My kids have always loved touch-and-feel books. While my daughter goes to story time or Partners in Reading at the local library, my toddler son and I hang out in the board book section. His favorite books to read again and again are the books full of textures to touch. When recently offered the chance to review My Favorite Shoes: A Touch-and-Feel Shoe-stravaganza and My Favorite Purse: Interactive Fun for Little Fashionistas written by Julie Merberg and illustrated by Georgia Rucker in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity to add two new touch-and-feel titles to my home library.
Founder and president of Downtown Bookworks, author Julie Merberg is the author of many children’s books including My First Book of Girl Power and The Big Book of Girl Power as well as the new My Favorite Shoes and My Favorite Purse. She currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, their four hilarious sons, and a sweet mutt named Alvy Singer.
Illustrator Georgia Rucker is an independent graphic designer, book designer, and art director. She has designed many books (covers and interiors), logos, invitations, catalogs, brochures, posters, and small websites.
My Favorite Shoes
Recommended for children between the ages of 1 and 4, My Favorite Shoes is a must-have for the littlest shoe lovers. The sparkly, tactile, totally fabulous book is for all little girls (and boys) who cannot get enough of new, beautiful shoes. From leopard print flats and strappy gold sandals to warm furry boots and more, the 16-page board book features gorgeous pictures and textures that the preschool set is sure to enjoy! My Favorite Shoes currently costs $11.50 on Amazon with a list price of $12.99.
My Favorite Purse
Also recommended for children between the ages of 1 and 4, My Favorite Purse features cool textures, flaps, and rhyming text that will entertain accessories fans of all ages. Little fashionistas will love feeling the different textures and discovering the contents of a collection of fabulous pint-sized purses. From a fuzzy bunny backpack and sparkly wristlet to a crocodile tote and more, every purse in the 12-page board book perfect for preschoolers features an interactive element to engage growing minds. A perfect companion to My Favorite Shoes, My Favorite Purse currently costs $10.55 on Amazon with a list price of $12.99.
Both my kids absolutely love touch-and-feel books! Although my kindergartener is already reading chapter books, she still loves pulling out the board books to read to her baby brother. Most of the other touch-and-feel books that my kids have read are about animals, so I was super excited for books about shoes and purses. As a shoe lover, I was especially excited for My Favorite Shoes. I was not disappointed either. Both board books contain simple text perfect for the littlest readers. My son loves flipping through the pages, and my daughter enjoys reading both books.
My favorite aspect of both My Favorite Shoes and My Favorite Purse is the many textures. From soft and smooth to fuzzy and bumpy, little readers will love exploring shoes and accessories in these two colorful board books. My toddler son especially loves rubbing his fingers through the fluffy and fuzzy areas. He also loves flipping open the pink purse in My Favorite Purse. He would really love if all the other purses opened up too! All in all, my kids enjoy both books, and I am quite impressed with both titles.
If you have a toddler or preschooler who loves shoes and accessories, I highly recommend My Favorite Shoes: A Touch-and-Feel Shoe-stravaganza and My Favorite Purse: Interactive Fun for Little Fashionistas written by Julie Merberg and illustrated by Georgia Rucker. The interactive board books for little readers between the ages of 1 and 4 offer plenty of textures for little hands to explore. If your little fashionista loves touch-and-feel books, definitely check out both titles from Downtown Bookworks.
Exploring Texture with ‘My Favorite Shoes’ and ‘My Favorite Purse’ © 2017 Heather Johnson
‘My Favorite Shoes’ and ‘My Favorite Purse’ © 2017 Heather Johnson
Cover of ‘My Favorite Shoes’ © 2017 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of ‘My Favorite Shoes’ © 2017 Heather Johnson
Cover of ‘My Favorite Purse’ © 2017 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of ‘My Favorite Purse’ © 2017 Heather Johnson