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.
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’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!
Today’s #boardbook is: Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream? via DK Canada, a tour of the four seasons using their ability to support ice cream as a guide. We love this whimsical tour of seasonal highlights (and we love ice cream!). Bright colours, high contrast imagery and simple descriptions of seasonal delights make this an ideal book for toddlers with loads of fun things to spot and name. A gentle “first science” book, smalls can explore temperature, weather, plants and animals by season. A wonderful “call to answer” book as well, our three year old small protagonist enjoyed answering the question “Is it warm enough for ice cream?” with a giggling “Nooooooo!” each time it was not summer.
Recommended for 2+up.
Next up in the blog’s continuing Baby Shower Season coverage: one of my personal recommendations! The “That’s Not My…” series by Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells via Usborne & Harper Collins Canada.
The premise of these touch & feel books is simple: A little white mouse notes what makes the duck (or other animal depending on book) not quite the one he is looking for until finding his on the last page. Vibrant colours, high contrast imagery and large, quality touch & feel elements made these books a huge hit with my small from a few months old onward. They have stood the test of time, he is two and a half and still brings them to me, reciting many of the pages by himself and now enjoying “finding the mouse” on each page. I give these books with every shower gift I build and recommend them. Usborne is a UK publisher and they make high quality, beautiful books. These are at the pricier end of board books at $12 or $13 each but are available in 3 book value boxsets at most major retailers. A great gift for new parents with favourite animals or nursery themes as this series is large and just about every animal you can think of is available. Recommended newborn + up!
We have featured Follow the Trail titles before on the blog and they are super fun for smalls! Lap sized and sturdy these bright, sensory friendly books have finger trails to follow and loads of little details to spot. Bold and high contrast with clean lines these books are designed for developing eyes and can be enjoyed from 6 months & up. Great for the language explosion too so 2 & onwards can delight in the vocabulary.
Bonus blog call out: Easy, phonetic spellings of the dinosaur names for grown-ups.
This bright, beautiful book has a simple and important message of acceptance and joy. Todd Parr is a New York Times bestselling author whose signature style is recognizable and wonderfully accessible to children. This is one of those important books that comes along to remind us to celebrate the fundamentals with our smalls as they grow.
My favourite page in this book says “Wear everything you need to be who you are.” Teaching our children to look at difference and see it as a happy and natural expression of individuality, to feel comfortable exploring who they are too, is one of the great responsibilities of parenthood.
This colourful, loving book tells smalls to celebrate who they are, where they come from and who their family is.
Recommended for smalls aged 3+up.
Today’s picture books are two fun-loving Canadian titles provided by @simonschusterca in exchange for an honest review. No, No Gnome & Are We There Yeti by Ashlyn Anstee, author, illustrator & animator extraordinaire!
These bright, busy books are fun read-alouds with room for dramatic voices and anticipating build up to the punchlines. Kids will enjoy the antics of Gnome, who just can’t keep still and patient Yeti, driving a school bus of children to adventure. Recommended for ages 4+up.