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Child's Play Children's Books Featuring Puzzle Island

Updated on March 13, 2018

Child’s Play has been publishing children’s books for over thirty years now. My children grew up on these inspirational books and I can attest to the quality and magnificent learning exposure children from all over the world experience from Child’s Play books. You will find these books in libraries, classrooms and can purchase them online and through home parties.

There is no such thing as a child being too young to read to. From the time they are born we, as parents should be conditioning them to read by reading to them. Bonding with your child and giving them a secure and loving home environment leads to healthy development. Reading with or to your child is a happy fun time. Through pictures and words that you as the parent are showing the child and how they hear your voice enables them to understand. Let’s face it children love to be read to. Reading together with your child develops language skills, which in turn is needed for the child to learn how to read.

When a child learns to read it builds listening skills, attention span and increases the child’s potential for success academically. Reading also develops imagination and creativity.

Books for Babies

Baby Board Books is a set of 14 books that are specifically for babies. These books include nursery rhymes and songs to sing exposing the child to sounds and speech patterns.

Bath time Books

There are several different books to choose from in this category. My favorite was always Wally Whale and his Friends. My sons would know that it was bath time when I would grab this book from their room. Illustrated by Pam Adams Wally the Whale squeaks and spouts water making bath time so much fun. This book is recommended for ages 0 – 3.

Books for Children Ages 3-6

Counting Books

There Were Ten In The Bed

This book is a singsong book that teaches children ages 3 – 6 how to count backward. The song goes like this: “There were ten in the bed and the little one said roll over, roll over. So they all rolled over and one fell out. There were nine in the bed…..and so on. The book itself has a dial and as the dial turns the children tumble out of bed.

Child's Play

These are just a few of the books that are available. To see a full listing please go to Child’s Play. If you homeschool there are many books, games and flash cards that you will want to see.

Puzzle Island

My all-time favorite book from Child’s Play is Puzzle Island by Paul Asheed. This book is recommended for children ages 5 – 12. To be honest with you there are many adults that fall in love with this book. I always had it sitting out on my coffee table and anyone that would come over for a visit would pick up the book and usually not put it down for at least an hour.

The main objection in this book is to save a rare creature from extinction while traveling through Puzzle Island. On each page of the book, there are letters that you make words from that are jumbled. You have to find animals within the pages hidden all over the place in a jungle setting, similar to Finding Waldo. Each time you turn the page the book becomes more and more challenging. There are messages to be assembled and secret coding. This book will keep children and adults entertained while using brainpower for weeks. One of the best things I enjoyed about this book is that we would sit around the coffee or kitchen table as a family and go through this book all working together.

I Love My Child's Play Books

All Child's Play, books are beautifully illustrated and made to last for a few generations. I have all of my children's Child Play books that I have saved that are in excellent condition ready and waiting to enjoy with my future grandchildren.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glad to help Olivia :)

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      Olivia Morris 

      3 years ago

      Always looking for great kids books, thanks for this!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Crafty, Fun for all ages too.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mary, I keep Puzzle Island on my coffee table and have for years. It's a wonderful book!

      Thanks for the votes!

    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      7 years ago

      That does look like an awesome book! I love ones with colorful illustrations.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      What great books for kids. I am familiar with some but like many here Puzzle Island is new to me. My four year old grandson is just about ready for it...Christmas is coming.

      Thanks for this great introduction.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deborah, Your welcome. Puzzle Island is a fantastic book. Adults can fun with this book as well. I am sure your grandchildren will enjoy this book.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have grandchildren thank you for writing this.. I really like it and I can put this to good use,.. they love the puzzles and books. which I am so thankful for...thanks for the information on the puzzle island which I will get for my grandchildren for Christmas .. thanks again..

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Maggie-May, Thanks so much :)

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      Anonymously Inside 

      10 years ago from Fort McMurray

      Great Hub!!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Me too - and you know what - I feel a juvenile thrill about it:) haha! I can't wait to read it with them. I loved the Eleventh Hour too!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH So glad to know that you finally got Puzzle Island. I cannot wait to hear what the girls think of the book :) Enjoy!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I got the book today! And the kids had just left to spend the night at Daves sisters:(. I love it though! Haha! Very, very cool book, I'm really glad I got it. Excited to gift it to them when they get home. I love the illustrations, big pages and I love the way the pages feel. I know it's weird - but I like the heavier paper - like poster stock. Ever since I was a kid I have noticed stuff like that! Lol

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Doc Thanks so much.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      10 years ago from UK

      Nice selection for toddlers, Susan. A quality hub, and serves as a nice intro to a good product line. Well done!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I bet I will;)! Haha! And if they don't Ill keep it for me and Dave to read!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH Well if they liked The Eleventh Hour they are going to love Puzzle Island and you will too :) thanks :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I checked with the girls and they have never heard of Puzzle Island - I ordered it so I'll let you know how they like it. I'm sure they will - we do have The Eleventh Hour - they loved that one.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      neakin I am sure you will enjoy Puzzle Island, it might just be a bit advanced though for a 3 year old.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      vox vocis Thanks so much. There are so many wonderful children's books.

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      10 years ago

      Great hub! I love children's books especially if they're nicely illustrated. I also love reading to children (or with children :))

    • neakin profile image


      10 years ago

      Books are awesome and so is this hub! I am not familiar with Puzzle Island but I cannot wait to check it out with my 3 year old!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      lilibees All the Child's Play books are wonderful.Thanks for stopping by.

      Ruby I love reading with children.

      workingmomwm I am sure they will enjoy Puzzle Island.

      Chatkath Books make such a great gift. Thanks for reading.

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      10 years ago from California

      Because I am not up on the latest kid's books, this really helps me, I never know what to get friend's kids and 3 nieces...Reading is the best gift, it goes on and on...

      Great Hub Susan!

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      Mishael Austin Witty 

      10 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Puzzle Island looks like such a good book, and I've never even heard of it! I'll have to get that for my girls when they get a little older!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think reading to a child is so rewarding, not only for the child, but for a parent too. Thank you for sharing.


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      10 years ago

      My children love to read and be read to! Thanks for the informative these look great, I will have to check them out!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      cardelean Thanks so much. Puzzle Island is a lot of fun for hours of enjoyment.

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      10 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub. I LOVE reading to my kids and my students and I'm always on the lookout for new ones. I'm not familiar with Puzzle Island so I guess I'll have to check it out.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH I had to go and do a search on I Spy Books and yes I would say there is a similarity. If you do get this book for your niece and nephew, sit down with Dave and the girls and go through the book. You will probably want a copy for yourselves as well. It is very addicting and it takes quite a while to figure out how to save the rare creature from extinction.

      I love Dr. Seuss too :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awww I miss reading books with the girls! They loved it and especially Syd, she would have us read the same ones over and over and over - Dave seriously would recite Dr. Suess in his sleep:). Correctly too! Lol!

      I've never seen puzzle island - I want to order it for my niece and nephew! It sounds like I Spy books?

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      dahoglund That would be interesting to know if he really did read Plato to his children :)

      Mrs. Menagerie Puzzle Island to me is a classic as far as puzzle books go.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 

      10 years ago from The Zoo

      I thought I had all the great ones but I do not have Puzzle Island. Thank you, we'll have to check it out!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      My wife always read to the kids when they were young.I remember one of my friends from college was planning to get a masters in philosophy and said when he had kids he would start reading Plato to them when they were born. I wonder if he ever did.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      L.L. Although I do not have grandchildren yet I know if I do books will be my gift of choice. Thanks for stopping by to read this.

      A.A. I remember as a child my favorite book was Charlotte's Web and my first grade teacher read this to the class. I will never forgot that book.

      Danette Puzzle Island was first published in 1990 and is still going strong.

      Denise Thanks. When I first saw the topic for Children's books a light went off in my head as I used to sell these books through home parties back in the early 1990s.

      Genna So nice to see you and thanks so much!

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      Genna East 

      10 years ago

      Good morning, Susan. I love short stories for children; thus your hub is a gold mine. There are so relatively few well-written and inspirational stories for children, so this was a delightful read. Thank you!

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      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Susan--well, you broke the ice for our first 'weekly topic inspiration'. Good hub--I love the topic and hope to get something written to add to this topic. Very nice write up.

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      Danette Watt 

      10 years ago from Illinois

      The cover looks familiar, I'm sure I've read this book to my own children when they were younger. Thanks for sharing.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Children love being read to! They'll sit there and listen, stare, and point. Thank you for the resources.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I give books as gifts to my grandchildren rather than toys that are soon broken or forgotten. It's turned out to be a welcome tradition both to the kids and their parents.


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