Peepo & Each Peach Pear Plum, Janet and Allan Ahlberg
I snuck two in here by the back door as you simply can’t have one without the other. Janet, the illustrator in this husband and wife team, created such intricate and detailed illustrations that you don’t just read the words in these books, you talk through everything that is going on in the pictures with the questioning little person by your side.
Smaller babies love Peepo as they seem to identify with the baby in the story and delight in pinching their newly-found pincer grip around the peepo hole. Each Peach Pear Plum‘s rhymes are wonderful to read and the illustrations will bring so much joy to your baby as you play I Spy, searching for the characters together.
As an aside from the books, you must seek out Allan Ahlberg’s Desert Island Discs, in which he discusses the creative process with his wife Janet, it’s fascinating and truly heart-warming.