Best Books For 1 And 2 Year Olds

Reading to 1 and 2 year old babies, boys and girls, is really important to help increase their vocabulary and to foster a love of books. Books for these children are a lot more interactive than their first baby books and use things like repetative language and a variety of visual formats to catch their attention. There are a vast number of books available to this age group but here are some of our favourites. It doesn’t matter if the child you are buying for is a boy or a girl since the majority of these books will appeal to both.

TOP 10 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 1 YEAR OLDS


Spot books by Eric Hill. Spot the Dog is a much loved children’s book and is extremely popular with young children. Probably the best known book in the series is ‘Wheres Spot’ but there are many more. See the full list of Spot books with prices.


Peepo by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. Another favourite. Lots of detail in the pictures which means plenty to talk about with young children. Each page has a hole in it so you can say peepo at the baby before seeing the whole picture. More Info and Price.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy – the most popular book in a series by Lynley Dodd about a dog called Hairy McClary. Lots of repetition in the stories which are simple but fun. Full List of Hairy Maclary Books.


Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo is part of the Awesome Engines series. It appeals to babies and 1 year olds because of the bright pictures and simple text which also rhymes. This book is a favourite with young children who love machines such as tractors and diggers. Full range of books and prices.


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is a classic lift the flap book which has been around since 1982. It has been a favourite for 1 and 2 year olds ever since. Now available in multiple formats, the original board book is still the one we would want. Dear Zoo Prices


The Going to Bed Book by Sarah Boynton makes going to bed fun. Its about a boat full of animals and their going to bed routine. The illustration are bright and the text rhymes. This is a great bed time book for 1 year olds which they will still be reading as they get older. The Going to Bed Book Prices


Kippers Toy Box by Mike Inkpen. Kipper is a much loved favourite with toddlers and a fun character to introduce to slightly older 1 year olds. There are lots of Kipper the dog stories. More Kipper Books

The Very Hungry Catepillar (board Book) by Eric Carle). Another classic still loved by 1 year old children. The story is simple and easy to follow for young children. They will love poking their fingers in the holes made in the food as the hungry caterpillar eats each day. Lots of fun. Board Book Prices


The Axel Scheffler Pocket Library. A set of 4 board books with Pip The Puppy, Lizzy the Lamb, Katie the Kitten and Freddie the Frog. The pictures are lovely and the text is fun to read and loved by young children. The books are quite small so useful to take out and about with you. Axel Scheffler Pocket Library


There are loads of books in the ‘That’s not my’ series. Each book is a simple board book with very simple bright pictures which have texture areas to touch and feel. For example ‘That’s not my tractor, its seat is too scratchy’ has a scratchy seat to feel. Complete range of Books

TOP 10 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2 YEAR OLDS

Where's My Teddy

Where’s My Teddy – Jez Alborough

We're going on a bear hunt

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Giraffes Cant Dance

Giraffes Cant Dance

Thomas the Tank Engine Books

Thomas The Tank Engine

There was an old lady

There Was An Old Lady

owl Babies

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle – Julia Donaldson

Meg and Mog Books

Olivia Books

Olivia Books – Ian Falconer

10 little monkeys

10 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

For some more ideas about books for 1 and 2 year olds have a look at our other posts such as the best nursery rhyme books for children.

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