Animal Friends Gift Basket

Looking for a special gift for a 1-year-old or baby?

Babies and one-year-olds are fascinated by animals so why not delight the little animal-lover in your life with our Animal Friends Gift Basket filled with gorgeous books about all kinds of furry and feathered friends?

This is the perfect collection of books for 1-year-olds and makes a wonderful gift for small humans from birth up to the age of three.

Each of these books about animals is a joy to read aloud and has been carefully chosen to delight parents, as well as their children. These are the books which will help create treasured childhood memories and spark a love of stories and reading to last a lifetime.

Whether your gift is for a special birthday, a baby shower or for a new baby, our Animal Friends Gift Basket is the perfect gift.

What’s included?

Your Animal Friends Gift Basket includes:

  • 6 animal books for babies chosen to encourage a love of stories and reading;
  • a soft toy for little hands to hold at story time;
  • Mem Fox’s book for parents about reading aloud;
  • a beautiful, sturdy gift basket;
  • a hand-written card;


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Need to add something to your gift basket?

If you're buying looking for gifts for twins, you may like to buy one of our gift baskets and add a second soft toy. The babies can share the books and will each have a snuggly friend to cuddle at story time. Perfect.
Or, if you’re buying a gift for a new baby, why not add a small gift for an older sibling to make the new big brother or sister feel special?
Any one of these super-cute soft toys can be added to any of our gift baskets to make your gift extra-special and perfectly unique.

We received your Baby’s First Library Gift Basket when our daughter was born and it was my favourite gift. It was so beautifully presented and the books themselves are just gorgeous. A great idea for a gift!

Sarah, mum to Connie

My nephew loves the books I sent him in the Animal Friends Gift Basket for his birthday. My sister says he’s always bringing them to her to read and she catches him ‘reading’ them to himself all the time. So cute!

Cas, aunty to Knox

Reading is so important and such a joy and I’m all for starting to read aloud as early as possible. Your gift baskets are just beautiful and are always received with lots of wows! I’ve just ordered my fourth, this time for a new little one-year-old.


Our Animal Friends Gift Basket is perfect for babies and for little ones up to the age of four.

This special collection of books about animals is the perfect new baby gift, baby shower gift or birthday gift for a 1-year-old or 2-year-old.

The books in our Animal Friends Gift Basket have been carefully chosen to enhance the development of young brains by providing a variety of listening experiences. The emphasis is on the rhyme and rhythmic language which babies and small children love so much and which is so important for stimulating their love of language and their awareness of how language works.

Your Animal Friends Gift Basket contains the following books about animals:

  • Dear Zoo: a lift-the-flap book about all the animals the zoo sends in response to a child's request for a pet;
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt: a classic, rhyming story about a family's adventure as they hunt for bears;
  • Hello Baby! Mem Fox's playful, rhyming book with beautiful illustrations of a variety of animals;
  • Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book: a bright and colourful book about lots of different animal friends;
  • Where's Spot? a playful, lift-the-flap book about a mischievous puppy;
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy? a funny, rhyming story about Hairy Maclary and his dog friends;
  • Reading Magic: Mem Fox's fascinating book for parents about the joys and importance of reading aloud to our little ones;

Please note that the book cover images shown here may differ to those in the basket depending on the print edition.

A deliciously soft Jellycat Bashful Lion is great for little hands to hold while listening to the stories.

Our beautiful signature gift baskets have been designed to be a sturdy and convenient way to store the books, allowing easy access for little ones and care-givers to encourage impromptu read-aloud sessions.


Our beautiful baskets are made especially for The Book Basket Company to our specifications and are sturdy enough to stand up to a bit of less-than-gentle handling from little ones. The cute liners are sewn for us here in Sydney by a lovely lady who operates her small business from home.

Basket: white-painted cane
Basket liner: 100% cotton
Jellycat toy: polyester, plastic bead filling

Care Guide

Your Animal Friends Gift Basket is designed to stand up to normal wear-and-tear and to handling by young children:

Basket: wipe gently with a damp cloth.
Liner: wash gently in cold water, if needed. Line dry. Do not tumble dry as the cotton will shrink.
Jellycat Bashful Monkey toy: spot clean with a damp cloth to remove any marks. Can be hand-washed.

Books: board books are designed to be handled by babies and small children and we encourage this as it’s an important part of how little ones get to know and love books. Yes, the books are likely to become a bit worn but we think that’s OK.


Our gift baskets are shrink-wrapped to prevent the books moving around in transit. Each gift basket is protected by a layer of biodegradable, eco-friendly fill inside its shipping box:

Basket (empty): 23cm x 23cm x 14cm (height)
Basket (with books): 23cm x 23cm x 24cm (height)
Basket boxed for delivery: 30cm x 30cm x 30cm


We’re sure you and the little bookworm in your life will love your Animal Friends Gift Basket but if for any reason you don’t please don’t worry. You can return your gift basket, no questions asked, and we’ll give you a full refund, including postage.


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