Share a Beautiful Board Book this Bank Holiday Weekend

Board Books are the first contact a child has with books, and as such are a valuable resource in a child’s journey to becoming a confident reader, that ultimately enjoys reading for pleasure. They are often educational in content, themed, and always fun for small children. Board Books are a great learning tool for parents to use, as they are full of stunning illustrations to show little ones, and teach them the images and their significance, and the word count is minimal, enabling children to recognise letter formation, and repetition in words too. The following are fantastic board books for sharing, gifting, and enjoying with/by little ones.

Where’s Mr Fire Engine? – Ingela P Arrhenius

  • RRP – £6.99
  • Published by Nosy Crow on 5th August 2021

I love this book! It uses repetition in the sentences, i.e. “Where is…” making it more and more apparent as to what is being said to little ones, and features felt flaps that reveal the referenced vehicle on the page. This book features Mrs Police Car, Mr Ambulance, Mrs Helicopter, and Mr Fire Engine, and concludes the book with a mirror to reveal your little one in the reflection. I have shared similar style board books with my nephew, who is approaching 18mths old, and he absolutely loves the characters hiding behind the felt flaps, and the quality of the pages in these books means he is able to turn the pages himself, and looks to see what is hiding behind the easy to grab and feel flaps. The mirror on the final page is another huge highlight for my nephew, who absolutely loves seeing himself. This book being vehicle themed makes it perfect for sharing with little ones that show an interest in them, much like my nephew does, and educates them on other vehicles they might not be familiar with, but is also a perfect addition to any little ones book collection as they grow more inquisitive.

Flip Flap Zoo – Axel Scheffler

  • RRP – £8.99
  • Published by Nosy Crow on 5th August 2021

The latest title in the Flip Flap series by Axel Scheffler, the talented illustrator behind characters such as The Gruffalo, has arrived, and it is equally as brilliant as the other titles in this collection, and may even be better! Why? Well it features 121 possible combinations of zoo animals that can be created by children as they enjoy this book at length, and they will do.

Zoo animals are a fantastic theme, and follow others such as Farm, Safari, Jungle, Pets, Ocean, Dinosaurs, Frozen, and Minibeasts, and what makes zoo animals fantastic is that children lots of families visit the zoo, and so children will have some awareness of the animals inside the book as a consequence of a zoo visit, or animals at the zoo as a consequence of enjoying this book prior to a visit. The flaps are so much fun to change, making a variety of new species, and create perfect opportunities for lots of smile and giggles along the way, especially with the rhyming sentences that describe each of the animals, and the spine of the page telling you the name of the animal you have created! Axel’s stunning illustrations inside the book have the respective sounds that the animal would make on them, and again make for lots of giggles when you combine the sounds of two animals together. These are fun books with an educational theme behind the smiles.

Happy – Emma Dodd

  • RRP – £6.99
  • Published by Nosy Crow on 5th August 2021

This much loved picture book is now a board book for little ones to enjoy, and features rhyming sentences with a sentiment of a mothers love for a child thread throughout. Each sentence begins with ‘I know that you are happy..’ and echoes that feeling of love, family, and closeness through each sentence in full. The illustrations reflect what is being referenced perfectly, with the actions of the baby owl coming to life on the page, and showing how happy and safe they feel, particularly as their mother watches on. The illustrations and the text compliment the overall message of this book perfectly, as they capture the special bond between a mother and a child perfectly. This is the perfect book to share with your little one, and equally worthy of gifting to soon-to-be/new parents too.

Five Spooky Friends – Danielle McLean and Rosalind Maroney

  • RRP – £6.99
  • Published on 6th July 2021 by Little Tiger

Bringing Halloween to the tiny little hands of children, and combining it with counting/numbers, this is a fantastic board book to be enjoyed all year round. The book features sliders that encourage interaction from little ones, and teaches them the movement being referred to in the text, such as that of a ‘witch flying on her broom’. The illustrations make the spooky Halloween characters friendly and welcoming, and invite children to learn numbers 1-5 alongside them. I love the warmth that comes from each page, the fun that each character offers – particularly with the corresponding slider to be able to use- and that the educational aspect is included in this book in a subtle and exciting way. This is definitely a book that little ones will enjoy time and time again, and one I highly recommend.

My Little World – Halloween (A Halloween book of Counting!)

  • RRP – £6.99
  • Published on 6th July 2021 by Little Tiger

The latest title in the My Little World series is a Halloween counting book, and it is brilliant! Numbers 1-10 can be learnt by little ones through the fabulous illustrations that feature through out this book, as children look to find and count the respective characters, such as toads, pumpkins, bats, and even hairy spiders! There is so much to explore through this entire book, and children will definitely want to pick this book out time and time again as they observe more and more of the content this book has to offer, and of course learn to count along at the same time too. I always love sharing books like this with little ones, even those that have moved on to picture books, as young children love being able to spot details on the pages of a book, and can take part in the counting process too.

I Want to be … A Teacher – illustrated by Richard Merritt

  • RRP – £6.99
  • Published on 8th July 2021 by Little Tiger

The latest title in the I want to be… series is that of a Teacher, and as someone who works in a primary school and has family members that are teachers I honestly squealed with delight that this profession is the newest to feature in this board book collection. The book refers to everything that you associate with school, and the illustrations give great details of the scenes that unfold on each page, from the school bus filled with children to story corner in a classroom. I cannot wait to share this with my 18mth old nephew as a way of explaining what his mummy does when she is at work, and I can see the positive aspects of sharing this book with little ones in respect of it portraying the school environment in an inviting and exciting way, which in turn will encourage children to want to go in to nursery, pre school, and school too. Other titles in this series include Doctor, Firefighter, and Astronaut, and I cannot wait to see which professions feature next.

When I Grow Up I Want to Play…

  • RRP – £6.99
  • Published on 8th July 2021 by Little Tiger

As the cover states, this book has ’30 fun-filled flaps’, and as such it encourages interaction throughout, with multiple flaps to open on each page, and discover the details hiding behind them. Behind each smaller flap there is an sport related action playing out on the page, and behind the larger flaps there are facts for children to learn more about the respective sport. The sports to feature include football, basketball, tennis, golf, and volleyball. Each has a double page spread dedicated to it, with one half showing a person who takes part in the sport, and the second half showing that sport being enjoyed. The illustrations are incredible, and really bring the sport to life on the page, and give children a perspective of many sports through one book, allowing them to decide which they are interested in, find fun, and would like to play. The snippets of facts inside the book encourage children to have knowledge of a topic that many converse about all of the time, and are offered as extra curricular activities in sports centres and schools, as well as being played recreationally as well as in PE lessons too.

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