to go into space. Written in association with the European Space Agency. £5.49, Puffin 


Hairy Maclary form Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
A much-loved classic that will demand to be read over and over again as you join Hairy Maclary and friends on a rhyming romp. £5.49, Puffin 

DogThe Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson
Form the author of The Gruffly, The Detective Dog is an action-packed celebration of the relationship between a boy and his dog. This will become a firm favourite at bedtime, or anytime! £8.99, Macmillan 


Cuddly Cow by Axel Scheffler
Cow is looking for somewhere to rest but the animals on the farm are too noisy. With a jolly sound button, this is a perfect for bath, book, bed routines. £5.99, Nosy Crow 


Odd Bods by Steven Butler
An alphabetical exploration of everything that is weird, wonderful and wild. Technicolour illustrations leap from every page in this hilarious tale for tots. £6.99, Puffin 

WishOnce Upon a Wish by Amy Sparkes
This magical read about a wish-granting boy weaves a dreamlike tale of dragons and midnight feasts, sure to delight even the smallest of readers. After all, who doesn’t have a wish they would like to come true? £5.49, Red Fox 


There’s an Owl in my Towel by Julia Donaldson
A beautifully perceptive story exploring daily routines with lift-the-flap surprises, as a baby’s every activity is thwarted by a new animal. Concludes with a delightful song to sing together, linked with a fun, interactive game encouraging imagination play. £6.99, Macmillan