Book reviews - babies & toddlers (page 5)

There are so many wonderful books being published for babies and toddlers that new parents will have great fun choosing and sharing. Here are some recent titles for babies and very young children. Also, take a look at the Little Learners books - an innovative series of books from Parragon Books and the excellent series from Little Tiger Kids.

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Mummy! (The British Museum) By Lerryn Korda

Help the little Egyptian girl find her mummy, by lifting the generously sized flaps in this chunky board book. At the same time, children will enjoy exploring the world of Ancient Egypt, as the pictures depict many different scenes, including streets, rivers and ancient monuments. There is also a double page spread of 'Did you spot?', to encourage children to look further. There are even hieroglyphics to enjoy. A lovely way to introduce young children to Ancient Egypt. "Nosy Crow is working with the British Museum in an exclusive partnership to create a broad range of children's books to sell to the UK trade and beyond. The British Museum is 'a museum of the world, for the world'. It is the UK's leading visitor attraction and the second most visited museum in the world. The books draw on the British Museum's internationally recognised brand, its unparalleled collection of objects and its world-class expertise."

Diggers (Bing)

Bing and Pando are at the park with Flop and they have fun watching the big diggers at work, planting trees. It's such fun that Bing and Pando want to play diggers too – Bing will dig the hole, and Pando will fill it in! But what happens when Pando fills in Bing’s hole before he’s ready? As always, in these reassuring stories, there's a happy answer - and something very unusual gets planted!

Eggy Heads (Bing)

This colourful board book is another reassuring storyabout Bing and his friends; Bing experiences just the same ups and downs in life as any toddler, so they will enjoy sharing the stories and finding out how a happy ending is reached - it's a Bing thing! Bing is playing with his friends at Amma’s creche, and today they’re making Eggy Heads. They draw on their faces, put in the seeds to grow the cress hair, and wait. But Bing is impatient, so he has an idea to make Eggy grow faster - but disaster follows! Happily, it's soon resolved and Bing learns to wait.

The British Museum: 123 from Nosy Crow

This unusual first counting board book features an amazing range of objects that are a complete change from the norm for a counting book. Each one comes from the British Museum, and is depicted in gorgeous photographic images on every page. THe presentation really encourages observation, as these are not standard 1, 2, 3 etc items per page, but they are laid out in a far more interesting way - just look at the seven geese, for example. The book goes up to 20 and it seems that the higher the numbering goes, the more fascinating the objects get - there's no repetition here! For example, we find 18 gloriously varied spoons; the index at the back describes them and adults can satisfy their curiosity by scanning the QR code to find out even more. Nosy Crow is the Independent Children's Publisher of the Year 2017 (for the fourth time in six years) - and no wonder, when they are producing books of this calibre.

British Museum: ABC from Nosy Crow

Aa is for anteater to Zz is for zebra; the range of photographs used in this book is far nearer the norm for an ABC book - but these are still illustrations with a difference. he house is from a Constable painting; the cat is a Chinese porcelain; the queen is a wooden statue of Queen Victoria and so on... And you can find out more through the index and QR code. This, along with the 123 book, is a resource that has value beyond the obvious. The eclectic collections of objects can be used to stimulate discovery and discussion, encouraging children to find out the background to the objects and the way they were used. It's good that they are durable board books, because I foresee they will get a great deal of use on many different levels. Fascinating books and so very unusual.

Listen to the Birds from Nosy Crow

Enjoy sharing this lovely board book with your little one - and hopefully, you may be able to spot at least some of the birds included, as well. The exceptional quality of the sounds that accompany the pictures is well worth noting - they are really clear and realistic (although little fingers may find the small size of the buttons a bit challenging). Six birds are featured - the cuckoo, blue tits, magpies, the nightingale, pigeons and a blackbird; it's a nicely chosen selection. Ideal to share with very young children, the stylish pictures show off the birds against a range of backgrounds; a very attractive little book.

If I Were a Whale by Shelley Gill

If I could be anything I wanted... I'd be a whale; that's the choice of this book which features whales found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. Toddlers will love to learn about whales swimming in the deep blue sea in this beautifully illustrated board book that shares simple whale facts in an imaginative way. There are just enough simple facts to introduce toddlers to some of the many whales there are beluga, fin, gray, beaked and many more. The illustrations are full of life and colour and are full page, making them really effective. It's good to see a non-fiction book for very young children that is just as enjoyable as a story book. Published by Sasqautch Books, April 2017, ISBN 978-1632171047.

Touch and Explore: Safari by Stephanie Babin I love the fact that this book has textures to explore and entice on the front cover - that is an excellent way to get children to pick up the book and look further. The book is part of a series (new to me, but I love it already!) created to encourage hands-on play and learning. Young children explore their world through touch so they will enjoy the textures on every colourful spread: touching the fur of a giraffe, running their fingers through a lion's mane and feeling the scales of a crocodile. To add to the tactile experience, they can also lift the flaps to find out more about their favourite safari animals. There is so much to explore and enjoy in this book, with really generously sized textures, fascinating facts and flaps to explore. A very good example of a tactile book for young children with lots of great features to capture the attention.
   

Dotty's First Book: Colours, Shapes, Numbers by Becky Baur

A perfect early book for children who are beginning to sit up and take note of the world around them. This is a book to share with very young children just beginning to explore their world. Through a range of familiar (mostly) objects, the author introduces colours, numbers, shapes, opposites and first words. The two page spreads introduce key concepts - colours, numbers, shapes, opposites, animals, the body, food and 'What can you see?' The pictures are labelled with a clear font and there are lots of peep-through cut-outs to engage attention and give a tactile experience. Look out for the animals who play a riotous game of peekaboo throughout the book. The illustrations summon up the familiar world of a child: playing in the garden, walks to the park and even flying a toy rocket to the Moon, so little ones will relate well to the book and its lively but uncluttered layout.

The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

If you loved The Day the Crayons Quit, you will delight in meeting the grumpy crayons in a new escapade - now the poor ill-treated crayons are crosser than ever! One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who have been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a sock! This is a gloriously funny book which will appeal to all ages with its humour - but there is a lot more text and detail in the pictures by Oliver Jeffers than you would expect in a board book. I must confess I find some of the script writing too small for my liking and I think adult help will be needed... but sharing books is always a good thing. The special glow in the dark drawing featured in the book means it is a good bedtime read.

One Happy Tiger by Catherine Rayner

So clever - the tiger, who starts off sad and finishes happy, is captured through illustrations that depict him to perfection. This stylish counting book doesn't, as you may expect, feature 10 tigers; rather, it shows one tiger making new friends, from 2 to 10. The simple text reflects on themes of happiness, friendship and nature. Unusually for a board book, it's portrait format which makes for an attractive book with scope for lots of detail in the pictures; it has sturdy board pages for little hands to open. A lovely first counting book with real style and an adorable tiger.

Bing’s Rainy Day Treasure Hunt

Flop and Bing are playing and they've decided to have a treasure hunt. Flaps on the first spread show what Flop has hidden and then there are flaps to explore on every page... but there are lots of red herrings on the way, so little ones will have to concentrate hard to make sure they find Flop's seven objects. Each page features a room in the house with at least three flaps built into cupboards, drawers and boxes for the reader to open. And when Bing brings his finds back to Flop, there’s one more very special discovery to be made. Children will love exploring and guessing what could be hidden in this colourful board book.

Bedtime with Ted by Sophy Henn

I love Sophy Henn's illustrations - they are simple yet very effective. As we follow Ted through his bedtime routine, there's just enough detail in the pictures to stimulate discussion as children identify familiar objects and scenes. There's plenty to giggle about too, as Ted gets ready for bed, with a little help from some friendly animals who are keeping him very busy. Children will love to see what lies next under each of the big flaps - the anticipation is a great way to capture interest. A perfect bedtime story.

Rabbits Don't Lay EGGS! by Paula Metcalf

Rupert the Rabbit is bored with his burrow, so he decides to tunnel into the farmyard. He tries to make himself useful, but when he tries to help, things go sadly wrong... with one particularly hilarious happening that will have children giggling. Luckily Rupert is good at digging, which soon leads to the most unexpected farm job of all - and soon the animals are enjoying a forbidden feast. An entertaining story with plenty of humour and lovely illustrations by Cally Johnson-Isaacs (i love the bright yellow textured cover).

Fluffy Chick (Touch & Feel) by Rod Campbell

This is a super book from a much-loved author and it's just as enjoyable as his other books. Young ones will love to explore the wide range of touch and feel textures as they explore the farm along with fluffy chick. They can stroke the woolly lamb, enjoy the sheep's fluffy coat feel the cow's smooth horns ... then lift the flap at the end to find out who is hiding under mother hen's wing! This chunky board book with its bright colours, simple text and host of farmyard creatures is bound to be a hit.

Rabbit's Nap (Tales from Acorn Wood) by Julia Donaldson

Rabbit is tied and she wants a nap - but as soon as she finds a nice comfy place to settle down, someone starts to make a noise. Children can lift the flaps to fnd out who is making the noise (just a note, that you will probably need to show young ones the flaps, as I found they re not very obvious). Poor Rabbit - and now there's someone at the door. It's her friends, who have a lovely surprise to help Rabbit hae a perfect nap. Axel Scheffler's illustrations go down a treat, as always, perfectly complementing the rhyming text.

Hooray for Hoppy by Tim Hopgood

This delicately coloured retro-feel book is a lovely way to encourage children to explore their senses. The gorgeous illustrations are really stand-out and children will love the style. When Hoppy the rabbit wakes up on the first day of spring, he discovers a world full of wonderful things... but to really enjoy them, he needs to share them with his friends. This bold and beautiful introduction to the senses includes an activity spread which encourages adults to help children learn all about the way they can use their senses to interact with the world around them.

The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson

Children can start to enjoy Julia Donaldson's stories with this lovely board book. Poor Rhyming Rabbit is sad - none of his fellow rabbits appreciate his carefully thought-out poems (but you, the reader will enjoy them, I promise!). And as for the other animals he meets? They just tell him to be quiet! Then one starry night he meets someone who shares his enthusiasm for poetry... Lydia Monks is the illustrator and there's lots for children to explore and enjoy in the stylish pictures with their gorgeously expressive animals.

Charlie Chick Wants to Play by Ant Parker

Charlie Chick wants to play but where is his ball? Children are encouraged to help him find it by lifting the flaps to see if it's in the pig sty, the kennel, the reeds or the hen house. With lovely textures on the cover and illustrations by Nick Denchfield, this cute story is also an ideal way to learn about first animals and their homes.

Peek a Boo What? (Begin Smart) by Elliott Kreloff

We nearly all play peek-a-boo with our babies, and with good reason - it helps their awareness of the world around them and helps them learn the patterning of words. Babies soon begin to understand that even when something isn't in sight, it still exists, and they love the thrill they get when it reappears - and there are objects galore to be revealed in this board book with its big flaps. With its simple rhyming text and pictures of familiar objects and animals, little ones will love to spot and revisit the objects. Published by Sterling, March 2017, ISBN 978-1454920861.

Pick Me Up! Puppy by DK

Little ones will love the novelty appeal of this series of board books, which come with an integral carry handle and shaped cover with a peep-hole. The story about five cute puppy pals is longer than found in the average board book and this is a plus as it means the book will continue to hold young ones' attention for longer; younger ones will enjoy the pictures and older ones will listen to the story. In the 10 page story, children will learn what happens when Booker the Puppy tries to play with his friends - the theme of friendship and playing is perfect for young ones. The colourful pictures are full of familiar objects to spot; the pictures are clear and uncluttered. A lovely book.

Pick Me Up! Dinosaur from DK

Children can't fail to be entranced by the gorgeous friendly dinosaurs who star in this board book. With integral hadnle, the book is idea for carrying around - and when they sit down to read, toddlers can learn about five different kinds of baby dinosaurs--the triceratops, the stegosaurus, the diplodocus, the tyrannosaurus rex, and the edmontonia. Then they can see if they can remember the names by the end of the book! Young imaginations will be stimulated as they see the baby dinosaurs came to play ball, go puddle jumping, and more. Speech bubbles and annotation encourage carers and preschoolers to talk about the pictures, building language skills and reading readiness. A book that works well in all sorts of ways to encourage little ones to enjoy books.

Picky Eaters by Ellen Jackson

Did you know that koalas only eat eucalyptus? That arctic foxes dine on lemmings? Just like children, animals can be very fussy about food, so this will be a fun book to share with your picky eater. Each page has a catchy rhyme, which is completed by lifting the shaped flap. Little ones will enjoy ten choosy creatures and guessing what they eat, before the lift the flap to reveal the answer. Published by Sterling; March 2017 978-1454919018.

Really Feely Farm from DK

This is a really exciting series for babies and toddlers, full of tactile experiences to explore. This touch-and-feel baby animals (always a hit!) book for preschoolers is liberally adorned with fluffy patches, bumpy patterns, squishy shapes and tactile glitter, which little ones will find really fun and really feely - perfect to develop early skills. With five different baby animals to meet - the fluffy duckling, the woolly sheep, the squidgy-nosed piglet, the soft duckling and the hairy cow, there's lots to explore Gentle text builds knowledge, and offers plenty of opportunity for parents to encourage additional learning. A beautiful board book which will offer lots of fun.

Really Feely: Baby Animals from DK

This bright board book series is a lovely way for adults to start sharing books with their children, as little ones will find the wide range of textures and the shiny pages irresistible. Little ones will love to meet a cuddly kitten, a playful puppy, a tufty baby donkey, a furry rabbit and a feathery owl (this one is gorgeous!). Feeling all the textures will encourage early learning and develop fine motor skills, as well as increasing knowledge of the world around us. The small chunky size is perfect for small hands, Really Feely: Baby Animals has sturdy board book pages for baby readers to explore. The real-world photography is ideal to encourage an interest in the animal world, and all the pages are bright and tactile with so many textures to explore. covered in embossed textures, fluffy patches, bumpy patterns, and tactile glitter. A really excellent series.

Touch Think Learn: Fly! by Xavier Deneux

Perfect for the spring, this is the story of a little bird who finds a mate, builds a nest and encourages one brave hatchling embarking on its first flight. It is so simply told, and the accompanying illustrations are equally simple; they combine really effectively... and that's not all. There are removable--and movable--characters and scenery, so children are drawn into the story as they move the birds and pieces of scenery around to tell the story. It's really clever, very unusual and the ideal introduction to lifecycles and bird life.

The Polar Pack (Mibo) by Madeleine Rogers

The catchy rhyming text introduces a range of polar animals, five in all, with humorously presented snippets of information. In this book, young readers will find out about the penguin, the walrus, the polar bear, the snowy owl and the reindeer. The books in the series all features some fun facts about each animal on the inside back cover. Ideal for toddlers, this series is perfect to introduce children to different habitats and the animals that inhabit them. Published by Button Books, March 2017, 9781908985842.

The Jungle Crew (Mibo) by Madeleine Rogers

The Jungle Crew features five animals - a monkey, tiger, tree frog, parrot and toucan - with delightfully quirky and informative rhyming text and bright illustrations. There are two spreads dedicated to each animal as well as a small introduction and summary page. This is a lovely set of books, perfect to stimulate an interest in the natural world. Published by Button Books, March 2017, 9781908985828.

The Safari Set (Mibo) by Madeleine Rogers

Young children can go on safari in this attractive board book and meet the iconic animals who call the safari their home. The Safari Set features five animals - hippo, giraffe, elephant, lion and zebra - with delightful rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations which young children will find hugely appealing and adults will love to share with them. The stylish illustrations are simple and brightly coloured, and convey the essence of each creature to perfection. Published by Button Books, March 2017, 9781908985835.

123: A little counting board book with a fold-out surprise (Toddler's World) from Pat-a-Cake

This colourful board book introduces toddlers to essential d number skills. The illustrations are great fun; playful and witty, they will appeal to parents and children alike. Each page includes sounds for toddlers to join in with while reading the book, and this adds to the fun element. There's a special fold-out surprise at the end which adds a fun overview of all the learning in the book. Pat-a-Cake, a new series from Hachette, takes you and your child on a magical journey. From sharing the very first baby book to watching your little one read all by themselves.

On the Move: A pull-tab board book to help your baby focus (First Baby Days) from Pat-a-Cake

Sharing books right from birth is really important for a baby's development, and this book with its bold use of black, white and red is a perfect first book. The high-contrast images are really stimulating for little ones. Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, they begin to track objects and scan for things to look at. Generously sized tabs pull out in different directions; babies will need to be shown how to use these initially, but as their motor skills develop, they will delight in pulling the tabs out themselves. Babies will react with delight as they track and scan the pictures and patterns that are revealed as you pull the tabs, while the simple text prompts parent interaction.

My First Words (The Learning Garden) by Aino-Maija Metsola

With its stylish illustrations, this colourful and engaging board book is perfect to encourage children to learn their first words. It organises basic vocabulary into familiar activities from throughout the day, from getting ready to bedtime. Young ones will enjoy naming objects on every spread, with 70 essential words to see and say. Parents can make good use of the book to stimulate discussion about the various times of day and the activities enjoyed.

My First Animals (The Learning Garden) by Aino-Maija Metsola

My First Animals features creatures from the garden, the pond, the ocean, the jungle, the farm, polar regions and the savannah. It's a good way to encourage inquisitive children to find out more about the natural world. Each book in the series features subtle textures on the front cover, to stimulate children's sense of touch. Each picture is clearly labelled, the the pages are attractively laid out with the pictures set against individually coloured backgrounds.

My First Colours and Shapes (The Learning Garden) by Aino-Maija Metsola

This book is mainly about colours - red, blue, green, purple and orange - with an end page about shapes. Savvy parents will link the two, by asking their young ones to identify the shapes they can see in the colour pictures. Each page features a question, which is a good stimulus to encourage further discussion. The simple, bold illustrations are good for capturing young children's attention, and there are plenty of patterns to spot too.

National Trust: Colours, A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw

Nosy Crow have teamed up with the National Trust to great effect - the range of books is excellent for supporting the National Trust in its aim to interest children in the countryside and I love to see them so prominently displayed in their shops - the perfect souvenir. This is the third in a series of concept books and it takes very young readers on a summer walk through the countryside, looking at all the colours around us. With beautiful illustrations from Rosalind Beardshaw, this board book is a great way of bringing children closer to nature, encouraging them to spot things and to be observant.

Littleland: All Year Round by Marion Billet

I love the Littleland books; Marion Billett's stylish illustrations are a sheer delight. Without actually naming the months, the book follows a happy group of young children as they have fun in every month .of the year. From visiting the spring lambs to paddling on the beach to cooking for an autumn feast, the book is full of images and events children will recognise. On very spread, little ones are given a range of objects to spot as well as a question to answer - the questions cover key early learning topics such as colours and counting. There is so much to enjoy in this lively board book and it offers excellent opportunities for adults to share and discuss what is happening.

Where's Mr Lion? (Felt Flaps) by Ingela Arrhenius

Five beautifully illustrated spreads show four friendly savannah animals - giraffe, crocodile, elephant and lion - hiding behind bright felt flaps. And on the last page, children are asked "Where are you?" and there's a mirror to show them. A perfect book to share with very little ones, who will enjoy the bright felt flaps as a change from card.

Where's Mrs Ladybird? (Felt Flaps) by Ingela Arrhenius

Four popular garden creatures - caterpillar, bee, snail and ladybird - are illustrated in simple pictures against brightly coloured backgrounds which will really capture children's attention. On each spread, children are asked to spot the creature, who is hiding beneath a colourful felt flap - a refreshing change from paper flaps. And there's a mirror on the last page to give children an extra surprise.

Can You Say It Too? Cheep! Cheep! by Sebastien Braun

Five lavishly illustrated spreads show a range of gorgeously friendly animals. Who is hiding? Lift the big, recessed, and interestingly shaped flaps to reveal who is hidden and then copy their noises. A lovely board book for very young children, who will love the bright colours, shaped flaps and the opportunity to try out their sounds.

Spot the Difference Things That Go: Can you find the odd one out? from DK

This book offers hours of fun for toddlers as they spot the difference, count, find the odd one out, name the colours and much more. Some of the objects are definitely very out of place and are bound to raise a giggle! Will they find the panda in a speedboat or the teddy driving a car? The book offers lots of opportunities for young readers to develop their observational skills as they enjoy the colourful, detailed and action-packed pictures. With amazing facts and questions on every page, this is a great way to encourage young ones to learn about their world and enjoy the many activities.

My Pictures after the Storm by Eric Veillé

With its funky format, clever rhymes and funny images, My Pictures after the storm is a witty and inventive take on "before" and "after. It's a book which will appeal very much to adults, with its clever plays on words and the neat way in which one picture becomes something quite different on the opposing page. An interesting book.

Bathtime for Little Rabbit by Jörg Mühle

The simpler the better is so often true with board books, and this book bears that out perfectly. It's the follow-up to the bestselling Tickle My Ears and its perfectly simplicity lets the young reader take charge of bathtime. Sweet and simple.

Sharing is Caring (Skills for Starting School) from DK

STarting school, whether in nursery or a reception class, is a big step for a child. Give them a good start with this series of board books from DK which helps develop essential skills. Learning to get along with others is a key skill for starting school and Sharing is Caring is the perfect way to open up a discussion with your child about friendship. Children will respond well to the funny, friendly characters, Bip, Bop, and Boo, who are the stars of a simple story about caring for others, and sharing so they play better together. An excellent way to open up conversation and build confidence.

Please and Thank You (Skills for Starting School) by DK

Friendly characters Bip, Bop and Boo are here to help children learn the essential skills of being polite. The enjoyable story and colourful pictures will engage children's attention. Through the use of discussion questions, friendly characters and friendly characters, Bip, Bop and Boo help teach your child never to forget those magic words. Simple and very effective.

I Love You (Baby Touch & Feel) from DK

This lovely small chunky board book with its soft-feel cover is perfect for the littlest hands to hold. Young ones will respond well to the stunning photos, each of which features foil or textured areas to extend baby's tactile skills. The simpe simple visuals and labels help promote language skills. From shiny love hearts beside a little girl hugging her toy to a baby with a fleecy heart on his vest, you can introduce your baby to the concept of love with touch and feel textures. A lovely first book.

Sophie's Big Beep Beep Book! (Sophie la Girafe) from DK

Sophie la Girafe will already be familiar to many babies, who will have enjoyed the comforters and teething toys, so they will recognise her when they see this book. This generously sized board book is packed with well-sized flaps and has five light-activated sounds sound buttons quite hard to press. Sophie la Girafe wants to go for a walk with her friends but they are busily trying out their noisy wheelie toys, and soon Sophie's plan has changed! Children will love interacting with the story, investigating to see which flap makes a noise, as they practise motor skills and listen to their adult read the story. The textured Sophie on the front cover has a lovely tactile feel for little fingers to explore. A super book.

Book of Opposites by Sarah Dyer

Introduce your little one to opposites with this colourful word and picture board book. This is an introductory book to opposites with a difference. Enjoy Sarah Dyer's gloriously depicted people, animals and objects, laid out in organised chaos for the pleasure of young readers. Each page is scattered with objects that little ones will love pointing out and naming, including animals, weather, doing and many more, all cleverly paired up with their opposites. Sarah's fun illustrations, with quirky touches of humour, will ensure this book will be an instant hit with toddlers and their parents.

Animal Fun! Touch and Feel: Stroke the animals! by Tracey Radford

The elephant's ear feels wrinkly; the crocodile's skin is scaly; the giraffe is soft. Meet an array of friendly animals in this wonderfully tactile book; the textures are excellent and perfect to encourage babies to explore by touch. Tracey Radford has created a wonderful menagerie of bright and bold creatures depicted in very stylish illustrations for young children to enjoy. Encourage the child to ‘stroke’ and get to know the animals on every page, and talk about the animals; read aloud the sounds and encourage children to join in.

Animal Fun! What Sound Do I Make?: Press the button! by Tracey Radford

Young children’s language development often starts with simple sounds, such as animal noises. In this lovely book, children can copy the sound of the cow, pig, sheep and ducks, and then press the button to hear the cockerel say 'Cock-a-doodle-doo'! There is  text on each page which is perfect to read and then encourage conversation. These chunky board books have rounded edges to be safe for the youngest children, and the bright colours give them immediate appeal.

Animal Fun! Who Lives Here?: Lift the flaps to find out! by Tracey Radford

Young children always respond well to lift-the-flap books and this one is perfect for the youngest of children with its strong card, nearly full-page flaps. There are clues in the picture, then they can lift the flaps to discover, among others, who’s swinging in the trees, lurking beneath the water and taking shelter in the cave.  Tracey Radford’s bright and bold creatures and wonderful settings are created as attractive collage-type models.There's a mirror on the back cover, too. Young ones will enjoy the bright colours and the fun of lifting the flaps; for older ones, this is an ideal introduction to some of the different places animals live, giving plenty of stimulus for discussion.

Can You Say It Too? Brrr! Brrr! by Sebastien Braun

Young children will love this beautifully illustrated board book, with its lovely shaped flaps; they are a good size for little fingers, too. As they look at the five spreads, there is a clue to what is hidden beneath the recessed flaps, so they can make a guess before looking under the flap. There are lots of cute animals to spot and name plus sounds to mimic. The pictures are simple yet provide plenty of interest to stimulate young children

Jungle: A Slide and Play Book (Wee Gallery Board Books) by Surya Sajnani

Little ones will love to explore the sliders in this stylish interactive board book. The sliders move easily so children can answer the questions on the facing pages 'Who am I?'. There are clues too - but take care - the sliders don't all have to line up to reveal the creature! The black and white illustrations are simple and perfect for little children. Also available is Wee Gallery Sound book: Vroom, Zoom! Here Comes The Fire Engine!: A Press & Listen Board Book (Wee Gallery Sound Books) "Wee Gallery are the result of a fantastic partnership between Wee Gallery and QEB Publishing, the beautiful illustrations, bold lines, whimsical animals, and repeating patterns are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants. Family-run Wee Gallery have over 10 years experience in graphic design and education, and so these books are guaranteed to excite and engage little minds."

Listen to the Pets by Marion Billett

Babies and toddlers love sound books and they are a super way to encourage them to take an interest in books. There are six animals - dog, cat, canary, rabbit, guinea pig and horse - and they are all pictured in bright simple scenes, perfect for little ones. It's the quality of the sounds that really impresses with this book - they are clear and realistic; and at the end of the book, children are encouraged to make the sounds themselves. It's just the right size for little hands and the buttons work with only a light press, which is ideal. A perfect early book..

The National Trust: 123 - A Walk In The Countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw

This early counting book takes a narrative approach as young readers join the cute boy and girl (and their dog) on a journey of discovery on a windy autumn day. This is one in a series of concept books created for the National Trust - also available is The National Trust: ABC - A Walk In The Countryside. A lovely book to share with children when you are out and about, to encourage them to take an interest in nature. I love the range of books that Nosy Crow produce in association with the National Trust - they are informative, attractive and a super way to encourage children to take an interest in the world around us, even the youngest. It's great to see them in National Trust shops and they make an ideal souvenir - one that will have lasting appeal.

Wrapping (Twirlywoos)

Today, the Twirlywoos are learning about wrapping. The lady is wrapping a present, and then it's their turn. It's a good thing that there's plenty of wrapping paper, as the Twirlywoos wrap EVERYTHING - even the lady! Then it's time to get back on the Big Red Boat, and the Stop-Go Car comes along with a snuggly scarf in which to wrap the Twirlywoos so they go to sleep. This brightly coloured, action-packed board book helps toddlers learn, just as the TV show does. There are plenty of words, more than in most board books, and these will help children recognise their letters.

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