may 2019 Best Board Books

Updated May. 20, 2019
How to Grow a Friend book
#1
How to Grow a Friend
Written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A lovely metaphor teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom! Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom--just like growing a flower. Soon your little gardeners will have their very own green thumbs for this most important of life skills.

Littles book
#2
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo--perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a "little"--peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles--and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

The Things I Love About Me book
#3
The Things I Love About Me
Written and illustrated by Trace Moroney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Your great big smile, your kindness toward others—there are so many things to love about being you. This special junior edition of The Things I Love About Me—with its simple, meaningful words and beautiful illustrations—is part of a series that is perfect for introducing little ones to positive thinking about everyday situations.

This Old Man book
#4
This Old Man
Written and illustrated by Claire Keay
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Learn to count and add with this traditional rhyme. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. This is a board book edition.

Music book
#5
Music
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

We are amazing! We can sing, dance, dress up, and make music. There’s nobody like us! Enjoy the antics of this inclusive and diverse group of friends, as they celebrate the natural and boundless creativity to be found in every child. ¡Somos sorprendentes! Cantamos, bailamos, nos disfrazamos y tocamos música. ¡Somos únicos y especiales! Disfruta de las travesuras de este diverso y simpático grupo de amigos mientras celebran la infinita y espontánea creatividad que hay en cada niño.

How to Be a Cat book
#6
How to Be a Cat
Written and illustrated by Nikki McClure
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this tender board book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers "how to be a cat"--how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast--while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of each skill. At times, the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the loving relationship between parent and child.

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain book
#7
She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Written and illustrated by Anne Passchier
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

She’ll be coming round the mountain, when she comes. Toot, Toot! How will she arrive next? Featuring a range of vehicles, activities and sounds, this catchy song is a delightful way to learn new words. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Board book edition.

Dressing Up book
#8
Dressing Up
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

We are amazing! We can sing, dance, dress up, and make music. There’s nobody like us! Enjoy the antics of this inclusive and diverse group of friends, as they celebrate the natural and boundless creativity to be found in every child. ¡Somos sorprendentes! Cantamos, bailamos, nos disfrazamos y tocamos música. ¡Somos únicos y especiales! Disfruta de las travesuras de este diverso y simpático grupo de amigos mientras celebran la infinita y espontánea creatividad que hay en cada niño.

Mr. Boddington's Studio: NYC ABCs book
#9
Mr. Boddington's Studio: NYC ABCs
Written and illustrated by Mr. Boddington's Studio
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Based on the beautiful designs of Mr. Boddington's Studio, this board book is the perfect introduction to the ABCs of NYC. This board book teaches the letters of the alphabet with illustrations of people, places, and things unique to the greatest city in the world. It is the perfect gift for anyone who loves New York!

Eight Days Gone book
#10
Eight Days Gone
Written by Linda McReynolds and illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Snappy verse and retro art brings readers along for Apollo 11's historic, eight-day mission to the moon in 1969. Young readers will learn the basics about the gear, equipment, and spaceship used by the astronauts, as well as the history of NASA's moon mission. O' Rourke's vibrant and retro illustrations paired with McReynolds' short verse creates a perfect read aloud for preschool and kindergarteners eager to learn about Buzz Aldrin's trip to the moon. Back matter includes a bibliography and author's note with additional information about the mission and the crew's return home after the historic first lunar landing.

The Things I Love about Pets book
#11
The Things I Love about Pets
Written and illustrated by Trace Moroney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The Things I Love series celebrates the everyday situations that form the basis of a child's experiences.nThese special pre-school board book editions of the international bestselling The Things I Love series are perfect for introducing little ones to positive thinking about everyday experiences. Researchers of positive psychology have found that people with positive attitudes are more creative, tolerant, generous, constructive, successful and open to new ideas and new experiences than those with a negative attitude. Positive thinkers are happier, healthier, live longer, experience more satisfying relationships, and have a greater capacity for love and joy.

Too Many Unicorns, Fairies & Mermaids book
#12
Too Many Unicorns, Fairies & Mermaids
Written by Jenny Copper and illustrated by Carrie Hennon
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

There are unicorns hiding on every page of this search and find book. Just flip the flaps to find them playing in a forest, swimming with mermaids, dancing with fairies, prancing with princesses, and even shopping in a toy store. The fun rhyming words and the search and find activity encourages word and picture association, which helps young children develop language and early reading skills. Can you find them all?

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