Christening Gift Ideas: Best Books to Gift Babies

You'll find the perfect christening gift in our colourful assortment of books for babies. These gorgeous titles will enchant little ones with quirky characters and delightful stories, helping them to develop skills such as language, phonics, shapes, numbers and more.

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1. Peepo! Board Book

Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Babies will love the beautiful, traditional illustrations and gentle rhyming verse of this charming book. This much-loved classic is perfect for introducing babies to games of 'peepo' in a fun, sing-song way.

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2. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

This gorgeous book is perfect to share with babies at playtime, bedtime, or any time at all! They'll love exploring their ten little fingers and ten little toes, which can be played with, tickled, and used for waving!

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3. Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Touch and Feel

Featuring stunning illustrations and exciting textures to explore, babies will love being introduced to Row, Row, Row Your Boat and many other much-loved nursery rhymes. This gorgeous touch-and-feel book provides a fun and tactile reading experience.

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4. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...

Annie Kubler

This beautiful volume constitutes an enchanting introduction to books through a well-known nursery rhyme, providing a fun and exciting learning experience for little ones. It aids language and phonics learning as well as muscle development with fun actions and engaging rhymes.

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5. Dinosaur Rhyme Time

Discover all of your favourite nursery rhymes in this stunning bumper book, along with a cast of cute and cuddly dinosaur friends! Enjoy classic rhymes like Oh the Grand Old Duke of York, Little Miss Muffet, The Wheels on the Bus and many more. Babies will love looking at the colourful pictures and listening to this fun selection of rhymes.

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6. That's Not My Monkey

Fiona Watt

This delightful touch-and-feel book is full of tactile surprises for babies to explore! Simple, repetitive text and a mischievous character make this a book little ones will cherish.

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7. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Other Bedtime Rhymes

This magical touch-and-feel book features some of the most well-known and delightful bedtime lullabies, as well as lots of interesting tactile textures for babies to discover. It provides a wonderful, interactive reading experience, and the gentle rhyming verse will help babies to fall into peaceful sleep.

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8. Baby Touch: Hello, Baby!

Ladybird

Babies will love to look and learn with this exciting touch-and-feel book. It features vibrant pictures on the left-hand page and touch-and-feel baby animals on the right-hand page. Little ones will even be able to see themselves with the mirror surprise at the end!

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9. Dear Zoo Buggy Book

Rod Campbell

For babies on the move, this buggy book is perfect for keeping them entertained. When a letter is written to the zoo requesting a pet, a series of large, frightening and unsuitable animals are sent! Finally, though, the perfect pet is found. Babies will love the vivid colours and funny storyline.

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10. Each Peach Pear Plum

Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Discover beautifully-illustrated characters such as Mother Hubbard, the Three Bears and Tom Thumb on each of the intricate pages of this lovely book. Little booklovers will have so much fun trying to find where each character is hiding! With easy-to-read text and lots to discover on every page, babies will be captivated by this exquisite book.

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    Janet and Allan Ahlberg are the award-winning author-and-illustrator team of Each Peach Pear Plum. This board book version of the best-loved picture book will charm its young readers with a rhyming text and lots of familiar fairy-tale faces.

    On each beautifully illustrated page are characters such as Mother Hubbard, the Three Bears and Tom Thumb and there's tons of fun in store as readers have to find where each one is hiding. This would make a lovely gift for toddlers aged 1+.
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    One of Rod Campell's best loved children's picture books, Dear Zoo, has been adapted to win even more fans! A letter written to the zoo requesting a pet returns a series of large, scary and unsuitable pets until finally the perfect pet is despatched.

    Toddlers and babies will have great fun guessing the next crazy offering from the zoo and turning the chunky pages of this mini board book themselves. Suitable from 0+.
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    All your favourite nursery rhymes seen as never before with a cast of cute and cuddly dinosaurs playing the leading roles! With favourite nursery rhymes including Oh the Grand Old Duke of York and Little Miss Muffet, as well as singalong classics such as the Wheels on the Bus and If You're Happy and You Know It, children will love this adorable and unique collection - rhyme time has never been such fun! Contains: Row, row, row your boat; Oh, the Grand old Duke of York; Little Miss Muffet; Jack and Jill; Doctor Foster; One, two buckle my shoe; The Wheels on the Bus; Round and round the garden; Mary, Mary; Humpty Dumpty; I'm a Little teapot; If you're happy and you know it; Lavender's blue; Ring a ring a roses; Twinkle Twinkle and Rock-a-bye Baby.
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    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.
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    Part of a very popular series that aims to help toddlers develop their language and sensory skills, That's Not My Monkey is a touchy-feely board full of bright artwork and tactile patches.

    With simple, repetitive text and a cheeky character at its heart, there is also a little white mouse for children to spot on every page. Available at a great Book People price, this is a must for any young reader you know.
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    It's hard to believe that Peepo! is over 30 years old - this story of a baby's day is as fresh as the day it was written.

    One of the best books ever published for babies, the Ahlbergs' wit and warmth shine from every page as the cheeky baby explores his world, with a new experience to be peeped at through the hole in each page.
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    Every baby is different, but in some ways they are very much the same. Each one has 10 little fingers and 10 little toes - to play with, to tickle and to wave...

    Written in flowing rhyme by Mem Fox and with artwork from We're Going on a Bear Hunt illustrator Helen Oxenbury, this is a lovely board book to share with little children during playtime, bedtime, in fact, any time at all!

    It will also make a great gift for any new arrival.
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    From the experts at Ladybird, this touch-and-feel Baby Touch book encourages young children to look and learn.

    There are bright pictures on the left-hand page and then touch-and-feel baby animals on the right-hand side. There's even a mirror surprise where babies can see themselves at the end.
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    With exciting textures to touch and Dawn Machell's beautiful illustrations, this book will introduce children to Row, Row, Row your Boat and many other nursery rhymes.

    A brilliant touch-and-feel book that younger readers are sure to enjoy, it provides a fun, tactile reading experience. The padded board format makes it fun for little hands to hold.
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    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is one of the most famous lullabies and this touch-and-feel book helps bring the bedtime rhyme (and many others) to life.

    A padded board book, it has beautiful artwork from Dawn Machell and the various textures provide a fun and tactile reading experience.