One of my all time favourites is Hooray For Fish! by Lucy Cousins. It’s big and bold with plenty for busy little brains to seek out and point at. It’s a great way to introduce and reinforce simple concepts such as numbers, colours and shapes, plus it has a really nice ending for lap time cuddles. Our copy is very battered and a little bit chewed - the sign of a good book for young ones.
No changing bag is complete without a small but chunky board book to whip out when you need to create a distraction. Sophy Henn makes the most gorgeous books for toddlers. Bedtime With Ted is short and super sweet, with fun flaps that help develop both imagination and dexterity. Full of recognisable routines combined with the fun of unexpected surprises. Especially fun for little animal lovers!
Nick Sharratt makes exceptional books. They’re deceptively simple, but they stand up to umpteen re-reads over the years thanks to his trademark humour and wacky take on the everyday. His bold illustrations are always a joy, with clear images and bright colours to delight the very young. It’s hard to pick just one of Nick’s books, but why not try Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? It’s different every time you read it and is a great springboard into fun, silly play time.
Michelle Robinson is the author of favourites 'Ten Fat Sausages' ; 'Tooth Fairy in Training' and many others. Her books have sold a million copies worldwide. She lives in Frome, Somerset, quite near Little Herbs - fortunately for us!
Michelle's picture was taken by the talented Vicki Bunn