Teach little ones that books are fun, right from the start

First up, an abundance of board books. These new, study tales can handle what baby dishes out. Teach little ones that books are fun, right from the start. And for older kids, picture books always make the cut. Look for these in your favorite book store or at your library. And find more recommendations in our bonus books online this month.

“Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car” by Jay Fleck (Chronicle Books, ages birth – 3, available May 10)

Little fingers will adore touching the crinkly material throughout this book. With sensory fun and adorable rhyming text, this one is a delight.

"Pigs Are Prepared" by Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo

“Pigs Are Prepared” by Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo (Chronicle Books, ages2 and older)

Open the doors on this book and see just what little pigs plan so they can be prepared (and safe) for anything.

"What Do You See?" A Magic Slide-and-Find Book by Renata Bueno

“What Do You See?” A Magic Slide-and-Find Book by Renata Bueno (Chronicle Books, ages 3 – 5, available May 3)

Younger preschoolers might need a little help with this concept, but the result might be squeals of delight. A “magic” picture finder placed on top of illustrations reveals something entirely new.

"Wake Up, Freight Train!" by Danna Smith, illustrated by Jon Andersen

“Wake Up, Freight Train!” by Danna Smith, illustrated by Jon Andersen (Little Simon, ages 2 – 4)

Little train lovers will delight in this sweet board book, but they will also learn the names of train cars, expanding vocabulary and learning sorting and so much more. If your little one is starting to play with wooden train sets, this will add to the fun.

"I Love Strawberries!" by Shannon Anderson, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett

“I Love Strawberries!” by Shannon Anderson, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett (Feeding Minds Press, ages 5 – 8)

After you pick or buy strawberries this season, this wonderful picture book is a great way to bring the activity home. It might inspire kids to start their own garden – or at least a strawberry patch – and learn how to grow their own food and even start a business. Great details here are presented in a fun, engaging story.

"The Book That Did NOT Want to Be Read" An Experience by David Sundin

“The Book That Did NOT Want to Be Read” An Experience by David Sundin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)

An early contender for favorite book of the year – It is impossible not to have fun while reading this “experience.” This book might not want to be read, but it definitely needs to be. Every page is interactive and designed to get kids into the story, with giggles and gasps and more. It might work for bedtime (or might give kids a second wind) but it would be perfect for re

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