Silver Dolphin Books expands its line of interactive, educational titles with Smithsonian First Discoveries (March 2016; $16.95; 48 pages; Ages 1 and up), a new series of early learning boxed sets created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.


The first two titles in the series—Little Learner and Young Explorer—combine eye-catching illustrations and colorful photographs with simple labels to introduce young children to new concepts. Each set comes with four board books in a magnetic carrying case for learning on the go. Little Learner (ISBN: 978-1-62686-482-5) introduces babies to Colors; 1,2,3; ABC; and Animal Bodies. Young Explorer (ISBN: 978-1-62686-481-8) encourages toddlers to explore topics such as Around the World; Dinosaurs; Animals Around the World; and The Planets—asking them to pick their favorite dinosaur, learn the planets, and discover animals from distant lands.


Silver Dolphin also expands its Smithsonian Readers line with Smithsonian Readers: Read with Me! Pre-Level 1 (March 2016; $14.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-571-6; Ages 4 and up; 200 pages). Read with Me! Pre-Level 1, created in collaboration with child literacy expert Dr. Adria Klein,lays the groundwork for early reading comprehension with short, simple sentences and familiar vocabulary. Six 32-page topics cover Under the Sea; Planes, Trains, and Trucks; Adorable Baby Animals; Life on a Farm; What’s the Weather Outside?; and Bodies, and includes quizzes, lively photographs, and perforated fact cards to reinforce new skills. Smithsonian Readers: Levels 1-4 are also available for young readers at every level.


Finally, Smithsonian Magnetic Adventures: Sea Life (April 2016; $22.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-304-0; Ages 5 and up; 64 pages) joins the Smithsonian Magnetic Adventures line. Sea Life comes packed in a tin carrying case that opens to reveal an underwater scene for young readers to create their own adventure with 30 foam magnets and a sheet of reusable clings. A 64-page ocean guidebook introduces future oceanographers to marine life large and small—from seahorses to blue whales. Magnetic Adventures: Jungle and Solar System are also available.


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