Top 10 Best Animal Books for Babies

Discover a host of delightful characters and gentle stories in these animal books for babies. Featuring enchanting tales, touchy-feely features, noisy buttons and lift-the-flap adventures, babies are sure to be captivated by these charming books.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

This classic picture book has enchanted generations of little ones with colourful collage pictures and a simple, sweet story. Featuring die-cut pages and finger-sized holes for babies to explore, the story of the hungry green caterpillar with a very big appetite is sure to captivate little booklovers.

2. Elmer

David McKee

The adorable patchwork elephant Elmer has been a beloved children's character for decades. A gorgeous read, this book will show youngsters that it's okay to be different and not just one of the herd! Featuring lots of fun and colour, babies will adore this vibrant book.

3. Pip and Posy Series

Axel Scheffler

This series of storybooks features a rabbit, Pip, and a mouse, Posy, and the heaps of fun - as well as the troubles! - they experience in daily life. From making new friends to sharing toys to nibbling on snacks, even the littlest of readers will find these stories fun and engaging, and will love looking at the exuberant illustrations.

4. Peppa's Super Noisy Sound Book


This fantastically fun interactive book sees the adorable Peppa Pig and her little brother George have a very noisy day indeed! With a whopping 18 sound buttons to press as you read the story, babies will adore this bright, bold, loud book.

5. Dinosaur Rhyme Time

Discover all of your favourite nursery rhymes in this gorgeous 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.

6. That's Not My Monkey

Fiona Watt

This delightful touch-and-feel board 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.

7. My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This handy buggy book is perfect for babies on the move! It stars the famous half-grizzly bear, half-buffalo - the Gruffalo! Introduce little ones to this wonderful character with this lightweight little book, which can be attached to your buggy to entertain your baby on all their travels.

8. Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

This simple but engaging story features fun flaps to lift, guaranteed to enchant babies! Look under the flaps to find the perfect pet and uncover all sorts of exotic creatures. What will it be next - an elephant, a monkey, perhaps even a lion? With charming repetition and delightful illustrations, this is a tried-and-tested favourite with babies.

9. Peppa Pig Stories

These bright, bubbly storybooks star the much-loved (and very sweet!) little Peppa Pig. Peppa has all sorts of fun adventures, such as going on holiday, playing basketball, and even meeting the Queen! Her friends and family have their own exciting stories, too. With so many characters to cherish, and heaps of charm and fun, young animal-lovers will adore these tales.

10. Night Night Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

This is the softest, sweetest bedtime treat for babies, with a gorgeous cloth book featuring some of Beatrix Potter's best-loved characters. It includes two exciting rustly pages which little hands will love to explore! Munch lettuce with Benjamin Bunny, crunch through leaves with Squirrel Nutkin, and rediscover lots of other charming characters, including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and a sleepy Flopsy Bunny.

  • AKQVF 3 years +
    3 years +
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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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    Introduce your baby or little one to a much-loved character with this Gruffalo Buggy Book.

    Ideal to take with them on their many journeys, the book is perfect for little paws and features all the characters from the Deep Dark Wood!

    With Axel Scheffler's trademark illustrations featured throughout, this is a bright and bold introduction to Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo.
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    Elmer the patchwork elephant is the star of this gorgeous picture book.

    David McKee's stunning illustrations give Elmer lots of toddler appeal and this is a lovely book to read to youngsters to illustrate the message that it's OK to be different and not just one of the crowd!

    Elmer offers lots of fun and laughter for readers aged 1 and over.
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    Pip and Posy are a popular duo created by Axel Scheffler - the illustrator behind the Gruffalo - and this gentle and funny, padded book finds them making a new friend...

    Pip and Posy are having a lovely day at the seaside, collecting shells and digging in the sand. While Posy's enjoying a nap, Pip makes friends with Zac - a cool boy who has lots of fun toys and beach gear. He's even good at handstands.

    When Posy wakes up, she's frustrated to learn that Pip is more interested in playing with Zac than her... but soon they realise that while two's company, three's a party!
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    Night Night Peter Rabbit is the softest, cosiest bedtime treat for sleepy babies. This delightful cloth book, based on some of Beatrix Potter's best-loved characters, includes two enticingly rustly pages that are sure to hold the attention of every wriggly baby!

    Get ready to crunch some lettuce with Benjamin Bunny and rustle through the leaves with Squirrel Nutkin. Other characters to meet include Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten, Mrs Tittlemouse and a sleepy Flopsy Bunny!

    Beatrix Potter's world-renowned classic artwork style, the softest fabric and a very smart presentation box all add up to the perfect gift for a new baby.
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    Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo has been published in a sturdy board book format to suit very young children. The lively illustrations, simple story and engaging lift-the-flap fun guarantee the book's toddler appeal.

    With its repetition and appealing illustrations, this is bound to be a favourite choice at bedtime for toddlers from 1 and over.
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    Eric Carle's classic book has enchanted generations of children with its colourful collage illustrations and simple story.

    With die-cut pages and finger-sized holes for little ones to explore, the story of the hungry green caterpillar with a very big appetite is simply one of the best children's books of all time.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for children from 1+ and good for talking with older toddlers about how caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies.
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    Peppa's Super Noisy Sound Book is a fun, interactive sound book, for fans of Peppa Pig! Snort! Find out what happens when Peppa and George's very quiet day turns very noisy indeed! With 18 sound buttons to press as you read the story, this is a super noisy gift for every Peppa fan! Based on the BAFTA award-winning animation. There are lots more Peppa Pig books from Ladybird for you to enjoy including: The Big Tale of Little Peppa and Play with Peppa Hand Puppet Book.
  • Peppa Pig Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780241275771
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    This collection of Peppa Pig stories comes in a big, green bag and will delight fans of the famous cartoon.

    The 10 fun books follow Peppa as she plays basketball; goes on holiday; and even meets the Queen. Her friends and family also have a chance to shine - George gets a brand new dinosaur toy; and Grampy Rabbit blasts off into space.

    With bright and bold artwork in every book and the familiar characters, this is an oink-some collection for young children who love all things Peppa!
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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.