It’s that time of the year (hooray!) when summer vacation leads us to the beach.
There are three new “interactive” board books which are just terrific. “Llama Llama Sand & Sun” (Penguin, 2015) is a touch-and-feel book. Its vibrant and simple illustrations are perfect for toddlers. Your child can feel a beach towel, a sand castle and a bouncy ball. “On My Beach” (Chronicle, 2015) is a felt finger puppet board book. Its colorful die-cut pages and the wonderful crab puppet have a sweet story to tell about its family. The last board book, “I Explore, Under the Sea” (Sterling, 2015) is for a bit older reader (ages 4 and up) as it identifies the different fishes and sea creatures by name. It has a surprise fold-out ending.
An old favorite has returned: “Sand Cake” by Frank Asch (Aladdin, 1978; reissued 2015). Baby Bear tells his Papa that he will make a special cake at the beach. They have to use their imagination to find flour, milk, and eggs in the sand. The illustrations are delightfully simple, and the story is a beloved classic. So great to see this book back in print.
For older children (ages 5-8), a new nonfiction picture book is “Sea Bones” (Chronicle, 2015). Filled with fishy facts about vertebrates, exoskeletons and an underwater informational chart, this book will appeal to kids who want the low down on creatures under the sea. A very appealing and colorful book.
Enjoy your day at the beach!