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14 must-have first books for babies

Build your little one's library with these timeless first books for babies.

By Emily Piccinin

14 must-have first books for babies

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Favourite first books

Favourite first books

Books open a window into our imagination and they’re great for learning and cuddling. Pad your baby’s library with some of these favourite first books.

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Are You My Mother?

Written and illustrated by P.D. Eastman, Random House.


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Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball

Written by Vicki Churchill and illustrated by Charles Fudge, Sterling


Cover art of Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a BallPhoto: Indigo

Goodnight Moon

Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, HarperCollins


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Written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, Scholastic


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Guess How Much I Love You

Written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, Candlewick Press


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Written and illustrated by Eric Carle, Philomel Books


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Night Cars

Written by Teddy Jam and illustrated by Eric Beddows, Groundwood Books


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On The Night You Were Born

Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman, Feiwel&Friends


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Pat the Bunny

Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden Books


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Where’s Spot?

Written and illustrated by Eric Hill, G.P. Putnam’s Sons


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The Very Cranky Bear

Written and illustrated by Nick Bland, Scholastic 


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The Little Engine That Could

Written by Watty Piper, illustrated by Loren Long, Philomel


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Llama Llama Red Pajama

Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney, Viking USA


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Written and illustrated by Herve Tullet, Chronicle Books


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