Thursday, January 22, 2009

Favorite lift the flap board books

The books our bookworm likes us to read over and over again are maybe 1/10 of the books he reads. But if you add flaps to the books, we're probably talking more like 9/10. Here are some of the lift the flap books we've been reading lately, and why we like them.

Curious George Bigger and Smaller Lift-the-Flap Board Book (Board book), by Editors of Houghton Mifflin Company. The flaps on this one are a little different, folding out to cover three words (like "big, bigger, biggest" or "messy, messier, messiest") rather than just a window like most flap books. The flaps are fairly thin, but have held up very well. The text is pleasantly non-annoying, George is as cute as ever, and the flaps cover useful concepts.


"George is curious about...being neat. George is clean. But it's hard to stay that way! Getting messy/Messier/Messiest"

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Board book), by Rod Campbell. A fun tale about a boy who asks the zoo to send him a pet. The zoo sends all sorts of different animals (covered by flaps), each of which is sent back due to a slight flaw (the monkey is too naughty, the lion is too fierce, etc.). Each flap page explains, "they sent me a..." and makes the reader open the flap to see the next animal. The flaps are nice and thick. This is one of our favorites.


"They sent me a/[Lion] He was too fierce! I sent him back."

Eyes, Nose, Toes (Dk Peekaboo) (Board book), by DK Publishing. We recently found this one at the library, and I knew he'd like it, since it is very similar to Playtime Peekaboo (see below).


"Where are the bunny's ears? There they are! Big ears for the bunny!"

Parent's Peeve: The language is a bit corny for my parental taste.

Open the Barn Door (A Chunky Book(R)) (Board book), by Christopher Santoro. This was the first flap book we owned. The book itself is very small (perfect for tiny hands), and the flaps are even smaller, so parental assistance was definitely required to operate them for awhile. But that didn't damper his enthusiasm for this book, which we read over and over (and over and over and over...) again.

Peekaboo Playtime (Board book), by DK Publishing. This was one of the first flap books we bought, before he was born I think. The "flaps" are large, like fold out pages, and they're holding up well despite a LOT of wear. Parental challenge: making an elephant noise, which is apparently spelled "Braloooo!"

What Does Baby Say? (Board book), by Begin Smart Books. A library find. The flaps on this one are nearly full page. It's not one of mom's favorites, but dad read it often upon special request while we had it out.

Where Is Baby's Belly Button? (Board book), by Karen Katz. Karen Katz is the queen of lift the flap books. Her "Where is Baby's..." catalog now includes everything from "Where is Baby's Mommy" and "Where is Baby's Valentine" to "Where is Baby's Dreidel." We should pick up a few more, because he really enjoys "Where is Baby's Belly Button." Each page highlights a different object, hidden beneath, under, or behind something else. The flaps are on the thinnish side, but are holding up fairly well.


"Where is baby's belly button? Under her shirt."

Infant's Interest: He seems to like the whole book equally, but has become fascinated by mom's belly button since reading this book.

Whose Nose? (Paperback), by Jeanette Rowe.

Each pair of pages includes half of an animal's face, covering their noses and asking the reader to guess, "whose nose?" This seems like it might be fun for an older baby to guess the animals. For now, our bookworm just likes to turn the pages/flaps and say "nnnnnn" for "nose."

Click on any of the book covers or titles to link directly to the amazon listings for these books for additional reviews or to pick up your own copies.

I'm proud (and a bit surprised) to say that we haven't yet needed scotch tape on any of these. I'd be disappointed if lift the flap books were the only type of books he read, because they can feel almost like a gimmick at times. But they add variety (and maybe a little increased dexterity), so we'll keep reading them as long as they appeal to our infant bibliophile.

1 comment:

Jill said...

Thanks for these recommendations. My daughter loves Where is Baby's Belly Button, and I'm totally going to have to check out the others. I love the name of your blog and look forward to reading more!