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Award-winning books for babies and toddlers

A book is a wonderful, lasting gift for a baby. Books help to develop a baby’s sensory perception and language skills. Very young babies enjoy hearing the words read and looking at the bright colours and pictures. Soon they’ll be touching and feeling the textures, turning the pages and even retelling the story themselves. These are all vital pre-reading skills.

If you’re looking to buy a Christmas present for a baby or toddler and don’t know where to start, here are some of our award-winning baby and toddler books – and the reasons why judges rate them so highly. We hope you find something you love!


Gold Award – Best Preschool Publishing Range: That’s not my... series

The Usborne That’s not my… series has been enjoyed by babies (and their parents) for 20 years – and it keeps on winning.

That's not my...

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Gold Award: Best Baby and Toddler Book: That’s not my llama…

That's not my llama...

MFM Judge Steffi-Louise commented: “The book is a lovely small size which is great for my kids, especially my 12 month old.  The variety of different textures along with the words to describe the textures is fantastic and educational. The book is colourful, fun and a great way to get kids learning. Ideal for someone who just started to touch and be introduced to books.” 

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Best Book Series for Children: Little Peep Through Collection

Little peep-through books

MFM Judge Vinie says: “The set of these books was really colourful and may appeal to a 0-2 year old. Young readers will like the mysteries it brings with each page, which may appeal to their inquisitiveness. The books are made of good, thick quality material and feel sturdy.”

MFM Judge Magda adds: “These books are just adorable! Fabulous illustrations, creative cut outs and a sweet tale to boot.”

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Gold Winner – Best Baby and Toddler Book: That’s not my unicorn….

That's not my unicorn...

This is the 50th title in the That's not my... series.  It’s sparkly and special and remains a firm favourite with babies.

“What makes this one so special is just how shiny it is; inside, the cover, even the page edges – everything about this book screams unicorns and magic!” (Waterstones Reviewer)

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Gold Winner – Best Book for Babies: Baby’s Very First Fingertrail Playbook

Baby's very first fingertrail playbook: Garden

Little fingers love to explore the cut-out trails in this colourful play book.

Judges: "A wonderful book that gives lasting enjoyment... An ideal present for a baby and a lovely book to share."

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Winner – Baby and Toddler Category: Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals

Slide and see animals

Author Fiona Watt won the Sainbury's Children's Book Award Baby and Toddler category for a second year running. The awards were held in conjunction with Save the Children’s "Read on. Get On" campaign, which aims to combat inequality by getting all children in the UK reading well by the age of 11.

“This is a beautiful book. Seems really well made with really thick board pages and bright colours. Baby loves the colours and the slider bring loads of smiles!” (Katie G Amazon Reviewer)

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Winner – Best PreSchool Publishing Range: Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Series

Baby's very first touchy-feely colours playbook

Judge: “A vibrant board book... specially designed to be visually stimulating to babies. With bright, eye-catching illustrations plus lots of tactile elements to encourage sensory development.”

As well as the one pictured above, there are many more colourful, touchy-feely books in the award-winning series. Click here to see them all.


Best Book for Babies and Toddlers:  Noisy Nursery Rhymes

Baby's very first noisy nursery rhymes

Judge: “A cute little book…. The high-contrast colours and patterns have been designed with tots in mind.”

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Best Buy – That’s not my penguin

That's not my penguin...

That's not my penguin... was one of the first That’s not my… books to be published, and still a firm favourite loved by children and parents.

“This range of touchy-feely books have been baby and toddler must-haves for 20 years.” (Book Reviewer in The Sun newspaper)

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Emma Baxter, Usborne Global Content

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