Little Learners from Parragon BooksOne of my new baby traditions in our house is to buy any baby born to friends and family a book as part of our gift for newborns. I love the idea of giving the gift of reading to a brand new baby and always hope, that in some small way, this can lead to a lifelong love of books for the little person we are welcoming to the world. At Britmums Live a few weeks ago Little E and I met the team from Parragon Books who were promoting their Little Learners range.
The Little Learners books are read and play books for babies and toddlers and their parents. They all offer a way of interacting with them beyond simply reading the book aloud. When we visited them at Britmums we were given two copies of one of the range, one to keep for my children and the other to give away. This will be the perfect first book for my brand new niece who will arrive next month. My lovely friend Jen from My Mummy's Pennies gave us one of her books as she new LM would love a book that can be carried around.
I chose Baa Baa Black Sheep for Little E (and that's the book I will be giving to my new niece) and this is a lovely book for sharing with little ones. The twelve pages of the sturdy board book tell the nursery rhyme, with the added interest of a finger puppet little black sheep that the person reading the book can pop their finger inside and make the puppet move as they read the story. Little E is still a bit too young for books but we already include him in our bedtime story session. All of the children choose a book to read and Bud and LM have been choosing this one rather a lot for Little E, they love to make the puppet move too and it's lovely to see them including their new little brother in a special time of day for us all.
With an RRP of just £3:99 and a range of nursery rhymes and finger puppets in the Little Learners range these are lovely books for babies (from around six months upwards), I definitely think Little E might find a couple more of them in his Christmas stocking this year.
LM received Peek-a-boo I Love You from the Peek and Explore range. This is a beautiful book with a convenient carry handle - perfect for LM who thinks it's a book bag now.The story sees a range of animals saying who they love then suggesting an activity for the reader to do e.g. Race, chase and bark in the park, alongside a peep hole through to the animal on the next page that little fingers can poke through. It's very family focused and each animal says which family member they love.
This is a really interactive book and LM loves exploring it with her fingers. In addition to the peep holes the heart design at the top of the book is graduated with each of the ten pages, which offers another way to interact. It's very simply written but LM is very much enjoying it. Her speech is progressing quite quickly at the moment and she enjoys repeating the simple text and talking about each animal, saying their name and making their noise. The book is really sturdy again and stands up well to little hands. When we've read it at bedtime Bud enjoys encouraging her to follow the actions on each page and joins in too although, at five, this is really the only part of this book that he finds engaging as it's aimed at a much younger audience. I'd say about eighteen months upwards would be perfect for this one and LM, at two years nine months, is very much enjoying it.
We've very much enjoyed our introduction to the Little Learners range and I think we will be adding to our collection in the future.
The Little Learners range is an imprint of Parragon Books and is available from all good book shops and Amazon.
Disclosure: We received the books for review purposes