It’s time to turn the pages, lift the flaps and touch all the different textures. Emma O’Donovan selects the best activity books for the smallest of bookworms…
Miffy and the Royal Baby by Dick Bruna
Available from 26 March, you and baby can celebrate the arrival of the new royal baby with this lift-the-flap book. Enjoy a visual treat, from tasty sweets to extravagant elephants, as you help Queen Miffy search for the perfect present for the royal baby. Dick Bruna’s iconic illustrations are great for capturing attention, while the sturdy pages and rounded corners are brilliant for little hands. And let’s not forget that there’s another celebration this year – Miffy turns 60 on 21 June. Happy Birthday Miffy!
Published by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books | £5.99
Hugless Douglas Finds a Hug by David Melling
A heart-warming journey to discover the perfect hug. Hugless Douglas comes to life with an integrated hand puppet guiding the reader through the story.
Published by Hodder Children’s Books | £10.99
Spot’s Tummy Time Pop-up Playmat by Eric Hill
This fold out playmat features vibrant illustrations, introducing the outdoors, snuggle-time fun and bath time.
Published by Puffin | £8.99
Snip Snap Pop-up Fun by Jonathan Litton and Kasia Nowowiejska
A joyful rhyming text complemented by a series of robust and characterful pop-up jungle creatures hidden under camouflaged flaps. Meet a cheeky banana-throwing monkey and a playful lion about to pounce.
Published by Caterpillar Books | £6.99
Turn! by Lucy Neale
This clever and unique book includes a durable press-out spanner for your little one to use to help James fix the playground. A perfect way to unlock imaginations and encourage youngsters to engage with storytelling – with beautiful illustrations throughout.
Published by The Five Mile Press | £5.99
Baby’s Very First Noisy Book – Trains
A collection of five recognisable trains, from steam trains to tubes, illustrated in a bright and engaging style. Easy-to-turn pages feature sturdy tabs and prompt readers to explore five immersive and highly satisfying sound buttons.
Published by Usborne | £9.99
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
An endlessly exciting exploration of colour and the strength of the imagination. Appeals to babies, toddlers and older siblings alike.
Published by Chronicle Books | £9.99
There’s a Panda in my Picnic by Jo Lodge
A hilarious series of board books for the very young featuring clever attention-grabbing slider mechanisms. Discover crazy creatures in the most unexpected and unlikely of places.
Published by Nosy Crow | £4.99
Bizzy Bear Dinosaur Safari by Benji Davies
The latest in the bestselling Bizzy Bear series, with chunky sliders to push and pull, these robust little books are perfect for active toddlers. This time Bizzy embarks on a dinosaur safari with his chums and meets some rather interesting characters along the way. Benji Davies has a charming style which appeals to parents and children alike.
Published by Nosy Crow | £4.99
That’s not My Fox
There are five fantastic foxes to meet as readers search for the right one in this fun, touchy-feely book. Explore furry ears, rough noses and fuzzy paws. The bright pictures, textured patches and simple, repetitive text will engage even the youngest of babies.
Published by Usborne | £5.99