Our lives have been taken over by a tiny virus we can’t even see. But what IS a virus? How do viruses spread? Why should everyone keep washing their hands? How does a vaccine work? And what can we do to STAY WELL? Lift the flaps to find out.
Poppy and Sam, characters loved by toddlers and families for over 30 years, return this month in new formats.
Animal Sounds is a board book with sound buttons to press.
Animal Hide-and-Seek, the bestselling Poppy and Sam title of all time, is now given a touchy-feely lift-the-flap look.
Check out other titles available on the Usborne website.
Maria Russo picks out some new books for the very young:
Board books, those dependable little thick-paged bricks designed to withstand chewing or banging around, are increasingly not just durable, but well written and ingeniously designed. Many other books for toddlers, like those oversize compendiums that have always been perfect for unhurried, lap-sitting reading sessions, are now sensitively updated, keeping the traditional stories and charming old-school art, but losing the racist and sexist stereotypes of yore. Humor, great illustration, lively storytelling, interesting facts about their everyday world, a cheerful surprise at every turn of the page — all of that, and more, awaits toddlers in these thoughtfully made books…
Aino-Maija Metsola is based in Helsinki and is a lead artist for the Finnish design brand Marimekko. Her textile and ceramic designs are stocked in are than 30,000 design and department stores worldwide. Her first concept series, the Learning Garden, has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Two board books (the first in a new wildlife series from QED), introducing nature to toddlers – simple, entertaining storylines with an animal character as the focus.
Bird is illustrated by Olivia Cosneau who lives and works near Nantes, France.
Rabbit is illustrated by Magali Attiogbe.
A rhyming lift-the-flap board book. The verse is not great but the overall design concept works well, with muted page spreads opening up with bursts of colour under the flaps. A good introduction to colour names and words.