For the past few years, some of my youngest child’s favorite books have been the ones where he has to search for certain images within the picture. Usborne has created some of these fun books for children ages four to eight with their 1001 Things to Spot series and Great Search series.
Open one of these books, and you’ll find a scene that spans two pages. Around the edges of the full illustration are smaller pictures of the things the child will be searching for, along with a number clue as to how many there are to find. For example, in 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea, the page featuring creatures “Deep Down” in the ocean shows a small picture of a gulper eel with the number “5.” The child knows, then, that there are 5 gulper eels to find in the picture.
The 1001 Things to Spot series is geared more toward younger children; the illustrations are friendly and colorful. There are quite a few titles in this series, some titles even including Spanish editions. Some of the other titles are:
- 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm
- 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland
- 1001 Things to Spot in the Town
- 1001 Things to Spot Long Ago
- 1001 Pirate Things to Spot
- 1001 Animals to Spot
- 1001 Things to Spot at Christmas
- 1001 Knights and Castle Things to Spot
- 1001 Bugs to Spot
The Great Search series is ideal for older children, as the illustrations are more realistic and the items harder to find. Beside each picture you’ll find information about the object or animal, and instead of the actual number written beside each picture, the number word is given. Titles in this series include:
- The Big Bug Search
- The Great Dinosaur Search
- The Great Planet Earth Search
- The Great Animal Search
- The Great Castle Search
- The Great Undersea Search
- The Great Wildlife Search
- The Great World Search
- The Great History Search
If your child likes puzzle books or finding items in a story, give these books a try. They’re great for car rides, long trips, quiet time, together time – or anytime!
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell