Brilliant Board Books – September 2022 (Part One)

Bizzy Bear – Vets Clinic

  • Written and Illustrated by Benji Davies
  • Published by Nosy Crow on 4th August

This is the latest in the Bizzy Bear series, and continues to feature the beautiful illustrations we have come to love from the previous books in the series, which have that traditional, and very classic vibe to them. In this edition Busy Bear is working as a vet, taking care of a patient, a young dog, that has an injured leg. Little ones can use the sliders in the book to help achieve the tests and take care of the dog, which immerses them within the busy vets. There is lots to discover on the pages, and the lovely ending to the book for readers to enjoy as they read the rhyme and repetition inside, and find a new book to call their favourite.

Big Outdoors for Little Explorers – Woods

  • Published by Nosy Crow in collaboration with National Trust
  • Written and Illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl

This stunning book features lots of animals and creatures that inhabit the woods, and shows those that can be spotted during the day and night time too. The sliders that feature on each page encourage interaction from little ones, and reveal more of the featured animals. The sentences rhyming throughout gives a lyrical feel to reading this book, and it really is a special one to share with little ones as it inspires their imaginations from the get go. There are many more in this series, and I highly recommend getting your hands on all the titles as they really are perfect for growing curious little minds.

Big Outdoors for Little Explorers – River

Another fantastic title in the series is this one about Rivers, which has so many incredible species that dwell in/by the river, from frogs to otters and many more. The sliders encourage interaction from little ones, and the rhyming sentences that detail all things natural world at the river grab your interest from the get go, and engage your imagination throughout. I love these books in this series because they focus on a specific habitat, and give you lots of detail whilst combining it with eye catching illustrations, and these books are so versatile because they could be a learning resource in schools, and they could also accompany little ones along on a trip to the respective location too.

Stick!

  • Published by Nosy Crow in collaboration with National Trust
  • Written and Illustrated by Irene Dickson

This book has all the vibes of a modern classic from first glance, with traditional style illustrations depicting the multitude of uses one young boy finds for a stick. He is accompanied by his dog, and the two of them looking as though they are having a fantastic time just using their imagination, and getting the maximum amount of fun whilst playing outdoors. The boy meets a girl and together they use the stick, and many others, to make a den. This is a fun book, with the energy and excitement being had evident in the illustrations, and this title certainly inspires readers to get outdoors and be adventurous.

I Love My Beautiful Hair

  • Written and Illustrated by Elissa Wentt
  • Published by Scholastic

This is such a beautiful board book that celebrates natural hair, and the many hair styles traditionally represented within the black community. This book allows children of colour to see themselves in the book that they are being read/reading, and it also offers enjoyment to all those that read it through the many hairstyles being portrayed, and how beautiful they are, which is something that will fascinate and inspire all of us.

The gorgeous illustrations showcase the various hairstyles perfectly, and each page features a positive scene of a young girl excited to be able to choose a new hairstyle at the salon that she is visiting alongside many of her extended family members, and you sense her excitement off of the page. I love this feel good book with the representation it offers, and hope to see many more of them.

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