We always like to buy books as gifts for a new baby, it’s never too early to start reading and enjoying books with a baby and they are a perfect present to start them on what will hopefully be a life-long love of reading. With a brand new baby in our family we wanted to put together a first book bundle to start this little one’s library and to introduce the new parents to some fabulous authors, illustrators and publishers that they may not know about yet. Here are the books we chose…
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson, published by Walker Books
Starting with a classic, this is the tale of three baby owls who are anxiously waiting for their mummy to come home. This is a book we’ve enjoyed again and again with its beautifully descriptive language and gorgeous ending, it’s a perfect book about the love between a child and their care-giver.
Buy Owl Babies from Amazon.
Bedtime for Baby by Helen Stephens published by Campbell Books
We picked up a copy of this cute little board book from our local library as they were giving copies away, perfect to add to our bundle.
With bright and bold illustrations and big flaps for little hands to lift, this is a gorgeous first baby book from one of our favourite picture book makers.
My First Book of Vehicles by Alain Grée, published by Button Books
No collection of baby books would be complete without some first word books and we love the vintage style illustrations by Alain Grée. Vehicles are so fascinating for little ones and this handy sized book covers them all from cars and buses to ocean liners and moon buggies.
Buy My First Book of Vehicles from Amazon.
Jane Foster’s London, published by Templar Books
We had to include a Jane Foster book in this collection, her style of illustration is so stylish and with bright contrasting colours these first word books are instantly engaging. We chose the London book as it is relevant to the family but there are many more to choose from. Take a look at her wonderful collection on her website here.
Buy London from Amazon.
Where’s Mr Lion by Ingela P Arrhenius, published by Nosy Crow
A sweet and colourful hide and seek book from one of our favourite publishers. Wonderfully tactile with felt flaps and a surprise mirror on the last page, always a winner for little ones.
Buy Where’s Mr Lion from Amazon.
ABC – A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw, published by Nosy Crow in association with The National Trust
We chose ABC from Rosalind Beardshaw’s series of first words and concepts books – A Walk in the Countryside. Each book follows two friends as they explore the beautiful countryside making many discoveries on the way.
In ABC the friends find 26 different things whilst out and about that begin with the different letters of the alphabet. From A is for ant all the way to Z is for zigag as these two play with their yachts in a stream.
Buy ABC – A Walk in the Countryside from Amazon.
Edie by Sophy Henn, published by Puffin
Sophy Henn is a wonderful picture book maker with characters who reflect the world of little people perfectly. In this book Edie is a helpful little girl, as helpful as can be. However, her slightly over zealous efforts aren’t always fully appreciated by the rest of her family. We love the way the illustrations and narrative in Henn’s books often contradict each other, a great starting point for conversations about noticing other people’s viewpoints.
Buy Edie from Amazon.
Bee: Nature’s Tiny Miracle by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup, published by Little Tiger Kids
We just had to include a book with Britta Teckentrup’s mesmerising illustrations and we settled on this wonderful book by Patricia Hegarty as it celebrates the amazing world of bees, a favourite topic of ours.
With cutout illustrations to peek through that build up to form the shape of honeycomb the book follows the bee as it buzzes from flower to flower over meadows and through woodlands. Bursting with bright colours and accompanied by a beautiful rhyming text this book is a true gem.
Buy Bee: Nature’s Tiny Miracle from Amazon.
Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph, published by Harper Collins
We wanted to include a book with a message to empower this brand new person to be confident in who they are and this picture book from Rob Biddulph is perfect.
The story of a dog who just doesn’t fit in with the others and sets off on a journey to find where she belongs. After many miles she meets a new friend who makes her see being who you are is something to be proud of.
Incredibly stlyish and vibrant, Rob Biddulph’s picture books are always a joy to read, with powerful words of wisdom wrapped up in a perfect rhyming story.
“So blaze a trail. Be who you are.”
Buy Odd Dog Out from Amazon.
Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers, published by Harper Collins
Finally, we went for this stunning new work from picture book master, Oliver Jeffers. Written by Jeffers following the birth of his son, this book is a guide to living on earth. A beautiful and tender observation of the planet we live on with gentle explanations and advice on how to look after it.
Wonderful illustrated spreads feature animals, landscapes and people of the world, the love in these pages is palpable, a perfect keepsake to be treasured.
There are so many poignant words of wisdom in this book but this has to be one of our favourites:
“We may all look different, act and sound different… but don’t be fooled, we are all people.”
Buy Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth from Amazon.
Which books would you add to our bundle as essentials for a new baby? Are there any books/authors/illustrators you always go to when buying a new baby gift? Let us know in the comments below.Follow @Acornbooks
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