Baby Touch Animals

Publisher: Ladybird

The excellent Baby Touch series is a real feast for the senses for newborns, and is the perfect introduction to books for the tiniest fingers. The large format books are in sturdy glossy card and are perfectly primed to be chewed and dribbled on.

Clear colourful pictures on plain backgrounds should appeal to those who are ready to start focusing, and for those even further along their journey of bookish discovering, the tactile materials and finishes will be too tempting to resist. Large tabs make turning the pages easier and the peekaboo animals are a nice touch.

The text itself is very basic; mostly just labelling of the animals included, with some sounds to encourage participation on the readers’ behalf. As with all books aimed at the very young, it’s up to the adult showing the book to get the most out of it, but a busy book like this means when babies are strong enough to sit up and turn pages by themselves, there’s plenty of solo enjoyment to be had here, too.

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