A love of reading starts young. Kay is already learning to appreciate books and story time, though sometimes it seems like her favourite part about books is how satisfying they are to rip! We make time to sit with a book or two every afternoon, and I love watching her develop her interest in books along with a longer attention span.
I was excited to receive this package of toddler board books for review courtesy of the wonderful folks at Raincoast Books, an award winning, Canadian-owned book wholesale and distribution company based in my hometown of Vancouver, BC.
Peek-A-Zoo! by Nina Laden
This sturdy book is the perfect size for toddler hands to hold and turn pages independently. Peek-A-Zoo! is the companion volume to toddler favourite Peek-a-Who? and features simple rhyming text and cut outs on each page so little ones can guess which creature is peeking from the next page. The mirror on the last page (“Peek a… you, too!”) makes Kay smile every time.
Daddy Wrong Legs by Nina Laden
Daddy Wrong Legs lets toddlers mix and match animal daddy tops and daddy legs including a rooster, a spider, a frog, and a gorilla. All the daddies are shown holding or interacting with their babies. On the very last page is a human daddy with his little girl riding on his shoulders.
Both my kids get a kick out of the mixing up part. Kay thinks it’s hilarious every time. I love the depictions of nurturing daddies playing with, singing to, carrying, and reading to their babies. One of the daddies is even babywearing his puppies on his back!
You Are My Baby Board Books by Lorena Siminovich
Last year I reviewed On My Leaf and In My Tree, both illustrated by Lorena Siminovich. Now she’s created a new series of board books featuring a smaller baby book nestled inside a bigger one. Toddlers can match the baby animals to their parents and learn their special name (e.g., hatchling, kit, calf, chick, foal) as well as what sound each animal makes.
Illustrated in the same style of cut paper collage, the animal parents and their babies project a warm and comforting feel. I like how thick and sturdy the board book pages are. Unfortunately, the gutters don’t stand up to rough handling as well as the pages do, and one of ours is ripped already where Kay tried to bend the cover back. (I did mention she likes “testing” our books for rip-ability!)
Find these board books at Amazon, your local bookseller, or wherever books are sold.
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