Board books for babies and up.

Welcome to my latest blog post which is dedicated to board books. These sturdy, crumple proof reads have been the building blocks to my daughters love of reading and recently they have enjoyed some fantastic ones which I must share with you.

Shopping List And Builders Tool Kit by Robyn Gale and illustrated by Barry Green.

Shopping List interactive book review

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These brilliant board books double up as a great play tool as there are pieces you can pop out. Readers are invited to see what various diverse families are buying from the supermarket and are able to see exactly what these items look like with the play pieces for each list shown on the neighbouring page. In Builders Tool Kit children can copy what various builders are doing using different tools on each page. My girls think these books are brilliant, particularly my 2 year old who has since played various games using the books.

These are super books for home and learning settings, supporting language development using a familiar context for many and of course there is lots of potential for some bookish and role play. The also would be great books to take along whilst travelling with young ones.

I thought I saw a monkey! I thought I saw a penguin! By Lydia Nichols.

I thought a saw monkey interactive board book review

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The next two in the series of I thought I saw a.. are fun and engaging. With many different moving parts young readers will rejoice in finding the main animal character.

To say my two year was delighted at this book post is a little bit of an understatement to be honest. She absolutely loves these books. The questions on each page and the use of positional language add an element of mathematical fun and the illustrations are brilliant. We’ve also had lots of bookish play in the past with this series by hiding the same animal, but in toy form, around the house so that my daughter can practice using the vocabulary found in the book.

My 2 year would highly recommend these books.

Harris Finds his feet by Catherine Rayner.

Catherine Rayner’s board book Harris finds his feet review

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Harris, the young hare has a loving grandfather who explains to Harris exactly why it is he has, what Harris describes as …”enormous feet.” Together they explore the world and much to the delight of Harris he is able to hop, jump and understands now why he is made so.

Grandparents can have such a beautiful way of teaching things to their grandchildren.

Grandfather equips Harris with a great many skills but eventually it is not for them to continue this journey together but for Harris to explore the world independently.

This beautifully illustrated story is now available in a special board book format as publishers Little Tiger books are celebrating it being 10 years since Catherine Rayner won the Kate Greenway Medal. Each spread is so skilfully produced with wonderful artwork and I love the palette of colours throughout. A popular picture book which is now in a format more suited for little hands to explore, brilliant.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed this bundle of board book brilliance. It’s wonderful to observe the ever changing availability of books for our youngest of readers.

Disclaimer: I received these books from publishers however, I chose to include them in this piece. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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