Teach the little ones that books are fun right from the start

First of all, an abundance of whiteboard books. These new studio stories can handle what baby dishes look like. Teach the little ones that books are fun right from the start. And for older kids, picture books always make the difference. Look for these in your favorite bookstore or at your library. And find more recommendations in our bonus books online this month.

“Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car” by Jay Fleck (Chronicle Books, Age Birth – 3, available May 10)

Little fingers will love to touch the curly material throughout this book. With sensually funny and adorable rhyming text, this is a delight.

“Pigs Are Prepared” by Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo (Chronicle Books, 2 years and older)

Open the doors to this book and see what little pigs are planning so they can be prepared (and safe) for anything.

“What do you see?” A Magical Slide-and-Find Book by Renata Bueno (Chronicle Books, ages 3-5, available May 3)

Younger preschoolers may need a little help with this concept, but the result can be squealing joy. A “magic” image finder placed on top of illustrations reveals something completely new.

“Wake up, freight train!” by Danna Smith, illustrated by Jon Andersen (Little Simon, 2-4 years)

Little train lovers will enjoy this cute blackboard book, but they will also learn the names of train carriages, expand their vocabulary and learn sorting and much more. If your little one has started playing with wooden train sets, it will increase the fun.

“I love strawberries!” by Shannon Anderson, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett (Feeding Minds Press, 5-8 years)

Once you’ve picked or bought strawberries this season, this wonderful picture book is a great way to bring the activity home. It may inspire children to start their own garden – or at least a strawberry patch – and learn how to grow their own food and even start a business. Great details here are presented in a fun, engaging story.

“The book that would NOT be read” An experience by David Sundin (Simon & Schuster books for young readers aged 4-8)

An Early Candidate for This Year’s Favorite Book – It’s impossible not to have fun while reading this “experience.” This book may not want to be read, but it certainly should. Each page is interactive and designed to get kids into the story, with giggles and gasps and more. It might work for bedtime (or maybe give kids a new breeze), but it would be perfect for re

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