6 of the Best Board Books of 2019, so Far
The Children’s Book Review | April 2, 2019
From January through March, these are the board books of 2019 that we love the most … so far!
Here’s what you can expect: Lovely ABCs illustrated by beloved author-illustrator Leo Lionni, a supersized and interactive board book filled with first words from US newcomer Clever Publishing, little life lessons delightfully shared, and You Are Light—the board book everyone is buzzing about from Caldecott Honor–winner Aaron Becker.
Written and Illustrated by Leo Lionni
Publisher’s Synopsis:A new board book for the youngest fans of Leo Lionni–inspired by his bestselling books and perfect for baby showers and anyone looking for an alphabet book to help teach the little ones in their lives the ABCs!
Discover alligators, beautiful butterflies, chunks of cheese, and lots more in this delightful alphabet book inspired by the works of legendary children’s book author-illustrator Leo Lionni. With sturdy pages and colorful collage-style artwork, this ABC board book is perfect for boys and girls ages 0 to 5.
Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | January 15, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-0525582281
Written by Robin Stevenson
Publisher’s Synopsis: Through gentle rhymes and colorful photographs of adorable children, Pride Colors is a celebration of the deep unconditional love of a parent or caregiver for a young child. The profound message of this delightful board book is you are free to be whoever you choose to be; you’ll always be loved.
Celebrated author Robin Stevenson ends her purposeful prose by explaining the meaning behind each color in the Pride flag: red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, blue = peace and harmony, and violet = spirit.
Ages 1-3 | Publisher: Orca Book Publishers | March 12, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1459820708
Written by Judy Carey Nevin
Illustrated by Susie Hammer
Publisher’s Synopsis: This sweet board book celebrates different types of children that have one important thing in common: they’re all good kids—and every kid is one of a kind.
Tall kids, short kids,
Build a pillow fort kids.
Shy kids, glad kids,
Love to belly laugh kids.
No two kids are alike and this charming story celebrates those special differences that make kids both unique and similar. Judy Carey Nevin’s bouncing text paired with Susie Hammer’s brilliant and bright art proves that while children may appear to be different, they also enjoy many of the same things. It’s these shared differences and similarities that make every kid one of a kind.
Ages 2-4 | Publisher: Little Simon | March 12, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1534432048
Written by Ame Dyckman
Publisher’s Synopsis: Help little ones learn to look but not touch in this third story in the adorable Wee Beasties series from New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman.
Touchy the Octopus LOVES to touch the things he loves. But sometimes, he touches everything.
WAIT! Can you show Touchy how to look but not touch?
Wee Beasties is a board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much.
Ages 2-4 | Publisher: Little Simon | March 19, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1534410824
Edited by Clever Publishing
Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
Publisher’s Synopsis: The Clever Big Book of First Words is filled whimsical illustrations that keep preschoolers eager to learn! The pages are packed with look and find activities that help children identify everyday objects and understand the world around them. The sturdyoversized board book format is perfect for home and the preschoolclassroom. Interactive pages include prompts to help children learn first words, build vocabulary, and keep littlelearners engaged. Early readers will be entertained as they search the colorful illustrations for people, places, and things!
Be sure to check out The Big Book of Counting to 100, too!
Ages 3+ | Publisher: Clever Publishing | March 26, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1948418560
Written and Illustrated by Aaron Becker
Publisher’s Synopsis: With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light.
This is the light that brings the day.
Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.
Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Candlewick Studio | March 26, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1536201154