Books Make Great Easter Gifts

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - EASTER -

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 also can be en­joyed be­yond the hol­i­day.

“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.

Fo r preschoo lers , con­sider th­ese ti­tles, which are nice fits for the spring sea­son.

Make Noise

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.

Fluffy Bunny

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.

Hands-On Learn­ing

Hel p p re s c h o o l e rs 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.

Ed­u­ca­tional Firsts

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.

FILE PHOTO

Sun shines through this stained glass win­dow in a lo­cal church in Farm­ing­ton.

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