wee books : 6 picture books for one-year-olds

posted on: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

At nearly 18 months the lady adores books. She adores books about babies best of all. But as she often won't let me read a story the whole way through we do lots of looking and pointing at the "baybees!" in her current fave, 'Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes'.

'Ten Little Fingers' is also one of the top picks for toddlers from our new resident expert, Erin (from The Kids' Bookshop) and her one-year-old son. Here are their other fabulous five faves:

1. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd.
"We have a collection of Hairy Maclary titles and they are all great fun to read. Dodd is a master of rollicking text that rolls off the tongue and creates a sense of action and adventure. These were the first books my little one actually wanted to sit and listen to and the first ones he chuckled over."

2. Where is the Green Sheep? + 3. Ten Little Fingers, and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox.
"You cannot go past Mem Fox for toddlers. Both these titles have wonderful rhyming and repetitive text that toddlers love. And who can resist tickling toddler fingers and toes as you read? Your baby will love it."

4. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland.
"This title is hilarious and my toddler just can’t get enough. With perfect rhyming text and very funny illustrations, this is great for practising your pauses and surprises. And it has a lovely message too."

5. I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian.
"As mentioned, this is great for actions. Toddlers will relate to the little dinosaur who doesn’t want to bathe and I have to admit that it causes a lot of hilarity and is probably not terribly suitable for winding down before bedtime…but it’s heaps of fun. The sturdy pages make it perfect for toddler hands too."

6. Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg.
"An absolute classic, this is one I can recite from my childhood. As children get older they can begin to search the illustrations for the characters, but to begin with, it just has lovely rhyming text."

Thanks for your picks Erin! I also remember 'Each Peach Pear Plum', definitely a read I'm going to rustle up for the lady.

Are your faves in the bunch? Any must-reads you can recommend from your library? I'd love to hear!


  1. We love all of these!
    Currently on high rotation in our house with 15 month old are:
    Her favourites: Lost and Found, Giraffes can't Dance and all the That's not my .... range. She also loves word books at the moment.
    My favourites are Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Snail and the Whale and Magic Beach.
    Her Dad has a strong bias towards all things Dr Suess.

    1. ooh, apart from Lost and Found, Magic Beach and Dr Seuss (love, love, love) I haven't read the others. yay for more reads! x

    2. I think you will love Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley - my sister is a Primary teacher and it's one of her favourites to use with littles!
      I also love Fancy Nancy and Wonkey Donkey!x

  2. My little girl has the green sheep book and goes nuts for it! I can't let her have too many paper books in her reach as she tears them up but she has a pile of cardboard and fabric books she constantly turns pages and looks at.

  3. These all look so good. I love finding new books for A that she will actually sit through and these all look perfect!


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