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Great Books Guide 2018: for children aged 0-3

Count with Little Fish

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2018), which we think any baby or toddler aged 0-3 will love. We definitely do!

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  • Animal ABC

    Author: Jannie Ho
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Some unusual animal choices complete the alphabet in this funky, modern animal-themed ABC board book: a cute and fun must-read for pre-schoolers starting to learn their letters.

  • Birdy & Bou

    Author: David Bedford Illustrator: Mandy Stanley
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The bright colours, bold style and short text make this a lovely picture book for young readers moving up from board books. It's a simple story of a new friendship with a useful message of sharing together.

  • Car, Car, Truck, Jeep

    Author: Katrina Charman Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Putting a new slant on an old favourite, this colourful rhyming journey to the seaside is sung to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and showcases vehicles and transport of all kinds. Joyful, noisy and exciting.

  • Circle Rolls

    Author: Barbara Kanninen Illustrator: Serge Bloch
    Publisher: Phaidon

    The force of a tiny man’s sneeze sends Circle rolling off on an eventful adventure, where he encounters a variety of other shapes. This humorous picture book is an ideal way to introduce shape and colour to young children.

  • Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks

    Author: Yu-hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This super chunky board book edition has lovely bright illustrations for little ones to enjoy. It also has fabulous pull tabs to explore, revealing the next part of the song – the best one being a little wheel that makes the ducks swim round a pond.

  • Hello Zoo

    Author: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Ludo the cat has come to the zoo in this cute and colourful board book. He peeks behind the giant fold-out flaps to find some other animals to play with... The lovely illustrations here have lots of little details to enjoy.

  • Hello, Hello

    Author: Brendan Wenzel
    Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle

    Say ‘Hello!’ to a whole host of familiar, and more unusual, animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures in this stunning picture book with an underlying ecological message.

  • I Am Bat

    Author: Morag Hood
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This brilliantly funny, fruit-filled book captures the fickleness and changing whims of childhood in a few short sentences and brightly coloured images. Bat is a fully formed character from page one, full of quickly changing emotions and bursting with vitality. 

  • Little Truck

    Author: Taro Gomi
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    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 about little ones taking their first steps of independence: the illustrations are really effective and the text is lovely to read aloud.

  • Look, There’s a Helicopter

    Author: Esther Aarts
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Fans of helicopters will love this interactive and rhyming board book: just follow the holes in each image to follow the story on the next page...

  • Who’s Wearing a Hat?

    Author: Sam Taplin Illustrator: Stephen Barker
    Publisher: Usborne

    Cats, monkeys, birds, frogs and tortoises parade through the pages of this bright board book, which encourages babies to spot details and learn to talk about pictures.

  • Poor Little Rabbit

    Author: Jörg Mühle
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    This is a simple and clever idea to make reading a really interactive experience. Children can play along with making Bunny better as they wipe away his tears, brush off the dirt and stick a plaster on his elbow. 

  • Count with Little Fish

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Lucy Cousins brings her bold and bright illustrations to a set of books for babies featuring fish. This sturdy board book counts from one to ten with brightly coloured fish on each page.

  • Story Time with Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Another addition to the fab board book series for tiny tots, starring Ted. This time, Ted is getting geared up for story time. This is a perfect reminder of just how exciting story time can be.

  • Swapsies

    Author: Fiona Roberton
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    This clever and minimal little story about three friends, their favourite toys and what happens when you share is very good indeed. The humour and the simple but sparky language is perfectly pitched at little ones.

  • Mad About Trucks and Diggers

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    From a steam roller to a fire engine, a dumper truck to a digger, a transporter or crane: this fun-filled picture book features a myriad of exciting vehicles for children to explore.

  • Tiger, Tiger, Time to Take a Bath

    Author: Jo Lodge
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    With brilliant moving parts made from sturdy, thick card, toddlers will love to wiggle the sliding tabs and help these animal characters with their personal grooming. A fun and useful first book on hygiene and self-care. 

  • Want to Play Trucks?

    Author: Ann StottIllustrator: Bob Graham
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Beautifully observed illustrations complement a thoughtful tale about two boys trying to reconcile their different interests and find enough common ground to play happily together. 

  • Who is Sleeping?

    Author: Petr Horáček
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Petr Horáček’s friendly and colourful nature illustrations are showcased in this simple and effective lift-the-flap book, with sturdy pages that are perfect for curious little hands.

  • Wiggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A collection of playtime rhymes that encourage physical activity in this charming little board book: from wiggly pigs to a crunchy, munchy lunchtime with a crocodile. Lots of fun!