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Parenting fell apart the first 14 weeks of social distancing - TV before breakfast, snacking at will, popsicles before dinner, learning … meh. You get the picture. I know 2 year olds don’t know all their shapes, but do they know a Paw Patrol episode in the first 10 seconds? Mine does. Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to receive this set from Priddy Books to help Zoe get back on track.

We’ve been fans of Priddy Books since Max was a baby, so writing this review was a cinch. Our most loved Priddy Books have seen better days, but in their defense they are remarkably durable for having been dropped in water, left outside, chewed on, and toddlerized. Priddy Books publishes titles for babies, toddlers, and little kids, with a focus on sparking a kid’s creativity and development. Here’s a few that we own and love.

First 100 Books

The First 100 series is designed for kids 1–3 and provides an introduction to shapes, numbers, animals, etc. Zoe loves the First 100 animals book. We read it all. the. time. Whenever we do, I hold down the last page because well because I don’t like bugs. That backfired. Last week, Zoe found the “missing page”, was so excited, and now that’s the only page she wants to read.

The First 100 Numbers is similar in that the book is vibrant and fun. Each page features a new set of bright images illustrating ways to visualize numbers. When Zoe was younger she loved flipping through the pictures. Now that she is 2.5, we go through the book together and she points out items she likes or counts how many things she sees. She always gets my applause when she confidently counts,

1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7… 8… 9… 10… 11… 12… 17… 16… 6… 3…

There is always such a decided finish that I can’t help but admire her self-assurance. These books are also great for car/stroller rides because they are durable and small.

See, Touch, Feel

This book is full of bright colors and different textures, designed for kid’s to explore through sensory play. The book is big with sturdy pages. The book features pictures of real kids, which never fails to delight Zoe. At 2.5, this book is a little young for Zoe, but it’s perfect for the 2 and under crowd.

Alpha Prints: Colors

This is a another beautiful book for teaching colors. Each page features colorful creatures in a rainbow array, such as Pink Pigs Bathing in the Pink Swamp. The textured pages are great for keeping Zoe engaged.

Overall, I love the thoughtful details in this book, specifically the way everyday objects are incorporated, such as buttons used for animal ears, or fingerprints animated into rain drops. It encourages thinking of objects outside their intended purpose, which is something I hope my kids always do.

Bright Baby: Touch and Feel Baby Animals

These books are designed for sensory, and are a win win for any little kid who likes to touch and rub soft stuff on their face. The book is also written with a rhyming scheme, making is fun to read. These are also a long time favorite item to gift to expecting parents.

My First Play and Learn Farm Book

This book focuses on early learning topics such as matching and sorting, and comes with a set of reusable silicone stickers. Once your little one gets past the initial joys of putting the stickers all over their face (or yours!), it’s a great activity book. The target age is 3-5, and honestly at 2, Zoe hasn’t gotten past the stickers yet. But I know we will circle back around to this book in the near future. Some of the activities include:

  • Matching animal moms to their babies
  • Finding the products each animal makes
  • Completing the pattern
  • Pairing animals with their home

On a side note, I love love love the silicone stickers! They are easy for little fingers to pick up, and adhere so much better than static cling stickers. My only complaint is there isn’t a good place to store them.

Wipe Clean Books

For slightly older kids (3/4 and up), I highly recommend the wipe clean series. For Max, who started Kindergarten this year, the wipe clean books have been a fantastic learning tool for helping him work on pen control, drawing shapes, and writing letters. The only downside is that as a lefty he ends up smearing a lot of his writing.

You can pretty much buy Priddy Books anywhere, but since we all do our shopping on Amazon, here is a quick link.

I’d love to know what your favorite books are for little kids!