Books to help them snooze

In the Night Garden: Time for Bed

Perfect for encouraging even the most sleep-resistant toddler to say goodnight, this In The Night Garden board book features much-loved characters from the popular CBeebies show. Igglepiggle should be getting ready for bed like his friends Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka – but instead, he wants to play. Will he ever go to sleep? This is a lovely bedtime story to enjoy together, introducing the wonderful world of books with the help of some favourite friends.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Ladybird Touch-and-Feel Rhymes

Ladybird’s touch-and-feel collection of nursery rhymes features five bedtime classics designed to help your one-year-old drift off to sleep. The pages of these illustrated versions of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Wee Willie Winkie; Hush-a-bye, Baby; Hey Diddle Diddle and Rock-a-bye, Baby use a variety of interesting textures and engaging patterns – including glittery moons, fleecy blankets and sparkly stars – to stimulate your baby and encourage gentle bedtime interaction.

In the Night Garden: Bedtime Stories from the Night Garden

This In The Night Garden collection features ten stories inspired by the well-loved CBeebies bedtime show. Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and the Pontipines on a series of adventures, including finding Igglepiggle’s lost red blanket and discovering why Makka Pakka’s trumpet is making a funny noise. With recognisable characters and lots of beautiful illustrations, this treasury of tales will be a welcome addition to any Night Garden-loving toddler’s bookshelf.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep: Ladybird Touch-and-Feel Rhymes

The classic nursery rhymes included in this collection all feature animals and, as they sing along to Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; Incy Wincy Spider; This Little Piggy; Hickory Dickory Dock and Little Bo Peep, little ones will also be delighted to find lots to touch and feel on each page. With contrasting textures, interesting pictures, and a fun question to answer about each rhyme, this is a book they will want to return to.

Early learning books

In the Night Garden: ABC

With their friendly faces and love of song, In the Night Garden’s charming characters make brilliant alphabet guides. Little ones can join in the fun with the characters as they start to recognise the shapes and sounds of letters. This bright and colourful board book uses simple text and bold illustrations to introduce the alphabet, and the familiarity of these much-loved characters makes it a perfect beginner’s ABC.

Baby Touch: Numbers

Ladybird’s best-selling Baby Touch series helps to stimulate a baby’s brain from birth, and as they approach the age of one the Baby Touch: Numbers board book is a great way to gently introduce the idea of numbers. With plenty of touch-and-feel areas to discover, as well as bright, bold illustrations featuring friendly characters to help encourage counting, this is a wonderfully inviting book that little ones will enjoy exploring.

Baby Touch: Shapes

As babies grow they start to understand more and more, and books like Baby Touch: Shapes are a fantastic way to help them develop. This colourful board book makes a great addition to any toddler’s library, with its simple text, loveable characters, and a variety of textures for older babies to touch, feel and explore. Baby Touch: Shapes provides a gentle introduction to first shapes by encouraging interaction and play.

My First Colours: Ladybird Learners

Each page in this detailed board book shows a variety of objects grouped according to colour, introducing little ones to themes and concepts as well as their first colours. Great for encouraging recognition and developing early vocabulary, older babies will enjoy exploring all the beautifully detailed illustrations in this book. You'll both have fun talking about the colourful creatures, including a red ladybird, a blue elephant, and a yellow duck.

My First Animals: Ladybird Learners

This captivating board book features a variety of animals in their different environments, from horses to cats to kangaroos. With lots of opportunities to talk about what the animals are doing, reading together is a great way to help extend your toddler’s knowledge and introduce them to new words and sounds. Bright colours, friendly faces and detailed pictures will keep them interested, making this a book you will return to again and again.

My First Numbers: Ladybird Learners

With its catchy rhymes and beautiful illustrations, My First Numbers: Ladybird Learners is a wonderful way to teach your toddler how to count from one to ten. Little ones will enjoy the gentle rhythms and bold, bright colours of this sturdy board book and, as you count the items together, the rhyming text provides plenty of opportunities to extend their vocabulary.

My First ABC: Ladybird Learners

This colourful board book is packed with big ideas and lots of detailed pictures – perfect for introducing older babies to the alphabet. Curious little minds will find plenty to explore, with a variety of friendly characters on hand to help them learn their ABCs. Every letter is shown in upper and lower case and the text is simple and striking, making it easy for toddlers to follow. 

Books for playtime

Farm Hullaballoo! Ladybird Big Noisy Book

A perfect playtime book for babies aged one and above, Farm Hullaballoo! is part of the Ladybird Big Noisy Books series. Animal-loving toddlers will love pressing the buttons to create the sounds of the farm, from chickens, cows and pigs to a big yellow tractor. There is, even more, to discover inside the pages of this robust board book, with detailed pictures exploring several farmyard scenes and lots to see, touch and talk about.

Baby Touch: Vehicles Tab Book

The vehicle-shaped tabs on this interactive board book make turning the pages lots of fun, and older babies will love exploring the stimulating touch-and-feel areas on each spread. From cars and diggers to fire engines and boats, there are lots of interesting vehicles to discover and talk about. Great for introducing your toddler to some new words, the colourful illustrations and fascinating textures also make this a wonderful book for play. 

Baby Touch: Animals Tab Book

This interactive tab book is full of friendly animals, including a lion, a frog, a penguin and a chicken. And, with large textured areas to touch and feel on every page, little ones will find there is also lots to explore inside the pages. Encouraging your toddler to look for and name the different animals is a great way to introduce them to new sounds, while the bright colours will keep them entertained and engaged.

Books for when they’re out and about

A Ladybird Buggy Book: Animals

This first animal words board book can be attached to a buggy with a detachable cloth strap and ring fastener. The pages feature ten stunning original images of animals from the vintage Ladybird archive, including a rabbit, a horse, a zebra and a fish. The animal’s name is shown next to their image on an individual page, making it a great quick read for toddlers on the go.

Baby Touch: Hello! Buggy Book

Great for keeping little ones entertained on the move, this perfectly-sized buggy book features lots of smiling faces for your toddler to look at and interact with. There is also a mirror on the last page so that they can also study their own reflection – a great way to distract young travellers, as well as stimulating their developing brains. 

First birthday gift books

123: A Ladybird Vintage Board Book

Featuring stunning original images from the Ladybird archive, this beautiful board book would make a great first birthday gift. Colourful images of everyday objects, beautifully realised by the Ladybird artists and illustrators of the 1950s, help to introduce young children to the words and shapes of the numbers one to 12. Toy aeroplanes, colouring pencils and miniature yachts are among the items vividly portrayed in this sturdy board book, which also introduces the concept of counting by asking the question 'how many?' 

Baby Touch: Playbook

This delightful first playbook from Ladybird’s award-winning Baby Touch series is perfect for parents and toddlers to explore together. With its mix of bright, bold, colourful images; die-cut pieces and new discoveries on every page, as well as lots of flaps to lift, the playbook is designed to stimulate babies’ developing minds and introduce them to new concepts. Playful, sensory and innovative, it is a great gift book for both parent and child.

Hey Duggee: A Day At The Beach

A great gift for any young fan of CBeebies favourite Hey Duggee, this special hardback picture book features an original Hey Duggee story and lots of activity ideas, as well as a cut-out-and-keep Squirrel Club badge. Little ones will love the story, which sees Duggee and the Squirrel Club head to the beach for a sand-filled adventure.

Baby Touch: Peekaboo

This colourful and tactile lift-the-flap board book from the Baby Touch range features wonderful illustrations, bright colours and patterns, peekaboo flaps and lots of textured areas for little fingers to explore. It’s a book that invites touch and encourages interaction, making it another great gift for adults and their toddlers to enjoy together.

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