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5 Books That Encourage Children to Get Outside and Play

Teaching children healthy habits should start young and colorful children’s books are one way to instill lifelong lessons. Candlewick Press has a new line of books that feature good messages about food and exercise in ways that children can relate to and understand.

1.  Let’s Have a Tree Party by David Martin is an adorable rhyming book that has the animals of the forest having a delightfully active celebration. Dancing, swinging, singing, and more, the forest comes alive with activity until the day’s end...and then beyond. Geared toward 2-5 year olds, this nicely illustrated hardcover book is sure to be any child’s new favorite read. $15.99

2.  In Hop, Skip and Jump, Maisy!, everyone’s favorite mouse gets up and moving in this unique pull-tab book that gets Maisy kicking a ball, jumping rope, and more until she wears herself out and heads off to bed. Designed for children 2-5, this book is so much fun because the illustrations come to life with the pull tabs, something children are sure to enjoy. $12.99

3.  Cookie Monster’s Busy Day has the Sesame Street characters exercising, teaching proper hygiene habits, eating healthy and more in several mini-books inside this fun book. With 48 pages and simple sentences, this book is perfect for any emerging readers or Sesame Street fans. $5.99

4.  If your child has ever wondered where their food comes from, How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? is a perfect book for them. From bread to chocolate chips, this book tells children where food starts, how it’s made, and how it gets to the grocery store and eventually their lunchbox. This is a beautifully illustrated book with fresh, retro-type artwork that kids are sure to love. $12.99

5.  Finally, Go Out and Play! (my personal favorite) has super fun games for children to play outside. Featuring old favorites such as Red Rover, Ghost in the Graveyard, Kick the Can, and new ones like the twist on Tag, The Blob, this book is sure to have something for every child to enjoy. It sure gave my kids new things to do outside and stopped me from hearing the every-popular, “I’m BORED!”. $11.99

All five of these books are available at many major book retailers nationwide, such as and

Thank you to Candlewick Press for providing complimentary product samples for us to base this review upon.