Books make some of the best gifts, but these features make them AWESOME! Start a love for reading during the new year with books that have special features kids love.
My daughters love books, but their favorites all have something in common: compelling content or special features! Maybe you remember a special book that you never got bored of?
I had one. It was The Jolly Postman. It had all of the fair-tale characters I loved, but also featured little envelopes on each page with a letter inside. I read it over, and over and still like to read it to this day.
Top 5 Favorite Book Features
Remembering the joy that I got from reading that book made me think, if every book was like that children would never hate to read. So here are 5 unique things that you’ll want to look for the next time you buy books.
Books that Hide Secrets
Kids love to find things. Combine that in a book and you have unlimited learning and reading opportunities! Usborne has an amazing collection of books with things hidden inside waiting to be revealed.
All of these books feature pages with hidden images within the page. How can you see them? Shine a flashlight on the page and reveal what’s inside! I love these books because they are mostly educational and teach children about nature; plants, habitats and animals!
The usual hide-and-seek style books with a great educational twist! They are all about the world around us and reveal answers to questions that everyone has.
Stories that have been around for hundreds of years, they have important messages and teach something about life. These stories can be memorized easily by children and they always captivate their audience.
This cloth-bound collection of Bible stories is perfect to read allowed to young children (4yrs+) or for older children to read independently. Stunning, full-page illustrations bring stories from the Old and New Testament vividly to life, and a comprehensive ‘Who’s who in the Bible’ helps children remember the characters and stories.
One of my daughters favorite books! She’s read the Town Mouse and Country Mouse at least 10 times. This version is filled with over 30 stories, enchantingly illustrated and retold, these stories are the perfect introduction to Aesop and will be enjoyed for years to come.
The thought of reading Shakespeare’s original works to a child might be daunting, but this book makes it easy. Featuring six of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, this beautiful book is a must-have!
Hands-on fun and literacy are combined in these special activity books. Children use their minds to observe, problem solve and create while reading at the same time.
Not just any crafts! The 100 Paper Planes book features tear-out pages and directions to make 100 different paper plane designs. And there are lots more crafting books that are just like it with activities ranging from Birthday Cards to Optical Illusions!
These sticker books are just like little puzzles. Each one comes with about 200 stickers and information all different topics; trains, planes, trucks, the alphabet, and more! Some are just for fun and others help children learn, but your children don’t need to just use the stickers in the books. Allow them to create their own books and pictures!
Solve puzzles, skillfully observe, and enjoy reading with these puzzle and activity books. The Usborne Picture Puzzle Book in particular is a perfect start to more advanced brain teasers and puzzles.
Books with Sound
Add a little music or sound effects and an old story comes alive! Children love to use both their sense of sight and sound to read.
This is a perfect introduction to learning how to play piano. It teaches hand eye coordination, intro to music reading, and colors! The notes move up and down for the pitch changes so children start recognizing that basic notation.
An adorable bedtime ritual that your children will treasure in their minds long after the book is worn. The adorable baby animals will give your children sweet dreams as they get tucked in.
When you love a character in a story or you really like a particular author, having more of the same books keeps your children’s interest. With book series and collections the story continues and your child’s love of reading does too.
Take a look inside some of the books here: