april 2019 Best Board Books

Updated Apr. 25, 2019
One Whole Bunch book
#1
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.

The Little Mermaid book
#2
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.

Good Night Niagara Falls book
#3
Good Night Niagara Falls
Written and illustrated by Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Niagara Falls features Niagara Falls State Park, Cave of the Winds, Bridal Falls, Skylon Tower Observation Deck, boat tours, Whirlpool State Park, Three Sisters Island, Aquarium of Niagara, and more. Put on your raincoat and let's explore the grandeur of Niagara Falls! In the pages of this colorful board book, young readers are treated to a personal tour of one of the world's greatest landmarks. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of North America's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

Good Night Sea Shore book
#4
Good Night Sea Shore
Written and illustrated by Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Seashore features beaches, the ocean, crabs, shorebirds, marshes, dunes, starfish, sea turtles, seaweed, urchins, seashells, clams, lobster boats, plants, jellyfish, minnows, seaglass, fishermen, dune buggies, surfers, swimmers, sand castles, and more. Grab your bathing suit and towel--it's time to explore the fabulous seashore. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes. This adorable board book takes young readers on an exciting and educational tour of one of America's greatest treasures.

Go, Bikes, Go! book
#5
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.

Where Is Peter Rabbit? book
#6
Where Is Peter Rabbit?
Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Where has Peter Rabbit gone? Play a fun game of hide and seek with much-loved characters from the world of Beatrix Potter as you look for Peter Rabbit. Is that Peter by the blackberry bush? Is he hiding in the lettuce patch? Lift the flap and see! With easy-to-lift flaps, gentle rhyming text and charming illustrations, this Peter Rabbit story is fun to share with little ones at bedtime or anytime. The perfect introduction to Beatrix Potter for very young readers.

Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf? book
#7
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.

Red & Blue book
#8
Red & Blue
Written and illustrated by Jenny Copper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Discover a tactile world of early learning in this first colors book. Children will love to touch, feel and explore the pictures in this tactile novelty book. Raised and indented pictures throughout make a fun and interactive experience for little learners discovering their first colors.

100 First Words for Little Artists book
#9
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.

TouchWords: Food book
#10
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.

Little Bird book
#11
Little Bird
Written and illustrated by Antonio Boffa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The birth of a baby bird and the magic of a snowflake are the main themes of these wonderful illustrated albums, specially written for parents to read together with their children. Children can follow the story as the adult reads, thanks to the easy-to-understand, imaginative pictures. Artist Antonio Boffa's dream-like creativity, in fact, easily fuses the simplicity of the sketches with the depth of the meaning, bringing life to affectionate characters and touching events, such as the miracle of life that is born and the dance of a delicate snowflake in the winter wind. All these stories will tug at the heartstrings of old and young alike through meaningful, delicate and intense pictures.

Good Night Cape Cod National Seashore book
#12
Good Night Cape Cod National Seashore
Written by Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper and illustrated by Suwin Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Cape Cod National Seashore explores sandy beaches, kettle ponds, salt marshes, woodlands, lighthouses, park rangers, biking trails, wildlife including whales, beach grass, piping plovers, harbor seals, and more. From Chatham Light all the way to Race Point Beach, this enriching and colorful board book introduces little nature enthusiasts to the natural wonders of Cape Cod National Seashore. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes. Many of North America's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for North America's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. Young nature and beach lovers alike will marvel at the beauty of Cape Cod National Seashore in this engaging and educational board book.

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