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Best New Board Books | August 2017

The Children’s Book Review | August 18, 2017

8 New Release Board Books

Are you looking to engage your little ones with eye-catching and playful board books that are just right for their little hands? The 8 fun new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of August 2017. Tiny fingers will delight in movable parts on pages as they play dress-up with Jojo, shaped and graduated pages filled with trucks galore,  and there are even a few celebratory tales for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and birthdays.

Dress Up JojoDress Up Jojo

Written and Illustrated by Xavier Deneux

Publisher’s Synopsis: Jojo loves to play dress-up! What will he be today? Will he be a snowman, a knight in shining armor . . . or maybe even a deep-sea diver? With sturdy movable parts on every page, young readers will have fun joining Jojo on his dress-up adventures. It’s the perfect read-and-play book for Halloween . . . and any time of the year!

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Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Twirl | August 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 979-1027603060


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site- Let's GoGoodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: Let’s Go

Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Publisher’s Synopsis: Tracks, treads, engines, lights, and more! The hardworking parts of kids’ favorite construction vehicles from Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site can be explored in this playfully shaped board book with graduated pages. Each page is shaped like the vehicle on it and is sturdy enough to withstand wear and tear from the roughest, toughest readers. Handy labels highlight the different parts of each vehicle as an accompaniment to the charming rhyming text. From bulldozers to dump trucks, the youngest construction fans will be revved up and raring to go.

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Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | August 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1452164762


Llama Llama Gives ThanksLlama Llama Gives Thanks

Written and Illustrated by Anna Dewdney

Publisher’s Synopsis: From beloved storyteller Anna Dewdney comes the perfect way to give thanks: a Llama Llama Thanksgiving board book!

In Llama Llama Gives Thanks, it’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here!

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

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Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers | August 15, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1101997154


B Is for Boo- A Halloween AlphabetB Is for Book: A Halloween Alphabet

Written and Illustrated by Greg Paprocki

Publisher’s Synopsis: Introduce your brilliant baby to the ABCs with this illustrated primer about Halloween.

Greg Paprocki’s popular retro-style series of sturdy board book alphabet primers expands to introduce brilliant babies and toddlers to one of the most popular holidays on the calendar: Halloween. Just as other books in this series make learning history fun and engaging for children, tthis volume will fuel the anticipation of your child’s first halloween and help to expand their vocabulary in the process.

B Is for Boo: A Halloween Alphabet features a collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring Halloween-themed concepts, including imaginative costumes, oodles of treats, pumpkins galore, masks and monsters, and haunted houses.

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Ages 2-4 | Publisher: Gibbs Smith | August 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1423647805


Animal OppositesAnimal Opposites

Written and Illustrated by Jane Cabrera

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: little bee books | August 29, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1499806304


Happy Birthday to You! Great Big Flap BookHappy Birthday to You! Great Big Flap Book

Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss

Publisher’s Synopsis: An easy-to-read, Great Big Flap Book edition of a Dr. Seuss favorite that’s perfect for birthdays and all year long!

Super-simple and super-sturdy, this board book adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved birthday classic is just right for his youngest fans! With a shortened, rhymed text, and over sixty flaps for little fingers to lift, it’s an ideal introduction to the story and a perfect present for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | August 22, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1524714604


Better Together- A Book of FamilyBetter Together: A Book of Family

Written by Barbara Joosse and Anneke Lisberg

Illustrated by Jared Schorr

Publisher’s Synopsis: BETTER TOGETHER is a sweet, informative ode to families, both animal and human. Each spread starts with a single animal, all alone. Then a gatefold opens to reveal that the single animal is actually one of many, working together to solve a problem, from hunger to safety, to feeling lonely. At the end, we see how human families come together in similar ways to care for their little ones. Careful readers will be delighted to see that every animal mentioned on the book is hidden somewhere in the last image. The very last spread offers interesting facts about the animals in the book, including the collective nouns for each. Jared Schorr’s bright, lively cut-paper illustrations and an unexpected freshness round out a very satisfying package.

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Ages 3-5 | Publisher: Abrams Appleseed | August 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1419725388


Life on Earth- DinosaursLife on Earth: Dinosaurs

Written by Heather Alexander

Illustrated by Andrés Lozano

Publisher’s Synopsis: When did the dinosaurs live? How did they hunt? And why is the T-Rex the scariest dinosaur? Find out the answer to these and many more questions in this fun fact-filled lift the flap book. Discover the secrets of the prehistoric era with 100 questions and answers about dinosaurs and more than 70 lift-flaps to be opened! With stunning, detailed illustrations throughout, this is the perfect introduction to the world of dinosaurs for young children.

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Ages 3-6 | Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions | August 3, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1847809049


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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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