Since having Daniel and Emma I have discovered a whole new world of children’s publishing. I have written so much already about the many beautiful and engaging books that we have and I was thrilled recently to be sent through some books from the team at Autumn Children’s Book & Templar Publishing.
I had never heard of Autumn Children’s books before so I was intrigued to see what their books had to offer. We received the bedtime book, I’ll See You in the Morning by Templar and three books from Autumn, On the Farm (Tiny Touch & Feel), Baby See and Say First Animals and All Aboard (who knew Fisher Price did books?!)
Daniel is a real bookworm and often sits on his little stool reading to himself. Any new books are just left for the children to discover, that way I think I get a good idea of what really interests them.
First up, the bedtime book, I’ll see you in the morning is a lovely book. My mum read this to Daniel at bedtime the first time. When I put him to bed the next night he asked for ‘bear book’. I wasn’t sure which one he meant but it was this book – the child in the book has a small bear. He asks for this book so in my eyes that means it is a real winner with him. The pictures are lovely and engaging and the text is very sweet too. It’s a clear favourite here with Daniel.
On the Farm is a touchy feely book and Emma loves these sorts of books so she has claimed this one as her own. Each animal starts with ‘I love my mummy, her coat is….’ and I like the different descriptions. It’s a book that will help me expand Daniel and Emma’s vocabulary and descriptions as they get older. Emma is really keen on this book and I often spot her stroking the pages when we are having some reading time.
The First Animals book is my personal favourite of the four we were sent. Often first animal books focus on the more common animals such as cat, dog, pig etc. I can get a bit tedious saying the same animals in every single book. This book themes each page, safari, ocean, woodland, pets etc. Each page had six animals, one of which is hidden by a flap.
Daniel adores this book and it was the first one he passed his Grandad to read when I opened the package of books. He loves this book and the added benefit of teaching him about some less common animals (lizard, emu, platypus etc). It is a nice sturdy board book and one that I can see us using again in the future when we start to look at different climates animals live in. It really is a well designed, illustrated and thought out book. I’m not sure if there are more in this series, but if there are I will be adding them to the wish list for the children.
Finally, the Fisher Price book, All Aboard. This book is another board book (brilliant for us as Emma doesn’t quite play as gently as I would like her to with the books!). There is a track on each page that your child can run their finger along. Emma isn’t interested in this one at all but Daniel quite likes it I have read it to him a few times and the story has a nice rhyme to it (which I always like as I find it easier to read!). The blurb on the back suggests that this book is good for introducing your child to pre-writing skills. Daniel is showing zero interest in that sort of thing at the moment but he is starting to trace some of the tracks out. I suspect he might become more engaged with this particular book later in the year when he learns to control a pencil/pen a bit more. He does pick it up to look at the pictures and ‘read’ but he doesn’t trace all the tracks like I thought he might.
All in all I am really impressed with these books. There are so many books in the children’s market and it is hard to know which are the best ones to buy; which will engage a child. I can whole heartedly recommend these books.
I’m thrilled that the team at Autumn Books are offering one of my readers a chance to win a Fisher Price Book. To be in with a chance of winning, please complete the Rafflecopter below.
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