Books With The Tag: #shower gifts

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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.



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Are you looking for this year’s Valentine’s Book to share with your small that will live on as a sweet, timeless classic?  This deLIGHTful board book, I Love You, Little One from DK Canada, will charm you and your babe.

Featuring a cover with a light up moon and a gorgeous colour palette of animals telling their little ones how much they love them, this sweet little book is the perfect gift to parents & smalls.  Cuddle up for a bedtime of moon gazing with animals around the world, on land and sea.

We love the animal choices, silhouette artwork and expressions of love on each page.  A book easily read to your baby, your toddler, your small child…just an excellent addition to the library.  Wonderful shower gift too!  Recommended newborn+up, for adoring parents & their smalls near and far.



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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.



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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!



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Happy May 1st everyone from our blog!  Baby shower season continues and what better book to blog next then a Hedgehugs book from @raincoastbooks by UK husband and wife team  Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper.
Today’s title is Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar a sweet-as-pie little board book featuring Horace & Hattie, the very best of friends.  This is the second title in this series. The first title is Hedgehugs and the story behind these two hedgehogs is a delight.  (Watch an interview with Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper talking about it here).  

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar is a Very Hungry Caterpillar with hedgehogs! Adorable and sweet, a gorgeous, colourful read for smalls aged newborn and up.  Lucy Tapper’s patterns in the illustrations are from her own children’s baby clothes, which she didn’t want to give up.  These books are literally built with a mother’s love and it shines through in the viewing.

A wonderful shower gift for parents to be and a story that can grown with your child to be enjoyed for years.
Bonus blog call-out: Tiny bug friends appear throughout the pages and our own small loved finding the ladybug (red is our favourite colour).



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Today’s series are called Mini Myths (provided by Abrams Kids in exchange for an honest review).  Each is based on a classic greek myth and illustrates a simple principle for kids.  Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli they are fantastic, fierce and fun.

I love this series!  Two of the four books in the photoset are from my own library.  Not only are these bright, colourful and have hilarious wink-and-nods to classic myths but they feature diverse children!  *APPLAUSE*!  

These are bright enough for babies & toddlers and fun for 2+up.  They make a lovely add on to a gift be it for a shower or a birthday party.  Recommended for parents & giftgivers alike from newborn onwards!



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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) 

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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!