A book list by Mark, based on customer favourites and those tried and tested on his own daughter in her first year! Try black and white books for high contrast as baby's vision is developing, touchy-feely and flap books for learning motor skills, sounds books for sonic surprises and simple story books for both baby and reader to enjoy.
Campbell Books and Jo Lodge£6.99 £6.50
Usborne are great on baby books and Jo Lodge's illustrations for this crinkly black and white cloth book are simple but effective.
Xavier Deneux£9.99 £9.29
A lovely dreamy journey for baby and reader, with shiny and bumpy elements to explore.
Pat-a-Cake and Mojca Dolinar£5.99 £5.57
This bedtime read has a captivating combination of black and white and sparkly elements.
Jane Foster£8.99 £8.36
Jane Foster's cloth and board books are perfectly designed for baby's first year, with bright and cheerful images. This cloth book has crinkly elements that babies love.
The felt edges on this touchy feely book are a nice touch and make it nice for baby to hold and even chew.
Lucy Cousins£8.99 £8.36
The size of this book and its big touchy feely elements are really satisfying and easy for baby to find. Lucy Cousins' books are always sure to put a smile on your face.
Sam Taplin and Ana Martin Larranaga£12.99 £12.08
A combination of touchy feely and sound. I love how raucous these sounds are, and they all overlap for a rocking dinosaur chorus at the end!
Victoria Ying£5.99 £5.57
This is just so much fun to operate, and who doesn't want to role-play a dragon? You might be amusing yourself even more than your baby, but honestly there's no harm in that.
Rowena Blyth£6.99 £6.50
Nice big cut-throughs for baby to grab and turn the page, passing through a series of animal homes to wish them all goodnight.
Gerry Turley£6.99 £6.50
Search for Bob the bird among all the other brilliantly named animals in these books with large flaps. Also available: Lois and Bob at the Museum, Lois and Bob at the Park, Lois and Bob at the Seaside
Pat-a-Cake and Mojca Dolinar£5.99 £5.57
Lovely bright colours and big flaps with a fold-out surprise make this one of our favourites. Look out for farmer bear in his tractor, moving further along the horizon on every page.
Nosy Crow and Marion Billet£8.99 £8.36
Marion Billet's illustrations are charming, and the size and easy-to-press sound pads make this series super accessible. I also think the sound quality is fantastic and the pieces of music well chosen. There's a handy on/off switch on the back if you want to just enjoy the illustrations or stop it going off accidentally!
Surya Sajnani£9.99 £9.29
This series has great quality sounds and charismatic illustrations.
Matthew Morgan and Carles Ballesteros£7.99 £7.43
A clever interactive board book in which Bear's face changes expression on every page as we try to amuse him before his mum comes to keep him happy. Whenever I demonstrate this book to a customer they always look very excited and usually buy it!
Lucy Cousins£6.99 £6.50
Lucy Cousins does it again. Everything about this is a winner for me. The bold colours, the simple story, the repetition of the pecking, the tiny baby-finger-shaped holes that the woodpecker pecks and which get more and more numerous... I also love the kind father woodpecker. It's nice to see a good father role model in a board book.
Catherine Rayner£7.99 £7.43
Catherine Rayner's work is always gorgeous and this counting book is something really special.
Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski£6.99 £6.50
A great story to have among baby's first classics, Meg and Mog is impactful and entertaining with memorable images and characters.
Axel Scheffler£5.99 £5.57
Buggy books can be great as a way for baby to enjoy books on the move. I recommend those with big, clear illustrations and where better to start than this series featuring Axel Scheffler's charming illustrations.
words&pictures and Teresa Bellon£7.99 £7.43
My wife wasn't sure a bath book would be necessary. Then I brought this home and she and my daughter loved it. Big black and white illustrations that turn colour when they get wet. Very cool!