Best Baby Book 0-2 Years | Junior Design Awards 2021

We believe in encouraging good reading skills from an early age, so these award winning books for babies are are just the ticket

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WINNER OF BEST BABY BOOK 0-2 YEARS: GOLD

WHO: Jo & Nic’s Crinkly Cloth Books

WHAT: Nursery Times – My First Crinkly Newspaper – a sensory cloth book

WHY: These rustling fabric first newspapers were a huge hit with our judges who loved the humour and warmth of this simple but brilliant idea, which appeals as much to adults as to babies and young children. The fun of seeing your little one reading a broadsheet with cute embroidered headlines would have been enough for this entry to race up the leaderboard but the added sensory element of a rustling page (just like a real newspaper!) and the baby friendly, educational and stimulating content really sealed the deal. Our judges were also excited to learn that not only are these cloth books lightweight, easy to grip and highly portable but they are washable and fast drying, so they’re never out of action for long. Suitable for both young babies and small children, they are also a great sensory product for children with disabilities and visual impairment. Definitely front page news in their category!

I love the design of these. Such a clever, simple idea. They would make perfect gifts too!
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist
Brilliant in its simplicity. As the mother of a daughter who takes a keen interest in my Sunday papers - this is a wonderful way for her to satisfy her curiosity without the mess!
Sarah-Jane Mee, Sky News Reporter
I absolutely love these! Such a brilliant idea and a great way of keeping print alive and rustling! The personalised versions make a great gift too. Very impressed!
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
I love the design and first news paper idea.
Bonnie Van Geel, founder of @pepper.pics

WHERE: Jo & Nic’s Crinkly Cloth Books

WINNER OF BEST BABY BOOK 0-2 YEARS: SILVER

WHO: Noisy Crow
WHAT: Peekaboo Sun By Camilla Reid (Author) and Ingela P Arrhenius (Illustrator) – Interactive Picture Book

WHY: Everyone loves a game of peekaboo and this beautiful book gives little ones the chance to surprise and delight themselves with a series of friendly faces – including their own – throughout its cleverly designed interactive pages. Our judges loved the easy to use sliders that were cleverly slotted into both side of the pages and agreed that as well as being really captivating for little ones, this is one of those books that parents would be proud to display on an outward facing bookshelf. With its fun rhyme and gorgeous retro style pictures, the panel felt that this was a book that would be instantly recognised and loved by children for years to come.

A lovely classic baby book.
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist and mum of three
An excellent addition to an already popular and much loved series in our household. The sliders are easy to use and there’s a really clever use of space to ensure they work on both sides of the page. These books always use such a pleasing colour palette and this is no exception.
Sarah-Jane Mee, Sky News Reporter

WHERE: Nosy Crow

WINNER OF BEST BABY BOOK 0-2 YEARS: BRONZE

WHO: Nosy Crow
WHAT: Make Tracks: Farm By Johnny Dyrander

WHY: Our judges loved this chunky interactive board book that would be heaven for any child who loves tractors, combine harvesters and anything with big wheels! The simple, bold illustrations and easy-to–use moving sliders and parts make this a joy for children to engage with and anyone with an early appetite for reading will be able to stretch themselves with some simple vehicle vocab. A great book for keeping kids entertained and stimulated.

Love the fact that it combines reading, learning and doing.
Bonnie Van Geel, stylist and photographer @pepper.pics
The sliding counters are brilliant. I think all little ones would love this.
Charlotte Kewley, children’s stylist and founder of @thelittlestylist
There is so much detail in this book with a lot to explore. The easy to move slider takes your little one on a fun learning journey around the farmyard. Hours of fun that will be enjoyed well beyond the age of 2.
Sarah-Jane Mee, Sky News Reporter
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WHERE: Nosy Crow