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Best New Board Books | September 2017

The Children’s Book Review | September 1, 2017

8 New Release Board Books

Everyone wants to bring out the genius in their babies and toddlers, right? Well we have you covered with smart, engaging, eye-catching, and playful board books that introduce letters, patterns, animals, emotions, and … wait for it … QUANTUM PHYSICS! The 8 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of September 2017.

Buildablock (Alphablock)Buildablock: Alphablock

Written by Christopher Franceschelli

Illustrated by Peskimo

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this companion to Alphablock, Countablock, Dinoblock, and Cityblock, readers are introduced to more than 24 construction machines. As in the previous books, Buildablock features die-cut shapes on every other spread and the charming art of British design team Peskimo. Alphablock was chosen one of Parents magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Books of 2013 and one of ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books of 2014.

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Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Abrams Appleseed | September 19, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1419725692

Cats! (DR. Books)Cats

Written by Dr. John Hutton

Illustrated by Doug Cenko

Publisher’s Synopsis: Support your toddler’s developing literacy with Cats!, uniquely designed to help families establish reading habits from an early age. Play and learn with cats of all colors, shapes, and sizes! Questions within the book provide a built-in tool for grown-ups to use while reading, encouraging little ones to expand on the story. This type of interactive reading, known as “dialogic reading,” is key to developing early literacy skills. Start reading and learning today with Cats!

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Ages 0-3 | Publisher: blue manatee press | September 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1936669585

Baby Loves Quantum Physics! (Baby Loves Science)Baby Loves Quantum Physics

Written by Ruth Spiro

Illustrated by Irene Chan

Publisher’s Synopsis: Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book engages readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline. Can cat be awake and asleep at the same time? 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!

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Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Charlesbridge | September 5, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1580897693

S Is for Santa- A Christmas AlphabetS is for Santa: A Christmas Alphabet

Written and Illustrated by Greg Paprocki

Publisher’s Synopsis: From the creators of BabyLit, a Christmas board book for infants and toddlers, to evoke the wonder of Christmas.

A collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring colorful Christmas-themed concepts sure to evoke a sense of wonderment for toddlers and nostalgia for parents, including Christmas carolers, kids playing in the snow, toys piled high under the tree, sparkling decorations and lights, flying reindeer, the gift of giving, more toys, and of course jolly ol’ St. Nick and his elves.

Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. He has illustrated several Curious George books, as well as The Big Book of Superheroes for Gibbs Smith. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska.

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Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Gibbs Smith | September 12, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1423646075

My First Book of PatternsMy First Book of Patterns

Written by Bobby George and June George

Illustrated by Boyoun Kim

Publisher’s Synopsis: Have you learned your colors and shapes? Now it’s time to learn patterns!

Stripes, polka dots, plaid, chevron, and more are featured in this first-ever patterns concept book that provides readers with the vocabulary to name what they see in the world around them. The ten most prevalent patterns are presented first as a single element (This is a circle …), then as a pattern (… a lot of circles make polka dots!). Conceived by educators and illustrated in vivid candy-colored hues, this pitch-perfect introduction to patterns will engage the artistic, mathematical, and linguistic parts of every young child’s mind.

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Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Phaidon Press | September 18, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0714872490

Happy Face Sad Face All Kinds of Child FacesHappy Face/Sad Face: All Kinds of Child Faces!

Written and Illustrated by Bill Cotter

Publisher’s Synopsis: A new book from the author/illustrator of Don’t Push the Button!

Happy face, sad face
Getting really mad face!
Cold face, hot face
Hidden in a pot face!

Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different human emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.

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Ages 1-4 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | September 5, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1492649816

Flora and the Ostrich- An Opposites Book by Molly IdleFlora and the Ostrich: An Opposites Book

Written and Illustrated by Molly Idle

Publisher’s Synopsis: Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle’s graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

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Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | September 5, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1452146584

Good Night Baby MoonGood Night, Baby Moon


Publisher’s Synopsis: Explore the world of opposites in this board book with flaps filled with beautiful, bold creatures by author/illustrator Jane Cabrera.

Big or small, tall or short . . . can you guess who’s under each flap? This book explores all sorts of opposites in Jane Cabrera’s stunning trademark style to help kids absorb early learning concepts. Each page reveals beautiful, bold creatures displaying opposites, such as tall and short dogs, a fast hare and slow tortoise, an awake mouse and asleep bear, and more!

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Ages 2-5 | Publisher: DK Children | September 5, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1465463074

*Header image from Good Night, Baby Moon (DK Children, 2017)

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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