The home learning team recommends the following books:
More books for baby
'Run Mouse Run' by Petr Horacek. This is a perfect books to share with babies and toddlers. Little mouse runs around the house, over the chair, across the table, through the shoe - why is he in such a rush? This book has bold, beautiful illustrations with cleverly cut away pages for little hands to turn and a great surprise at the end!
'Postman Bear' by Julia Donaldson. A great rhyming lift the flap book to enjoy with your child! Bear is writing letters to his friends. But what could his letters be about? Lift the flaps and join Frog, Squirrel and Mole for Bear's special surprise!
'Hide and Seek Pig' by Julia Donaldson. A great rhyming lift the flap book to enjoy with your child. Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where could Hen be? Your child will love looking under the flaps to help Pig find out where Hen is hiding?
'Fox’s Socks' by Julia Donaldson. This lift the flap book is perfect for sharing with very young children. The colourful pictures along with the simple rhyme pattern make this a great book for encouraging early language development and children’s understanding of text. Poor old Fox has lost his socks - can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out!
‘Monkey & Me’ by Emily Gravett has a catchy rhyme and some actions to copy. It even has a sleepy end for bedtime…zzz…
‘Hippo has a hat’ by Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt. This book is perfect for sharing with very young children. It is one of a series of books by two of our much loved children’s authors. The clear and colourful pictures along with the simple rhyme pattern make this a great book for encouraging early language development and children’s understanding of text. It also gives lots of opportunities to dress up and retell.
Nursery rhyme books - Your local library has many nursery rhyme books for you to share with your child. Use the link below to explore their directory and make some reservations!
‘Where’s Spot?’ by Eric Hill. Spot’s first and most famous adventure! Where has Spot gone? Very young children will love lifting the flaps and searching for Spot.
‘Peepo’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Peepo! Is a great book to share with babies and toddlers. The book follows a day in the life of a baby, with a series of peep holes leading readers on to the next stage in the day, giving a hint of what is to come.
‘Ten little fingers and ten little toes’ by Mem Fox. An essential book for baby playtime. Celebrating babies around the World it reinforces that each child is special and encourages interaction with your little one by tickling, waving and its repetition and rhyme.
‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. A lift the flap book with a catchy line “I sent him back”, until the zoo sends the perfect pet.
'Oh Dear' by Rod Campbell Buster goes down to the farmyard to fetch the eggs for grandma. On each unsuccessful attempt at finding the eggs the phrase “Are they in here? Oh Dear!” is repeated. Lift the flaps, meet all the farm animals, and help Buster find an egg for his breakfast.
‘Baby’s Very First Black and White Book – Faces’ There are lots of black and white themed books on the market and this is a good one you may like to look at. It is a simple board book with black and white pictures of favourite things, the high contrast pictures are easy for babies and toddlers to focus on, an ideal book for parents and children to share together.
'Hug' by Jez Alborough. Bobo needs a really big hug from someone who loves him. Walking through the jungle he passes lots of creatures enjoying a cuddle. Will Bobo ever find the hug he needs?
‘Babies Love Books’ by Catherine and Laurence Anholt. A lovely rhyming picture book showing lots of babies enjoying books in all sorts of places, from a plane to a coconut tree, with a variety of special people they can be shared with at all sorts of times.
‘Five little Ducks’ There are many versions of this well-known rhyme in book format. A little duck disappears on each page but happily they all return at the end!
‘Five in the Bed’ There are many versions of this well-known rhyme in book format, ‘There were five in the bed and the little one said roll over! roll over!’ A great counting rhyme book with fun peek-through holes to explore.
Mirrored books - There are many mirrored stories available to share with your child. Here are three suggestions to try, alternatively visit your local library to explore those they have available.
These ‘My Day’ books, Bathtime, Mealtime and Playtime, are part of the ‘Go Baby’ series by Alex Ayliffe and look at the familiar routines in your baby’s day which will provide a good talking opportunity for you and your child. A baby safe mirror at the end of the book provides a stimulating ending to the book for your child. Babies love looking at themselves in a mirror.