I’ve always made it a point to not just read fiction to my kids because I feel that no matter how young they are, they should be exposed to non-fiction and I’d suggest using simple readers (which are easily obtainable either from the library) or big books (which you can get from bookstores such as Popular) to capture their short attention span.
Recently, I’ve been blessed with a good quality hardcover book, thanks to Groovy Giraffe. The Animals lift-the-flap book by Garry Fleming is a book which introduces animals according to their habitats.
There are more than 100 flaps to lift and each beneath each flap, I like that there’s a bite-sized piece of information.
Of course, lift-the-flap books are a hit with children of any age group and the bonus is that it’s a board book which means it’s really sturdy and the flaps are made of stiffer cardboard to withstand the rougher hands of younger children, such as my 2 year old. And the photo-realistic style of artwork is impressive too:
While my 5-year-old can’t read the book on her own yet, I’m more than happy to read it to her. An example (Polar animals):
I also like that the book has layflat binding, which means literally that the book opens up flat – and that is really great for viewing, for instance the world map.
And because each habitat is explored across 2 pages (as shown in the Polar animals example), it really enables the children to focus and enjoy the book’s details and the illustrations without worrying about the book closing on its own (since it’s sturdy and opens up flat).
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