Today’s enormous #nonfiction book for kids is: The Incredible Fold Out Book of Animals from DK Canada–and incredible is right! These tri-folds are GIGANTIC and feature exciting animals in action! A few familiar and a few unusual animals make appearances here and the pages are packed with fun, up-close facts about each amazing animal!
This bright, bold book is an action-packed addition to your smalls library, sure to be enjoyed as they grow! Recomended 4+up.
This incredible anthology has more than 100 animals, each photographed AND illustrated for small eyes to enjoy. With gold gilded pages and a ribbon bookmark to keep your place this book is wonderfully giftable. It’s packed with story-style facts about animals PLUS fun tidbits of mythology surrounding each animal.
Arranged from the largest animal to smallest this encyclopedia had creatures neither me OR my small had seen before–making it a perfect book to enjoy as a family! Reignite your wonder of nature with this stunning book. Recommended ages 3+up.
This big book is packed with facts about animals and nature and each spread has twenty-eight things to count and find! Seriously, these flaps are so big they exceeded the limits of my tiny studio! A lively, sturdy book for small hands filled with rich, colourful illustrations by the talented Charlotte Milner. A great way to introduce nature through play to toddler & preschool smalls and a wonderful seek and find book for the little kid crowd! Recommended 3+up!
Today’s book is an exciting work of non-fiction FILLED with flaps and pop-ups! DK Canada’s How to Measure Everything!
This sturdy, colourful book is an amazing visual tour of first measurements. We love the interactive qualities! Rulers, scales, clocks, seasonal wheels and thermometers ALL have parts that lift, pop-up, turn or move for little hands to try. And the grand finale is a fully realized pop-up room with things to measure!
Even toddler smalls can get a first sense of the basics here thanks to the bright, easy-to-understand visuals! We think this book is great for your small’s library and a great resource for a teacher classroom as well! Recommended 3.5+up
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’s book is Junior Maker from DK Canada and we are SO excited there is a junior version in the “maker” series! This book is chalk full of crafts and projects to explore a variety of themes: space! nature! history! animals! science! And all aged down to our preschool and K level smalls!
We had so much fun with this book that we tried TWO different activities: some adorable stone animals and a four season nature tree.
These activities require some prep but many of the parts can involve your small: collecting rocks, sorting yarn balls and of course, preparing to paint. The best part of these activities was truly the painting. Getting to paint rocks was a treat, and mixing colours to match the seasons was pronounced “so exciting!”
Other commentary from my three year old test lab:
- “I can pick any animals I want?” (This led to demanding I somehow craft a skunk on a rock as we find all things stinky hilarious right now. I did my best.)
- “I can put the leaves ANYWHERE I want?” (I feared a blend of seasons but he actually kept them all separate)
I adapted little bits of these projects easily for my guy. He loves squeezing out glue so we got glittery “snow” glue to decorate our winter tree. There’s lots of room to easily fit each activity to your own child.
Overall A++ from our team here at the Small Protagonist.
Bonus Blog Callout? I focused on painting ONE rock for ONE minute and my son starting painting HIMSELF into a skunk. Photo for your enjoyment.
Today we are reviewing The Lego Animal Atlas via DK Canada. Famous builders Rod Gillies, Jason Briscoe and Simon Pickard contributed to this elaborate, tour de force of lego animals from around the world!
This book comes with four exclusive animals to build: a panda, a kangaroo, a penguin and a giraffe. Because of the complexity level of the lego this book bears a recommendation of ages 6+up which would normally age it out of our blog (which reviews books for ages 0-5) BUT, my three year old ADORES this book! He loved helping me build the figures and together with our Daddy’s extensive lego collection from his own childhood, we were inspired to make some simpler versions of the animals in this book. We’re keen to get some speciality blocks and attempt a few of the amazing animals we saw!
This book literally tours the world region by region featuring some stunning animals. Packed full of tips like: how to organize your bricks to make building easier, useful pieces to have and loads of encouragement about being creative instead of trying to be exact we feel like this book is accessible to builders of every level.
We love this book and it really brought us together as a family to collect, sort and build with our bricks! (Even though my swan, built from 1980′s lego airplane parts, looks a bit like a rocket launcher!)
WE recommend it for ages 3+up if you have a lego enthusiast in the family with patience for small hands.
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 in our continuing “Spring is Sprung” reviews for DK Canada’s FAB non-fiction for kids books: Forest Life & Woodland Creatures a wonderful collection of nature facts and fun, hands-on activities to do with your small!
What we loved:
- the visual layout with loads of things to spot and name
- the simple categories of seasons, animals and plant life perfect for preschool and up
- the fun and varied activities (crafts! food! costume masks!)
We chose the make bear masks as a certain small member of my household is in love with “going on a bear hunt” right now. He was pretty excited to pour glue all over anything and surprised me by meticulously sticking brown “fur” on his bear mask for a solid seven minutes!
Recommended for smalls 2.5 & up and their nature loving grown-ups of all ages!
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!
The final book in our #MakerMarch series with DK Books Canada is Out of the Box by Jemma Westing, a 25 project book of cardboard art!
We tackled a level “hard” project for our final endeavour and spent the week cutting, taping, painting and decorating our “Cardville City”. This project was easily adapted for my three year old with washable paint which kept the mess manageable. We used a sharpie for details and found double sided rug tape invaluable to our building. As I have a train and elevator enthusiast it was fun to add details I knew he would love and the final unveiling was so much fun. He’s had days and days of play out of this too!
The projects in this book range from costume to game to play and also range in level of difficulty. It was SO much fun to build this and worth all the work! Recommended for Maker Parents and their smalls aged 3+up.
Today in our #MakerMarch series is Cooking Step-by-Step via DK Canada Books. A wonderful cook book for smalls with over 50 simple recipes and gorgeous photos to help you enjoy cooking as a family.
We let our three-year-old protagonist pick a recipe and he chose these tasty chicken fingers! We had a lot of fun with the prep and he finally got to fulfill a long-time wish: Mama let him touch raw meat. (so much hand-washing afterwards ha ha). Full disclosure: my son is a particular eater, I truly had no idea if he would try these after all our hard work but he surprised me with his excitement to dig in! AND he liked them! We ALL did! They were simple and delicious and we made a honey mustard dip to enjoy them with. A perfect lunch!
This was a great recipe to get little hands involved. Bowls for dipping and stirring and beating made this an engaging preschooler activity and ours took real pride in “making his own lunch”. Worth setting up the prep on a table they can reach! The rest of the recipes in here all look delicious and straight forward. Tasty fun for the whole family. Recommended for smalls 3 & up and hungry grown-ups everywhere. Yum!
Today in our #MakerMarch series is Smithsonian Maker Lab by Jack Challoner via DK Books Canada. This 28 project book is packed full of science for you & your smalls to explore together!
We tackled Sugar Crystal Lollipops and spent a week growing them in the window in jars! This project required a lot of adult preparation/involvement as it involves boiling hot sugar. We also have an artificial colour allergy in the house so we made our first attempt at making our own colours out of blueberries and turmeric. Our three year old small had a blast dipping the sticks, using pipettes to add colour and then watching our crystals grow in our sunny window. Our final products were pronounced “dee-wishus” and very sweet indeed!
This ambitious tome definitely has more “aged up” activities for kids but many can be adapted to toddlers and preschoolers and the basic science behind everything is fascinating for every age. Our small protagonist was blown away that we could “grow” candy just like house plants. He loved the anticipation leading up to them being “ready”. We pronounce this book: loads of weekend fun for the whole family!
Recommended 3+up for scientists small and everywhere.
Today in our #MakerMarch series with DK Canada is Play With Art a wonderful collection of paper/pencil/paint activities to engage your smalls in play-based art.
We loved this book, whose activities are perfect for younger smalls and engage all the senses in lively play. We chose “fruit and veggie fun” and made “stamps” out of various items from the fridge. The entire activity was worth it for the “ooooo” of delight from my three year old when I told him he could dip food in paint. He really enjoyed dipping fresh rosemary and parsley into the colours!
We used washable finger paint for this activity and some sheets from a jumbo finger paint pad. This activity got very messy very quickly so we recommend letting your small have at it with two adults available to tag-team clean up. (One for kid clean up, one to clear it all away before kid returns to touch it ha ha).
This book had loads of simple, fun activities for hands, feet, fingers and toes. Recommended for smalls 2+up and their grown-ups too!
Today on the blog the first of our #MakerMarch series with DK Canada. We’re going to blog one full activity from each of their exciting maker books to inspire you and your family!
First up is Look I’m a Cook an inspiring cook book for your and your smalls full of simple, creative food ideas to make together. We decided on the Buggy Feast and it turned out to be a blast!
If you’re anything like me, the idea of organizing an activity like this with your busy small(s) can feel daunting. I wasn’t sure how long my three year old would stay with this activity. What surprised me and was a great reminder of the difference between kids & grown-ups was that each part of the preparation held equal weight for my small. We’re so goal oriented as adults, kids just experience things! Taking a grocery list to the store for unusual one-off items we don’t usually buy was a huge part of the fun for my little guy. A “treasure hunt” to collect our ingredients. Organizing the googly eyes into bowls and laying out all the ingredients was a delight for him. He wandered off while his Dad and I decorated but about fifteen minutes later, after watching us, he told us which bug he wanted to make and patiently sat with us decorating his ladybug apple!
The recipes in this book are great for the small-smalls for attention span and then easily convert upwards for more independent kids! Fresh, simple and a great way to get the whole family involved in something easy and delicious! Recommended for you and your smalls 2.5 & up!