Toddler’s love to learn and explore. Encourage their curiosity with these four interactive books for toddlers.
Elmo and Friends Look and Find
This big, soft yet durable book, features Elmo and other lovable Sesame Street characters. Each page has bright illustrations and focuses on one major color that pertains to a specific Sesame Street character. For instance, there is a purple page with the Count and a blue themed page for the Cookie Monster. Within the pages are lots of insects, plants, toys and other unexpected objects. On one section of the page is a section where you can ask your toddler to find certain objects. For instance, where is the grasshopper? At this point, you can point to the grasshopper on the question section and then encourage the child to find it in the illustration. My daughter has learned all sorts of new words, from flute to dinosaur. In the back of the book is a page with additional suggestions on questions to ask. It is a great introduction to basic comprehension questions. Find Elmo and Friends at amazon.com for $7.98. If your child likes other characters like Mickey Mouse or Thomas the Train, there are Look and Finds for these personalities too.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book by Rod Campbell brings out the curiosity in your child and encourages them to guess. The book centers on a “prospective pet owner” who is disappointed with each animal that arrives until the end when the perfect one is found. Kids can make a guess as to which animal is behind the flap and then lift the flap to discover what is underneath. Toddlers can learn new animals and the first steps to making an inference. Purchase this timeless book at diapers.com for $7.19.
Sesame Street Elmo’s Busy Day Lift and Look Soft Foam Book
Elmo’s Busy Day Lift and Look Book is designed to encourage exploration. In this book, Elmo is going on a picnic. All of his Sesame Street friends are coming. To find the items needed for the picnic, toddlers will have to take out the soft, lift-out pieces to look for items like food and a jacket. This book has many opportunities to ask questions like where is the banana or can you help Elmo find the food? Additionally, it is good for fine motor skills because kids have to lift the pieces up and then put them back in. You can find this book on sale for $13.99 at diapers.com.
Discover the Day
The Discover the Day lift the flap sound book has lots of fun music, cute characters and interactive flaps to lift. The book has a short little rhyme on each page. Additionally, toddlers can lift up pillows, pull back curtains and lift up rugs to find all sorts of surprises. The book focuses on music like Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and Vivaldi’s “Spring Movement 3, Allegro”. This book is good for babies and toddlers alike. Purchase this book for 8.98 at Barnes and Noble.