Last week we collaborated with Emmy and Elle to talk about Discovery Toys and how they can be used for speech and language in toddlers. This week we are talking about Usborne books. Both Rebecca and Lindsey both own Usborne books and we use them with our own children.
From Jessica: I felt like it was fate when I saw on Facebook a former colleague had become an Usborne Books & More consultant. I have always loved Usborne Books because they are not only beautiful but hold up exceptionally well in the hands of toddlers and school-aged children alike. I was about to contact my friend about hosting a party when it occurred to me I should consider becoming an independent consultant for Usborne since I had started to create emmyandelle.com. I want to make a site known as a one-stop-shop to find quality books AND toys for children. I wanted to expand our family library and I am amazed by their vast selections of titles, collections, and interactive books for all age ranges. This company definitely makes my teacher heart very happy.
An idea I believe connects Discovery Toys and Usborne Books & More is children need more time being "unplugged" from screens and electronics. Don't get me wrong, I will never preach to you the importance of being "Unplugged" when Emmy and Elle could basically be co-pastors for the Church of Daniel Tiger. Everything in moderation, right? Right. But it is also important to me that not all their make-believe play comes from scenes they saw in the, "Neighborhood of Make Believe." (Ding, ding.) I want to introduce you to toys and books which will enhance your child's imagination and I hope to be able to do that with the help of discovery toys and Usborne Books & More.
Today I want to focus on books for the age groups of 1-3 years old which will help enhance your child’s communication skills. I have listed a book for each age group below which I believe can help increase their speech and language development. I am using these books daily to increase communication with my own girls and I hope they can help with your children too. The awesome ladies behind ToddlersTalking will then chime in from a SLP standpoint about the toys and books too.
Don’t forget we are doing a giveaway for an Usborne book! All you need to do is follow @toddlers.talking and @emmyandelle on Instagram and comment on the picture posted about this blog post which book you think would be the perfect fit for your child to help enhance their speech and language development! The winner a book they commented about for their child! Thanks for reading!
Usborne Books Pick for One-Year-Olds:
Any of the selections from the, “That’s Not My…” series. This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory awareness and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches.
Toddlers Talking perspective:
We love these books! The sentences are simple and when you are reading with your child, the words allow you to vary your voice a lot which keeps your child’s attention. The pictures are bright, and parents can talk about not just what the words are saying but the different aspects of the pictures as well (above: the mermaid has a mirror, she is looking at herself, the fish is jumping, see the star?). At younger ages, children are engaged by feeling the various patches of textures and parents can use descriptive words such as smooth, rough, bumpy, shiny, etc to describe the patches.
Usborne Books Pick for Two-Year-Olds:
All Better! By Henning Löhlein
Dog hurt his foot, Sheep scratched her tummy and Bear sat on a splinter! What will make everything all better? Clean it, kiss it and put a bandage on it! Young readers will delight in the five animal friends’ misadventures and be eager to help make things “all better” with the five reusable and repositionable stickers. This is the number one bestselling book for Usborne and it is an absolute favorite of Emmy and Elle. We read this story almost every day and it really helps enhance their conversation skills.
Toddlers Talking Perspective: Around two is when kids really start to get into pretend play. Pretend cooking, taking care of baby dolls and pretending with figurines/cars/trucks all start to happen around this age. Kids also start to use words and recognize that they may be hurt. Children start to play doctor and give others band aids and checkups. If you have a toddler, you probably already keep a stock of colorful band aids around your home for ‘boo boos.’ This book allows you to move the band aids so from a speech and language perspective, you can work on verbs such as ‘put on’ and ‘take off’ as well as body parts where you are putting the band-aids.
Usborne Books Pick for Three-Year-Olds:
The Shine-A-Light Series is one of the most popular series from Usborne because it is so interactive. Toddlers will love to shine their flashlights behind each page to uncover the hidden picture. This series is non-fiction, so children will be learning a lot of valuable information. There are multiple books in this series as well so children can decide on which book fits their current interests. Emmy and Elle highly recommend the shine-a-light series!
Toddlers Talking Perspective: Another book we already own! These are so fun. Using the light to shine to find each picture allows parents to work on verbs and action words with their little ones: find, shine, move, etc as well as the actual items in the book. There are words to read with questions asking little ones to find items in the book (i.e. What’s inside the heart? Or Can you find the person inside of the crane?). Once you shine the light, there are so many more items to talk to your toddler about which includes a lot of verbs, nouns and adjectives. Using these books can teach receptive language (naming items) and gets your child describing and using many different types of words.
Make sure you go like @emmyandelle and @toddlers.talking on Instagram and leave a comment on which book you'd like to win for your child!
(Information about each book and toy was written from personal experience as well as the Usborne Books and Discovery Toys websites. All pictures which did not feature Emmy and Elle were also taken from the Usborne Books and Discovery toys websites.)