Bookshelf must-haves for your developing child

From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, these must-read books for your developing child.

Black and White Books for Babies

Babies vision takes a while to fully develop and the easiest way for them to appreciate books at this young age is by looking at those with black and white pages, simple lines and bold patterns.

The bold images stand out against a blurry world and these black and white books are perfect for helping baby learn how to focus.

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Board Picture books

Many bookshelf must-haves come in board book format which are perfect for rough and tumble babies and toddlers. The pages of board books are strong and sturdy which make them ideal for toddlers to grip the pages and flip through more easily.

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Books About ABC

ABC Books are so important and helpful for teaching your child to recognise the alphabet.

There are zillions of ABC books out there and finding a good one can be tricky. It’s wonderful to see the interesting, creative, clever and fun ways many authors and illustrators have approached ABC books.

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Books About Animals

Animals have been one of the most popular topics amongst kids for generations. The diverse shapes, colours and sounds make animal books a definite favourite at story time. Animals can bring silliness and playfulness to a story making it more enjoyable for young readers.

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Books About Colours and Shapes

Created to stimulate baby’s visual and physical senses, these colour and shape books will help your little ones learn to recognise shapes and colours for the first time.

With the simple and eye catching pages in these books, it’s never too early to introduce shapes and colours to your little ones.

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Books About First Words

These engaging and clever books are beautifully designed to help your child find those important first words. Most word books are wonderfully illustrated with simple and recognisable words perfect for introducing the names of common objects to your child.

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Books About Numbers

If your child is ready to count and learn about numbers, books about numbers are a great way to start. Great number books spark imagination and curiosity. Number books aren’t always just about teaching your child to count perfectly, but more about making them feel like they’re learning.

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Lift the Flap Books

Bring the pages to life and add interactivity with lift the flap books. Kids can explore a farm with hidden animals or search for characters by lifting paper flaps to reveal their hiding spots!

Lift the flap books offer incredible discoveries to make language, object recognition and development so much more fun.

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Sound Books

If you’re having trouble engaging your young reader with books, sound books are great for changing the dynamic of reading for children. The audio sounds help the child stay engaged as well as helping them recognise sounds and the pronunciation of words.

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Touch and Feel Books

Create a more sensory experience and add a new spin on books! Touch and feel books offer young children the opportunity to discover surfaces that are smooth, furry, woolly, rigid, silky, feathery and so many more. Learning about fluffy cats, furry rabbits and other objects while touching and feeling a new texture is a super fun way to experience story time.

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Bedtime

Bed time! Some parents may argue, the best time of the day. Snuggling up with a good bedtime book can not only help your child with verbal and literacy skills but a well paced, rhythmic story can lull your little one into a deep sleep in no time.

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Emotions

Helping young children understand how they are feeling can be challenging. Picture books about emotions can help with explaining different feelings and giving young children tools to help manage their emotions in different situations.

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Fairy Tales

Fairy tale stories have been popular for generations. Not only do they make wonderful read aloud stories but fairy tales play an important role in teaching children the elements of story. From traditional to modern, fairy tales fast become children’s favourite stories filled with magic, suspense, wonder and adventure.

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Friends and Family

Books about friends and family can be both entertaining and comforting. The stories can be everything from heart breaking to heart warming but you can be sure that they will be ever so helpful in helping your child better navigate their relationships inside and out of the home.

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Holidays and Celebrations

For many families, holidays and traditions are an important part of life. Books about holidays and celebrations help children to recognise that there are such a diverse array of holidays and celebrations from many different parts of the world. Tell your children stories about customs and traditions of other cultures to help them develop a well-rounded and realistic view of our world.

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Jobs People Have

Children seem to have a natural curiosity for the things grown ups get up to in their jobs. Picture books about the jobs people have offer kids the chance to explore so many job opportunities avaliable to them when they grow up or even learn a little bit more about what it is involved in many of the different jobs around.

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Life Experiences

The world is changing very quickly for children as they grow and there are so many new experiences they constantly facing. Reading books to kids about different life experiences helps them develop coping mechanisms and life skills while making real world connections.

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Life Lessons

While most picture books are entertaining, it’s also important to expose kids to stories that develop their character and conscience. There are zillions of stories that can teach your child lessons about unconditional love, empathy, teamwork, understanding, forgiveness, generosity and so much more. Some of these life lesson books can help in helping build your child into a resilient adolescent and adult.

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Nature

Reading nature books with young kids is a wonderful way to encourage an interest in wildlife. Nature books can introduce your child to new places, different animals, worldly concepts and care for our environment. There is a huge array of picture books that cover important world issues that are published especially for our younger world citizens.

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Starting School

Books about starting school tell stories of classroom experiences, making new friends and learning new things. School can be a daunting and scary time for your little one but with the help of fun and accessible stories these books about starting school can help ease your child’s worries.

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