If your kiddos are like mine, they love touch or lift-the-flap (I believe this is an official term in the publishing industry) books. Though you have to plan on taping and fixing ripped pages (RIP “Pat the Bunny”), these interactive books take your child inside the story and make the experience more fun. For our August Toddler Book Club, we’re getting a little wild with a book that lets your little one lift, touch, pull, count and even scratch and sniff. It’s deep, ladies. Get a mommy pour of chocolate milk, because we’re reading “Tails” by Matthew Van Fleet.
“Tails” takes a look at the different types of tails in the world. From fluffy and furry tails, to ones that wag or are stumpy, every tail has a tale to tell.
Tigers, peacocks, alligators, porcupines and even pangolins come to life through colorful illustrations and tons of ways to make story time interactive. In addition to fun pages for little hands to pull, lift and touch, there’s a bonus counting game at the end of the book that takes your toddler back to the beginning to count the different types of animals in the story.
“Tails is appropriate for kids age 1 up to school age, though you’ll want to supervise your little littles due to a few tails that can be ripped off and potentially be a choking hazard.
Things we liked about it:
- So many things to touch, pull and lift
- A rhyming story that is silly
- Extra details to discover each time you read
- Colorful illustrations that are shiny, textured and sometimes furry
- Many different animals in their environments
- Which tail is the tiger’s?
- How many pigs are in the book?
- Which animals have furry tails?
- What color is the alligator’s tail?
- How many animals do you count on each page?
- Which animal is your favorite and why?
Recommendations for Book Club pairings:
- Zoo animal ants on a log (replace raisins with animal crackers)
- Bananas drizzled with melted chocolate chips to make stripes
- Veggie straws, Cheetos or any type of salty snack that could mimic a tail
- Animal fruit snacks
Follow up activities:
- Visit the Nashville Zoo!
- Wear a tail – you can make one for next to nothing with an oversized pipe cleaner from a craft store
- Draw some of the tails discussed in the book with sidewalk chalk
That sums it up! What should we read next month? Leave a comment with your suggestions!