Looking for some great books to help your child learn more and have some fun? Here are some of momstown’s top picks. We’d love to hear your suggestions too – use the comment tool at the bottom to give us your two cents!
For Babies & Toddlers:
Toes, Ears and Nose
Marion Dane Bauer
Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
Both books are wonderfully fun and cute ‘lift the flap’ – with flaps large enough for young hands to manage. Children can find the toes, ears, nose and belly buttons in the story and then point to their own body parts! No matter how many times we read this story, babies and toddlers still love the ‘surprise’ of finding something. Babies are learning about object permanence and lift the flap books are a great way for them to enjoy this new discovery.
For Toddlers & Preschoolers:
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Written in the rhyming style reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, this book uses actions, bright pictures, and repetition that children love. My children and I often add our own actions as we read along. The older ones love ‘filling in’ the rhymes when the reader leaves them out (on purpose!) which adds to the enjoyment and allows children to practice their rhyming skills!
The Foot Book
Another hit by Dr. Seuss – and this one foot-related! Opposites are the theme in this quirky read, wet feet, dry feet, low feet, high feet… you get the picture. A great book to read through more than once, having children ‘guess’ the opposite on the second read-through.
Great for the preschool and older set – gross factor will appeal especially to boys! Written in rhyme, this is a fun story about a 5 year-old who discovers that parts of his body are falling off! While learning that sometimes our hair or our teeth fall out (and grow back) this fun book explores the possibility that the boy might just be falling apart! Kids will love the illustrations and humour.
Arnold has also written More Parts, and Even More Parts for those who just can’t get enough!