december 2018 Best Board Books

Updated Feb. 18, 2019
How Many Hugs? book
#1
How Many Hugs?
Written by Heather Swain and illustrated by Steven Henry
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A charming board book that explores all the ways that animals and multi-legged insects give hugs, How Many Hugs? is perfect as a counting picture book and for reading aloud at bedtime! Centipedes, those crawliest bugs have 300 legs for giving out hugs. That's 150 on one side to grasp and 150 on the other to clasp. Hugs abound in this celebration of multi-legged animals and insects and their babies! And at the end of the day, human parents can give their little ones as many hugs as they want—with two arms. Charming art and rhyming text make this a perfect companion to All Kinds of Kisses, also by Heather Swain.

There's No One I Love Like You book
#2
There's No One I Love Like You
Written by Jutta Langreuter and illustrated by Stefanie Dahle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Now available as a board book! Brayden Bunny doesn’t feel like picking up his toys or washing his whiskers. It’d be so much easier to live with his friends, so Brayden decides to give it a try. But every new home he visits comes with a new problem: Missy Mouse’s house is too messy, Benny Badger’s house smells a little funny, and Fipsi Squirrel’s house is too high. At last Brayden Bunny visits his Cousin Pepi. Everything there is perfect and easy, but it doesn’t take long for Brayden to realize that something—or someone—very important is missing.

The Itsy Bitsy Sweetheart book
#3
The Itsy Bitsy Sweetheart
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

An adorable Valentine’s Day twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” The itsy bitsy sweetheart was loveable and kind, Drawing new cards for his friends and Valentines! Out came the markers, paints, and sticky glue, The itsy bitsy sweetheart had lots of work to do! The itsy bitsy sweetheart spreads holiday cheer as she makes Valentine’s Day cards for her family and friends! Little ones will love this sweet twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Valensteins book
#4
Valensteins
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Fright Club members are back in this fun twist on Valentine's Day from Geisel winner Ethan Long! * "Utter perfection." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review The members of Fright Club are always ready to scare, but tonight Fran K. Stein has something else on his mind. He's busy making something, and the other monsters want to know what it is. Could it be a mask with fangs? A big pink nose? Or maybe a paper butt? No . . . it's a Valentine! That means one thing . . . EEEEK!! Is Fran in love? What could be scarier than falling in love?!? In this hilariously spooky story by Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long, even the scariest of monsters have true feelings.

Auntie and Me book
#5
Auntie and Me
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Auntie comes for a special visit in this sweet lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Finally, a book for aunts, everywhere! Someone special is at the door! Who could it be? Baby is ready for a fun-filled day with Auntie in this new interactive lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Little ones will love lifting the sturdy flaps on every page to reveal all of Auntie’s surprises.

I Love You, Little Pookie book
#6
I Love You, Little Pookie
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

From the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton, here is I Love You, Little Pookie, a sweet and simple board book that offers a declaration of unwavering love from Mom to her wonderful child. I Love You, Little Pookie is an affectionate and heartfelt celebration—for Valentine’s Day and every day—enlivened with those funny and captivating Boynton drawings. And Pookie’s Mom wisely knows that the best way to say I love you is simply to say it: Through the days, through the nights, come rain or come shine, I love you, little Pookie. You’ll always be mine.

Daniel Loves You book
#7
Daniel Loves You
Written by Alexandra Cassel and illustrated by Jason Fruchter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel says “I love you” in this shaped board book based on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! Join Daniel Tiger for a ride around the neighborhood as he says “I love you” to his family, friends, neighbors…and to you! This sweet, simple board book is filled with hearts, hugs, and “Ugga Muggas!” © 2018 The Fred Rogers Company

Picture Fit Board Books: A Caboodle of Cuddles book
#8
Picture Fit Board Books: A Caboodle of Cuddles
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The Picture Fit series has a special novelty, with raised shapes to touch, feel, and explore that neatly fit into the shaped spaces on the opposite page. A Caboodle of Cuddles is a love-themed book, gorgeously illustrated with animal babies on one page that cleverly fit into their families on the other. It offers a tactile and visual shared-reading experience, and there is a heart-warming caboodle of cuddling creatures at the end. Titles in the series: A Traffic Jam of Trucks; A Parade of Animals; A Stampede of Dinosaurs; A Barnyard of Friends; and A Toy Box of Shapes.

Maze Book: Follow My Heart book
#9
Maze Book: Follow My Heart
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Follow My Heart is a seasonal maze adventure in the Follow Me series featuring cute animal characters, Valentine-themed scenes, and finger trails. Follow each animal through the adorable, illustrated scenes on a journey to find their perfect match in this fun-size maze book. Children will love exploring the paths with their fingertips to trace the grooved mazes from hole to hole. There is lots to see and spot on every page along with animal couples such as bees, penguins, bunnies, and bears. The tracing element is great for developing fine motor skills and the search-and-find activity throughout will help with spacial awareness. A great book for little hands to explore and a perfect gift for anyone you love! Also published: Follow Me, Follow Me Around the World, Follow Me Halloween and Follow Me Santa

Let's Pretend Chef's Kitchen book
#10
Let's Pretend Chef's Kitchen
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This Let's Pretend set is a fantastic creative play pack for budding chefs, with a story board book and 15 sturdy play pieces in a plastic clamshell. The pieces can be used to fit into the spaces in the book or for imaginative play. With a saucepan, spatula, pizza base and toppings, children will have fun rustling up a pretend meal, while the illustrated board book shows chefs in the kitchen using utensils and making meals, with fun things to find. There's information, too, about what each utensil or food stuff can be used for. Let's Pretend Chef joins other hugely successful Let's Pretend sets: Builder's Tool Kit, Firefighter, Race Driver Set, Princess Party Set, and Animal Rescue.

L Is for Love book
#11
L Is for Love
Written and illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your brilliant baby to the ABCs with this colorfully illustrated primer about love and friendship. Valentine's Day is a time to reflect on the themes of love and friendship, and what better way to introduce toddlers to these concepts than with a new ABC volume from artist Greg Paprocki. The book's 26 fully illustrated pages take aim just like Cupid's arrow at lovebirds, sweethearts, BFFs, and secret admirers. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he's provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska.

Good Night French Riviera book
#12
Good Night French Riviera
Written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night France features Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, Paris, French Riviera, French Alps, Loire Valley, Provence, Alsace, Bordeaux, castles, the Mediterranean Sea, boating, skiing, local foods, and more. Bonjour, and welcome to France, one of loveliest countries on earth. Young readers will delight in a personal tour of this country’s greatest landmarks and attractions. Croissants included! 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.

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