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 #picturebook in our “Week of Elly MacKay” is Butterfly Park via @runningpress & Hachette Books Canada. This gorgeous book is the story of a little girl moving from the country to the city. She will miss the greenery and flowers and butterflies of her old home. Next door to her new house however, is a tiny park called Butterfly Park! Excited, she heads in only to find there isn’t a single butterfly within. Soon she has her entire neighbourhood engaged in pursuing butterflies to find what they love–flowers! And when she brings flowers to Butterfly park, her neighbours join her to garden and create a lush, butterfly paradise making the little girls new house finally feel like home.
The beautiful colours and light play in this book capture the magic of childhood chases and the extraordinary magic of nature’s prettiest colours. The final garden is a gatefold so large it reached the very edges of my little studio to photograph and the inside cover comes off to reveal a poster of all the flowers needed to make your own “butterfly garden”.
A beautiful book to share with your smalls. Recommended 2+up. Stayed tuned for Friday when we’ve teamed up with the wonderful Elly MacKay for a giveaway!
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.