Nicola Slater began her career as an usher but life on the big screen was too heady and too fast. Instead, she chose to study illustration, where she developed a passion for children’s books that far surpassed her love of popcorn. She lives with her family in Cheshire, England, close to the local movie theater, where she likes to occasionally lurk in the lobby. Check out her website, HERE. Both of the books below have been illustrated by Nicola Slater and published by Chronicle Kids.


Beginning Baby

Illustrated by: Nicola Slater

Published: September 14, 2021

Publisher: Chronicle Kids

Babies and toddlers love lift-the-flap books and love playing peekaboo. This fun board book combines both into a silly read-aloud with your child. Friends in the book are hiding and your child gets to find them by lifting the flap on each page.

They will find a narwhal under a table, an elephant playing the trumpet behind a chair, and a giraffe behind a curtain, plus several more hiding friends. Each time you find a friend, you and your child can say, “Peekaboo!”, just like you would if you were playing peekaboo together.

Alliteration is used which helps with language learning and there is plenty to point out on the pages. From the toys in the living room to the musical instruments page to the sports decor in the bedroom, there are lots of items to have your child find on each page. Plus hide-and-seek is so much fun, the friends encourage you to play again soon!

This is definitely a board book that will be perfect for keeping in the diaper bag for waiting rooms, car rides, and other quiet time reading.


Beginning BAby

Illustrated by: Nicola Slater

Published: September 14, 2021

Publisher: Chronicle Kids

Learning the alphabet is the first step in helping kids learn to read. You can start teaching the alphabet immediately and soon the letters will become familiar. In ACTIVE ABC, children are able to trace the cutout letters, including both capital and lower case letters. Each cutout letter has a patterned background to help it stand out.

The letters correspond with a word that starts with that letter, but instead of it being a noun, like A, apple, it is a verb, A, ask. Hence the “active” ABCs. If your child has other books in the Beginning Baby series, like HIDE-AND-SEEK PEEKABOO, they will recognize the friends on the pages are the same as the other books in the series.

As your child gets older, teaching them the activity that goes with the letter like catch, jump, kiss, laugh, share, and yawn will make the reading more fun. I love how this ABC book takes a different approach to learning the alphabet. Besides the letter recognition, there is the act of tracing the letters and the activity to go along with it. It’s a three-in-one book and spans the age of baby to toddler to preschooler.

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