Books With The Tag: #lift the flap

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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.



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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.

Highlights:
 - 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!



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Today’s #nonfiction book for kids is an enormous flap book called Peek and Seek, illustrated by the wonderful Charlotte Milner, published via DK Canada.  

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!



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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!



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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



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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!



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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!



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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!



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The last book in our week of DK Canada is Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book.  Sophie the Giraffe has stood the test of time as a beloved baby toy and we at the blog have found the books published by DK for this character consistently wonderful.  Every Sophie book is a requested favourite at our house.

Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book is a lap sized board book with lift the flaps, textures and peekaboo holes perfect for little hands (and always a fave with my small from a year old and onwards!)  We love the bright colours tempered into Sophie’s soothing pastels and the wonderful themes on each two page spread.  Quality textures are big and satisfying for curious fingers and the vocabulary satisfied my 2.5 year old who declared with delight “Look Mama, the sun is behind this cloud!”

We love this big, beautiful addition to the Sophie the Giraffe library collection.  A great gift for your smalls or for baby showers & tiny toddler birthdays too!  Recommended 6 months +up.

Check out our facebook page today, October 27th, 2017, for a giveaway!



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Today’s book is Big Red Barn from DK Canada a sturdy lap book filled with flaps & sounds.

Matt the Cat is looking for little grey mouse.  Each spread features a little grey tail disappearing behind a window, door or barn, as Matt searches for his friend.  Behind every flap is a light activated animal sound!  In bright lights these sounds work by themselves, in dimmer light a flash light works great and smalls LOVE shining a light to make a sound!

A sweet punchline finishes this bright, fun, farm animal book:  Matt the Cat is hunting little grey mouse because he’s hungry–and mouse cooks him amazing meals!  Chef mouse waits behind the last flap, hard at work on Matt’s breakfast.

A wonderful, lively read filled with fun farm animal sounds!  Recommended 1.5+up.  A great book to give as a gift!



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Today’s book is My Best Pop-Up Noisy Train Book from DK Canada, a sprawling lap book filled with enormous pop-up train flaps, loads of details about trains around the world and a big red button full of fantastic train noises.

We loved this pop-up book because the pop-ups are solid, sturdy and easy to open for small hands. Each page tells a story and my 2.5 year old small enjoyed “reading” this to himself and inventing tall tales about trains going underwater and subway doors opening to get passengers.  The red button is a toddler’s delight with an array of satisfying train sound effects.  

For the enthusiast small, there are tons of fun facts and details about each train.  Grown-ups will learn too!

Recommended 1.5 years and up.

Stay tuned for Friday’s post featuring an exciting DK Book giveaway!



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It’s day two of our gorgeous #PetiteBoutique book tour!  This line of board books created exclusively for Indigo/ChaptersIndigo Baby department features the gorgeous illustrations of Veronique Petit via Make Believe Ideas.

These are bright, quality board books priced at bargain value, perfect for building a generous book gift for the special small (or small-to-be) in your life!

Today’s titles are:  Five Little Dinosaurs & Here We Go!

Five Little Dinosaurs features five squishy dino faces for little hands to touch and each page counts one dino down until bedtime.  Brilliant colours are excellent for newly developing eyes and whimsical, busy illustrations bring the text to life.  Great for 6months+up and my 2.5 year old small delighted in squishing dinosaur faces too!

Here We Go is a chunky, tabbed, lift-the-flap book of vehicles filled with alliteration and charming sound effects for a fun read aloud with lots of room for bigs to entertain smalls!  We loved the details hidden behind the flaps!  Great for newly curious 6months+up and ideal for busy toddlers proud to practice their vocabulary!  My small was quite excited to identify “THE ENGINE MAMA!”



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Today begins my “Week of DK”.  DK Canada has been my blogs strongest supporter, a win-win relationship as I happen to think their books check every box in being perfect for smalls!

Today’s book is a new Sophie the Giraffe title:  Sophie Peekaboo Colors, a lively board book filled with flaps and touch & feel elements throughout!  Perfect for your smalls aged 6 months and onward (my 2 year old loves this one now that he’s learning the names of everything!)

Personal favourite about this title though, I’m very partial to rainbows and this book has a rainbow that OPENS to reveal Sophie, wearing a rainbow scarf.  Well done DK, well done.

Check out DK’s shop HERE to see more of their fabulous titles.  



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Today’s books are about Sophie the Giraffe, the wildly popular teething toy that originated 55 years ago in France!  Published by DK Canada these fun and colourful board books feature the loveable Sophie and her friends in many peekaboo and first word adventures.  

Today is Sophie’s birthday and DK Canada has kindly sponsored an exciting giveaway with me.  Visit me on twitter or facebook to participate (May 25th, 2016) 

–> https://twitter.com/smallprotagonst

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Sophie’s First Big Word Book is a tall, colourful word book with collections of themed words and a fun question from Sophie to encourage pointing and choosing.  Recommended 2+.

Sophie’s Pop-Up Peekaboo is a lush, lap-size board book with surprise lift-the-flaps that have beautiful pop-up elements.  Perfect for toddlers!  Recommended 2+.

Sophie’s Peekaboo abc is a simple alphabet book with small flaps and touch & feel elements great for little learning hands! Recommended 18 mos+.

Sophie’s Colors is a small, square, thickly paged book with a lift to reveal page flap for each page throughout.  Excellent for babies on their way to being toddlers!  Recommended 12 mos+.

Sophie’s Pull the Tab Play Book is an exciting peekaboo picnic adventure with large, easy-to-pull tabs that reveal hidden characters and elements in the story.  My small protagonist LOVES giant pull tabs!  Recommend 12 mos+.

Sophie is a great, gender-neutral baby toy and the books are simple, colourful and fun.  Excellent first books for babies and they make a beautiful set for gifting.  

Thanks DK Canada for providing these sweet board books for review and for sponsoring Small Protagonist’s first book giveaway!

Check out DK Canada’s Sophie Boutique here –> http://www.dk.com/ca/explore/childrens/celebrating-sophie-la-girafe/

Happy Birthday Sophie!  We love you!