From soothing bedtime tales and touch-and-feel playtime books to beautiful gifts, we’ve hand-picked the best of the bunch for one-year-olds. 

Early learning books

Little Pop-Ups: Little Red Riding Hood (2020)

Little ones can learn their first colours and the tale of Little Red Riding Hood in this charming pop-up book. With every turn of the page, there’s a fun central pop-up with a colour for children to discover. And the tale of Little Red Riding Hood outwitting the big bad wolf merges perfectly. This is a great one to read together at playtime. When your little reader is ready for learning all about numbers, switch over to Little Pop-Ups: Cinderella

Baby Touch: Opposites (2020)

Baby Touch: Opposites is a wonderful and fun stepping stone to teaching little readers about, well, opposites! From big and small, up and down, quiet and loud – learning all about opposite concepts helps improve children's ability to describe things. Plus, little hands will love the touch-and-feel patches.

Baby Touch: Feelings (2020)

Help young readers explore emotions and feelings for the first time with Baby Touch: Feelings. Perfect for sharing together, this interactive board book – with high-contrast colours and touchable patches – is a great tool for helping little ones learn how to express themselves. It even features a special surprise at the end – a mirror! 

In the Night Garden: ABC (2016)

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 (2019)

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 (2019)

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. 

Books for playtime

Baby Touch: Playbook (2019)

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.

Baby Touch: Vehicles Tab Book (2019)

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: Peekaboo (2019)

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.

Baby Touch: Animals Tab Book (2019)

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 to help them snooze

In the Night Garden: Time for Bed (2019)

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 (2016)

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 (2017)

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.

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