It’s never too early for parents to
start reading out loud to that new bundle of joy they’ve just brought into the world. Books strengthen the parent-child bond, lay the foundations for children’s language and literacy skills, and help establish routines – plus it’s something both parties can enjoy. That is, provided you have a good library of stories.
So, we’ve compiled a list of books that are perfect for reading between feeding, napping, changing and all the mayhem that comes with being a new parent.
(2020) My First Book: a black-and-white cloth book
We’ve all heard the myth that dogs see the world in black and white. But did you know that newborn babies can only see black, white and grey in their first three months of life? Part of the
this book has been specially created with only monochrome illustrations to help little babes focus their attention and to help their eyesight develop. Which is essential, of course, if you want them to realise early on who their favourite aunt/uncle/grandparent/godparent is. Plus, this book is made from padded cloth, so it’s safe for lots of chewing and throwing around. Win-win. Baby Touch series,
by The Wonderful Things You Will Be Emily Winfield Martin (2020)
If you’re ok with potentially making new parents even more emotional at storytime, pick up this book. This ridiculously sweet rhyming book explores the infinite possibilities that lie ahead in every baby’s future: "This is the first time / There's ever been you, / So I wonder what wonderful things / You will do." Beautifully illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin, love, kindness and acceptance practically ooze off every page. It’s a heartbreaker in the best way, one to rival
. A dramatic reading à la Joey from Love You Forever Friends would not go amiss.
by Peepo! Janet & Allan Ahlberg (1981)
All babies reach that stage where they are endlessly interested in everything – just like the main character in
Peepo! Created by children’s picture book powerhouses Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Peepo! follows a day in the life (and through the eyes) of a young baby as he witnesses and interacts with the world around him. A series of peepholes will help lead little readers through the story, and Janet Ahlberg’s delightful illustrations provide a glimpse back in time. Great for parents who are also fans of nostalgia.
by Who’s Going to Bed? Abie Longstaff and Eve Coy (2019)
Who’s going to bed? We hope for any new parent's sanity it’s their baby. But sleepless nights are commonplace. Lend a helping hand with this soothing tale by Abie Longstaff. The story starts with all the residents of the fairy tale land settling down to go to bed. But then a cheeky baby pops up doing what cheeky babies often do – the baby is not going to sleep, and is keeping everyone else up. Luckily, the little rascal is eventually convinced it’s time to nod off. This is a charming bedtime tale that will result in the same happy ending for every exhausted parent.
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