12 beautiful board books, for baby showers, newborn gifts, or simply for love

Baby Oliver has arrived! My fourth grandchild.

He’s number three in his family, after Savannah and William, so when I visited I took a board book version of The Boss Baby.  It's sturdy enough to stand up to three little ones playing with it and amusing for parents who know just how much a baby is the boss!

In celebration of Oliver’s arrival here are a few board books that are great for baby showers or newborn gifts or simply because you love a baby or the parents of a baby.


A YOU'RE ADORABLE - and in case you don't know the tune, here's Petula Clark & Guy Mitchell singing it - also adorable.

GLOBAL BABIES - gorgeous photos of babies from around the world.

TIME FOR BED to give new parents hope :)

GOODNIGHT MOON - another classic, this one has a toy too.

THE BIG BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL BABIES - not as beautiful as your baby, obviously, but still..... black & white photos of the many moods of a baby.

A SPOT BOOK - maybe this one....

or maybe this one.

IT'S USEFUL TO HAVE A DUCK is my all-time favourite board book. This is the one I use to talk about the importance of complex, moral, metaphorical reasoning. It's appealing to babies because there's a duck and lots of good contrast - and it's equally appealing to parents because it's so darn clever.

These are great too: