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          1. Consider your child's age
          2. Consider your child's interest
          3. Consider your child's ability and skill level
          4. Make use of our online shop filter (top left hand corner)


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    Five minute read of the full recommendation written by a NZ Early Childhood Education (ECE) teacher

    Choosing your quiet books tip #1: Consider your child's age.

    Infants and Toddlers (ages under 3)

    For your babies or toddlers, consider quiet books which focus on basic concepts as very young children are attracted to bright colored pictures as well as large, simple objects. Quiet books with pages that allow babies and toddlers to interact with them and with topics such as animals, songs or simple puzzles will catch their attention and keep them engaged.

    Babies and toddlers use their senses of seeing, smelling, touching, feeling and hearing daily to discover the world. To help stimulate your babies’ senses, choose books with different fabric textures (rough, soft and furry fabrics) and sounds (bell, rattling objects, etc). Your babies and toddlers will enjoy these great sensory experiences while exploring their quiet books.

    Infants and toddlers are also attracted by activity books that spark their curiosity, such as playing peek a boo or searching hidden objects. Choosing quiet books with pop up and lift the flap pages will stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination.

    Products for this age should have no small and loose pieces for those curious mouths.

    Preschool children (ages 3-5)

    Children from 3 to 5 years old enjoy quiet books with familiar characters such as baby dolls, animals, vehicles, numbers and letters. However, they will begin to take interest in pages filled with information and actions. Your children will love to interact with pages that represent real life activities and skills (eg. brushing hair, setting up tables, doing washing).

    Children in this age group’s language development becomes more advanced, therefore they will be interested in quiet books about nursery songs that allow them to sing along (5 little ducks, old macdonald, 5 little monkeys, etc).

    Children from 3 to 5 years old can stay focused on a task for a period of time. To encourage your children to focus and stay engaged, choose quiet books which include games (fishing, dressing up) or exploring mathematical concepts (counting and recognising numbers and shapes).

    Choosing your quiet books tip #2: books that are of an interest of your child

    A child’s quiet book is something special-a world of ideas, exploration and creativity. Children do not only have fun but explore and learn new skills from many activities with our quiet books. To be most effective, quiet books need to be appropriate to the age of the children and also should capture their interests.

    Choosing quiet books based on your children’s interests will expand their curiosity and stimulate their willingness to learn. As you notice your child’s unique interests, you will be able to choose the right quiet books for them.  For example:

    • if your children have been showing a strong interest in pretend/ dramatic play, choose quiet books that allow your children to unleash their creativity and learn to make sense of their world. Quiet books with simple tasks in daily life such as cooking, taking care of baby dolls will be so much fun for them to explore.
    • If you recognise your children have a strong interest in nature, quiet books with animals are a great way to strengthen this interest. From zoo to farm animals, from wildlife to underwater creatures, they will learn about different animals, their names, their characteristics and their habitat.
    • If your children love music and storytelling, quiet books with finger puppets related to nursery songs and favourite stories are a great choice to encourage their imagination and language development.

    Choosing your quiet books tip #3: Pay attention to the skill level and ability of your children.

    Our quiet books are open-ended play resources which offer children choice and to be creative. It is important to choose the right quiet books to support and increase your children’s developmental skills and abilities. Choosing quiet books for your children considering children’s skills such as:

    • Basic life skills such as tying shoelaces, braiding hair, doing the washing, dressing dolls.
    • Math skills such as learning the clock, bead counting, sorting and matching, recognising shapes and colours.
    • Concentration and paying attention skills
    • Problem solving skills such as working with the zippers, solving puzzles, fishing and learning to button and unbutton.
    • Fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination such as buttoning, zipping, hooking, clipping and moving one object to another.
    • Language development and social skills such as singing along with finger puppets, naming objects, telling time.

    For children with special needs, we believe that our quiet books are a great learning resource for them. Children with special needs learn some skills while at play with our books as they are designed to work on children’s fine motor skills, sensory skills, problem solving skills as well as many other daily life skills.

    Choosing your quiet books tip #4: Use our online shop Filter

    Do make use of our filtering function for age appropriate recommendations and key words on skills and interest topics as well as budget.



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