Lift-the-flap books are gold in my house. Julia loves to read and play with them, and we’ve found some great ones out there to share with her.

At this age we are still solely using board books. Her beautiful birthday book with actual pages we received from a friend is on the shelf out of reach for at least another year.

Ocean Wonders is probably our favorite right now tied with Pout Pout. Both of these were found at our local science museum.

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Pout Pout Fish is read multiple times a day and garners the biggest smiles. Julia says “pow pow”, and will run to get it on her own when prompted. She loves looking at the fish and sweetly making under water sounds “blub blub blub”.

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Open the Barn Door is tiny! Perfect for little hands. It doesn’t seem special or interesting to me but little Julia cannot get enough of this one. She squeals when she comes across it. We gave a copy to a friend who adores it also. Go figure. For $3 it’s a solid purchase.

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Dear Zoo is better than it looks. I skipped over this one online for a while but eventually caved to the rave reviews and ordered it. It’s really, really cute. The pages are simple and the animals are drawn clearly beneath the flaps. This is a definite favorite in our house.

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Peek-a-Who  is so clever, and it’s the words that make it really special. Julia likes this one more each time she reads it, and the cut outs set it apart from the normal lift the flap books.

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The First 100 Words Lift-the-Flap and First 100 Animals Lift-the-Flap books are huge, which is part of the fun. There are many flaps on each page and they have games like, guess which animal belongs with each pattern, etc. She brings me at least one of these a day to read together.

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Time for Bed is sweet and has become a new favorite. Mostly because we do the animal sounds for each page and when we get to the little girl in the back it’s, “and the little girl says ha ha ha!”, which is basically all Julia says right now. She LOVES it you guys.

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I am a Bunny is another book where the draw isn’t obvious, but kids consistently love it. It is a classic (60+ years old) and Julia beams when we read it. The book takes a little bunny through the seasons and there is a page with frogs. Out of our hundreds of board books it’s nice to see so much wildlife in one that isn’t specifically for animals. I would buy this for a friend.

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