Friday, December 4, 2015

Animal Sounds Board Books

As soon as young children begin to talk, adults start encouraging them to imitate animal sounds. There are many books to support this early learning experience; today's post highlights some of the best available in board book format. 

Mice Squeak, We Speak by Arnold L. Shapiro, illustrated by Tomie dePaola (ISBN: 9780399237980)
This illustrated poem compares animal behavior and communication to that of human kids. The warmly colored illustrations are appealing especially to toddlers, even if the book might be too long to read in one sitting.

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! by Petr Horacek (ISBN: 9780763667801)
The text of this book is suitably basic for children who are just learning to speak, but the appeal is in the vibrantly colored illustrations which perfectly portray the demeanor and behavior of each animal. A lift-the-flap component also invites babies to interact with the book.

Roar: A Big-Mouthed Book of Sounds by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Fhiona Galloway (ISBN: 9781589255937)
This book features a hole down the center which represents the open mouth of a different animal on each page. Accompanying these engaging illustrations are the sounds made by the animals and invitations to guess which one is coming up next.

Can You Say It Too? series by Sebastien Braun 
Each volume of this series focuses on a different group of animals from a different environment (farm, jungle, pond, forest, etc.) Each animal is hidden behind a flap to be found by the young reader.

Animal Sounds by Aurelius Battaglia (ISBN: 9780375832789)
This vintage Golden book has very straightforward text which asks what each animal says and then provides the answer. The illustrations strike the perfect balance between realistic and cartoonish.

Who Says That, Cat the Cat? by Mo Willems (ISBN: 9780062306548)
This book is one of a series of "mini" books Willems has done based on his Cat the Cat series for beginning readers. In the book, each animal makes its familiar sound, except for Bunny the Bunny, who doesn't say anything.

For more animal books for babies and toddlers, see last week's list of Animal Traits Board Books.
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