I am always on the hunt for great board books that give the kids a chance to see pictures of actual animals doing cool things with a nice, easy story to keep them interested. When my oldest was wee and just starting to get into animals the best options – honestly – were usually discovered at the thrift store. I think book publishers must have gone through an anti-realism period. Finding good quality books for toddlers was a tough task.
Trying to match the interest of my oldest daughter with the budding desire to eat books that has blossomed in the nearly 9.5 month old, I recently discovered Zoobooks for toddlers in the form of their Critters Up Close series.
I really like these books because they are perfect for little kids. They are a great combination of photography including animal faces and sweet illustrations that make them charming and a great touchstone for getting kids connected to wildlife.
They are also excellent quality board books. So, they hold up to the rigors of the tiny person. They often end up in a mouth or getting plowed through and have – so far – held up pretty darn well.
Zoobooks have always been a favorite of ours, especially the soft-covered “magazines” for older kiddos. They are so bang on in terms of speaking to kids in their own language. I’m very excited to have found the toddler version for us to grow into the other ones.
We always seem to find these great sort of books while hitting vacation spots like the Miracle Beach Nature House and – in this case, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington. But, you can always order them from your local, independent book seller. I think they’re a great addition to any toddler library.
Book covers courtesy of Zoobooks.