Board Books

Many children’s first books will probably be board books. The tough, durable, thick cardboard pages make them a good choice for little readers who like to physically interact with their books. They are a great introduction to reading and promote early literacy. By reading board books to your child, you show them how pages are turned left to right and how pictures help tell a story along with the text. Babies and toddlers may want to “read” the board books themselves by flipping the pages and describing the pictures. Often classic children’s picture books are shortened in board book format which fits younger readers’ attention spans more appropriately.

Classic Children’s Stories as Board Books

The Mitten; and A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon
The Mitten by Jan Brett
A traditional Ukrainian folktale retold with Jan Brett’s signature beautifully detailed illustrations. Various winter animals seek shelter from the snow in a boy’s discarded white mitten until it is full to bursting!

A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn
A mother raccoon reassures her young raccoon son that he will be alright while away from her at school. The board book version is shortened from the picture book form, The Kissing Hand, which provides more detail and text for preschool/early elementary school aged children.

Interactive Board Books

Recently, there has been a wider variety of interactive board books including: “lift the flap,” “touch and feel,” and ones that make sounds as well. This lets the child interact with a book on various sensory levels appropriate to his/her developmental stage.
Touch and Feel: Home; Paw Patrol; Noisy Digger Peekaboo!

Touch and Feel: Home
Young children can feel several textures like a soft teddy bear and a rough bath towel as they follow Sam the Kitten through the house to explore familiar objects.

Paw Patrol: Let’s Find Adventure
Toddlers and preschoolers will love following their four-legged friends from the hit TV show Paw Patrol as they rescue citizens of Adventure Bay. Children can lift over 30 flaps to reveal different characters from the show.

Noisy Digger Peekaboo! by Dawn Sirett
Young construction enthusiasts explore different construction vehicles and their functions with brightly colored pictures and large flaps. When a child opens the flap, a light sensor is activated to trigger sounds relating to each vehicle. This is a popular item for our young patrons!

To find more of these fun and interactive books, search the catalog with terms such as: “Textured books,” “Toy and moveable books,” “Lift-the-flap books,” and “Sound effects books.”

-Miss Liz

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