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Explorers: Board Books For Kids

This list of the best board books about explorers is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From This Little Explorer to Sun there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about explorers? Let us know!

This Little Explorer book
#1
This Little Explorer
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Learn all about the most influential explorers who searched the world far and wide in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for pioneers-in-training! Little explorers discover a great big world. The follow up to This Little President, now even the youngest adventurers can learn about the greatest explorers in history with this bright and playful board book. Highlighting ten memorable pioneers, parents and young discoverers alike will love sharing this fun historical primer full of age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Jane Foster's Cities: London book
#2
Jane Foster's Cities: London
Written by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce little ones to London in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of London, such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, fish and chips, and more!

Hopper and Wilson book
#3
Hopper and Wilson
Written and illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A playful tale about friendship and home "What," Hopper asks his little friend Wilson, "do you think it's like at the end of the world?" Hopper, the blue elephant, imagines a staircase to the moon, while Wilson, the yellow mouse, hopes for an endless supply of lemonade. So the two sail off in a boat made of paper . . . only to discover they already have everything they could wish for in each other, and at home. Maria van Lieshout's adorable new picture book tugs at heartstrings, inspires discussion, and reminds us all how good returning home can feel.

I Can Explore book
#4
I Can Explore
Written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Adventure awaits! Young readers help characters explore the world—from embarking on a jungle safari through touch-and-feel fabric leaves to riding a tandem bike through Paris—just by wiggling their fingers! Then, with two sets of hands, children assist these explorers as they head off on their next adventure in the gatefold finale. Active and adorable characters model both independence and teamwork, making this innovative board book perfect for interactive reading and playtime fun!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm in Oregon book
#5
Old MacDonald Had a Farm in Oregon
Written by Forrest Everett and illustrated by Mary Sergeeva
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Old MacDonald had a farm . . . in Oregon! In this delightful Oregon twist on the familiar farm tune, the sea lion goes bark bark here, the beaver goes chuck chuck there, and everywhere's there's lots of Oregon pride. This chunky layered board book cleverly reveals each Oregon animal and, when closed, forms an adorable pickup truck! Friendly Oregon animals and scenery fill the pages of this irresistible book for kids.

  1. Kitty Cones: What Makes Us Happy? - Discover all the little things that make the Kitty Cones happy in this sweet book of illustrations from Ralph Cosentino. Life is full of happy moments, from playing on the beach to chasing rainbows, and even running outside when it sprinkles! Join best friends Miyu, Yumi, and Koko as they discover what makes them happy. Filled with clever and endearing art from author and illustrator Ralph Cosentino, this Kitty Cones book teaches kids to value friendship, help others, and enjoy the little things in life.

  2. Little Explorers: Dinosaurs - Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, DINOSAURS provides little ones with hands-on fun! DINOSAURS is a lively introduction to all types of prehistoric dinos. Children can lift the flaps to learn about these amazing dinosaurs and the environments they used to live in, and they will be amazed as they find out all about the biggest, fastest, and most ferocious dinosaurs, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

  3. Rocks - What are rocks? How are rocks formed? Why do some of them glitter? Baby Explorer encourages little ones to explore the world around them, through their five senses of seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, or tasting.

  4. Above Chicago - Cam explores Chicago from his plane, highlighting the city's stadiums, parks, homes, and marinas.

How to Babysit a Grandpa book
#10
How to Babysit a Grandpa
Written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A New York Times bestselling picture book—from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series—about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play). Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

I am a Mouse book
#11
I am a Mouse
Written by Ole Risom and illustrated by J. P. Miller
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In 1964, children’s book greats Ole Risom and J.P. Miller teamed to create a beautiful and endearing book about Deedee the mouse. After decades of being unavailable, I am a Mouse is back and ready to be embraced by a whole new generation of children. With a simple text and colorful illustrations, this Golden Sturdy Book is the perfect fit for the little hands of little readers.

Baby Loves Gravity book
#12
Baby Loves Gravity
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? 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!

What Can I Hear? book
#13
What Can I Hear?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A group of babies have fun making noises and listening to things. On board pages.

Little Explorers: Under the Sea book
#14
Little Explorers: Under the Sea
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introducing the next book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, UNDER THE SEA provides little ones with hands-on fun! UNDER THE SEA is a lively introduction to all types of sea creatures, where children can lift the flaps to learn about all types of amazing animals and the environment they live in. Young readers will be amazed as they find out all about the coral reef, open ocean, endangered animals, shipwrecks, and much much more! This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

  1. I am a Kitten - The beloved board book I am a Kitten is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Kate, a curious kitten, as she plays with her brothers and sisters, explores the garden, makes new friends, and more! With simple text and colorful illustrations, this sweet story about a day in the life of a kitten will be popular with very young children.

  2. Bizzy Bear: Space Rocket - Bizzy Bear is exploring space! With sliders and tabs to push and pull, there’s lots of interactivity for toddlers as Bizzy blasts off, glides past aliens, and jumps around on the moon. The perfect book for little ones who dream of being astronauts!

  3. Little Explorers: The Farm - Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, FARM provides little ones with hands-on fun! FARM is a lively introduction to life working and living on a farm. Children can lift the flaps to learn about farm animals and what goes in to keeping up a farm, and they will be amazed as they find out all about farm duties such as harvesting and sheep shearing, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

  4. Slide and Play: Playful Puppy - Let’s play with Puppy! In Slide and Play: Playful Puppy, kids will discover the colorful outdoors as they follow Puppy as he explores. With sliding motions on every page, kids can slide to reveal a playful companion for Puppy. With brilliantly colorful illustrations and an adorable Puppy character, Slide and Play: Playful Puppy is an interactive learning adventure.

Above San Francisco book
#19
Above San Francisco
Written by Robert Cameron and illustrated by Nina Gruener, Robert Cameron
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Join young Cam as he explores San Francisco from Above. His imagination affords him the flight of a lifetime as he takes off from his neighborhood of Painted Ladies and soars high above the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the Transamerica Building, the constant and mysterious fog, crooked Lombard Street, the Ferry Building and more! The beloved photographs of Robert Cameron and his hometown of San Francisco take on a child-like wonder when viewed through the eyes of Cam.

Let's Feed the Ducks! book
#20
Let's Feed the Ducks!
Written and illustrated by Rachel Benge
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When a brother and sister go on a walk to feed the ducks, they come across many different animals with different sounds--but where are the quacking ducks? Young readers will learn to identify and connect different animals and sounds in this delightful and engaging story.

Let's Watch the Trucks! book
#21
Let's Watch the Trucks!
Written and illustrated by Rachel Benge
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When a brother and sister go on a walk to find the yellow truck, they come across many different colors and styles of trucks, all with different sounds--but where is the yellow truck? Young readers will learn to identify colors, trucks, and sounds in this delightful and engaging story.

Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day book
#22
Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day
Written by Megan Roth and illustrated by Emiri Hayashi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

It's a busy day for baby bear. Come along as he and his mother explore the wonders of the forest! Join a young bear and his mother for their very busy day in the forest with Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day. This visually stunning board book features bright neon elements, soft touch-and-feel bears, and shiny foil that will capture baby's full attention and imagination. With sweet, soothing text and gentle illustrations, this engaging book will become a bedtime favorite. Follow along as baby bear has a day full of fun!

What Can I Feel? book
#23
What Can I Feel?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A board book designed to promote the exploration of the sense of touch, describing different feelings from cold snow to warm, soft, furry animals.

  1. Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride - Ciao! A pair of cute and colorful board books from Carole Lexa Schaefer and Lauren Tobia introduce a curious, lovable tot eager to explore the world. Baby and Mamma are going to visit Nonna today. They say good-bye to Papa -- Ciao, Papa! -- and head out. How will they get there? Roll, roll in the stroller. Beep, beep on the bus. Choo, choo on the train -- all the way to Nonna's. Whee! Ciao, Nonna! Ciao, Baby!

  2. Rain - Let’s play out in the rain! There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

  3. Wind - Let’s play out in the wind! There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

  4. Sun - Let’s play out in the sun! There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

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