A child’s first years are formative in their development of literacy, and parents and caretakers have a crucial role to play. Reading aloud with your child builds phonological awareness and expands their understanding of the world around them. By reading with your child, you are also strengthening important early literacy skills and sowing the seeds of a lifelong love for reading.
Our Early Literacy librarians have selected these picture books for you and your child to read together. They feature catchy rhymes, lift-the-flap surprises, and funny, relatable stories that are perfect for beginner readers. We hope that you will discover some new favourites to enjoy as a family!
Who Am I?
Author: Tristan Mory
Publisher: Paris, France: Twirl/E´ditions Milan, 2018
Call No.: English MOR
Summary: Hoo, hoo! Ribbit, ribbit! Yip, yip! Little ones will enjoy discovering the animals that appear in this visually dynamic and engaging pull-tab book. Tabs reveal ears, eyes, noses, mouths, and even tongues of the 10 special creatures. And children will be delighted with the sweet surprise at the end, when a baby animal makes a special appearance!
Author: Tiago Americo
Publisher: London: Campbell Books, 2019
Call No.: English 551.45 BEA
Summary: What will you find on the beach? This stimulating lift-the-flap book is full of touch-and-feel fun to help develop your baby's sensory awareness.
Baby Hugs: A Cuddle Book of Hugs
Author: Genine Delahaye
Publisher: London: Little Tiger Press, 2018
Call No.: English BAB
Summary: This gorgeous gift book with a soft, padded heart on the cover introduces adorable animal characters as they share hugs throughout the day!
Out of This World: A Shiny Fold-Out Book
Author: Kat Uno
Publisher: London: Pat-a-Cake, 2019
Call No.: English 523.2 OUT
Summary: This shiny fold-out frieze book introduces big ideas to little ones! This first book about space will delight young babies. With shiny foil to focus on and bright colour to capture and keep their attention, this book will be revisited time and time again - and also be interesting to older toddlers. One side of the frieze shows the planets in our solar system, and the other side shows a big view from the International Space Station. Perfect to fold out and prop on the floor to keep babies entertained during tummy time or playtime.
Round and Round the Garden
Author: Annie Kubler
Publisher: Swindon: Child's Play, 2018
Call No.: English 398.8 KUB
Summary: This award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development.
Spots and Stripes
Author: Mojca Dolinar
Publisher: London: Pat-a-Cake, 2019
Call No.: English DOL
Summary: Babies will love this bright and bold high-contrast book, perfect for sharing from birth. Spots and Stripes aids the development of early coordination by encouraging babies to reach for and explore the bumpy shapes. Babies will react with delight as they touch and count the pictures of silly animal friends, while the simple text prompts parent interaction. Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, high-contrast shapes and patterns give newborns something simple to focus on, respond to and interact with.
Ears, Nose, Eyes... Surprise!
Author: Sarah Jones
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio: Blue Manatee Press, 2018
Call No.: English JON
Summary: “There's a surprise. What could it be? Use all five senses to find clues with me!" The final installment of Sarah Jones's ROYGBaby series, Ears, Nose, Eyes... Surprise! will have young readers eager to learn what their own senses can help them discover.
That's Not My Chick... Its Beak is Too Shiny
Author: Fiona Watt
Publisher: London: Usborne Publishing, 2018
Call No.: English WAT
Summary: That's Not My Chick is a delightful touchy-feely book with simple, repetitive text and bright, colourful illustrations with textures to touch and feel on every page.
Clap Hands: A First Book for Babies
Author: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: London: Walker Books, 2018
Call No.: English OXE
Summary: Clap your hands and make some noise with this bright and cheerful board book. The much-loved and cherished babies are back in these delightful stories to help engage toddlers and encourage a love of reading.
Author: Lemon Ribbon Studio
Publisher: London: Ladybird Books, 2019
Call No.: English 629.22 VEH
Summary: Babies and toddlers will love this interactive touch-and-feel tab book from Ladybird's best-selling Baby Touch series. Use the vehicle-shaped tabs with your baby to turn the pages and find and name the different bright vehicles throughout, from cars and trains to helicopters and diggers. There are also big, stimulating touch-and-feel areas to stroke and talk about on every page - which wheel feels bumpy? Which window feels shiny? With each page featuring a different vehicle, this is a perfect first word book for all young baby and toddler fans of things that go.
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