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. Playful Lion Handpuppet Book 

Playful Lion is a storybook and puppet in one. Read this lovely rhyming story to see what this friendly lion got up to. Babies and toddlers will have loads of fun watching you act out the story with the lion puppet. 

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. Axel Scheffler's Bag of Nursery Rhymes Collection - 4 Books

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler is one of the best-loved children's book illustrators and authors, he is best-known as the illustrator of Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo and now he's turned his hand to nursery rhymes. Each of the four books in this fantastic collection contains six fun nursery rhymes for you and your little ones to sing together. 

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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