Best New Board Books | March 2017
The Children’s Book Review | March 1, 2017
3 New Release Board Books
We love indulging in a storytelling session that involves Molly Idle’s gorgeously illustrated and delightfully entertaining character Flora. So, of course, we are overjoyed that Flora’s new story, Flora and the Chicks: A Counting Book, is accessible for the youngest readers in board book format. We’ve also included I’m a Librarian from Brian Biggs’ Tinyville Town series, ideal for story time and class discussions about occupations and community helpers. And to round out the board books that we feel represent the best of March 2017, we’ve included DK’s updated version of 100 First Words.
Written and Illustrated by Molly Idle
Publisher’s Synopsis: Inspired by the main character of the Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this new series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a nest of eggs begins to hatch, how will Flora ever keep up with so many chicks? Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle’s graceful artwork, this adorable counting book will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.
Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | March 7, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1452146577
Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian
Written and Illustrated by Brian Biggs
Publisher’s Synopsis: The Tinyville Town preschool series stacks up in a whole new way with the addition of the fourth volume, I’m a Librarian—the latest board book to feature one of the many diverse residents of the charming town. In I’m a Librarian, readers get to know the town librarian as he helps a little boy find a favorite book. As the search progresses, fans of the series will recognize many other residents of Tinyville Town also visiting the library.
From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Brian Biggs, the Tinyville Town series launched in 2016 with three books: Tinyville Town Gets to Work!, a world-establishing picture book that introduces the town and its many residents, and two board books: I’m a Veterinarian and I’m a Firefighter. With a nod to the busy world of Richard Scarry and the neighborhood feel of Sesame Street, this new series is becoming a favorite among preschoolers and a staple of preschool classroom libraries. Set in a cozy community of kind, friendly people, the Tinyville Town books are ideal for story time and class discussions about occupations and community helpers.
Ages 2-3 | Publisher: Abrams Appleseed | March 7, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1419723223
Created by DK
Publisher’s Synopsis: Cleverly designed in a large trim size to inform and entertain, this board book is the start of your baby’s learning adventure and introduces them to primary concepts like colors, animals, food, and so much more.
Crystal-clear photos show the wonder of the real world, from baby’s body to baby’s food, while delightful illustrations tell simple stories that foster learning, from penguins playing in the snow to a mouse climbing a ladder. Clear word labels encourage pointing, naming, and talking, aiding in early identification and language skills.
With 14 themed pages covering all the familiar things little ones are interested in and a sturdy board book format, 100 First Words is the perfect first book for parents and babies to share.
Ages 0-3 | Publisher: DK Children | March 7, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1465457004