Books for babies who don’t like to read


When Max was little, I used to hear lots of other mums proclaiming how their little ones loved to be read to and they’d reel off all of the books that their baby was loving. Max on the other hand, did not enjoy being read to – he struggled to have the patience to sit down and have that quiet time, he just wasn’t at all interested and would wriggle around until I gave up. But I’m nothing if not determined – I’ve always been a big reader and I believe reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child. So I persevered and sought out books that were more interactive and would capture his attention best. We would read a story at every bedtime so that it became part of our bedtime routine, and gradually as he’s become more interested in books we’ve been able to start reading during the day as well. These are some of the books that have been favourites of ours from 6-24 months.


Baby Books

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo was the first book that Max connected with. He loved the lift the flap aspect of it, and I would do different animal noises for each animal (Max was a particular fan of my ‘spitting camel’!). I developed it further, by buying a soft toy for each of the animals and when Max lifted the flap I’d grab the soft toy from under a chair and dance it around. This was a big hit with Max and seemed to really bring the book to life for him.

Dear Zoo is available from Amazon

Where is Baby’s Belly Button?

After Dear Zoo proved to be such a big hit, we moved on to Where is Baby’s Belly Button – another lift the flap book which teaches your child about different body parts. Max loves books which have pictures of babies, and he enjoys lifting the flaps on this one.

Where is Baby’s Belly Button is available from Amazon

Postman Bear

This was a more recent addition to our collection, but probably Max’s favourite book to date. Another lift the flap book, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (of The Gruffalo fame), it follows Bear as he delivers his party invitations to his friends. Max loves the illustrations, and I love Julia Donaldson’s rhymes which make this a favourite for us both. Although we’ve only had it a short space of time, the flaps are already starting to look a bit worn! This one is part of the ‘Tales from Acorn Wood’ series which includes 3 other books – Fox’s Socks, Rabbit’s Nap, and Hide and Seek Pig.

Postman Bear is available from Amazon


Baby books

Baby’s First 100 Words

Although this one isn’t a lift-the-flap book, Max adores it. I introduced it once he’d warmed up to the concept of a book, and at first we just read through with me pointing to various pictures and saying the name of the object. Then Max started to get interested and would point to objects to get me to say the name. Then we moved on to me asking ‘Where’s the …?’ and Max would start to point to the object more and more often. We’re now able to work through the book together with Max able to point out most of the objects which I feel is a real achievement!

Baby’s First 100 Words is available from Amazon

That’s not my…

This series of books is pretty well known now and features a whole range from princesses to penguins. Each page has a picture of a different animal / vehicle etc. with a textured bit to encourage your child to touch and feel. They’re colourful, simple and short, so a good length for a baby’s short attention span. I’ll be honest and say that these are a bit hit and miss with us – Max has never particularly enjoyed ‘sensory’ type experiences and although he will engage with them now, he has to be in the right mood. But they’re great for encouraging interaction, and for most babies, they’re a huge hit.

That’s not my… books are available from Amazon

Peppa Pig – My Daddy

There’s something about Peppa Pig that just draws toddlers in, so if all else fails, I’m willing to bet this one will do the trick. We bought this as a Christmas present for Max and soon wished we hadn’t! He would find it wherever we hid it, and bring it up for a story. Unfortunately there’s no story to speak of, and it’s unbearably twee, so it’s not one that appeals to the adults as well!

Peppa Pig – My Daddy is available from Amazon


Books for babies


At two years old, a bedtime story is a big and well loved part of our bedtime routine. Once Max developed a love for these books, he’s become more receptive to other books too. He now has the patience to sit through The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which makes me very happy! He loves to be read to now and often causes quite a fuss once he realises his stories are over and it’s time for bed, so please don’t worry if your baby doesn’t appear to like books at first – just keep trying and it will sink in!


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  • Island Living 365
    April 18, 2016

    Youngest is very similar. She can be very hard to get engaged with a story. However, several of the ones you mention she loves including Postman Bear. A recent addition is also the dinosaur that pooped a planet which she finds soooo funny and giggles away everytime we read it! #bigpinklink

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 18, 2016

      Thanks for the recommendation Emma – I’ve seen that one a lot but thought it might be a bit beyond us at the moment. Max definitely has a good sense of humour though, so I’ve added that to our list!

  • Elsie Pop
    April 18, 2016

    I love Dear Zoo! I might be slightly out of the usual age range…

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 18, 2016

      It has it’s appeal for older readers (such as wondering why the zoo continue to play this ridiculous and rather dangerous game – who sends a lion as a pet, rather than just referring you to the local pet shop?!)

  • Nadia - ScandiMummy
    April 18, 2016

    This is such a great post! Caspian, who’s now 14 months is slowly coming around to having a book read. Our favourite at the moment is HAPPY HIPPO, ANGRY DUCK. I can really recommend it. As an actress I get to practice my voice over techniques – and especially when I read that one he’s in fits of giggles. The book is very funny too 😉 We have Postman Bear, but Caspian gets a little too excited at opening the flaps and has already managed to tear one. I’ll look into some of these for sure. #bigpinklink

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 18, 2016

      Thanks for the recommendation Nadia – I’ll check it out! I love a good ‘voice’ book – my Gruffalo voices are pretty good if I do say so myself! Sorry to hear about Postman Bear’s flaps – we lost the basket lid on Where’s Spot in a similar overexcited yank!

  • Catie: Imperfect Mum
    April 18, 2016

    Great recommendations. My two loved dear zoo and the that’s not my series too. Our copy of The very Hungery Caterpillar is very well loved now and looking slightly worse for wear but I can’t bring myself to part with it. ?

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      Oh, that one’s such a classic I don’t think I could either! It shows how well loved it is 🙂 Ours looks like it’ll end up going the same way – it’s already pretty battered!

  • Louise W
    April 18, 2016

    I am a huge reader too an it was always so important for me to get them into books. We have a story every night and a lot of them they know by heart. The Julia Donaldson ones are extremely popular. Now my boy at 3.5 is book mad and will happily entertain himself with a few books. It makes my heart melt to see him sat up in bed very seriously ‘reading’ his books. Thanks for linking! #bigpinklink

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      Thanks Louise – that’s so lovely to hear! I love Julia Donaldson too – so many I’m keen to share with Max, but his patience for some of the more advanced ones is not too good yet! I’m sure he’ll get there.

  • Laura Brittain
    April 19, 2016

    My little boy loves to read so I am always on the lookout for new good books. The first 100 words looks good, I will check that one out. We have all the others. He also loves Elmer, Say Hello to the animals, The Gruffalo touch book and noisy books from M&S. Also the Buster books from the same author as Dear Zoo. I love that you bought the animals too! What a great mum to be so keen to help your child enjoy books 🙂

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      Thanks Laura – that’s so kind of you! The First 100 words is great – at first Max would point to the things and want me to say them, then I would say them and he would point, and now sometimes he says the word! It’s lovely to see the progression. I’ve not heard of Buster – I’ll definitely be checking those out!

  • Blogger Mummy Lauren
    April 19, 2016

    Dear Zoo is a classic, my children loved it too. You are right about Peppa Pig, there is something about it which draws children in! My daughter still gravitates toward Peppa books and she’s six!
    It can be difficult when children aren’t interested in sitting through a story, particularly when reading is so beneficial from an early age, so you were just right to find books which kept him interested!

    Thank you for linking up with #KLTR

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      Oh dear – I thought we’d have outgrown Peppa by 4 at least! Sounds like we have a few more years of My Daddy in store! Thanks for commenting and hosting!

  • Mrs Tubbs
    April 19, 2016

    We loved Dear Zoo when the Tubblet was that age. It’s a wonderful book. It may also explain why she still wants a puppy!

  • Trista Souza
    April 21, 2016

    “First 100 Words” was a book I used through all 3 of my littles. And miraculously it survived. My youngest has a tendency to tear books up to the point that I get so frustrated and stop buying them. My oldest, who is in kindergarten is loving reading. So I have to buy books and then keep them in a safe place in my room. I am visiting from #bigpinklink.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      We don’t have much luck with the normal books either – Max loves to tear! I stick to the Board books so far – a bit more expensive, but he can’t tear them! Thanks for stopping by

  • Laura
    April 24, 2016

    My daughter took a while to get into reading too and the first book she adored was the ‘First 100 words’ followed by ‘Dear Zoo’ both are awesome books and should be on every child’s bookshelf. Thanks for linking up to #kltr

  • Laura
    May 6, 2016

    Well done to you for persevering! 🙂 A great selection here – my son loved Dear Zoo and That’s Not My… too. Thanks for sharing #kltr

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