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A delightful first book to share with a baby, with high contrast, black and white illustrations specially designed for the very young. Each picture is accompanied by a simple word that babies will love repeating and which will help their speech development.

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Stella Baggott


Winner - Loved by Parents Best Baby Book 2013

One of three Usborne winners, the Baby's Very First Black and White Books series received the bronze award in the TheLovedbyparents Awards 2013. The awards recognise products, brands and businesses that parents truly love. Parent testers and their little ones were tasked with testing hundreds of entries from all over the world, and winning entries were decided by the public.

Press reviews

“(The books) are the perfect size for little hands and the pictures are so clear and attractive that they will grab the children’s attention. As language can be delayed for many of the deaf children we work with, these are ideal as they are so simple and can really help to encourage their first words and signs.”
“As parents, we've all done it. Desperate for our kids to take an interest in reading at a very early age, we've gone out and bought them a book, only for it to be torn to shreds within a matter of minutes. Well, they won't be able to do it with this book. Each of the four pages is two millimetres thick, comfortably strong enough to deter the most destructive-minded youngsters. The 10 illustrations, with one word to accompany each one, are simple, imaginative and clear, and will have your child purring with contentment as he turns the pages.”
“100% contrast images (i.e. black/white) have long been recommended as the most visible and attractive option for babies; however, according to the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, it only takes a couple of months for an infant to develop the capability to perceive “almost all of the subtle shadings that make our visual world so rich, textured and interesting”. This lovely little board book, with padded covers, presents a series of sensitively designed, loosely themed images- mainly utilising black and white, but with subtle touches of colour, text and detail, too. The resulting package is not only visually and tactilely appealing for tinies, but also has much to offer older, vocal pre-readers, who will find a surprising amount to discuss on each page.””

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