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Best books for 1-year-olds

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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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  • Animal ABC

    Author: Jannie Ho

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Animal ABC

    Author: Jannie Ho

    Interest level: 0-3

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    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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  • Hooray for Fish!

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 0-4

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  • Hooray for Fish!

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 0-4

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

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  • It’s A Little Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • It’s A Little Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 0-3

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    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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  • So Cosy

    Author: Lerryn Korda

    Interest level: 1-5

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  • So Cosy

    Author: Lerryn Korda

    Interest level: 1-5

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    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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  • Sometimes

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 1-4

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  • Sometimes

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 1-4

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    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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  • Yawn

    Author: Sally Symes Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 1-3

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  • Yawn

    Author: Sally Symes Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 1-3

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    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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