Did Santa surprise your kids with some new books for Christmas? If not or you are looking for some new books to kick of 2014 with, why not consider the following books published by Random House Kids last month. These new licensed books were published this month, and are based on top children's entertainment characters, television shows, feature film releases and more! These would make for great nap or bedtime reading, or to surprise that beginner reader in your life with.
DORA THE EXPLORER™
DORA LOVES BOOTS by Alison Inches; illustrated by MJ Illustrations
Girls ages 3 to 7 can read a heartwarming story featuring Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and then decorate their own Valentine cards! This full-color storybook features press-out Valentines and over 30 stickers.
Random House | 978-0-385-37345-6 | 16 pages | $4.99 | $5.99 Can. | Ages 3–7 | December 24, 2013
FIN-TASTIC FRIENDS! by Random House; illustrated by Steve Talkowski
Boys and girls ages 0 to 3 will fall in love with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies in this Valentine’s Day–themed board book, featuring sparkly glitter on the cover and on every page.
Random House | 978-0-385-37534-4 | 12 pages | $6.99 | $7.99 Can. | Ages 0–3 | December 24, 2013
FEEL THE LOVE by Golden Books; illustrated by Gregg Schigiel
Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants plays matchmaker for Squidward at the big Krusty Krab dance. Will there be a dream date or a Valentine’s Day nightmare? Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook that features tear-out valentines and over 30 stickers.
Random House | 978-0-449-81956-2 | 16 pages | $4.99 | $5.99 Can. | Ages 3–7 | December 24, 2013
HAPPY LOVE DAY! by Random House; illustrated by David Aikins
When a valentine is lost in the Umi City Post Office, it's up to Nickelodeon’s Team Umizoomi to find it and make a very special delivery. Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook that features tear-out valentines and over 30 stickers.
Random House | 978-0-385-37519-1 | 16 pages | $4.99 | $5.99 Can. | Ages 3–7 | December 24, 2013
SISTERS ON SAFARI by Random House; illustrated by Kellee Riley
Barbie® and her sisters are going on safari! Girls ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook featuring magic binoculars that reveal hidden baby animals and other surprises on every page!
Random House | 978-0-385-37410-1 | 16 pages | $4.99 | $5.99 Can. | Ages 3–7 | December 24, 2013
ELMO LOVES YOU by Sarah Albee; illustrated by Maggie Swanson
In this Sesame Street Little Golden Book, Elmo tells in a rollicking, rap-like rhyme how everybody has something special to care about. And Elmo reminds his readers that, yes, “Elmo loves you!” Though this humor-laced poem is a natural for Valentine’s Day, toddlers will love it year-round.
Golden Books | 978-0-385-37283-1 | 24 pages | $3.99 | $4.99 Can. | Ages 2–5 | December 24, 2013
ELMO’S FURRY FRIEND by Naomi Kleinberg; illustrated by Christopher Moroney
Elmo has a new puppy! He happily introduces his new pet to his Sesame Street friends, who help him learn to care for his new pal. Toddlers will love reading about the adventures of Elmo and his furry friend as they page through this sturdy board book with a fuzzy cover and fuzzy pages.
The kind folks at Random House Kids sent along "Elmo's Furry Friend" for me to share with the girls, and like I suspected it was an instant hit with them. Not only do the girls love everything Elmo, but they especially loved the touch and feel fuzzy cover and pages, that make up this sturdy board book. Savannah kept pointing out the fussy spots to Bella, and they would take turns rubbing it and saying "feels fuzzy." :-) And, with only 12 pages, this book is great to through in the diaper bag and pull out at the doctor's office while you wait, to entertain while you wait at a restaurant, or simply read at nap or bedtime.
This book is definitely getting its fair share of loving. When I am not reading the cute story to the girls, they love pulling this book off the shelf and sitting together as they touch the fuzzy areas and re-tell their version of the story to one another. I can't wait to pick up other board books like this for the girls and I to enjoy. But, in the meantime, they will continue to have me read this book to them, or enjoy flipping through the pages on their own.
I was also sent "Dora Loves Boots" to share with the girls, which also become a favorite. This books not only has a cute story to share with kids starring their favorite Nickelodeon characters, Dora the Explorer and her friend, Boots, but you will also get press-out Valentines and over 30 stickers for your children to enjoy. My girls ended up decorating the pages of this paperback book with the stickers, and added their unique signature to the cute Dora-themed Valentine's Day cards, before having me mail to the grandparents. If you love surprising your children with a little something on Valentine's Day and they are fans of the hit animated series, Dora the Explorer, why not pick up this book, which is only $4.99? With the added bonus of the Valentine's Day cards and stickers, this is a steal at only $4.99. :-)
Another fun book for little ones from the December releases, was Bubble Guppies: Fin-Tastic Friends! While both my girls love this animated series, also airing daily on Nickelodeon, Arabella is the bigger fan of the show and characters. Santa brought her an assortment of Bubble Guppies toys, which she can't part with and plays with daily. So, when she saw this board book, her eyes lit up and she smiled from ear to ear. Similar to the Elmo's Furry Friend book, this book had raised glittery effects on the cover and throughout the books. She couldn't help but point out the sparkly pages as I read this story to her. And, when she wants some "me time," I always find her pulling this book of the shelf and flipping through the pages to feel and look at the sparkling glitter. This is another fun book that would make for a great Valentine's Day gift idea.
Another favorite of the recent December Random House Kids among my girls was Barbie: Sisters on Safari, which includes a pair of magic binoculars that when worn, reveal hidden baby animals and other surprises on every page. I ended up having to pick up another copy of this book, which is only $4.99, as the girls kept fighting over who got to wear the magic glasses when we read the story. Now, the girls have their own copy of this Barbie paperback book and magic glasses, so they can enjoy on their own or together. :-)
Click here to purchase any of the other above titles, which were recently published this month from Random House Kids are range in price from $3.99-$6.99 -- http://www.randomhousekids.com/.
Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.