Our favourite books for children, aged 0 – 1 years, as part of our books for children list.
Penguins, Penguins, Penguins by Bob Barner
A brightly illustrated book, this captured the attention of our eldest when he was just a couple of months old and has been a firm favourite with both of his younger brothers. We have even been known to recite it to them during nappy changes to create a moment of calm, as it is one that we know so well by memory! It is gentle and sweet, and with simple but colourful drawings, it is an absolute must for a young audience.
When the World Was Waiting For You by Gillian Shields
I love love love, this book. The illustrations are delicate and through its gentle rhyme it captures so beautifully the excitement of an expanding young family. It is a lovely book to snuggle up with at the end of the day, creating a moment of calm and cuddles.
Poppy Cat’s Dream by Lara Jones
This was recommended to me for our eldest and I’m so glad that we got a copy to pass along when his younger brothers arrived too. The language is beautiful and the pop up parts are such fun! Ours especially loved the hot air balloon. There are several other Poppy Cat books but this is our favourite.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
I’m certain that this story makes several ‘top’ book lists. From the humour (“Why have they sent a snake Mama?! How funny!”) to the interest (“What will they send next?…”) this book is one of those that can easily be picked up and enjoyed again by older children.
Where’s Peter? (Peter Rabbit) By Beatrix Potter
Any touchy-feely books have been a big attraction for our sons in their early stages, and this one which was gifted to our youngest has proved to be the most popular, being demanded with points and squawks which turned into smiles and gurgles whilst my husband or I read it. From an adult perspective I also rather enjoyed the story element, unlike some touch and feel books, and the pages and flaps are large enough that little hands managed them with ease.