Reading with little ones is so important for their emotional and cognitive development – as well as being a fun, snuggly time for them and their caregivers! Chunky, colorful board books are wonderful tools to introduce babies and toddlers to the wonderful world of books. Here are some of our favorite new books for little hands. Share yours in the comments!
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Great New Books for Little Hands to Love
Here are some of our favorite new board books your little ones are sure to love. And don’t miss these tips on reading with small children!
Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear is the hands down favorite of my two year old. It has such a clever design – as you turn the pages, Happy Bear’s facial expressions change, so it is great for teaching emotional intelligence. I also love that the emphasis is on what you can do to help Happy Bear be happy again – like doing something silly or kind to cheer him up. A really fun book to read aloud together!
Buildablock is another installment in the fun series of board books about exploring the world around you. (We also love Cityblock – read my full review). This latest book focuses on building, so it is sure to be a hit with construction-loving toddlers! My little one loves to flip through the shaped pages, poring over the images, which have so much for her to discover!
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Charlie Builds: Bridges, Skyscrapers, Doghouses, and More! is the sequel to the lovely Charlie Rides: Planes, Trains, Bikes, and More! (read my full review). It continues the theme of celebrating the sweet relationship between a boy and his father, as they use a variety of materials to build together. (Great for parents to get ideas on fun projects to do together, from sandcastles to pillow forts!)
All Aboard!: Let’s Ride A Train is one that all of my kids love to read. It has such a phenomenal design – it actually folds out car by car to be several feet long! Even my 7 year old glommed onto this one right away. They all had so much fun spreading the book out and exploring each page. Interactive reads like these are wonderful books for little hands!
Better Together: A Book of Family is a sweet tribute to the importance of families and their ability to surround us by love even in moments when we feel most alone. My kids love the cut-out pages, which cleverly show how one character may seem all alone, but then (as you turn the page) you see that they are surrounded by family who help them solve their problem. Great for animal lovers, as most of the book centers on different species (and you learn the collective nouns for each!), but my favorite is the last section, which shows a multiracial human family enveloping their little one in warmth and love. A very sweet book to cuddle up and read together!