~I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Of all the books out there the cutest ones might be board books for babies and toddlers. There is just something adorable about a little book with a cute story, cute illustrations and thick pages so little ones can actually flip through them all on their own without parents having to worry the book will break. From Abrams Appleseed comes 4 interactive board books for babies and toddlers. Each one offers either flaps to lift or pages that move to reveal a hidden picture. All done in a way to delight both child and parent!
In Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear we learn Happy Bear isn’t so happy at the moment—and the reader has to help cheer him up! Readers will have to do something silly, sing a song, and do something kind to lift Happy Bear’s mood. But when Happy Bear starts to cry, it’s clear that there’s only one thing that can make him truly happy: his mother.
This book is a lot of fun because as you turn the pages the bear’s face slides to reveal a new emotion. Then you encourage your child to do something to make the bear happy again. Then turn the page to see Bear happy again. Even my 8 and 5 year old like to get in on the fun with this one when they read it to their baby sister.
In Better Together, each spread starts with a single animal, all alone. Then a gatefold opens to reveal that the single animal is actually one of many animals working together to comfort, feed, and protect one another. At the end, we see how human families come together in similar ways to care for their little ones. Careful readers will be delighted to see that every animal mentioned in the book is hidden somewhere in the last image. The final spread offers interesting facts about the animals in the book, including the collective nouns for each. Jared Andrew Schorr’s bright, lively cut-paper illustrations and an unexpected freshness round out a very satisfying package.
This book offers a unique look at one animal and then you flip the inner page to reveal the animal is no longer alone and has a lot more of their friends and family nearby. A super sweet book to show that as a family unit we help look out for each other.
In this companion to Alphablock, Countablock, Dinoblock, and Cityblock comes Buildablock to introduce readers to more than 24 construction machines. As in the previous books, Buildablock features die-cut shapes on every other spread and the charming art of British design team Peskimo. Alphablock was chosen one of Parents magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Books of 2013 and one of ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books of 2014.
These block books are extra thick and chunky as are the pages inside which I really like. The die-cut shapes reveal an up-close illustration of a machine at work on one side and then once you flip the shape it reveals what the machine is and a look at it from further away. An extra cute book for little ones that like vehicles.
Folding out car by car, this accordion-style book takes readers on a tour of what’s inside a train. Each car has something to find—things that make loud noises, things in different shapes—and along the way, a little child searches for his missing hat. The back of the book is a running landscape dotted with objects for children to find and count. All Aboard! Let’s Ride a Train is a fun, interactive ride from beginning to end.
The neatest one of the bunch would have to be this one because as you read each page and unfold it horizontal it gets longer and longer to form a train and with each train section you flip the page upwards to see everyone in the train and to read the story. My girls have never been on a train and after reading this one several times it is all they can talk about!
Each of these books are not just an adorable board book but one that offers something a little extra with an interactive touch. Baby Sis might only be 3 months old but Big Sis and Lil Sis love reading each of these board books to her before bed. They are enjoyed by us all!