The Children’s Book Review | May 31, 2014
By American Museum of Natural History
Board Book: 17 pages
Age Range: 1-5
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (2013)
What to expect: Wild Animals, Fish, Insects, Alphabet
While alphabet books can be rather dull, the American Museum of Natural History’s ABC Animals is a colorful, delightful adventure into the world of exotic animals. With bright, exciting pictures of animals representing each letter of the alphabet, and fun facts about each, this alphabet book will be entertaining even to older board book readers. Unique animals, including the Nudibranch (a sea creature) and the Okapi (a zebra-like giraffe) are unusual and fascinating for kids and adults alike. The engaging facts for each animal promote conversation. You’ll find yourself looking up more information on each creature, encouraging your child’s curiosity about the animals of the world.
By American Museum of Natural History; Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Board Book: 7 pages
Age Range: 1-3
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (2012)
What to expect: Wild animals, Insects, Colors
Also from the Museum of Natural History is Spot the Animals, A Life-the-Flap Book of COLORS. This little book is fun and interactive for small children, connecting interesting animals with their corresponding colors and habitats. Toddlers will enjoy ‘looking’ for each animal behind flaps representing leaves or rocks, and adults will appreciate the unique approach to learning about colors. The illustrations of the animals are realistic while still maintaining enough of a cute factor to keep kids intrigued.
Both books are recommended for toddlers, and make unique gifts.
About the American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is one of the largest and most respected museums in the world. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has collected more than 32 million specimens and artifacts relating to the natural world and human cultures. The Museum showcases its amazing treasures in the exhibit halls, and behind the scenes a scientific staff of more than 200 is at work on research and new discoveries. Millions of people from around the world visit AMNH each year. Plan a trip to the Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, or visit online at amnh.org.
ABC Animals and Spot the Animals: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Colors, by the American Museum of Natural History, were reviewed by Denise Mealy. Follow along with our Animal Books and Board Books categories to discover more great books for toddlers.