Saturday, June 2, 2012
Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to feature three adorable board books from Duopress.
123 Washington, DC also includes a location page where parents can find all the symbols and landmarks in the book, as well as a list of conversation starters that will help parents to begin a fun talk with their kids about our nation's capital. -- Duopress
I have been a big fan of Duopress's board books for some time, so I was very excited when they asked me to review some of their new Spring releases. Since my husband and I lived in the Washington D.C. suburbs for about ten years and Booking Daughter was actually born there, I immediately requested 1 2 3 WASHINGTON D.C. by Puck.
I sure wish this book had been around when Booking Daughter was a toddler because it's adorable. Obviously, 1 2 3 WASHINGTON D.C. is a counting book and each page features images from famous attractions in the area. For example, 1 is for the Capitol Building, 7 is for the cherry blossoms, and 5 is for the National Air and Space Museum -- see below.
Overall, a very cute board book especially for children who live near (or visit) the Washington D.C. area.
1 2 3 BEACH by Puck is another precious board book that reinforces basic counting concepts. It is very similar in format to the 1 2 3 WASHINGTON D.C. book, but it features beach items -- of course. I also enjoyed this little book and think kids will love figuring out the pictures.
As you can see below, 1 2 3 BEACH also includes a "Let's Talk!" section in the back of the book. Once the kids are done counting the beach items, parents can present these conversation starters for some further discussion. Most of these questions are open-ended and allow children to use their imagination or discuss their own preferences, and I can only imagine how much fun they will have sharing their thoughts with a grown-up.
And when I heard about NEW YORK BABY by Puck and illustrated by Violet Lemay, I knew I couldn't resist. This book is positively adorable and must-have for all New York babies... and their moms.
This board book is so cute and I think parents and toddlers alike will enjoy it. The illustrations are too sweet and the children in the book reflect New York's different cultures. Just check out the page spread below to get an idea of just how cute this book is. Don't you just love that F stands for Fuhgettaboutit?
I especially enjoyed the last page spread of the book which gives some activities for children to do. For example, there are hidden items on each page that kids can find like numbers, letters, and even different foods and toys. For whatever reason, my children have always loved books that includes these fun little "interactive" activities.
Highly recommended for all New York babies!
Thanks to the publisher for providing review copies of these books.
If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!