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Friday, December 12, 2014

Books and Toys!

My daughter Reyna is really into Dora the Explorer. So I thought why not combine the two! For example, have a favorite toy or doll that the child really likes and have a book about the favorite item the child likes.

Here is a picture of a Dora book that Reyna got from her school. I combined it with a Dora the Explorer doll that I found at a thrift store across the street.
I originally wanted Reyna to have Dora sit on her lap and "read", but she got silly and when I tried taking pictures they all came out blurry. So maybe in the future she can try to "read" to her doll again.

I hope you enjoyed this tip on combining toys/dolls and books together.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mirror Book

I had gotten the book Baby Einstein: Mirror Me! A Mirror Book by Julie Aigner-Clark.from a library book sale .
                                          Here is a picture of the front of the book.

I  really liked how kids can see themselves in the mirror of the book.

                                         Reyna looking in the mirror of the book.

I really liked sharing the coolness of this book. If you like this review of this book, please feel free to subscribe to this blog at the top.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Follow The Dotted Arrow!

My daughter Reyna had gotten a book from Usborne Books called There's a Mouse About the House.

Here is the front of the book.
With the book opened it shows how the mouse needs to follow the dotted arrow to escape the cat.
With Reyna following the dotted arrow, she needs to lift the flap and have the mouse go into the cookie jar.

Eventually the mouse escapes the cat and find a safe place to hide.

I loved how interactive this books is. My daughter wanted to play with this story book over and over again! If you are interested  in purchasing this book, please click on the link to buy:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Purse Book

While taking my daughter to the thrift store across the street, she found this awesome book called My Pretty Pink Counting Purse book by Tim Bugbird and Jane Horne.
                                          This is the book she found.
                                         Here she is wanting to show it off!

 My daughter liked this purse book because it reminded her of a regular purse except it turns into a book.
                                          Here she is opening the book.
                                          This is a small sample of the inside of the purse book.

I hope you enjoyed this awesome book that my daughter had found. Please leave your thoughts below on this blog post.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Storytime Action Book!

When going to the library, I try to find books that have lists of storytime  books inside them. That way I can find interactive books from those lists. I came upon this cool book called Storytime Action! 2,000 Ideas for Making 500 Picture Books Interactive by Jennifer Bromann.

Your probably asking how is any different from the other books you may have came across? Instead of reading a book and doing a craft afterward, this book is totally interactive. The child is interacting with the book while the adult is reading it.

For example, in this book there is a book called How Georgina Drove the Car Very Carefully from Boston to New York by Lucy Bate(P.29). While reading the book of Georgina driving, the child listening to the story can drive while the adult is reading it.

 Another quick example is the story called The Story of Chopsticks by Ying Chang Compestine (P. 45) . It's about a boy who invents chopsticks because his food is to hot. To make the book interactive have the kids use chopsticks (or craft sticks or straws) to eat the food while listening to this awesome story.

I'm still currently reading this book. It has so many inteactive stories that I want to try with my kids and other peoples kids. Please let me know how you like the book and the ideas in it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where I Find Some of the Interactive Children's Books At.

When looking for interactive children's  books, I check a variety of sources.  Here is a small list of some of the places that I find some some of these interactive books:

1. Thrift Stores- My 3 year old daughter had found some at a local thrift store across the street from my apartment.

2. Libraries- Some of these books are from the Friends of the Library sale. Some of them are once a year and some of them are more often. Other times I found cool books to purchase in the lobby area of the library. These books are sold year round.

3. Usborne Books- Ok, I'm a bit biased because I'm an Usborne Books consultant. Usborne has a ton of interactive books for children. Such as lift the flap, touchy feely, noisy books, etc.

4. Amazon- Need we say more. There are a bazillion books that you can find that have ton of interaction in them. I buy from them on a regular basis.

5. Book Stores- Especially Half Price Books. Great selection of books and you can get them at excellent prices.

6. Yard Sales- I love yard sales. You never know where you might find your next interactive children's books at. Plus you'll get the books real cheap.

7. School Book Fairs- My kids love picking out books from there school book fairs. Plus a portion of the school book sales go back to the school. It's a win-win for everybody!

Here is my list. When I come up with more sources I find. I will update this post.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

I was wanting to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It's been awhile since I blogged. My goal for 2014 is to start blogging on a more regular basis.

What are your goals for the new year?