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Best books for babies 0-12 months

Baby's very first black and white book: Babies

Babies love snuggling up close with you and listening to the sound of your voice.

Newborn babies in particular often love high-contrast images such as black-and-white patterns. As they get a little bit older, they’re likely to be fascinated by photos of other babies and gentle rhymes.

Here's a selection of fantastic books to try with your baby.

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  • Clip-Clop

    Author: Nicola Smee

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Clip-Clop

    Author: Nicola Smee

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Cat, Dog, Pig and Duck all want a ride on Mr Horse. Once on board, they want to go faster and faster.. but will that lead to disas…

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  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 0-4

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  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

    Interest level: 0-4

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    This classic book from author and illustrator team Janet and Allan Ahlberg is a real favourite with families

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  • Everywhere Babies

    Author: Susan Meyers Illustrator: Marla Frazee

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Everywhere Babies

    Author: Susan Meyers Illustrator: Marla Frazee

    Interest level: 0-3

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    This gorgeous board book follows all sorts of babies – 'small babies, tall babies, winter and spring babies' – over the cours…

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  • Goodnight Moon

    Author: Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Herd

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Goodnight Moon

    Author: Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Herd

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Margaret Wise Brown's comforting, rhythmical text makes Goodnight Moon a timeless picture book, which is known and loved around th…

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  • Kiss Goodnight

    Author: Jane Cabrera

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Kiss Goodnight

    Author: Jane Cabrera

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Say goodnight to lots of animals as the moon comes up. A beautifully illustrated, simple and soothing read that is perfect fo…

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  • Little Truck

    Author: Taro Gomi

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Little Truck

    Author: Taro Gomi

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Little Truck is eager to get ahead but he needs the help of his ever-watchful parent when he gets tired. A cute and concise story …

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  • Where’s Mr Lion?

    Author: Ingela Arrhenius

    Interest level: 0-2

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  • Where’s Mr Lion?

    Author: Ingela Arrhenius

    Interest level: 0-2

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    Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly savannah animals hiding behind bright felt flaps. You're in for a t…

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  • Who?

    Author: Robie H Harris Illustrator: Natascha Rosenberg

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Who?

    Author: Robie H Harris Illustrator: Natascha Rosenberg

    Interest level: 0-3

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    This board book will delight babies who love to look at pictures of other babies. Each page asks ‘Who?’ and then answers with a di…

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