Tuff Board Books, review and giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

In a category all their own, somewhere between traditional picture books and board books, comes a new line of Tuff Books from NorthSouth Books. Adapting cute picture books into a slightly shorter format for toddler readers, these books are also a little larger than most board books, and they feature laminated pages– perfect for wiping clean! Among the new releases are four adorable titles: Rainbow Fish and the Whale by Marcus Pfister, Two Little Chicks by Valeri Gorbachev, Owl Howl by Paul Friester and When Mama Can’t Sleep by Christa Kempter.

In Rainbow Fish and the Whale, the beloved sparkly-scaled fish has another adventure with his friends, this time involving a big whale and an even bigger misunderstanding. Rainbow Fish must find a way to talk to the whale to solve their problem. Friendship is also addressed in Two Little Chicks, when the title characters visit a very busy playground for the first time. Thankfully, although they are nervous about using the play equipment, they meet many helpful and encouraging new friends who help them get comfortable using the slide.

In another storyline completely understandable to a toddler, a tiny owl sobs uncontrollably in Owl Howl. Although many forest animals try to console her (or at least get her to stop crying for their own sake!), nothing helps until someone special shows up. And finally, When Mama Can’t Sleep tells the story of an entire family having trouble sleeping one night, each character for one reason or another. The way they decide to solve the problem will most likely be understood by many a mama and papa out there.

Do you have a little one who would enjoy the fun these four Tuff Books have to offer? We’ve got FIVE sets of all four of these books to give away!

Leave a comment here to be entered. We’re glad to let you know that it’s open to U.S. and Canada residents. We’ll announce the winners in this column here on March 14.

We have some winners to announce:

  • The winner of Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert is #9 RiTa
  • The winner of The Iron Queen and the two other books in the trilogy, plus an ipod Nano is #101 Shelaugh

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5 Minutes for Books reviewer Dawn and her children are picture book addicts, happily indulging in their habit each and every day. Their own stories are told at her blog, my thoughts exactly.

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1 staceyk February 28, 2011 at 1:45 am

Look like great books!


2 Casey February 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

Would love this collection for my almost 1 year old daughter. Thanks!


3 jiva126 February 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

I would love to win for “the baby boy!”


4 jamie February 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

This would be a great set for all my little ones


5 Jen February 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

My 16 mo has recently discovered books and brings them to me all day long to read to him. I love it! And we’d love some new books!


6 bonnie w February 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

My son loved Rainbow Fish! Thanks for the chance.


7 tennille February 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

I think these look great!!!!! I’d love to win. I’m going to tell my coworkers too-they have young kids too.


8 genevieve February 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

I would love to win!


9 clint February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

My 2 year old son would really like these.


10 Gabrielle February 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm

My son LOVES books! We would be very grateful to win these :)


11 Shari February 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I know TWO little ones who would love to have those! Thanks for the chance!


12 Alison S. February 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

My son would love these!


13 Stacie February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

They look like great books for my boys!


14 shelly February 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I would love this collection for my baby girl! Thanks for the chance.


15 riTa February 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Yes, I have a 15 month-old grandson. I would love to share these with him. I am fortunate to have my grandchildren not far away. They were here yesterday. He was into everything!


16 Jennifer Orozco February 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

These are adorable! Please enter me in the contest.


17 Jessica H February 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Oh, these would be so fun! Thanks for the opportunity!


18 HappyMomC February 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Would love these books for my daughter! She enjoys reading so much!


19 Shondra February 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I love these books. I’m sure my 18 month old would absolutely adore them and baby #2, who is on the way, will have a blast with them as well.

Thanks for the giveaway!


20 Linda Kish February 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

These would make a great first birthday gift for my great nephew.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


21 Samantha R February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I would love these books for my 2 little ones!


22 mrsshukra March 1, 2011 at 1:04 am

Perfect books for my niece, please count me in!


23 Jennifer H March 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

you can never have too many books for your children. Great giveaway.


24 Terra Heck March 1, 2011 at 5:31 am

These would be great books for the little ones in my family. Thanks.


25 Kathy Stevenson March 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

My girls would love these books!


26 Jen March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

These look fabulous! I love cute, colorful board books!


27 Danica March 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

I always love a chance to get some new books for my dauther … I think she would love these.


28 Vilmarys March 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

My 1 year old daughter would love these books. Thanks for the giveaway!


29 Jaimie K March 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

I’d love to win them! I always loved the rainbow fish book when I was a kid.


30 Serendipity is Sweet March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

These look like wonderful books. I would love to win these for my youngest daughter. Thanks for the fabulous review and giveaway!

Keep up the great work :)


31 Van March 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

These sound like great books. My nephew would love these.


32 judy brittle March 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I would love these for the grandbabies They all love books!


33 LaVonne March 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I have a toddler and planning a baby this year. These would be perfect! We love books :)


34 Beth C March 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I’d love these for my little grandson! Thanks for the chance.


35 Brenda Rupp March 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I would love to win the books, I definately have a little red headed girl who would so love these!


36 Maureen March 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Most definitely! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)


37 Nichole March 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Tuff books sounds great … you don’t even want to know what happened to our copy of The Very Lonely Firefly!


38 Linda Henderson March 2, 2011 at 1:08 am

I have two young grandchildren that would love these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com


39 Name* March 2, 2011 at 4:52 am

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40 Joe March 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love reading to my kids! Hope to win these!


41 katklaw777 March 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

These are great for Easter baskets, thanks.


42 Mary March 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm

My little boy loves books He would love these.


43 John March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm

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44 Allison McGrady March 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Awesome!! My kids love books!!


45 Some Lucky Dog March 3, 2011 at 3:45 am

Our 2 year old grandson would love these!
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46 Preethi March 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

We would love to win these! Thanks for the giveaway!


47 Krystal March 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

My almost one year old son would love these books. I would love to read them to him. :)


48 Daniel M March 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

looks great, my niece would love it!


49 John March 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Would like to win this book for my son.


50 Natalia March 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

My daughter loves owls!


51 Staci A March 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I’d love to share these with my nephew. They sound like such sweet stories!


52 Shannon M. March 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This would be great for my son! He loves to “read” his books! :)


53 Lacey C. March 5, 2011 at 7:02 am

These books look great! My 2 year old just loves to read, and really enjoys bright, colorful board books!


54 Jennifer N March 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I would love to win these. Expecting a baby in April, and want to make reading an important part of our life with the little one!


55 Angela March 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I have a 5 year old that would love to fine tune his reading skills by reading these to his little sister and parents! : )


56 C-Lint March 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

These look great


57 Christina March 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Ah – we all love the rainbow fish (and it’s a big hit in the preschool as well).


58 nancy March 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

we love books. would be great to have some new books for my daugher :)


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60 melissa n March 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

these are too cute! thanks for the chance!


61 Debby March 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I would love these books for my grandkids. They love for me to read to them.


62 yuki March 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

I would love to win one of these! Thank you so much for this giveaway.



63 Alysa March 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Adorable! We love board books around here with 2 monkeys 2 and under!


64 Angie March 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I would love to have these for my toddler, he would love them!


65 Lisa April 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

The great thing about these are they will last for what we hope are many “hand me downs”


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