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Best New Board Books | May 2018

The Children’s Book Review | August 6, 2018

8 New Release Board Books

Here are 8 new must-have board books. These are the titles we feel represent the best of May 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

Annes Colors- Inspired by Anne of Green GablesAnne’s Colors: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables

Illustrated by Kelly Hill

Publisher’s Synopsis: A must-have board book for Anne of Green Gables fans, with charming, hand-embroidered illustrations.

Iconic moments from the beloved L.M. Montgomery classic are celebrated in this adorable concept book. Artist Kelly Hill creates vignettes of the most recognizable scenes from Anne of Green Gables, including Anne and Diana’s first meeting, Gilbert pulling Anne’s hair, Anne’s puffed-sleeve dress and even Anne and Diana sharing raspberry cordial!
Each scene has its own color, with simple text and tactile, gorgeous works of art created from cut fabric and embroidery.

Part of a series of Anne concept books, Anne’s Colors is a perfect way to introduce future fans to this winning character.

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Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Tundra Books | May 21, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0735262843

Will Bear ShareWill Bear Share?

Written Hilary Leung

Publisher’s Synopsis: One ice cream cone.
One bear.
One timeless question: Will Bear Share?

Meet Bear. Bear has so much to give. . . but will she share? Find out in this surprising and memorable storybook all about friendship, compromise, and of course, sharing.

A fresh and funny book in a new series of animal question stories by creative talent Hilary Leung that will keep little ones laughing. . . and sharing (when it’s appropriate!).

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Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Cartwheel Books | May 29, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1338215595

Baby Loves GravityBaby Loves Gravity

Written by Ruth Shapiro

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 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!

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Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Charlesbridge | May 1, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1465468550

100 First Words for Little Geeks100 First Words for Little Geeks

Illustrated by Kyle Kershner

Publisher’s Synopsis:There’s a TARDIS cookie jar in our kitchen. A Picard air freshener in our car. And we won’t even mention Harry Potter in the bathroom. We’re geeks and proud of it! But is there nothing for baby? Inconceivable! Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geeks, a deliciously nerdy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geeks are ready for holy grail, warp core, and intergalactic catastrophe (okay, forget that last one, but they’ll learn tribble and that’s about the same thing). Packed with hilarious illustrations and 100 words every geek baby should know (before any others, of course), 100 First Words for Little Geeks is the perfect board book for geek families everywhere. Great Scott!

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Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Familius | May 1, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1945547959

Los Angeles IsLos Angeles Is . . .

Written by Elisa Parhad

Illustrated by Alexander Vidal

Publisher’s Synopsis: Los Angeles is…surfing waves and fashion faves, citrus fruits and long commutes, lowrider cruising and poolside snoozing, zipping cars and Hollywood stars. From taco trucks to tar pits, this stylish primer to California’s City of Angels, illustrated by Alexander Vidal, is spot-on for toddlers and first-time travelers.

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Ages 1-4 | Publisher: Cameron Kids | May 1, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1944903237

Birds of a ColorBirds of a Color

Written and Illustrated by élo

Publisher’s Synopsis: Brightly hued secrets burst forth from a flock of black-and-white birds in this lift-the-flap look at colors.

Birds with black-and-white plumage fill the pages of this interactive board book, but a closer look reveals splashes of color just waiting to be discovered. Each clever spread holds a vivid surprise, helping little ones learn their colors in style.

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Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Candlewick Studio | May 8, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1536200638

I Can Dream Betsy SnyderI Can Dream

Written and Illustrated by Betsy Snyder

Publisher’s Synopsis: Dream big! Young readers help characters pursue their aspirations—from driving a race car to traveling to Mars— just by wiggling their fingers! But wait! There’s even more fun. In an impressive gatefold finale, kids help a firefighter, astronaut, artist, and more come together to follow their dreams. With interactive holes on every page and a satisfyingly funny touch-and-feel cover, this charming board book offers a uniquely entertaining way to play and read together.

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Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | May 1, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1452162140

Boats Are BusyBoats Are Busy

Written and Illustrated by Sara Gillingham

Publisher’s Synopsis: A first book of boats for the youngest enthusiasts, featuring 15 different boats and a bonus nautical flag per vessel.

From sailboats to ferry boats, tankers to clippers, young readers will learn to identify and define a range of floating crafts. Each of 15 boats and ships are presented by name, illustration, and simple description, written as engaging, read-aloud text. In addition, each is adorned with a different nautical flag whose message is decoded as secondary text for the extra curious. Printed in four stunning Pantone colors, this refreshingly stylish and informative introduction to boats will pop off the shelf in the “things that go” section!

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Ages 3-5 | Publisher: Phaidon Press | May 25, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0714876719

*Header image from ‘Baby Loves Gravity,’ written by Ruth Shapiro and Illustrated by Irene Chan (Charelsbridge, 2018)

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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.

  • Bianca,
    I’m the author of I Love You to Infinity and Beyond an illustrated children’s book that reaches into the parents’ feelings and memories of bringing up a child in the early years.
    I am looking for persons or groups to review my book.
    I hope you are able to assist.
    Right now there is an open copy of the entire 26 Page book on IBOOKS.
    If you are able to review or help, I would greatly appreciate.

    Thank you,
    Anthony Marucco

    August 19, 2018

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