Interactive Board Books II

Young children love to interact with books as you read aloud to them. These books are especially helpful for little ones who have trouble settling down to read together… and interactive board books make fun gifts for baby showers and birthdays!

Here are 5 interactive board books that my children liked reading during the last month:

Follow the Trail: Trucks by Dawn Sirett

This is a distinctive book in the interactive character because it has raised, shiny trails that allow children to kinesthetically engage with the book. My preschooler really liked this one! It is also well-designed with great information.

 

Daddy, Look What I Can Do! by Mack

Originally written and published in Dutch, this is a classic lift-the-flap book that our family liked because it addressed dads, and we’ve already enjoyed lots of board books that address mom. 😉 One on side of the page are amazing nature photographs of wild safari and jungle animals, with a sketched illustration of the baby animal on the next flap. My children liked lifting up the flaps to see what each baby was showing its father it could do.

Red Light, Green Light by Yumi Heo

A fun take on cars, this book highlights common traffic signs from the United States with lift-the-flaps that babies and toddlers love. My two-year old loves this board book!

The Small Seed by Judith Nicholls

Explore science and plant life with your little one! The Small Seed teaches about the stages that a seed goes through until it become a beautiful sunflower, with touch-and-feel pages to help solidify the concepts.

Who’s That? Arctic Animals by Tad Carpenter

A bit more sophisticated than a lift-the-flap book, each page begins with the question Who’s that?, followed by clues related to the arctic animal featured on the corresponding page. What my daughters liked is that all the animals are “hiding” in their habitats and they could find them after listening to the clue and opening the fold-outs.

Best Ages: 0-4 years

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Board Book Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some gift ideas for a baby shower or first birthday? Here are 4 ideas:

Tiny Blessings for Bedtime by Amy Parker

A book that is short in text while providing a great read for babies or toddlers. I really like this one because it is faith-based but simple. It also has more modern illustrations in the book, which I haven’t seen in many other faith-based board books.

Mirror Me! by Julie Aigner-Clark

A fantastic book for infants 0-12 months, who love to look at themselves as they hit developmental milestones. This book features a mirror on each page along with large, bright illustrations.

Time to Build by Kate Riggs

I loved this book and so did my kids! It has a one-sentence description of basic tools that are used in everyday building projects – or even around the house. The illustrations are exceptionally well-done and they all piece together at the end of the book in a unique way.

Bath Time for Twins by Ellen Weiss

The first book I’ve seen that features twins, this would be a great baby gift for someone who is expecting multiples! Cute pictures show twin siblings having fun playing in the tub, and best of all, it is gender neutral. Fun to read with rhyming text!

 

 

Travel with Board Books

Sometimes we can travel to a new place in a book, even with our little ones! Reading books about other countries or sites can help you introduce geography and culture to young children. Here are 3 travel board books that our family has enjoyed reading this winter:

Baby Yosemite by Katherine Brumage

My husband is from Southern California and we have visited Yosemite before – it is stunning! This book has lovely photographs of wildlife in their natural habitats as found in this popular and well-known national park. The text is straightforward for young readers.

W is for Wombat: My First Australian Word Book by Bronwyn Bancroft

Want to go down under? Your child will love the vibrant, bold paintings as you practice the alphabet and learn a bit about Australia. This book contains some unusual new animals and plant life to capture your interest, too.

London: A Book of Opposites by Ashley Evanson

Our whole family enjoyed reading this book together. Many popular tourist attractions are included with the added bonus of learning opposites such as sunny and rainy, old and new, under and over. Great starting point to practice opposites with toddlers or preschoolers.

Best Ages: 0-3 years

 

Books Featuring African-American Children

February is African American History Month, so what better time than to intentionally seek out some books that feature African American children? Whatever your family or classroom’s racial and ethnic make-up, it’s always positive to show our children and students diverse people in the books we read with them.

Picture Books

When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson

A grandson spends the day with his grandfather. As they do various activities together, he imagines that he will be able to do all of those things with his grandpa each day when he is grown up. Such a sweet read with beautiful illustrations!

Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip by Denia Lewis Hester

Adapted from a Russian folktale, Grandma Lena discovers an enormous turnip growing in her garden… And calls on the whole family to help pull it up out of the ground! The ending is a fun celebration with the whole community.

Lola in the Library by Anna McQuinn

One of our favorite books to read as a family! Bold, heart-warming illustrations make this an eye-catching book for children. And the story of Lola’s regular trips to the library resonate with many families who also enjoy spending time together.

Is It My Turn Now? by Catherine Lukas

Part of a series of Little Bill, this book is one that our family often reads. It shows a tight-knit family that  pulls together to help each other out in the children’s various activities, ranging from chess to basketball to a school play.

Board Books

In the Wind by Elizabeth Spurr

A great book as spring is around the corner, this is the story of a little girl who plays with her kite on a windy day. Just when she thinks it may have blown away and lost forever, she gets a lovely surprise!

Good Night Baby by Cheryl Willis Hudson

A slightly older board book that has a timeless quality about it. The whole family is pictured in the book as they get Baby read for bedtime.

Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim

Loving and playful text from a parent’s point of view. My children loved this book as babies and toddlers, and they giggled every time we read it!

Kia Tanisha Drives Her Car by Eloise Greenfield

A girl plays outside and visits her friend down the street while trying out some newfound freedom in a play car. Very short text that would be great for a child with a shorter attention span.

 

 

 

5 Concept Board Books

Looking for some fresh books to help your baby or toddler learn concepts? Here are 5 that our family recommends:

  • Follow the Yarn by Emily Sper (Teaches COLORS)

One of the most unique color books I’ve seen. A cat plays with yarn and the colorful lines of string build up on each page. My preschooler even loved this one because she enjoyed tracing the strands of brightly colored string back to its original ball of yarn.

  • We Love Each Other by Yusuke Yonzu (Teaches SHAPES)

A one-of-a-kind book to introduce and reinforce shape learning. Two animals are creatively positioned to form each shape, and the book has cut-outs that young children will enjoy feeling and tracing.

  • Monkey World ABC by Matthew Porter (Teaches JOBS)

Can you think of a career that starts with each letter of the alphabet? While admittedly not my preferred style of illustrations, this book has a fun array of professions displayed… literally from A to Z. Both my daughters both enjoy reading this one!

  • 1 2 3 Beep Beep Beep! A Counting Book by Brian Biggs (Teaches NUMBERS)

Bright and slightly off-beat illustrations make this book really fun. My daughters liked counting the vehicles on each page and sharing which was their favorite. The final page provides a cute ending.

  • I Love You, Papa, In All Kinds of Weather! by Nancy White Carlstrom (Teaches DAYS)

I picked this up expecting it to provide basic weather learning and found that it does a better job of clearly emphasizing days of the week. From Monday to Sunday, Jesse Bear describes the activities he does given the weather. Very sweet!

Best Ages: 0-3 years

 

5 Engaging & Interactive Board Books

When I had my first daughter, I was scared to check out paper books at the library because I was afraid she would destroy them. After all, she once ate part of a student’s paper while I was multi-tasking and turned my back to the stack of graded papers on the table! So for a long time, I only checked out board books. In the process, I’ve found lots of fantastic board books to recommend.

Here is a list of 5 interactive board books that allow curious, active and energetic babies to engage with learning and reading without damaging the book. For those of you with babies/toddlers who have difficulty settling down to listen to you read aloud, these are a good starting place to get your child interested.

Best Ages: 0-3 years

  1. What Noise Does a Cow Make? by Nick Ackland

Children learn the noises that farm animals make with fun pull-outs on each page. Colorful and cute!

2. Bizzy Bear Zookeeper by Benji Davies

Follow Bizzy Bear around the zoo as he takes care of the animals. My preschooler and two-year old both loved the unique finger-shaped levers and slides provide fun for young children.

3. Whose Truck? by Toni Buzzeo

This is a wonderful rhyming book with page pull-outs that has some unusual trucks. I definitely recommend this book for any child who is interested in trucks or vehicles and even recommend it for older preschoolers.

4. Rhymoceros by Janik Coat

What a creative idea to use a rhino on each page to illustrate the rhyming words in this book! Many of the illustrations are touch-and-feel. My kids love the “gold” page, while I’m torn between loving “moss” and “quilted” the best. Very unique!

5. Vehicles by Xavier Deneux

Since first stumbling across these books at the library over 3 years ago, I have enjoyed the Touch Think Learn board books. My two-year old loves this particular book in the series, and I like the text. It names each vehicle and words and verbs associated with that vehicle.

 

 

Books on Transportation

There are tons of book out there for young readers on the topic of cars, boats, trucks and construction equipment. My daughters really love reading these books aloud together and I wanted to recommend 4 of the transportation books we have recently read:

Little Tug by Stephen Savage

Four ships befriend one another and help each other as they go about their work in the harbor. Cute illustrations that remind me of the style in classic children’s books from the 1940s and 1950s.

To the Rescue! by Kate Riggs

Simple text with brightly colored illustrations. Great for children or babies who don’t like to sit still for a lengthy read-aloud. 😉

Best Ages: 0-3 years

 

I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines

The perfect book for any children with imagination! A boy pretends to be various large trucks as he plays.

My Car by Byron Barton

Our children’s librarian frequently reads aloud books by author/illustrator Byron Barton. This is probably my favorite and my girls enjoy reading it aloud over and over. Wonderful descriptions of how people use a car.

Best Ages: pre-k – kindergarten