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Best books for 1-year-olds

Roar: a big-mouthed book of noises

Toddlers at this age are often getting better at using their hands, so they’ll love board books with flaps and trying to turn the pages.

They love listening to you, so why not try out some silly animal noises and books with fun rhymes?

Here are some of our favourite books for sharing with 1-year-olds. 

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  • Yawn

    Author: Sally Symes Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 3-6

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  • Yawn

    Author: Sally Symes Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 3-6

    This yawn is contagious. It starts with Sean and then is passed from animal to animal, until they all snuggle up to sleep. An…

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  • So Cosy

    Author: Lerryn Korda

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 3-6

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  • So Cosy

    Author: Lerryn Korda

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 3-6

    Dog is snuggled up in his bed, and it's awfully cosy. Then goose comes along and notices how cosy dog is, so she joins him. Then c…

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  • Animal ABC

    Author: Jannie Ho

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Animal ABC

    Author: Jannie Ho

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: 5+

    Some unusual animal choices complete the alphabet in this funky, modern animal-themed ABC board book: a cute and fun mus…

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  • Sometimes

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Sometimes

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

    This is a warm book about unconditional love. A perfect book for encouraging children to do what they want with reassuring support…

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  • It’s A Little Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • It’s A Little Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 4+

    This is a really simple and fun book to read, encouraging interaction between the book and the child, and the reader and little on…

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  • Time to Go with Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: N/A

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  • Time to Go with Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: N/A

    Teeny hands will love turning the flaps of this adorable board book about the very keen and creative Ted on his daily outings.&nbs…

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  • Hooray for Fish!

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Hooray for Fish!

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

    Lucy Cousins gently introduces first concepts: simple colours, spots and stripes, being happy and grumpy, counting one two three, …

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