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april 2019 Best Board Books

Updated Jul. 17, 2019
Kindness Rules! (a Hello!Lucky Book) book
#1
Kindness Rules! (a Hello!Lucky Book)
Written and illustrated by Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Manners don't come naturally to everyone! But did you know that elephants are known for their impeccable etiquette? It's true! This hilarious guide to good manners offers many fun teaching moments for kids and their parents--it covers all the basics for the preschool set, from saying "please" and "thank you" to sharing and being kind to others. Filled with bright, adorable illustrations in Hello!Lucky's inimitable style, young children will love learning about manners with this delightful, sturdy board book.

One Whole Bunch book
#2
One Whole Bunch
Written by Mary Meyer and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this new book illustrated by award-winning artist and designer Sara Gillingham, a boy gathers a bunch of flowers for a beautiful bouquet for his mother in this simple and sweet story that features a counting element: 10 to 1.

Is That Your Dad? (a Changing Faces Book) book
#3
Is That Your Dad? (a Changing Faces Book)
Written and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Who is Froggy's dad? Froggy knows who his dad is not--he's not the roaring lion or the squawking parrot or the growling bear. And with the turn of each page, Froggy gets one step closer to finding him!

I Love Dad book
#4
I Love Dad
Written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Show Dad how much you care with this delightful board book from the creators of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss. From his stubbly kisses to his sky high piggyback rides to his bedtime stories, no one is quite like Dad. This charming Classic Board Book is a celebration of dads everywhere!

How Do You Say Good Night? book
#5
How Do You Say Good Night?
Written by Cindy Jin and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Snuggle up and learn how to say “good night” in ten different languages with this heartwarming bedtime board book! A lovely bedtime follow-up to How Do You Say I Love You?, this sweet lullaby featuring adorable illustrations by Shirley Ng-Benitz is the perfect way for parents to wish their little ones a good night’s sleep. From Mexico, Vietnam, Kenya, and beyond, this charming board book teaches little ones how to say “good night” in ten different languages: Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic, Vietnamese, German, and Korean!

TouchWords: Animals book
#6
TouchWords: Animals
Written by and illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

TouchWords is a brand new extension to the beloved, groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn series, now with raised letters that fit into die-cut shapes! This is a full handson, sensory experience, associating the tactile shapes of letters with the objects. Rilla Alexander executes a fresh design incorporating the classic elements of the TouchThinkLearn first words format, with core vocabulary and stretch words on each page helping children expand their vision of words and how they work together.

100 First Words for Little Artists book
#7
100 First Words for Little Artists
Written and illustrated by Kyle Kershner
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Are you an artist? Then of course your baby will inherit your creative genes! But how to get your prodigy started on the path of complementary colors and 2-point perspectives? Introducing 100 First Words for Little Artists, an artistic primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little artists are ready for CMYK, caricature, and ceramics. With terms from across the spectrum of visual arts, this is a must-have collection of words every budding artist needs in their vocabulary (even at the age of 2). Packed with fun illustrations and 100 words every prodigy should know, 100 First Words for Little Artists is the perfect board book for artistic families everywhere.

Go, Bikes, Go! book
#8
Go, Bikes, Go!
Written by Addie Boswell and illustrated by Alexander Mostov, Addie Boswell
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This fun and colorful board book introduces children to the joy of bike riding and bikes in many forms. There are big bikes, small bikes and extra tall bikes, and old bikes, new bikes and built-for-two bikes, and more! Inspired by the strong biking culture and community in the Pacific Northwest, this board book features different types of bikes and the diverse people, young and old, who enjoy them. It features bikes children will recognize and some they can imagine, like bikes that wear shoes and bikes that fly.

Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf? book
#9
Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf?
Written and illustrated by YaYo Kawamura
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This enchanting board book follows Little Wolf as he searches for someone to play with and carries a simple yet profound message about prejudice and preconceived notions. Little Wolf is bored, and so he asks some other animals to play. But no one wants to join him--not the squirrel, nor the bunny, nor the fox. Their parents have told them not to play with wolves. But when Little Wolf meets a bee, she is brave enough to play and the two have a great time. The other animals see there's nothing to be afraid of and decide to join in. With bold colors and appealing characters this book packs a powerful lesson about overcoming prejudices and not judging someone before you know them.

The Little Mermaid book
#10
The Little Mermaid
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Nivea Ortiz
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A classic fairy tale gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Caribbean spin on the Little Mermaid! The Little Mermaid longs to know about the world above the ocean. When she’s finally old enough to visit, she falls in love with a prince! A sea witch agrees to give the mermaid a potion that will make her human—but the spell will be broken if the prince doesn’t love her too! Set in the Caribbean, with beautiful illustrations by Puerto Rican illustrator Nivea Ortiz, this fifth book in the Once Upon a World series is the same beloved fairy tale but it’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

Farm The Farm book
#11
Farm The Farm
Written and illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A lift-the-flap book that lets little ones farm the farm! This interactive novelty board book encourages readers to care for animals at the farm by lifting the sturdy flaps on each spread. Feed the hens, brush the pony’s mane, and open the gate so the cow can graze in the pasture in this inventive and engaging book that teaches little ones how to be responsible.

TouchWords: Food book
#12
TouchWords: Food
Written by and illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

TouchWords is a brand new extension to the beloved, ground-breaking TouchThinkLearn series now with raised letters that fit into die-cut shapes! This is a full hands-on, sensory experience, associating the tactile shapes of letters with the objects. Rilla Alexander executes a fresh design incorporating the classic elements of the TouchThinkLearn first words format, with core vocabulary and stretch words on each page helping children expand their vision of words and how they work together.

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