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Dear Zoo
Written & illustrated by Rod Campbell
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

Rod Campbell’s classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favorite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982.

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain, and a whole host of favorite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child’s bookshelf.

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My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic & illustrated by Weldon Swanson
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A lift-the-flap board book featuring the lovable characters from Skip Hop’s Zoo backpacks!

What’s inside your backpack? Join Bee, Dog, Elephant, Ladybug, and Penguin in this delightful interactive story based on the beloved Zoo backpack line from Skip Hop.

Lift the flaps to find out what each animal likes to pack in their backpack, which looks exactly like the real thing! With adorable animal illustrations and a surprise on each spread, this story is sure to get little ones excited about school!

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Hatch
Written & illustrated by Heather Brown
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

Can you guess what each egg will hatch?

Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.

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Flora and the Ostrich
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle’s graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

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Numbers
Written & illustrated by Thierry Laval
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this fun version of the lift-the-flap format, clever die-cuts offer hints of what lies beneath each flap. Children will delight in counting four cute hats and then lifting the flap to discover that the hats are perched on the heads of four funny clowns. With a palette that will catch the eye of hip, modern parents, this bright and cheery board book introduces toddlers to numbers in a fresh new way.

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  • Miss Bunny's Shapes - Explore and identify shapes in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Miss Bunny is having a party . . . and you re invited. But what kind of party will it be? That s the fun mystery that will entertain toddlers as they learn all about shapes. Featuring ravishing rabbits in bold designs, this supercool board book has cool flaps to lift on every page.

  • Toot! Toot!: Guess the Instrument - “What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills–and simply joining in!”–Page 4 of cover.

  • Who's at Home? - Woodland animals play a guessing game with the little ones in this interactive board book! Each spread poses a riddle to young readers: “Who’s at home?” Children will love lifting the flaps to reveal a furry bear, a wide-eyed owl, a cheery squirrel, a dozing beaver, and a cuddly rabbit all snuggled up in their homes.

  • The Construction Crew - There are countless machines that help out on a construction site. Everything from a bulldozer to a crane has a very special job. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn about what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

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Where Are the Bears?
Written & illustrated by Kathy Ireland
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Lift the flaps to see where the bears will turn up next! This charming board book encourages toddlers to count the bears on each playful page.

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Rapid Responders
Written by Finn Coyle & illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Community helpers keep us all safe and they have special machines that help as well. Police cars, coast guard cutters, ambulances, rescue helicopters, and fire trucks each serve our community in their own way. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

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Look, Look Again
Written & illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Part counting game, part guessing game, this delightful board book invites little ones to look at one thing, and guess what else it could be. Each page shows one shape, and then unfolds to reveal an ingenious surprise, sure to captivate curious toddlers.

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Mr. Monkey's Numbers
Written & illustrated by Becky Baur
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore and identify numbers in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Who has been eating all the food? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 sneaky monkeys! Featuring a bunch of funny, funky monkeys, this board book introduces young children to numbers from 1 to 5. Toddlers will love the bright colors and flaps they’ll find on every page.

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Where's the Dog?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of friendly pets hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book’s search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.

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  • Choo-Choo Colors - Every car on this train is carrying special cargo. Can you guess what is in the blue car? There are kittens in the orange car. What other things might ride in the orange car? This book gives kids a fun way to test their color recognition and association.

  • Peekaboo! in the Ocean! - Peekaboo! Who’s hiding in the ocean? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills – and simply joining in!

  • Snap! Snap!: Guess the Animal! - “What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills–and simply joining in!”–Page 4 of cover.

  • I Say, You Say Opposites! - I say “Reading!” You say, “Fun!” Explore the world of opposites with 8 lift-the-flaps. These colorful, playful books encourage interactive learning through prediction and repetition; but most importantly, they look really fun.–Dr. Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read and author of Dr. Spock’s Baby Basics With I Say, You Say, your little ones can: Say new words Recognize opposites Learn and play!

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Choo! Choo!: Guess the Vehicle
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

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If You See a Cow
Written by Richard Powell & illustrated by Ana Martín Larrañaga
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread. What should you do if you see a cow? Moo! Young readers will love following the instructions to make animal sounds and discovering which farm animal is hiding behind the flaps.

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Tuck Me In!
Written by Dean Hacohen & illustrated by Sherry Scharschmidt
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals—and little readers—are cozy and ready for sleep in this irresistible bedtime ritual. (Ages 18 months-4)

The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.

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Main Street Magic
Written & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

Welcome to Main Street! Visit the bakery, fish market, hair salon, museum, and circus, lifting flaps to make extraordinary discoveries as you wander through this small town. Peer through the die-cut windows of the bakery to admire its mouthwatering croissants, then lift the gatefold to waltz inside where there are additional flaps—and marvelous delicacies—to uncover. Oh, but wait! There’s so much more to explore. With adorable, retro illustrations and smart novelty bookmaking, there’s always a whimsical surprise just around the corner.

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Do Crocs Kiss?
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go . . . SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek and say all the sounds again!

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  • Hide and Seek - Where did Sophie go? Help your little reader find their favorite toy in Sophie la girafe: Hide and Seek. This chunky, beautifully illustrated board book features six easy-to-grab tabs and flaps that keep children entertained as they play hide and seek with Sophie and her friends around her house. With more than fifty million sold, Sophie la girafe, the wildly popular toy from France, is a fixture in nurseries all over the world — and now baby’s favorite toy is baby’s favorite story collection.

  • Bottoms Up! - A lift-the-flap book for the very young Name that bottom! We all recognize these creatures, but not from the back. A charming and funny lift-the-flap book. Each flap reveals a new view of the creature whose bottom is featured on each page, with a friendly hello. Duck, monkey, pig, zebra. elephant—each page creates an amusing guessing game for readers young and old.

  • Peekaboo - Children will love to play peekaboo with the adorable animals in this interactive board book See who’s hiding behind each flap as different animals appear from behind their paws (or wings). One by one you can uncover these beautifully rendered animals, and at the end you’ll find a special surprise. See if you can find . . . a fox, a bear, a cat, a porcupine, a dog, a pig, an owl, and . . . you!

  • Opposite Surprise - Everyone knows the sun is hot. But open the flaps in this book and you may find a chilly surprise instead! Each spread of this cleverly designed board book reveals a surprising opposite that makes for a truly original way for toddlers to learn about words and concepts. Whether it be hot or cold, clean or dirty, slow or fast, this book has you covered at least until you open the flaps.”

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Gotta Go, Buffalo
Written by Kevin Meyers and Haily Meyers & illustrated by Haily Meyers
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Make goodbyes fun with animal rhymes and colorful lift-the-flap illustrations!

“So long!” “See you later!” There are so many ways to say goodbye! Lift the flaps in this colorful book to discover favorite animals (and maybe a few new ones, too) and fun goodbyes. Children and grown-ups alike will be giggling before you can say, “Toodle-Loo, Kangaroo!”

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Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting
Written & illustrated by Jo Witek
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Combines lighthearted illustrations and interactive flaps in a whimsical tale about a soon-to-be older sibling’s happy anticipation of a new baby that compels her to sing loudly to her mother’s tummy and describe everything that is waiting in the outside world.

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A to Z Menagerie
Written & illustrated by Suzy Ultman
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Step right up to Suzy Ultman’s alphabet menagerie! This unique multisensory reading experience features a die-cut letter to trace and a satisfying pull-tab reveal for each letter of the alphabet. In addition, Suzy Ultman fills each page with a diverse and colorful collection of illustrated first words to find and identify. An alphabet book unlike any other, this feast for the eyes and the imagination teaches young readers hand-eye coordination, prediction skills, and rich vocabulary. Learning from A to Z has never been this charming!

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3-2-1 Blast Off!
Written by Kevin Meyers and Haily Meyers & illustrated by Haily Meyers
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Recommend Ages: 0-5

Adventure into space with this playful oversized board book, from the creators of Gotta Go, Buffalo and the All Aboard series. Haily and Kevin Meyers are the husband and wife team behind the dazzling baby product line, Lucy Darling (lucydarling.com). Haily’s design work can be seen on their unique monthly sticker designs, nursery art prints, baby memory books, and multiple baby products. Their work has been featured in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, Red Tricycle, Babiekins Magazine, Cool Mom Picks, KIWI magazine, Mollie Makes magazine, Fresh Style magazine, Mom Trends, HGTV Canada, and specialty baby shops worldwide. They live in Arizona.

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Hello, Mr Dinosaur!
Written & illustrated by Sam Boughton
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little ones will love saying ‘hello’ to a whole host of friendly dinosaurs in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton’s vibrant illustrations bring facts to life with deft humour and memorable comparisons. With big flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the final spread, this book is sure to go down a storm with young readers.

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  • The World-Famous Book of Counting - Prepare to be amazed by this fabulously clever lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers. Sarah Goodreau’s magic-themed illustrations add a touch of nostalgia and vintage glamour to this fun and elegant counting book. With spectacular sorcery and sensational illusions, there’s something here for magic lovers of all ages. A stylish lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers with a magic theme

  • Dinosaur Surprise - What could be more exciting to a toddler than animals that turn into dinosaurs? Every animal in this book looks cute and small–until you unfold the flaps to reveal a much bigger dinosaur within! Is that a jellyfish or a Pterodactyl? Is that a parrot or a Triceratops? Open the flaps to find out…

  • Flora and the Penguin - Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other’s graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

  • Happy Birthday - Little Puppy is excited – it’s his birthday, and all the Little Friends are coming to his party! This charmingly illustrated board book is filled with all the things that make a birthday so special, garlands and party hats, presents and cake, and most important of all friends to celebrate with. A delightful book to share with little ones on their special day, Happy Birthday has textures to touch, feel, and explore, as well as a big birthday surprise flap to lift.

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Flora and the Peacocks
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

The darling, dancing Flora is back, and this time she’s found two new friends: a pair of peacocks! But amidst the fanning feathers and mirrored movements, Flora realizes that the push and pull between three friends can be a delicate dance. Will this trio find a way to get back in step? In the third book featuring Flora and her feathered friends, Molly Idle’s gorgeous art combines with clever flaps to reveal that no matter the challenges, true friends will always find a way to dance, leap, and soar—together.

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Hello, Elephant!
Written & illustrated by Sam Boughton
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Say hello to all your favorite savanna animals in this bright and friendly nonfiction novelty title. Little ones will love meeting a whole host of friendly savanna creatures in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton’s vibrant animal illustrations bring facts to life with deft humor and memorable explanations. With plenty of flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the final spread, this book is sure to please young wildlife lovers!

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Paper World: Planet Earth
Written & illustrated by Bomboland
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

This guide to our planet shows paper being engineered like never before. Paper World: Planet Earth uses ingenious paper cutouts to reveal the amazing details of our planet, from bubbling volcanoes to rushing rivers to the boiling hot interior of the Earth. With detailed art by studio Bomboland, a fact-filled text, and flaps and die-cuts on every spread, this one-of-a-kind novelty book will appeal to readers of all ages.

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Architecture for Babies
Written by Jonathan Litton & illustrated by Thomas Elliott
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Recommend Ages: 2-3

It’s never too early to get an A+ in architecture! Here’s a fun new board book series that introduces a wide array of nonfiction subjects to babies and toddlers. Welcome to Baby 101, where big subjects are tailored for little babies. Featuring simple words and bright and engaging illustrations, this introduction to architecture includes information about how buildings are made, featuring famous sites like the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, and the pyramids. So don’t be late, because this is one class that babies won’t want to miss. Look for the surprise lift-the-flap ending!

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My First Peek-a-Boo Animals
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle comes this brand-new peek-a-boo book that features an animal guessing game and lift-the-flaps throughout—sure to endlessly entertain little ones!

“I have a long trunk and big floppy ears I roam in the grass where I’ll live for many years”

Peek-a-boo! There’s an elephant hiding under that flap! With all sorts of animals, lift-the-flaps, lively rhyming text, and Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork this charming new board book is sure to keep little ones busy. It’s a must-have for every Eric Carle collection!

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  • Animalphabet - A wondrous and beautiful A-to-Z guessing game from the bestselling author of Room on the Broom From ant to butterfly to caterpillar . . . to zebra and then back again, Animalphabet is an entertaining puzzle as well as a gorgeous alphabet book to treasure. Who can slither better than a rabbit? A snake! Who can growl better than a snake? A tiger! There are clever hints and peekaboo holes within the artwork that will amaze and delight young children as they learn to use the alphabet. This is a preschool must-have.

  • Where Is My Pink Sweater? - Follow Rudy as he searches for his favorite pink sweater in this interactive board book. Rudy is looking for his favorite pink sweater. It’s a little small–he’s growing out of it–yet he can’t help but treasure it! The nine jiving llamas haven’t seen it, and neither have the eight prima pigerinas. Lift the flaps and peek through the die-cuts as Rudy follows a trail of pink yarn from his bedroom to the kitchen to the backyard and everywhere in between. This sweet, adventurous story is filled with bold and humorous illustrations, plus a fun counting element along the way.

  • Tap! Tap!: Guess the Toy! - “What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills – and simply joining in!”–Page 4 of cover.

  • If You See a Tiger - In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread. What should you do if you see a sleeping tiger? Whisper “Shhh!” Young readers will love following the instructions for how to react to the jungle animals hidden behind the flaps.

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Baby Loves Summer!
Written & illustrated by Karen Katz
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Soak up summer with this sunny lift-the-flap board book from Karen Katz! Little ones will love lifting the flaps in this new Karen Katz book to reveal a big yellow sun, flip-flops, an ice cream cone, and everything else that Baby loves about summer! The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps make this a perfect summertime treat for parents and children to share. Featuring new Karen Katz branding that reflects her vibrant colors and patterns, this holiday favorite is sure to delight little ones!

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100 First Words
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Edward Underwood
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

With easy-to-lift card flaps on each spread, this stylish first word book is sure to hit the mark with little ones as they learn all sorts of new animals and objects. A clean layout grouped by theme features one hundred essential words and simple illustrations to help toddlers understand them.

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Don't Throw That Away!
Written by Lara Bergen & illustrated by Betsy Snyder
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Recommend Ages: 4-6

You can keep that trash and reuse it in all kinds of wonderful ways! Do you see that old jar? Don’t throw that away! You can turn it into…a new vase! Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The six large flaps throughout show that oridinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!

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Where's the Astronaut?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing with little ones by lifting the felt flaps to discover four hidden space-themed friends. Then find the mirror under the final flap! Parents love these books because they are simple yet robust, and little readers adore them because they’re fun and easy to play with.

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What's Up Tiger?
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

What are the animals up to? There are lots of clues to help us decide, and we can lift the flap to see if we’re right. A playful way to exercise reasoning, prediction and memory skills, featuring colourful, high-contrast illustrations.

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