EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Abram's Children's Books #TheArtofBooks

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Abram's Children's Books #TheArtofBooks

Children's books are a big part of our holiday gift-giving and we've found some of the best toddler and preschooler books of the season.  Abram's Books offers some fantastic early language books that hadn't discovered before andwe couldn't wait to share about them! From early sounds to basic concepts, these stories wonderful first readers for little ones. 

Our Top Picks
Some of the best books to introduce pre-literacy and early verbal skills include books with environmental sounds (think animal sounds, outdoor noises, etc.), basic concepts, and books about feelings. We are huge fans of board books and books that offer interactive features to encourage engagement. Here are four of our favorites for ages birth to three. Remember, it's never too early to start reading to your baby!

  • Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions - This is one of our favorite books for introducing emotions to children. This vibrant photos of the board book introduce five basic expressions: happy, sad, angry, surprised, and silly. Young children love the large images of baby’s face. As you read this book together, you are asked to mimic the face, then pick it out from a group of other babies. Fantastic way to learn how to identify emotions before transitioning to teaching toddlers to express how they feel. The very last spread includes all of the expressions from the previous pages, and a mirror so readers can watch themselves make any face they please.

  • Baby UpBaby Down: A First Book of Opposites - We use this bright, playful board book in our speech-language therapy clinic all the time! It introduces sets of opposites for babies to identify, from up and down to quiet and noisy. We have a lot of fun whispering 'quiet' and getting loud when we say 'noisy!' to help kids understand the meaning of the words. Each pair of concepts is demonstrated with fun photographs of young ones, making for an adorable read. At the end of the book, our little ones like to pretend to sleep by imitating the sleeping baby on the last page. Makes a great bedtime story for this reason!

  • So Many SoundsWe love this book for little ones and school-age kids alike. Whether you are working on linguistic skills with toddlers or rhyming with Pre-K kids, SoMany Sounds is worth adding to your child's collection. It is a wonderful rhyming read-aloud featuring everyday sounds and a refrain that children will love repeating. Repetition and imitation are important skills for language development, so finding books that support these skills is helpful. The illustrations in this picture book are super engaging as well!

  • Farmblock - If you're looking for an exciting interactive book to share with your little one, Farmblock is a wonderful choice. Open fold-outs to explore life on a farm and discover fun surprises along the way! This story takes your child from crop-planting to farmer's market to learn about life on the farm, seasons, animals, and more. Despite the well-made quality of this book, we recommend reading it with toddlers rather than allowing them to explore themselves, as some of the fold-outs may not withstand the pulling of little hands. Preschoolers can definitely handle it on their own. 92 pages in all!

Head over to the Abram's Kids Page to browse their entire collection and explore the stories for yourself!

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Disclaimer: The books in this post were provided to us upon request from Abram's Books. As always, our posts are our own opinions.