Today’s adorable tiny finger-puppet #boardbooks are: Baby Orca Finger Puppet Book & Baby Piglet Finger Puppet Book from @raincoastbooks & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang.
This sweet series includes a permanent finger puppet in each book for interactive reading and play. Simple text follows a day in the life of these cute baby animals.
I’m chuffed these two books are releasing together in mid-March because it let me photograph: orca & piglet super friends! How cute do they look together? So cute.
There is truly one of these books for everyone’s favourite animal or super friend combo! A delightful treat in your small’s library and an irresistible gift for babies new or toddling. Recommended newborn +up (bonus: 3 & 4 year olds love these too!)
Todays #boardbooks are babys first Colors & babys first 123 from DK Books Canada. This brightly coloured duo with raised textures and a mix of photographic and illustrative elements are ideally designed for baby & toddlers developing sight and touch. High contrast and lively (we do love a good rainbow here at the blog) they are a great “grow with me” addition to your library and sweet to add to a shower gift too! DK makes sturdy, quality books to last and these are no exception. They are ready to endure years of little hands!
Recommended newborn +up.
Today’s #boardbook feels perfect for a snow day: Pigs in a Blanket by Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo, via @raincoastbooks. This charming book of rhyme features “blanket flaps” little hands can open to help three pigs start their day. A lively day of fun and silly antics makes for a fun read-aloud with busy illustrations chalk-full of things to spot!
Bonus blog call-out: these pigs do everything together regardless of gender and it’s so nice to see activities like tu-tu wearing ballet normalized for everyone!
A book requested on repeat at our house. Recommended 2.5+up.
Today’s lift-the-flap counting #boardbook is Animal 123 by talented illustrator Jonny Lambert via DK Canada.
An instant hit at our house, this sturdy, colourful counting book has ALL the flaps: side flaps, top flaps, DOUBLE FLAPS and things to find and count in every scene. Our newly minted 4 year old small protagonist LOVES it on repeat and so I can’t say enough about a great counting book. It starts out a fabulous, high contrast, sturdy and exciting touch & see book for your baby and grows with them through every stage until they are playing seek & find with every page and naming animals like a pro! The DK quality really shines through on this book and Jonny Lambert’s illustrations are a delight!
Recommended 3 months & up for counters & animals lovers big & small!
Today’s beautiful lift-the-flap #boardbooks are Peek-a-baby Farm & Peek-a-baby Ocean by Mike Orodan via @raincoastbooks. These adorable parent & baby peekaboo books are publishing in March and we love love LOVED them at our house.
- stunning high contrast colour palettes perfect for baby’s developing eyes!
- variety of animals (hooray for otters, octopus and donkeys! We don’t usually see these guys!)
- some mention of Mama & Daddy but some just animal titles allowing for a variety of parent names besides the classics!
- each book finishing on bedtime (GLORY!) and gently illustrating some tender co-sleeping
- chunky shaped pages and flaps great for little hands to use!
These books are as lovely for a new baby as for my inquisitive four year old who enjoyed learning baby animals names and easily turning pages and flaps himself before bed. A gorgeous addition to any small’s library and sweet baby shower gifts! Recommended Newborn & Up!
It’s HALLOWEEN! So we’re blogging our all time favourite Halloween book: Eek! Halloween! By the marvellous Sandra Boynton via @raincoastbooks. This timeless classic is a hilarious rhyming romp through Halloween on the farm. The chickens are nervous, strange things are happening, are you brave enough to follow these silly chickens to the end? Recommended for all Halloweener’s small & tall, near and far, spooky and silly, the end.
Today’s #boardbook is a really fun novelty title: Quantum Computing for Babies by Chris Ferrie and Whurley via @raincoastbooks. This simplified version of a very complex idea is part of an adorable series for babies!We might have a soft spot for this title here at the blog because we have a Daddy who works in IT!
We love this simple, high contrast tour of how computers solve problems. The shapes and colours are perfect for new eyes and the content is perfect for every computer/IT/science geek in your life. An amazing shower gift! Recommended newborn+up, a giftable, notable board book!
Since it’s International Dinosaur Month, it’s the perfect time to blog a few dinosaur books from DK Canada’s online Dinosaur Boutique! Up today: Roar Roar Baby Dinosaur!
This chunky board book features lift the flaps both big and small and flap-activated dinosaur sounds! The sounds are solar powered so if you’re enjoying this read at night, have a little flashlight handy for your small!
There’s a lot to love in this read:
- Adorable dinosaur hide & seek
- Handy phonetic pronunciations for grown-ups
- Amazing dinosaur sounds!
Our favourite hands-down is the snoring of the sleeping triceratops! Adored by my 3 year old small. A wonderful dinosaur book to enjoy with smalls 1.5 & up!
We’re wrapping up our Pop-Up Peekaboo series with DK Canada by featuring Pop-Up Peekaboo Dinosaur! This bold, colourful, lift-the-flap follows baby t-rex as he searches for his mother. Exciting baby dinosaur pop-ups galore from logs, to leaves to hatching eggs. Great for small dinosaur fans (and their dinosaur loving grown-ups too!) Recommended 2+up
Today in our Pop-Up Peekaboo series with DK Canada it’s Pop-Up Peekboo Bedtime! Can Big Bunny collect his many friends from their hiding places for bedtime? Lift the flaps to find out!
We love the gentler, more bed-time friendly palette in this book and the playful hide-and-seek, perfect for winding down for night time (especially for my hide-and-seek obsessed small!).
A wonderful book to gift or add to your own library. Recommended newborn+up!
We’re back with more Pop-Up Peekaboo delights this week via DK Canada. Today’s book is: Pop-Up Peekaboo Things That Go, a wonderful hide-and-seek style story featuring vehicles of land, sea and air! We love the many different directions each sturdy flap opens to! The detail and quality of the pop-ups is ideal for little hands. A wonderful, bright, read in a nice lap-sized board book. Great for smalls newborn + up, a great baby shower gift and equally adored by older toddler smalls who can name objects, colours and scenes with pride!
Today in our continuing Pop Up Peekaboo series with DK Canada, is Pop Up Peekaboo Numbers!
This bright, cheerful, lap-sized board book counts gently to ten with adorable pop-up counting surprises as a busy bee searches for its family. We love the peep-inside, generous flaps that reveal sweet, spring-time critters to count.
This one is highly giftable, great for babies, toddlers, showers, a truly sweet book for any smalls library! Recommended newborn + up thanks to high contrast imagery and elements that can grow with your small!
Annnnd we’re back! This week with the fabulous DK Canada Publishing for a week of Pop-up Peekaboo books to delight your smalls!
First up is Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin because I don’t know about you guys, but at the first hint of a chill breeze, there were pumpkins on my doorstep. All hail Autumn.
We love Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin! A sturdy, lap-size board book filled with Halloween imagery–but in friendly, stuffy toy form for smalls to enjoy without a scare. Huge peekaboo flaps are great for little hands and gorgeous, high contrast Halloween colours are perfect for developing eyes. A Halloween classic to enjoy for many years to come. Recommended ages 1.5 & up!
Today on the blog are four titles from the upcoming Baby Animal Finger Puppet series by Yu Hsuan via @raincoastbooks: Baby Hedgehog, Baby Penguin, Baby Koala & Baby Duck.
Each board book is a compact, palm size, featuring a sturdy finger puppet that pokes through each page. The puppets are encouraged into lots of fun movements and sounds by the gentle story in each title. This classic format delights babies and kids alike and the variety of animals in this list ensures you can find just the right one(s) for your family.
Recommended 6 months+up.
Today on the blog it’s Sophie the Giraffe’s BIRTHDAY! Hooray! Happy Birthday Sophie!
Sophie the Giraffe has been around since 1961 as a safe, natural teething toy for babies. The published books about Sophie via DK Canada are wonderful, quality board books, touch & feel, pop-up and bedtime stories.
I stand by these books as they’ve lived in my home for a few years now and stand the test of time. Though the colour palette is varied, these are not the usual high-contrast faire so popular for babies and toddlers, they are soothing and gentle, not usually popular with my busy boy, yet he has loved them since first sight! Sophie and her friends explore colours, textures, animals, toys and vehicles in gentle text and routines comforting and familiar to smalls.
Good Night Sophie is a favourite at our house as Sophie puts all her little friends to bed first–a popular idea with little people who love to take their own stuffies and toys through their own routines.
Quality textures, beautiful pop-ups and sturdy construction make these gorgeous, durable gifts with a long shelf life. Today we have featured seven titles from Sophie’s library:
- Sophie on the Move
- Sophie’s Pop-up Peekaboo
- Sophie’s Busy Day
- Good Night Sophie
- Sophie’s Big Busy Playbook
- Sophie Peekaboo Colors
We recommend all of Sophie’s fabulous books from birth onward.
Today’s lap sized #boardbook is 100 First Animals by DK Books Canada, a delightful tour of animals, big and small, striped and spotted, scaled and shelled, in the sea and in the trees. We love the bold, high contrast imagery perfect for developing eyes in that crucial first year. And we love how this book can grow with your child from things to point at it to names to declare as the language explosion happens around 2.5. A bright, brilliant collection perfect for baby shower gifts and first libraries. Recommended newborn +up!
Spring is sprung here at the blog & we are celebrating with some DK Canada non-fiction books this month!
Today’s title is I Can Grow a Flower a visual guide to how flowers grow. We loved the simple journey from seed to flower in this colourful book as well as the fun lift-the-flaps! We seeded a vegetable garden with our small protagonist inside in our sunny window and have just started hardening it outdoors in the box each day. He’s loved watching seeds sprout just like in our book.
A great first time gardening book for smalls 1.5 & up!
Bonus blog call-out: this book comes with an adorable sunflower size growth chart to measure your smalls!
Today’s #boardbook is a protagonist favourite: Let’s Find Momo: A Hide and Seek Boardbook by Andrew Knapp via Penguin Random House.
Momo is an internet famous pup who loves to hide! This book features large photographic spreads, on one side, four things you must find (one of them is Momo) and on the other, the image you much search.
Lively, simple and loads of fun, this book is requested on repeat by our three year old small who delights in spotting everything on the list (and the extra teddy bear too!). A wonderful first search & find for toddlers. Recommended 2.5 + up!
Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you! It’s bunny love for us today on the blog with two cotton-tailed board books from DK Canada!
First up: Pick Me Up Bunny - a lively bunny board book with a handle for small hands. Join Bouncer the bunny as he quests for a delicious carrot and shares with all his friends. A simple, gentle book about friendship and sharing, perfect for smalls 1+up.
Second Up: Baby Touch & Feel I Love You! It wouldn’t be valentine’s without a little book full of love and this bunnies, babies and baby animals book delivers cuddles, snuggles, friendship and smiles, finishing with a peekaboo mirror for baby! A wonderful first Valentine book to share with your babe that can be enjoyed well into toddlerhood with soft textures for little hands to find. Recommended 6 months+up!
From our Small Protagonist to you, may your Valentine’s be a lovely day with your small(s) to cuddle and enjoy! And may these bunnies encourage Spring to come early for all!
It’s double pairs today on the blog! A pair of wonderful #boardbooks and a pair of amazing touch & feel flash cards from DK Canada Books!
First up: Baby’s First Words & Baby’s First Baby Animals. These bold, beautiful board books are bursting with colour and perfect for baby’s developing sight. I know we talk a lot about high contrast imagery for babies - but seriously, they’re wired to love bold, bright colours and stark contrasts as their sight takes leaps and bounds that first year! Pastels might be tempting to grown-ups, but a colour extravaganza is perfect for a baby. These two board books would make great shower gifts! Recommended from birth +up, these books can grow with your small and last into toddlerhood.
Second up: My First Animals & My First Things That Go. We love these touch & feel flash cards! Filled with textures and bold colours and on the back of each card, simple questions to ask your small so they can interact fully with the cards! Our 3 year old protagonist loved shouting out answers and describing the textures. This set can grow with your small and makes for a lively and fun reading and naming activity! Recommended 2.5 & up.