Baby bookshop - all ages

20 must-have books for your child's bookshelf!

Based on recommendations, hours of reading children's books and lots of consulting friends, fellow-parents and grandparents, these are some of the must-have books for your child's bookshelf! 

Bath books

Bathtime is another perfect opportunity for you and your child to share a book and the books below offer a great variety of themes and stories. 

Behaviour / Emotions

Learning about behaviour and dealing with emotions can be difficult for babies and toddlers. This selection of books should help you discuss various situations with your child.

Black and white books / High contrast

Very young children are able to focus more easily on high contrast, black and white images. Any of these books would make a perfect gift for a new-born.

Board books

These well-made, sturdy board books are perfect for small hands to hold and will endure any amount of drool, chewing and biting!

Books about transport

Children seem to love looking at and hearing about the various modes of transport in the world! We've pulled together this great group of books all about things that go!

Books with CDs

All of these books have a wonderful accompanying CD. Some will narrate the story, others will have songs to which you can sing-along! All of them will be enjoyed by your little one. 

Books with tabs

All of these books have strong, sturdy tabs for your child to pull on to reveal a hidden surprise within the pages!

Buggy books

If you're out and about, one of these books designed specifically to attach to a buggy could be perfect for keeping your little one entertained.

Cloth books

Very young babies will love touching these soft, tactile cloth books. A perfect gift for a new born. 

Daily events / Life events

Babies and toddlers have to deal with so many new situations on an almost daily basis! This collection of books should help you talk to your child about the various things that may happen in their first few years. 

Fairy tales

Visit faraway lands with these much-loved fairy tales. Great for cuddling up with at bedtime and playing make-believe.

Family favourites

Looking for one of the classics? You should find just what you're looking for in this collection of well-known and loved stories and picture books. 

Finger puppet books

A little finger puppet makes these books come alive and will be an interesting addition to your child's reading experience. 

First books

A wonderful collection of books with simple words and pictures for the very young. 

First words / Learning the alphabet

This collection of books will begin to introduce your babies and toddlers to some key first words and the concept of the alphabet. 

Great gift ideas

A beautiful book always makes a lovely gift that will last. Choose from these carefully selected titles to ensure your present will be a hit! 

Interactive / Activity books

These books are designed to fully engage your child in the reading / storytime experience. Pull the tabs, lift the flaps, turn the wheels and enjoy the pop-ups, often all in one book!

Learning about numbers

This collection of books will begin to introduce your little one to numbers and the concept of counting. 

Learning about shapes

Any of the books in this collection will help your child to learn to recognise shapes. 

Learning colours

A wonderful selection of books focusing on learning the different colours

Lift-the-flap books

There is a world of discovery in this group of books if you encourage your little one to lift all the flaps!

Little libraries / Box sets

These lovely box sets would make a perfect gift for a little one. Each book is a great size for little hands to get to grips with and they each come with a box to keep the books safe!

Nursery rhymes / Sing-a-long

Singing and acting out nursery rhymes with your child can be great fun and is an important element of language development.


These beautifully illustrated books will introduce your child to the concept of opposites. 

Pop-up books

This collection of pop-up books will delight and surprise your child and make storytime an exciting experience!

Rhyming books

These books all have wonderful stories that are written in rhyme which is a great way for children to learn and remember vocabulary. 

Second language books

Do you speak more than one language at home? One of the carefully selected books below could help your child to engage and embrace that language.  

Sound books

Your babies and toddlers will love the addition of sounds when reading a book! These books help with picture and sound recognition and the sound buttons certainly add a fun element to storytime. 


There's nothing better than a wonderfully told story to engage your baby or toddler in reading. The books below are a mixture of some fantastic new books and some older classics. 

Touch and feel books

Children learn through touch so they will love the different textures in this great list of books

Well known characters

These books feature some of the well-known characters you and your little ones have come to know and love!

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