Books with pop-ups, flaps, and die-cut pages.
Arrhenius, Ingela P. Animal Atlas. Candlewick, 04/2023. [10p.] $19.99. 978-1-5362-3123-6.
Animals from around the world are listed in this simple book, arranged by continent. For example, the first spread depicts Europe, with a large pop-up of a bear, and about twenty other smaller animals shown listing their names (fox, badger, etc.). There are a few small flaps on each spread, that open to show a sentence about that animal. Good for browsing, this does not contain much information but is good for building vocabulary.
Cousins, Lucy. Jazzy in the Jungle. Candlewick, 08/2023. [10p.] $12.99. 978-1-5362-2855-7.
Mama Jojo (a lemur) is looking for her baby Jazzy in this engaging book that contains flaps. Filled with repetition, it would be great for storytime, and includes many jungle animals in the story. The full color deeply saturated cartoon artwork is also engaging; a nice companion to Cousins’ “Maisy” series.
Davies, Benji. Bizzy Bear: My First Memory Game: Animals. Candlewick, 01/2023. [8p.] $14.99. 978-1-5362-3034-5.
This over-sized board book is set up like a memory game similar to Concentration. Each spread has one page with animals at a specific place, such as a farm. The facing page contains eight sliding doors, each revealing a picture of an animal. Readers will open and close the sliders, seeking two matching pictures. This is great for building vocabulary and memory, and will work well both for pre-readers and emergent readers.
Hepworth, Amelia. How It Works: Dinosaur. Illus. by David Semple. Tiger Tales, 07/2022. [12p.] $9.99. 978-1-6643-5022-9.
With board pages and die cuts in the pages, this may look like a toddler book at first glance. But it is more for older preschoolers seeking information on dinosaurs, with two paragraphs of text per spread. The main focus is on the T. Rex, with just a few other dinosaurs pictured in the full color cartoonish artwork.
Underwood, Edward. 100 First Words: Nature. Candlewick, 03/2023. [14p.] $10.99. 978-1-5362-2979-0.
This over-sized book with board pages contains a few flaps, but basically works like flashcards to help emergent readers guess the words used in nature. For example, there are simple color graphics of animals, plants, vehicles, buildings, and people that represent things in nature. Although this is sturdy, it seems better suited to home use.
Ware, Kate. What Can You See in Space? Illus. by Maria Perera. Tiger Tales, 08/2022. [12p.] $9.99. 978-1-6643-5034-2.
Although this book is made up of board pages and die cuts, this is best suited to older preschoolers or emergent readers. Set on a space ship, this describes what astronauts do and see while in space, such as the planets of the Solar System. The factual text and engaging full color artwork (which includes men and women of different races as the astronauts) is a nice nonfiction book for primary graders.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool