Do your kids like look and finds? What are your favorites?
My kids are wild about these kind of books. They all went through a stage of really loving them (I would say around ages 3-5).
Some of the books on our Top 10 list are straight-up look-and-finds – like Where’s Waldo and I Spy Spooky Night. Others are good examples of following a character or story line in each illustration – like In the Town All Year ‘Round, Anno’s Journey, and 10 Minutes till Bedtime.
If I had to narrow it down – I would say my favorites are In the Town All Year ‘Round and 10 Minutes Till Bedtime for younger kids (ages 3-5) – and the I Spy Spooky Night iPad app for older kids (ages 5-9 – although I am 41 and enjoy this one too!)
- In the Town All Year ‘Round – Rotraut Susanne Berner – This was my go-to book gift for the preschool years. It is so good. It was recommended by Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo. Her children’s book recommendations are usually spot-on.
- I Spy Spooky Night – Jean Marzollo – This was the only book in the “I Spy” series that my kids liked. But they really LOVED this one. This one is great for older kids. The iPad app is really good too.
- Where’s Waldo? – Martin Handford – The classic look-and-find. We have a bunch of these books. My son even insisted on dressing up like Waldo one Halloween.
- Anno’s Journey – Mitsumasa Anno – This one is a little more “arty” than most look-and-finds.
- 10 Minutes till Bedtime – Peggy Rathmann – Another favorite. But get the hardcover – not the board book. There are so many more details in the illustrations in the larger version. It’s fun to find the hamsters on each page. It’s also neat to spot little references to Rathmann’s other books (Goodnight Gorilla and Officer Buckle and Gloria).
- Who What Where? – Olivier Tallec – Great for preschoolers – these are beautiful, fun and will make your kids think.
- Who Done It? – Olivier Tallec – Ditto.
- The Odd One Out – Britta Teckentrup – Beautiful illustrations in a straight- forward, quick look-and-find format.
- Where’s the Pair? – Britta Teckentrup – See above.
- Wacky Wednesday – Theo LeSieg – There is a copy of this book at our pediatrician’s office. My kids love it and look for it every time we are there. It’s not my favorite, but mostly because I am picturing all those germs!