This summer, I discovered a set of board books that is simply awesome! Have you ever noticed that there are TONS of board books teaching colors, numbers, letters, animals, and shapes? Of course, we want our kids to learn those, but how many books on your children’s shelf include colors? (not to mention toys, DVDs, etc that teach colors too!) They’re going to learn their colors one way or another… but did you know…???
There are biography/history board books!!
I just think this is so great! Why not teach your little tots the stories of famous people and events? And did I mention that they’re board books! Why is this so important to me? Well, I don’t know about you, but each of my kids have gone through the tearing-pages-out-of-books stage, and with 3 kids 3 and under, board books just survive and last longer. Yes, I do teach them not to rip up books, but you know, real life happens around here a lot, so we have many board books during these training years. 😉 (Don’t even get me started on lift-the-flap books. Why did someone think that was a good idea for kids?)
Here’s the thing. I have seen books for kids that include history before, but never like these. In other books, the illustrations are goofy, or the actual storyline is silly and not very factual, (children learn in facts —see post here) or it’s written more for 6 or 7 year olds.
These are perfect for 2-4 year olds, with one sentence per page. They include dates of important happenings, and a very basic outline of people like George Washington, the Wright brothers, Rosa Parks–and certain moments in history like, America’s Birthday, Gettysburg, The Star-Spangled Banner, etc.
The illustrations are simple, and realistic. Young children will sit through these because you can move through them quickly, and there are a lot of nice pictures to look at.
So, maybe you’ve seen these, but I never had! I’ll link some of the titles here so you can check them out on Amazon. I bought mine in good used condition from a book website (thriftbooks.com), but they only have some of the titles there.
They do have some in this series that are about Bible characters, but since we already have several Bible story resources that we enjoy, I only ended up purchasing two of those.
So tell me, had you ever seen these before? What is your favorite children’s book or author?
Comment below and let me know! We are always on the lookout for good reads over here.
Lastly, I’m giving away two of these (pictured below) here on the blog. If you have already subscribed to the blog, you are automatically entered in the giveaway (yay for you, my faithful readers! 😉 )– and if you are not subscribed, you better pop your email address in the side bar (or down below on a mobile device.) Don’t forget that you have to confirm your subscribe in the email you receive in order to make it onto the subscribers list.
Winner will be announced next week. Giveaway ships within the United States.