Like Seasons, this book is calming and makes you savour the moment of looking together with a child. It’s compelling even though it appears so simple

Julia Marshall, Publisher



A funky large-format first book for babies of words and pictures. Basic and familiar shapes move on to a wider world of story and wonder.  A wordless picture book.



  • Description

    Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet—or maybe a nickname for a toy elephant.

    Through powerful graphic images, contrasting colours and a thoughtful progression, Aleph moves from basic shapes and familiar objects to a wider world, full of story, character and wonder.

    Janik Coat’s unforgettable illustrations are perfect for sharing with babies—big, simple images with instant appeal.

    The perfect first book for babies

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 0-2 year, 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. New Books for Small Hands at

      This is gold and will have that baby in your lap making those wide-eyed “ooh” faces, as synapses fire happily in their brain.

    2. Did You Ever Stop To Think (UK)

      A quirky twist on the ‘first words’ format for babies and toddlers and where others may stray toward the traditional and expected, Aleph embraces the deliciously surreal. The images are big, often falling off the page, with more than a hint of those thick felt-tip pens about them, and cover everything from a circle through to a toucan.

    3. Parents in Touch (UK)

      Through its instantly appealing large simple graphic images and contrasting colours, it moves the child from basic shapes and familiar objects to a wider world, full of story, character, and wonder. This rich and surprising book finishes with a playful picture dictionary that refers back to the images, creating a lasting and memorable experience.

    4. Trevor Agnew, The Source (NZ)

      This picture book, Aleph, is helpfully described as a picture dictionary for babies. Each double page spread has a bold symbolic image, beginning with abstracts, such as circle and square, then progressing to concrete items like apple and house. By the end, the pictures are inviting a little imagination and storytelling, with such tale-starters as wolf, robot and princess. This is a great book for catching the attention of readers-to-be.

    5. Lancashire Evening Post (UK)

      Contemporary, quirky and created in a compelling large format, Coat’s first book of words and pictures is perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers.

    6. Gleebooks (AU)

      A stunning, and deceptively simple, picture dictionary for babies.

  • Reviews

    1. Swings + Roundabouts

      The lack of words in this book has a calming capability that makes you savour the moment whilst also encouraging creativity, first stories and words.

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