While working on my last order of Board Books for the library collection, I came across an author who I was unfamiliar with. After looking more into his works, I was very impressed with what I saw. Yusuke Yonezu from Japan is a very talented book illustrator for babies through two-year-olds. His book illustrations contain simple thick line drawings with bold color contrasts. This makes for the prefect combination for infants because their color vision is not well developed at birth. Books with high-contract pictures are excellent choices for babies because it develops their interests in visual stimuli.
Infants are interested in looking at pictures of things they are familiar with. Yusuke's books help to meet baby's needs though providing illustrations of familiar objects by pairing them with simple words so they can learn new vocabulary. These "Concept Books" are perfect little instructional books that help youngsters learn to start labeling and identifying their world, while being entertained at the same time.
Here is a selection of concept books worth checking out. They are all fun books that will engage young children over and over! They are all interactive and will both educate and entertain. Unfortunately, Tigard Public Library's board books are not available for placing holds, but are available on a first come, first serve basis. There are some other libraries in the county that will fulfill board book holds and can send them to a library of your choice for pick-up. And make sure you read to your baby today and everyday!
Fun With Shapes:
This perfect concept book teaches not only shapes, but also colors, numbers, and words all in one bright and colorful package. All the different sizes of circles in numerous different colors transform into a surprising array of objects when each page is turned.
What are you building? What can it be? An irresistible guessing game, this book asks simple questions for identifying objects that move. The vivid pictures can be reinforced through play with building blocks, allowing young imaginations grow.
Squares and rectangles are everywhere. Here the shapes and colors found in everyday objects come to life when the pages of the book are turned.
Angles and triangles are everywhere, and the shapes and colors found in everyday objects come to life when the pages of the book are turned.
We Love Each Other
Love is everywhere! And it's not just us humans. From birds to elephants, rabbits to turtles, there is love and togetherness depicted on every page. Very young readers will enjoy the surprises in this cheerfully inventive little book. The bold, colorful illustrations reveal a surprise beneath the flap on every page, with a final delightful surprise on the last page!
Fun With Objects:
5 Little Apples
Here's a lift-the-flap counting book! The flaps reveal the creature that eats an apple in this board book that helps teach little ones about counting backwards. An elephant, a rabbit, and a caterpillar are some of the hungry critters who take apples away. But when there are none left, a surprise awaits!
Name that bottom! We all recognize these creatures, but not from the back. Here's another charming and funny lift-the-flap book. Each flap reveals a new view of the creature whose bottom is featured on each page, with a friendly hello. Duck, monkey, pig, zebra. elephant--each page creates an amusing guessing game for readers young and old.
Familiar flowers become surprising creatures with the help of lively lift-the-flaps. Blossoms turn into animals with the lift of a flap. Young readers are encouraged to use their imaginations to guess what animal will be revealed. A tulip becomes a yellow cat; a white daisy turns into a sheep. What will become of a cherry blossom, a dandelion, and a pansy? This book makes for a good conversation starter too!
Carrots, chestnuts, and cheese turn into animals with the lift of a flap. Young readers are encouraged to use their imaginations to guess what animal will be revealed. Here's another book that will make for good conversation too!
Images of different fruits transform into animals with lift-the-flaps. The irresistible guessing game encourages children to imagine the possibilities.
Guess What?--Sweets and Treats
Familiar sweets become surprising creatures with the help of lively lift-the-flaps. Sweet treats turn into animals with each lift of a flat. Here's another book where young readers are encouraged to use their imaginations to guess what animal will be revealed. A sweet bun becomes a squirrel's tail, while a chocolate bar transforms into a tortoise's shell. What will the lollipop turn into?