(StatePoint) Alongside all those delicious sweet treats this Easter, think about surprising your little ones with new books. They make an exciting addition to baskets, and are a fun find on egg hunts.
“Books are the perfect gift for young children on any occasion, but in an Easter basket, they can be an extra special surprise,” says Nancy Ellwood, Editorial Director at DK, a publisher of adult and children’s books.
For preschoolers, consider these titles, which are nice fits for the spring season.
Babies love reading with parents. And infants especially love books that encourage them to make noise.
Guide babies in making fun, silly sounds with “Baby Cheep! Cheep!” Colorful pictures of favorite animals and rhyming text keep babies engaged and help them learn about the world around them.
With padded covers, simple images and a range of textures, “Baby Touch and Feel: Bunny” is a great choice for Easter. Part of the classic “Touch and Feel” series designed to capture the attention of budding readers, the book’s textured format promotes sensory learning. Simple visuals and labels encourage recognition and naming of objects.
Help preschoolers develop fine motor skills with “Follow the Trail: Farm.” The book encourages little ones to use their fingers to follow the shiny trails. DK’s new “Follow the Trail” series includes colorful photography and activities that teach children about shapes, sorting, and matching, as well as developing hand-eye coordination and pre-writing skills.
With trails that let toddlers circle the wheel of a tractor, explore around the farm, and connect farm animals and the products they give us, this title provides hands-on learning.
Packed with information and eye-catching images, “My First Tractor” is part of the re-launch of the iconic “My First” series. This revamp includes updated photography, contemporary design, and a modern approach to engaging preschoolers — excellent for reading alone or with an adult.
With clear labels and 16 spreads of tractor images, the book builds vocabulary and language skills. Kids also learn about different types of tractors and their uses. The book includes counting and color-matching activities.
More kids’ book ideas for Easter can be found at www.dk.com.
To treat children to special Easter surprises they can enjoy beyond the holiday, consider giving a book.