Beautiful Board Books for Babies and Toddlers #1

There is no better way to encourage a love of books and reading then to introduce books and stories to babies as early as possible – even as early as in the womb! I have seen first hand the positive long term influence and effect that sharing books with babies has, to the point where the first item a child chooses to take to a sleepover or play date is a selection of their favourite books. It is heartwarming when younger readers are excited to choose books to share with family members and friends, and request visits to the local library too. Given that the reading skills a child builds impact their ability to do well across the entire school curriculum it is safe to say that finding the right title to excite and immerse a young reader is key to their longer term success. With that in mind I am delighted to introduce you to my first board book themed blog which is full of amazing titles to inspire, excite, enjoy and indulge in!

Gregory Goose is on the Loose! – At the Fair by

Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley

  • Published by Catch a Star (New Frontier Publishing)
  • Publication date – 28th March 2020
  • RRP – £6.99
  • Additional titles available in the series

In Gregory Goose is on the Loose At the Fair readers are introduced to all of the favourite stalls and rides found at a fair whilst searching for Gregory Goose. With short sentences on each page meaning that attention is focused on the stunning illustrations and younger audiences can pay attention to the stunning detail within each illustrative scene whilst searching for Gregory Goose. The illustrations are vibrantly coloured and draw your eye to all of the many details featuring on the pages. There are additional titles in the series to enjoy, and continue the hide and seek experience featuring Gregory Goose is on the loose! On the Moon, In the Jungle, and Up the Mountain.

Bear & Mouse (Book 1) – Start the Day by Nicola Edwards and Maria Neradova

  • Published by Little Tiger
  • Publication date – 6th August 2020
  • RRP – £6.99

Featuring sliders throughout the book, this is an incredibly fun and interactive book for younger audiences to enjoy engaging with as they learn how Bear & Mouse get ready in the morning upon waking up, and conclude with playtime at the park. From breakfast time where using the slider sees Bear’s toast pop up and Mouse get cereal, to using flaps that help Bear get dressed before they jump on the bus to head to the park. The slider on this page reveals the bus driver before the book reaches its conclusion and the duo get to enjoy the apparatus at the park, with the slider moving the seesaw they are sat on. Really fun to share, younger children will delight in getting their hands on this board book.

Bear & Mouse (Book 2) – Time For Bed by Nicola Edwards and Maria Neradova

  • Publication date – 6th August 2020
  • RRP – £6.99

With sliders throughout the book – beginning with one on the front cover – younger readers will love interacting with this board book that features Bear & Mouse‘s routine as they get ready to head to bed. First the pair have a bath which is then followed up with their teeth brushing routine and getting into pyjamas. Bear and Mouse then enjoy sharing a story before tucking themselves into bed and going to sleep. Each slider allows the reader to engage in helping with the activity that the duo are undertaking, giving them a better understanding of each task along the way. This is such an incredibly fun book to engage with and children will definitely want to choose this book time and time again!

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – My First A B C

  • Published by Walker Books
  • Publication date – 2nd July 2020
  • RRP – £6.99 UK Only
  • From the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt brand

With letter shaped indentations on the cover and throughout the book, this is a beautifully illustrated board book that details every letter of the alphabet in large bold simple font design that has a dash line inside to encourage younger readers to follow the shape of the letter with their fingers – ‘follow the finger trail’ – which will undoubtedly help children to learn how to write the letters as they become more confident and familiar, something they will definitely achieve after they repeatedly ask to share this fun and engaging book. With familiar characters from the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and every day items illustrated beside each letter to help younger readers recognise the corresponding letter, this is an all round gorgeous board book to enjoy whilst learning along the way.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – My First 123

  • Publication date – 2nd July 2020
  • RRP – £6.99

Just like the above title, this book has the ‘follow the finger trail’ theme from the front cover all the way through to the end. children can trace the outlined shape of each number with their finger whilst they hear the corresponding sentence that details an example of the number i.e “One dog sniffing the floor”. The illustrations in this book also feature characters from the popular Rosen/Oxenbury title, maintaining an outdoor theme throughout and finishing with Bear himself. This will prove a popular title with younger children, especially as there is such beautiful illustrations to capture their imaginations along the way.

There are more board books to share with you very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for #2.

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