There are some great books to keep your baby entertained out there and not doubt we all have our favourites. Some of you may remember Spot the Dog from your childhood, or you may have read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your children at bedtime.
Having recently been introduced to the fabulous award winning books from Usborne Children’s Books in the ‘That’s Not My…’ series, I can highly recommend these as another sets of books that no nursery shelf should be without.
Written by author Fiona Watt with brightly coloured illustrations by Rachel Well, the series was shortlisted for the British Book Industry Stora Enso Award for Design and Production, the books feature a variety of different textures to touch and feel on each page with repetitive, rhythmical text that help children develop important language and sensory skills.
Since they were first published in 1999 the format hasn’t changed. The square books are produced on thick cardboard and each page shows a picture of, usually, an animal such as a tiger. A cut-out section of the picture is filled with a textured insert that is furry, glossy, shiny or squashy. “That’s not my lion…” the text reads. “Its ears are too soft.”
The books will become an important part of sharing time with your baby. As well as reading the words the parent can point to things in the pictures and you will notice that your baby starts to touch the inserts and interact with the books as they develop. As it says on the back cover of the books “The pictures are designed to develop sensory and language development.”
There are approximately 38 titles in the series. The ones that I love reading with my 7 month old grandson are:
That’s not my elephant…
That’s not my monkey…
And the one that I am looking forward to buying next is
That’s not my penguin…
All the books are available online from Amazon.
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