I just love books, and I’m so excited that my daughter has discovered her love for them as well. She’s at that stage (16 months) where she sits in front of her shelf, pulling book after book down, and reading them from front to back (or back to front and sometimes upside down). These are some of her current favorites. And remember, if you don’t have a baby in the house, these make great gifts. One of my favorite “birth” presents that my daughter received was a big pile of books. Her older brother loved it as well. –Alex
Lift and Look by SoftPlay
We have two of these books that were my son’s–colors and vehicles. He couldn’t get enough and now she’s feeling the same way. You lift pieces up off the page that have another picture underneath. Amazon’s product description, “Young readers will love to find and learn colors using the soft, lift-out pieces that are featured in this special book. The foil-enhanced pictures and fun, interactive approach of Lift and Look Colors is sure to delight young children and keep them busy- and learning- for hours.” Lift and Look Colors by SoftPlay, $12.99. Click here to order from Amazon.
Look at the Animals! by Peter Linenthal
This book is great for young babies, as well as toddlers. Young ones love the black and white pictures, and the older ones get excited to name the animals and say the sounds. Amazon’s product description, “Bold, black-and-white illustrations offer the clean shapes and strong contrasts best suited to young babies’ developing minds.The warm, simple text makes this a perfect first book for sharing with a little one who’s just beginning to look and learn.” Look at the Animals, $6.99. Click here to order from Amazon.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
An oldie but goodie that will be sure to please. A child writes to the zoo for a pet, but they keep sending him an unsuitable animal! My kids love to laugh as they lift the flaps to see what “that crazy zoo” will send next. Dear Zoo, $6.99. Click here to order from Amazon.
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
This adorable book combines the best of both world’s–a book with flaps that you open to reveal an animal’s fur that you can touch. From Amazon’s product description, “With flaps to lift, a squeaker to press, and a peek-at-yourself mirror at the end, this touchable, smoochable new book from the popular creator of Animal Kisses and Baby Animal Kisses is loaded with fun, surprises, and, of course, plenty of kisses.” Peekaboo Kisses, $8.99. Click here to order from Amazon.
Open the Barn Door (A Chunky Board Book), Illustrated by Christopher Santoro
Open the Barn Door was given to my daughter in the aforementioned birth gift–it’s currently her all time favorite. The book features chunky, easy to turn pages, with flaps to lift showing what’s out and about the farm. From Amazon’s product description, “Open the barn door and take a tour around the barnyard to find out just who’s making all those wonderful animal sounds.” Open the Barn Door, $3.99. Click here to order from Amazon.
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