Recommended Books for Babies 0 – 12 months
We believe that the best books for babies are those that nurture visual development and help to develop a love of books from a very early age. Books with simple, high-contrast images are proven to have the most appeal to newborn babies because they are most easy for baby to see while their eyesight is still developing. This opinion is shared by Australian website Raising Children, who suggest the best books for babies from birth onwards are as follows:
- books with bright colours or simple, large and high-contrast pictures such as black and white pictures – these are interesting and easy for babies to focus on
- books with different textures so your baby can hear, see and feel the book
- books with pictures of babies and faces
- soft, waterproof plastic and cloth books that can go in your baby’s mouth and into the bath.
Our range includes high-contrast books from the Mesmerised range by Katey Love, as well as books by other publishers that we recommend for babies. Some will have a lot of black and white content, and will therefore be most useful for newborns up to 6 months, while others such as Alphabet Zoo feature high-contrast patterns but also introduce colour and texture, and will appeal particularly to babies 3-4 months old and beyond.
Of course, all babies, no matter how young or old, will enjoy being read to and exploring the pages of these books, so the recommended ages are guidelines only. A mixture of black-and-white, cloth and activity books would be the perfect starter library for your baby, and would get an enormous amount of use over a wide period of time.