First of all, a plethora of board books. These new, study stories could serve up to some babies. Teach the little ones from the get-go that books are fun. And for older children, picture books always make the right choice. Look it up at your favorite bookstore or library. And find even more recommendations this month in our online bonus books.
“Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car” by Jay Fleck (Chronicle Books, Birth Age – 3, available May 10)
Little fingers will love touching the wrinkly material in this book. With sensory fun and cute rhyming lyrics, this is a delight.
“Pigs Are Prepared” by Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo (Chronicle Books, 2 years and older)
Open the doors of this book and see what little pigs are up to so they can be prepared (and safe) for anything.
“What do you see?” A Magic Slide-and-Find Book by Renata Bueno (Chronicle Books, ages 3-5, available May 3)
Younger preschoolers may need some help with this concept, but the result can be screams of delight. A “magic” photo viewfinder placed on top of artwork reveals something entirely new.
“Wake up, freight train!” by Danna Smith, illustrated by Jon Andersen (Little Simon, ages 2 – 4)
Little train enthusiasts will enjoy this fun board book, but they will also learn the names of train cars, expand their vocabulary and learn to sort and much more. If your little one starts playing with wooden train sets, it will add to the fun.
“I like strawberries!” by Shannon Anderson, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett (Feeding Minds Press, 5 – 8)
After picking or buying strawberries this season, this beautiful picture book is a great way to take the activity home. It can inspire kids to start their own garden — or at least a strawberry garden — and learn how to grow their own food and even start a business. Great detail is presented here in a fun, engaging story.
“The Book That Did NOT Want To Be Read” An Experience by David Sundin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 – 8)
An early contender for Favorite Book of the Year – It’s impossible not to have fun reading this ‘experience’. This book may not want to be read, but it has to. Each page is interactive and designed to get kids into the story, with giggles, gasps and more. It might work before bed (or might give kids a second wind), but it would be perfect for re