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Make Me a Monster book
#1
Make Me a Monster
Written by Mark Rogalski
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Am I a monster? Is there any dispute? Have you seen a monster So fierce and so cute? Bring this monster to life by lifting 12 flaps—from bulging blue eyes to clever claws—until the book has fully transformed by the last page. With a flashy neon green palette, die-cuts and flaps on every page, and a rollicking, rhyming text, this deliciously fun novelty book rewards readers with a satisfying payoff at the end.

Little Naturalists Henry David Thoreau in the Woods book
#2
Little Naturalists Henry David Thoreau in the Woods
Written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Seth Lucas
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your baby to Henry David Thoreau, his time at Walden Pond, and how he enjoyed living in the woods. Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, historian, and philosopher. Millions of people have read his writings, and a favorite of many is Walden, the story of the year he spent gardening, whittling, and walking in the woods around his tiny house Walden Pond. Thoreau still influences people today, and is considered extremely important to the environmentalist movement. Kate Coombs' enchanting poem and Seth Lucas' adorable illustrations share Thoreau's experiences with the next generation of little nature-lovers, fostering a life-long appreciation of the world around them while learning to Be Creative, Be Brilliant, and Be Yourself. Kate Coombs is an award-winning author of original fairy tales, poems, middle-grade fantasy novels, and picture books, including the critically acclaimed Water Sings Blue, which won the Lee Benney Hopkins Poetry Award for 2012, and seven books in the bestselling BabyLit series. She lives in Bountiful, Utah. Seth Lucas is an illustrator and designer with a BFA in graphic design. He is the co-creator of Ello There Outdoors selling prints and accessories supporting the National Parks and outdoors. He lives in Indianapolis, IN, with his wife and daughter.

Zoolympics book
#3
Zoolympics
Written and illustrated by Paula Vasquez
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

See who finished first, second, third, and more in the Zoolympics while learning both cardinal and ordinal numbers. This fun board book teaches toddlers both cardinal and ordinal numbers as they find out who won what place in the Zoolympics. Giraffe won first place in the bike race, the fox took third in gymnastics, and you'll never guess who placed sixth in the high jump--it was Snake! This colorful book will help toddlers Be Brilliant! Paula Vásquez, an avowed artist from childhood, studied graphic design at the Universidad Católica de Chile, and honed her illustration skills with a post-graduate diploma from Finis Terrae University. She currently lives in Santiago de Chile writing and illustrating children's picture books.

Little Poet Walt Whitman: Miracles Everywhere book
#4
Little Poet Walt Whitman: Miracles Everywhere
Written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Inspire your little ones to see the miracles of everyday life with lines from Walt Whitman's "Miracles" in Leaves of Grass. Little Poet Walt Whitman: Miracles Everywhere shows little ones how to find the miracles of daily life with lines from Walt Whitman's "Miracles" in Leaves of Grass. Learn to spot the miracles in houses and towns, birds, bees, and butterflies, the moon and stars, and more with Whitman's famous poetry and Carme Lemniscates' adorable artwork. Inspiring little readers to Be Creative, Be Brilliant, and Be Yourself, with Walt Whitman, everything is a miracle! Kate Coombs is an award-winning author of original fairy tales, poems, middle-grade fantasy novels, and picture books, including the critically acclaimed Water Sings Blue, which won the Lee Benney Hopkins Poetry Award for 2012, and seven books in the bestselling BabyLit series. She lives in Bountiful, Utah. Carme Lemniscates is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer of children's books. In 2010 she founded Lemniscates Studio (www.lemniscates.com) in her home city of Barcelona to create her own children's book projects, which she both writes and illustrates. Carme authored and illustrated The Magic Garden, Trees, Birds, and illustrated best-selling author Jennifer Adams' I Am a Warrior Goddess.

Monsters Come Out Tonight! book
#5
Monsters Come Out Tonight!
Written by Frederick Glasser and illustrated by Edward Miller
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Trick-or-treat! Open the doors to find monsters getting ready for a night of Halloween fun All of the monsters are getting ready for the big Halloween bash in this rhyming board book. Lift the flaps to reveal Dracula brushing his fangs, witches combing their hair, and more silly surprises! Quirky illustrations hold plenty of details that will be sure to tickle readers' funny bones and get them in the Halloween spirit.

  1. Old MacDonald Had a Truck - Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a...TRUCK?! With a DIG, DIG here and a SCOOP, SCOOP there, this board book edition of the wildly popular picture book introduces favorite machines—like the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—and will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

  2. Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Llama! What is Baby Llama's favorite snack? What does Baby Llama do for fun? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby llama's day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

  3. Kiss Good Night - Tuck someone in with a KISS GOOD NIGHT. "It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed." Outside, the wind blows and the rain comes down. Inside, it is Sam's bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. "Are you ready now, Sam?" she asks. "I'm waiting," he says. What else does Sam need before going to sleep? Could Mrs. Bear have forgotten a kiss?

  4. Dem Bones - In this Halloween story, a collection of dancing animals dressed in their scary skeleton costumes, jump jive and dance to this fun adaptation of the song ‘Dem Bones’. The repetitive rhyming text inspires children to join in and shake along.

A Pumpkin for Peter book
#10
A Pumpkin for Peter
Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Hop into the world of Peter Rabbit and his friends in this charming board book! It's a wild, autumn evening and the Rabbit family is on their way to get a pumpkin. The woods are windy and dark, but Peter Rabbit is definitely NOT scared. Not even a little bit. But on their walk, there are scary sights, scary sounds, and maybe even a scary somebody out in the woods. Will the Rabbit family meet some unexpected friends in the woods? A sweet story about friends, this book has a gentle message about facing up to fears of the dark with a reassuring ending and beautiful illustrations throughout.

I Thought I Saw a Bear book
#11
I Thought I Saw a Bear
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the animal hiding in every scene. With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this novelty series.

AlphaBit book
#12
AlphaBit
Written by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Inspired by classic video games of the '80s and '90s, this clever board book sets out to level up the ABCs. Within these pages lies an alphabet adventure, rendered entirely in striking 8-bit artwork. Young gamers will love guiding their daring hero through the story to learn new words, discover hidden pictures, and find the missing treasure in an epic quest that will have kids and adults ready to press restart!

5 Very Little Pumpkins book
#13
5 Very Little Pumpkins
Written by Holly Weane and illustrated by Ivana Forgo
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Five very little pumpkins are all heading out to play. It's October 31st—every pumpkin's favorite day! In this Halloween story, join five adorable animals dressed as little pumpkins as they trick or treat through their neighborhood, celebrating all that is fun about Halloween: great friends, costumes, neighbors, and treats!

Baby Sloth: Finger Puppet Book book
#14
Baby Sloth: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Sloth! Where does Baby Sloth like to nap? How does Baby Sloth explore the jungle? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby sloth's day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

  1. I Thought I Saw an Elephant - Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the animal hiding in every scene. With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this novelty series.

  2. Alphaprints: Rocky Raccoon and other woodland friends - Children will love this entertaining Alphaprints board book, with kooky characters to meet, fun rhymes to read, and novelty googly eyes to jiggle. With funny illustrations on every page, these friendly woodland characters are sure to make toddlers giggle! The raised embossing on each illustration adds an engaging touch-and-feel element to each page—great for little hands to explore. Alphaprints is a bestselling series of books featuring images made from fingerprints and photographs of everyday things. Other titles in the series: Happy Dog and other furry friends, Quirky Bird and other feathered friends, Silly Squid and other fishy friends, Curious Cat and other fluffy friends, and Hungry Hippo and other safari friends.

  3. Hello Dinosaurs! - New from beloved author Joan Holub, Hello Dinosaurs! is a fun, playful board book about dinosaurs and comparisons! Hello dinosaurs. Hello eggs. Hello giant stomping legs! Perfect for reading out loud, Joan Holub’s hilarious text and Chris Dickason’s lively illustrations will have little ones learning and laughing as they meet a group of silly dinosaurs. A clever, interactive approach to first concepts, the Hello board book series introduces important “next-step” concepts like comparisons in an energetic and engaging way.

  4. Oh Dear! - From the creator of Dear Zoo comes a Dear Farm lift-the-flap book that showcases all of the animals hiding on the farm! Little ones are sure to love lifting the sturdy flaps to discover the farm animals as they travel through the barnyard in search of eggs for breakfast. With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain, and a whole host of furry farm-dwelling friends, Oh Dear! is a must-have for every child’s bookshelf.

The Amicus Book of 123 book
#19
The Amicus Book of 123
Written and illustrated by Isobel Lundie
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Help young readers learn their 123s! With eye-catching illustrations and simple descriptive language, this book helps teach early numbering concepts while the rhyming and repetitive word usage creates a fun story time read.

Alphaprints: Hungry Hippo and Other Safari Animals book
#20
Alphaprints: Hungry Hippo and Other Safari Animals
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Children will love this entertaining Alphaprints board book, with kooky characters to meet, fun rhymes to read, and novelty googly eyes to jiggle. With funny illustrations on every page, these friendly safari critters are sure to make toddlers giggle! The raised embossing on each illustration adds an engaging touch-and-feel element to each page—great for little hands to explore. Alphaprints is a bestselling series of books featuring images made from fingerprints and photographs of everyday things. Other titles in the series: Happy Dog and other furry friends, Quirky Bird and other feathered friends, Silly Squid and other fishy friends, Curious Cat and other fluffy friends, and Rocky Raccoon and other safari friends.

Zoom! book
#21
Zoom!
Written by Stephanie Babin and illustrated by Ben Newman
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

On a road trip or waiting at a restaurant? Not a problem for children when they have this latest title in the Matching Game Book(TM) series, which is great for fans of all things that go (and who isn't?) or who just love matching games. Children can slide the panels to find matching pairs, spot the vehicles in the big picture, identify vehicles, or even come up with games of their own. This sturdy oversized board book is the perfect take-along for busy hands and busy minds, while helping to build their vocabulary, cultivate their visual memory, and increase their attention to detail. It's totally totable fun!

Simon Says Open the Book book
#22
Simon Says Open the Book
Written by Emilia Zebrowska and illustrated by Susan Reagan
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this illustrated board book based on the beloved children's game, readers and listeners alike are prompted to act out the commands as the rhythmic text leads to a sleep-inducing conclusion.

Riddle Diddle Ocean book
#23
Riddle Diddle Ocean
Written by Diane Z. Shore, Deanna Calvert and illustrated by Stephanie Bauer
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Rhyming animal riddles feature a crab, a dolphin, and other sea animals hiding under the flaps in this lift-the-flap board book.

  1. The Amicus Book of ABC - Unique collage art using recycled maps and marbled papers illustrates this alphabet boardbook for toddlers. The large letters and simple descriptions of familiar objects help foster letter recognition, whole descriptive language and repeated words create a fun story time read.

  2. Bathtime - For many young children (and sometimes their parents), bathtime is a chore. Kids can think of a million things they'd rather be doing than take a bath. The latest title in the Pull and Play Books(TM) series provides reassurance and support through gently humorous situations, showing children that bathtime is not only essential but oodles of fun! Children will identify with the feelings voiced by Little Crocodile and his friends- whether it's keeping their hair dry or not wanting to stop playing. Using pull tabs to control the changing pictures, young readers are empowered to apply their newly learned knowledge to their own experiences. Look, Mom and Dad, no more tears!

  3. Riddle Diddle Rainforest - Rhyming animal riddles feature a monkey, a sloth, and other rainforest animals hiding under the flaps in this lift-the-flap board book.

  4. Backyard Animals - Baby Basics(TM) books encourage tactile exploration, support hand-eye coordination, and help develop strong cognitive skills. That mission builds on the findings of experts that interactive books featuring high-contrast visuals stimulate babies' brain development, as well as keep them engaged and entertained. Xavier Deneux's graphic eye-catching illustrations of familiar backyard animals and the embossed images invite the youngest readers to explore through seeing and touching, whiledeveloping their language skills. What a wonderful gift for baby!

All Aboard! the Airport Train book
#28
All Aboard! the Airport Train
Written by Nichole Mara and illustrated by Andrew Kolb
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hop on board to explore the airport in this accordion-style book with flaps to lift on every page All aboard! This accordion-style book folds out car by car, taking readers on a tour of an airport train--inside and out. Readers are asked to help a girl bound for summer camp find her missing plane ticket, and as they search, they are introduced to all the passengers on the train. There are vacationing penguins, glamorous movie stars, traveling musicians, and other silly surprises sure to delight on every read. When readers flip the book over, they'll discover a panoramic view of the airport--the control tower, runways, and parking lots--dotted with objects for readers to find and count. A fun, interactive ride from beginning to end!

Squishy Squashy Puppy book
#29
Squishy Squashy Puppy
Written and illustrated by Jenny Copper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Squish and squash the puppy as you read the rhyming story and discover all the things that Puppy loves to do. Perfect for interactive play, for shared reading or for reading alone, these delightful, touchable books are full of fun!

Famous Explorers book
#30
Famous Explorers
Written by Joshua George and illustrated by Ed Myer
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-11

Who was Leif Erikson? What did Christopher Columbus do? When was the Moon landing? Find the answers to all these questions and more. Each humorous scene is packed with facts and interactive flaps that let you bring history to life. Don't just read about the explorers--meet them!

Squishy Squashy Whale book
#31
Squishy Squashy Whale
Written and illustrated by Jenny Copper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Squish and squash the whale as you read the rhyming story and discover all the things that Whale loves to do. Perfect for interactive play, for shared reading or for reading alone, these delightful, touchable books are full of fun!

Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol book
#32
Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol
Written by Brooke Jorden and illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Bah! Humbug! Charles Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story, a tale of human nature and second chances, comes to life for children! Tons of interactive elements invite kids to follow the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas and learns the value of kindness. Much more than a primer,Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol tells the actual story in simple, engaging prose, and fans of the novella will be delighted by the book's attention to detail and clever use of original dialogue. And the book's use of super-sturdy board means everyone can enjoy this tale of Christmas spirit over . . . and over . . . and over again!

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