Touch and Sound Board Books
- What: Noisy Touchy Feely Books from Usborne
- When: 6 months to 4 years
- Why: Interactive, encourages fine motor skills and sensory development
- Where: Usborne or anywhere you can find a copy
You’ve heard me rave about Touch and Feel books and how much my kids love them. And I can never get enough of Usborne books. But if you want to add yet another sensory dimension to reading with your little one, check out these noisy touchy feely books from their board book collection.
Each book comes with a button in the lower right hand corner that can be pushed to make an appropriate noise. We own both This Is My Car and This Is My Monster, much to the delight of my kids. Each page of these books showcases a different topic, be it diggers, dinosaurs, or ducks. Unlike some of their other noisy books, it has only one button, which can be accessed from any page, including the cover. Young kids have no confusion about which button goes with which image, and love hearing the same sound repeat. The cause and effort pleases them to no end, too.
These books retail around $17, so don’t pay more unless you really need it. They can be hard to find, even on the Usborne site itself, depending on which country you’re in. Other versions include tractor, kitten, puppy and robot, all with the corresponding noise button and lots of textures.
The only downside? You can’t replace the batteries in these books. We’ve had This Is My Car for more than five years, and the sound makes only one or two beeps on the first page, with less and less the more often it gets pushes. Luckily the touch and feel lasts forever, so if you spot one of these books, grab it before it’s gone.