Updated on July 15, 2016
Books for Baby’s First Birthday
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For my second gift idea for my Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash, I’m talking about books! Not just any books! I have a specific series of board books in mind that make awesome gifts for that soon to be toddler. I have lots of ideas for the perfect gift for those little babies that are turning into a toddler and this week I’m going to tell you about my TOP FIVE gifts for a first birthday. At the end of the week, there’ll be a GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will have the chance to win ALL FIVE of the gifts I’ll be featuring! Are you excited yet? I know I am! Gift number one is Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho, let’s get to gift number two!
The challenging thing about books for the newly into toddlerhood set is finding books that will not only capture their attention but also withstand being pulled, chewed, and thrown around a bit. For that reason I like books that have bold and bright colours, engaging illustrations, sturdy board pages, and something that encourages toddlers to interact with the story. It sounds like a tall order, but I’ve found all that and more in the Usborne Children’s Books Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” series. Let me tell you all about it!
I love reading to my kids. It’s something I started doing with The Heir when he was just a couple of months old, and it’s still something we do together every day! Needless to say, I wanted to do the same with Petit Prince. Inevitably, he was introduced to books even earlier than The Heir just by snuggling in for The Heir’s daily story time. Although it was fun for him to spend story time with us, the books The Heir enjoys at almost four years old are not the same books that really capture Petit Prince’s attention. This is where Usborne Children’s Books’ Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” book series comes in. Surprisingly, we only had one of the books from this series for The Heir, but Petit Prince enjoys them so much that we’ve amassed quite the collection since his arrival. The great thing about this book series is that as the child grows into toddlerhood and beyond, there’s still something engaging and fun to do on every page.
The concept behind the Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” board book series is to present one type of character and differentiate them based on their textures. On each page of “That’s not my owl…”, for example, you’ll find a defining characteristic of the owl described on the page, and a new texture for baby to explore. The exploration for the child starts right on the front cover of each book. Simply by picking up the book or grabbing at it, the child will discover a new texture. “That’s not my owl…” starts with a shiny smooth yellow beak, while “That’s not my meerkat…” starts with fluffy thick brown ears. Petit Prince has always been captivated by these books, and feeling something different right on each cover no doubt increases his interest in them.
The illustrations in the “That’s not my…” board book series are wonderful. There’s lots of contrasting colours and boldly outlined shapes. The colours are really bright and fun, so the animals or characters on the pages really stand out. The illustrations give the reader (ie. the parent, grandparent, babysitter, etc.) lots of things to talk about on each page. From the starry night sky to the funky flowers, there’s plenty to hold a toddler’s attention while they take some time to feel an owl’s rough tail or a monster’s hairy eyebrows. As that toddler’s attention span gets longer, there’s even a fun game to play while reading these books. There’s a little white mouse hidden (sometimes in plain sight) somewhere on every page of the book. It’s a lot of fun to see if your toddler can track down the little mouse and see what it’s up to (spoiler alert: sometimes the mouse is floating in a parachute).
Do these books really last through the years? Oh yes they do! That one book that we had with The Heir is still around and hardly shows any wear after being pulled and chewed on for the better part of the last three years. The board pages of the Usborne Children’s Books’ Touchy Feely “That’s not my…” series are sturdy and thick. Petit Prince can easily get a grip on them to flip the pages at his own pace, and they are strong enough to withstand his new teeth when he just can’t control himself. Sometimes a book is so good you just want to eat it, right? The touchy-feely cut outs on each page hold up really well, too. Even the fluffy and furry textures still have lots of softness to them and haven’t worn away or matted over the years.
You can really never go wrong with buying books for a child’s first birthday. Finding a series that will grab and hold that child’s attention for more that two minutes? That’s gift giving victory right there my friends! That’s precisely what you’ll get with the Usborne Children’s Books’ Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” series. There’s a book sure to capture the fancy of every child. From owls to foxes, hedgehogs to meerkats, princesses to pirates, fairies to dragons, tractors to ponies, and so many more, there’s bound to be one that will engage any toddler! I’d hazard a guess that there might even be one to match almost any nursery decor theme too, if that’s your thing! Usborne Children’s Books’ Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” series retail for $11.95 CAD and you can order them HERE if you’re in the USA and HERE if you’re in Canada.
The Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash GIVEAWAY is underway! You could win over $150 in prizes including one Usborne Children’s Books’ Touchy-Feely “That’s not my…” board book! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ and closes on August 2nd at 11:59pm MST. Enter the Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash Giveaway.