I Love You, Elephant! (a Changing Faces Book) book
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I Love You, Elephant! (a Changing Faces Book)
Written by and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With the turn of each page, young readers share the love Monkey feels for his friends! “I love you!” is the refrain on each spread of this joyful story. Readers will delight in seeing new faces appear and then change when the page is turned, thanks to the magical Venetian blind element built into the book. This sweet novelty board book is great fun to read aloud, and the perfect addition to our Changing Faces series.

Goodnight, Rainbow Cats book
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Goodnight, Rainbow Cats
Written and illustrated by Barbara Castro Urio
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Say goodnight to 12 sweet, sleepy cats in every color of the rainbow!

It’s time to say goodnight, which means that each colorful cat comes home to curl up in the big white house. The youngest of readers will delight as each cat enters the house with the turn of a page, and one by one, the die-cut windows are infused with color.

With reassuring warmth, charm, and an early-concept “colors” hook, this bedtime-themed novelty board book and its endearing cast of cozy cats offers a memorable and soothing way for little readers and their loved ones to say goodnight.

Red Sled book
#3
Red Sled
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

In this almost wordless story, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, Red Sled is a wintertime favorite for parents and little ones alike.

The Museum book
#4
The Museum
Written and illustrated by Five Mile
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Look inside the museum to discover the wonderful exhibits and find the clever stories of visitors and folk who work there, too! With more than 50 flaps, explore the ancient worlds, dinosaurs, first humans, the middle ages, and our modern world. The museum experiences and artwork in this book in this book are inspired by real-life exhibits at some of the world’s great museums, including: The Smithsonian Institute, South Africa’s Origin Centre, Museum of Natural History NYC, Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Texas, Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Vatican Museum, Louvre Museum, National Archaeological Museum in Athens, British Museum, Natural History Museum London, The National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra, Zingong Dinosaur Museum in China, Mongolian Dinosaur Museum, Chicago’s Art Institute, and Science Museum in London.

Hello Baby Animals! book
#5
Hello Baby Animals!
Written by Luisa Adam and illustrated by Nadia Turner
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hello Baby Animals! is a plush board book that introduces some baby animals of the world, the names they go by, and the sounds they make. Beautifully illustrated and fun to read, this book is great for reading out loud while children have fun making all the animal noises. Features padded front case and touch-and-feel plush insert.

  1. The Zoo - Visit the zoo to find out amazing facts about some of the world’s most spectacular animals and how the zookeepers care for them. With more than 50 flaps explore the polar circle, butterfly house, rainforest walk, the cat kingdom, the savannah exhibit, the outback trail, and the grizzly wilds. The zoo experiences and artwork in this book are inspired by real-life exhibits and award-winning enclosure at some of the world’s great zoological gardens including: London Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Singapore Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, St Louis Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, Jackson Zoo, Mississippi Woodland Zoo, Seattle Dallas Zoo, Cleveland Metropark, and Minnesota Zoo.

  2. The Nutcracker (Musical Books) - Push, pull, and slide into the holiday magic of The Nutcracker! Bring the classic Nutcracker story to life by pulling the tabs, spinning the wheels, and sliding the characters in First Stories: The Nutcracker. Join Clara and the Nutcracker as they go on a magical journey in this beloved tale based on the beautiful ballet. With movements on every page, youngsters will love this engaging introduction to the holiday classic.

  3. Indestructibles: Hanukkah Baby - It’s the little series that goes—and goes and goes and goes, now selling over 900,000 copies a year. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles engage all their senses during storytime—even their desire to munch! Now from Ekaterina Trukhan, a Russian artist who is new to the series and brings the gift of instantly appealing color and brightness, comes a special title just for Hanukkah. Hanukkah Baby introduces cherished traditions—like spinning the dreidel and eating latkes—to the youngest readers, and reinforces the pleasure of celebrating with family. Printed on lightweight, non-toxic paperlike material, Indestructibles are rip-proof, chew-proof, gum-proof, and drool-proof, 100% nontoxic and easy to clean—or throw in the dishwasher.

  4. Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight! - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of vision, light, and color. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

Christmas Is Awesome! (a Hello!lucky Book) book
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Christmas Is Awesome! (a Hello!lucky Book)
Written and illustrated by Hello!Lucky
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Christmas is for everyone—even grumpy Lump of Coal—in this whimsical story from Hello!Lucky In this whimsical holiday romp, everyone’s getting in on the festive fun, including a grumpy but adorable lump of coal. Celebrate all of the things that make Christmas special as the trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung, and the ugly sweater contest gives out the grand prize. Hello!Lucky lends their winning illustrations and pun-derful voice to this charming holiday read.

Everybody Needs a Buddy book
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Everybody Needs a Buddy
Written by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Maddie Frost
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Everybody needs a buddy, whether clean or green or muddy! Everybody needs a friend, true and blue who’s not pretend. If a baby’s on the ground, elephants will gather round. Trying hard to help him stand, friendly trunks can lend a hand. This charming board book about friendship highlights the ways animals care for each other! Sweet, silly, and all true, these friendships are described in ways that children will understand. With perfect rhyming text from Ellen Jackson and bright illustrations from Maddie Frost, it’s very clear: everybody needs a buddy!

Paper Peek: Colors book
#12
Paper Peek: Colors
Written and illustrated by Chihiro Takeuchi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Intricate cut-paper artwork and clever die cuts yield an innovative search-and-find book that homes in on colors and counting.

Peek through a shaped opening to spy a beautifully patterned green leaf, a red apple, a white cloud. Then turn the page to discover a world of animals and objects, familiar and new, hidden within the patterns. Can you find two orange basketballs? Three pink flamingos? Five yellow butterflies? Simple, fresh, and satisfying, this stylish board book promises hours of engagement for young children.

A Potato on a Bike book
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A Potato on a Bike
Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This delightful board book will make the little ones in your life giggle at the absurdity of a fly on the phone and a carrot in the tub. The text’s repeated asking Have you ever seen…? preceding the refrain No way! will have toddlers yelling “No way!” themselves as you read through these silly situations. Celebrated artist Elise Gravel brings the silly to a new level in A Potato on a Bike, because really, has anyone ever seen a broccoli counting to ten or a sausage reading a book? But wait, how about a…baby being tickled?! Uh-oh, I think the answer for that is—yes way!

Pat-A-Cake book
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Pat-A-Cake
Written and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Sing along to the time-honored nursery rhyme, Pat-a-Cake, illustrated for very young children by Hazel Q.

About the Hazel Q. Nursery Rhymes series: Nursery rhymes are the classic introduction for babies and young children to the idea of storytelling. While delighting in the rhyming words and appealing illustrations featuring animal characters, children are boosting their language development and learning social skills. With spot UV enhancements throughout the book for little fingers, these sturdy board books are designed to withstand much love and learning making them wonderful additions to baby’s first library.

  1. TouchWords: Clothes - The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations. With Touchwords: Clothes, build vocabulary and explore the fundamentals of what we wear – whether it’s a frilly party dress or a pair of ripped jeans. Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well. If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.

  2. Car Goes Far - Bright bold artwork and lots of gorgeous cars—and one tractor!—star in this playful board book about a car wash for babies and toddlers. Splash! Splash! Car gets wet and soapy as he goes through the car wash. He’s had a big adventure today. His shiny paint got dirtier and dirtier as he drove all over town—first with mud from a construction site, then from exhaust, and finally from a flock of birds. At the end of his big day, a bath is just what this little car needs. Michael Garland’s bright and bold art features lots of different vehicles, from diggers to big trucks, making this book just right for young car enthusiasts.

  3. Sounds - Touch, listen, and learn. The latest addition to the Montessori –inspired Discovery Concepts series, joins the band to learn the sounds a variety of instruments make. From the “OOMPAH” of a tuba to the “CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!” of cymbals, little ones will love reciting each sound. Tactile sandpaper musical notes illustrate each instrument’s output while creative words encourage kids to make the sounds for themselves. Innovative back matter includes a QR code on the final spread of the book, which when scanned on a smartphone, features a marching band playing all of the instruments featured in the book.

  4. This Is Baby - Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything Is Mama, returns with a book that teaches new babies the words for the various parts of their body—This is Baby. Let’s meet… Baby! From Baby’s HEAD to Baby’s TOES, there are so many parts of Baby you should know. But what’s the most important part of Baby? Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world gives you the facts.

Mary Had a Little Lamb book
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Mary Had a Little Lamb
Written and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Sing along to the time-honored nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, illustrated for very young children by Hazel Q.

About the Hazel Q. Nursery Rhymes series: Nursery rhymes are the classic introduction for babies and young children to the idea of storytelling. While delighting in the rhyming words and appealing illustrations featuring animal characters, children are boosting their language development and learning social skills. With spot UV enhancements throughout the book for little fingers, these sturdy board books are designed to withstand much love and learning making them wonderful additions to baby’s first library.

TouchWords: My Day book
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TouchWords: My Day
Written and illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers

Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.

With Touchwords: My Day, build vocabulary and explore the exciting possibilities of a day – from washing to playing to sleeping and everything in between.

Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well.

If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.

Heavy Haulers book
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Heavy Haulers
Written by Finn Coyle and illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A diverse range of truck driver characters introduce each of their machines in turn and ask the reader “do you know what this truck carries?” The question is answered under the sturdy full-page flap. Vehicles covered include: a tanker truck, refrigerator truck, auto hauler, and bull hauler.

About the Finn’s Fun Trucks series: Written by 11-year-old truck enthusiast Finn Coyle, the Finn’s Fun Trucks series provides a vocabulary-rich introduction to transportation for truck-loving children with the help of a diverse range of vehicle operators and community helpers. Each spread has a full page lift-the-flap feature providing a wealth of learning and discovery in each book.

My Magical Dragon book
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My Magical Dragon
Written by and illustrated by Yujin Shin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With interactive elements on every page, follow a dragon through his magical land! Meet the sparkly dragon who brightens the world wherever he goes! Push, pull, spin, and slide your way through his enchanted land as he takes a prince and princess for a ride, stops for tea, and plays with his dragon friends. Readers spin a wheel to animate the character on the front cover, and holographic foil creates a truly impressive effect as the dragon’s body flows with magic. With gentle rhymes, bright colors, and a bit of sparkle and shine, this novelty board book is sure to delight!

Baby Loves book
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Baby Loves
Written and illustrated by Abrams Appleseed
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An interactive photographic board book all about the things babies love most! This bold, playful board book introduces a variety of familiar objects for babies to identify, including a banana, a sippy cup, a ball, and a puppy! Each is introduced with a variety of other objects in the same category, and readers are asked to pick out the featured object from the rest. The very last spread reveals what babies love most . . . being loved! This new board book is the ideal follow-up to Making Faces, which features the same photographer’s playful photos.

  1. Where Is My Pink Sweater? - Follow Rudy as he searches for his favorite pink sweater in this interactive board book. Rudy is looking for his favorite pink sweater. It’s a little small—he’s growing out of it—yet he can’t help but treasure it! The nine jiving llamas haven’t seen it, and neither have the eight prima pigerinas. Lift the flaps and peek through the die-cuts as Rudy follows a trail of pink yarn from his bedroom to the kitchen to the backyard and everywhere in between. This sweet, adventurous story is filled with bold and humorous illustrations, plus a fun counting element along the way.

  2. I Love You, World - Spread the love with this adorable book that teaches little readers how to say “I love you” in thirteen different languages including French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Setswana, Chinese, Swahili, and more! About the Global Greetings series: These beautifully illustrated, sturdy board books teach young readers to greet the world in languages from around the globe. Featuring simple pronunciation guides, these books are designed to help little ones master each word and encourage them to broaden their language skills, all while the adorable animal illustrations keep them entertained read after read.

  3. Frankie's Food Truck - Time for lunch! What’s on the menu at Frankie’s? Find out in this lift-the-flap board book based on a best-selling children’s game. Frankie’s Food Truck serves a different shape of food every day. On Mondays, Frankie serves squares. What kinds of foods are shaped like a square? Lift the flaps to unveil all sorts of tasty treats, learning about shapes and days of the week as you go. From a square piece of toast to a slice of watermelon in the shape of a triangle, readers are invited to see how many shapes and foods they can find on each spread.

  4. Snow Still - A little fawn wakes up to discover that the world outside has changed after a snowfall. As he takes his first faltering steps into this exciting snow-white world, he finds there’s so much to discover and explore. And when it’s time to return to the warmth of home, his parents are waiting right there for him.

Hello Wild Animals! book
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Hello Wild Animals!
Written by Luisa Adam and illustrated by Garry Fleming
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hello Wild Animals! introduces some wild animals of the world, the names they go by, and the sounds they make. Beautifully illustrated and fun to read, this book is great for reading out loud while children have fun making all the animal noises. Features padded front case and touch-and-feel plush insert.

Baby Botanist book
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Baby Botanist
Written by Dr. Laura Gehl and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Botanist studies plants. In her lab coat, she looks at plants both large and small. She finds plants growing in many places.

Animal Families: Farm book
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Animal Families: Farm
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Jane Ormes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals on the farm — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

Noni the Pony book
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Noni the Pony
Written and illustrated by Alison Lester
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When Noni’s not racing and chasing with her best pals Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, she’s busy making sure they feel cozy and loved. Because Noni isn’t just heaps of fun—she’s a great friend, too. With its jaunty rhyme and bright, bold illustrations, this delightful Classic Board Book is sure to capture the imaginations and hearts of readers of all ages.

Animal Families: Jungle book
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Animal Families: Jungle
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Jane Ormes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals in the jungle — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

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