World Book Day 2021: Top ten best books for both babies and toddlers

World Book Day 2021: Top ten best books for both babies and toddlers

It’s World Book Day, one of our favourites! Reading to little ones, even if they don’t quite understand them yet, creates a bond between you and implements a ritual and routine.

Once they’re older, reading together is great for developing imaginations and storytelling skills. What’s better, lots of local bookstores have signed up to ‘Bookshop’, an online collection of stores that you are able to purchase books through. It means that you can still support local businesses that are currently unable to trade on the high street, so we’ve included these where we could!

Best books for babies 0-12 months

Baby’s Very First Black and White Little Library

Baby’s eyes focus really well on black and white images, so this selection of early learning books uses only a splash of colour to illustrate familiar moods, feelings, animals and people.

Jellycat Jungly Tails Book 

This book is suitable from birth, with soft and squishy tails for your babies to play with and explore animals in the forest. It is full of stimulating colours and textures. 

Baby Touch: Busy Baby

This large and bright touch-and-feel book aids language development with rhyming words and repetitive phrases throughout.

Orange Pear Apple Bear 

From the award-winning author and illustrator Emily Gravett, this thick board book uses simple and repetitive wording to get your baby’s attention. This is available to purchase online through Chorlton Bookshop and avoids the other shopping giants!

Look! Look! 

Another simple and stylish black and white book to help capture your baby’s attention. An old classic with great reviews and perfect for little eyes to wonder over.

Baby Touch: Playbook

Go on an adventure with this touch and feel board book, designed to encourage interaction and play. Order it through Warrington’s local Forget Me Not Bookshop.


Who’s that? That’s who! Join Dada, Mama, Doggie, Gramma and Grandpa in this carefully thoughtout book.

Baby’s Very First Big Playbook

This bright, colourful and large book is brought to life with a sound panel and touch and feel patches to accompany the illustrations. Great for attention grabbing and encouraging interactive learning.

Where’s Spot?

Find Spot the Dog around the house in this cute and classic lift-the-flap book by Eric Hill.

Teddy Bedtime

Repetitive, rhyming and perfect for reading aloud before bed. Snuggle up with teddy and friends in this humorous and heart-warming book.

Best books for toddlers (aged 12+ months)

Colourful books and reading aloud ahead! Settle down, let them pick which one to read from the pile and enjoy interaction and learning together.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

A bold, funny and touching tale which explores the theme of self-confidence and belief.

Maisy’s Bus

Join Maisy and her friends on their big day out, encouraging learning of first words with simple sentences and big bold drawings. It is also wipeable, ideal for messy hands!

Talking Toddlers: Vehicles I Love 

Another one great for speech development, this book is packed with matching pictures and words to encourage recognition.

Splash, Anna Hibiscus! 

Join Anna on a day out to the beach, splashing in the waves with her family. This one helps to support a small business, too.

Rosa Loves Dinosaurs

Another from Mirror Me Write bookshop, this tale explores inclusivity and is a feel-good story for reading aloud.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

A look at babies around the world all with one thing in common – having ten little fingers and ten little toes! An introduction to ‘people like me’ and great for number learning.

Guess How Much I Love You

A heart-warming children’s classic ideal for bedtime, beautifully illustrated with a family of hares.

Help! My Dinosaurs are Lost in the City! 

A Where’s Wally style book to encourage interaction, thinking and problem solving together. Help spot Roxy, Dingo and Dash in a range of locations around the city.

Roald Dahl’s Colours

This giant ‘lift the flap’ book helps tots begin to learn all the colours of the rainbow and is of course fabulously illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Roar: A big-mouthed book of noises

Get vocal with this noisy book which explores loud animals – the sound effects are down to you! Great for interaction and encouraging copying to make learning come alive.


We hope you enjoy our list and we would love to see your pictures with your little ones and their favourite books with you can share on our Facebook pages!