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1. Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

Every young child loves to look up at the moon in the night sky. Here’s a Hello, World! board book that can teach toddlers all about the sun, moon, stars, and planets—with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts.

Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“Can you point to the red planet? That’s Mars!”) It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

2. Hello, World! Planet Earth by Jill McDonald

The latest in the hit Hello, World! board book series teaches toddlers all about our amazing planet Earth—with easy-to-understand facts about countries, continents, oceans, landforms, habitats, and Earth’s place in the solar system.

Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms (“Light from the sun makes the moon shine”) and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

3. Amazing Animals: Ocean Adventure by Tony Mitton

Join Bird, Mouse and Rabbit as they dive into the North Pacific Ocean to meet some truly amazing animals. From a playful pod of dolphins leaping in the waves to an awesome angler fish lurking in the deep, there’s a different animal on every page, plus many additional creatures to spot along the way! This delightful picture-book series is the perfect introduction to some really wild animals. Each of the Amazing Animals books features simple, easy-to-read text and bright, fun illustrations of a variety of animals in their natural habitat.

4. Prince & Knight Board Book by Daniel Haack

“Thank you,” he told his parents.
“I appreciate that you tried,
but I’m looking for something special
in a partner by my side.”

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.

While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.

5. La Catrina: Emotions – Emociones by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

Inspired by one of the most recognized symbols of Dia De los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this book introduces little ones to emotional expressions and their first English and Spanish words—and teaches them to recognize feelings like emocionado (excited), triste (sad), and confiado (confident).

6. The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

All aboard for Dreamland! Hold on to your pillow because the Goodnight Train is taking off. Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won’t want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don’t . . . close . . . your . . . eyes!

With soothing, lyrical words and magical illustrations, June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith have created a nighttime fantasy that’s guaranteed to make even the most resistant sleeper snuggle up tight.

7. ¡Lluvia!/ Rain! by Linda Ashman

A rainy-day city comes to life when a boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while an old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s smile turn the grumpy man’s frown upside down? With brilliant cut-paper art and bold colors, ¡Lluvia/Rain! —a bilingual board book featuring a diverse cast of characters—is an extraordinarily simple yet sophisticated journey from feeling sad and gloomy to radiating happiness and joy.

En un día lluvioso, una ciudad cobra vida cuando un niño con gorro de rana verde chapotea contento en los charcos mientras un anciano maldice los “condenados charcos”. ¿Podrá la felicidad del niño convertir el ceño fruncido del gruñón en sonrisa? Con maravillosas ilustraciones de papel cortado y colores llamativos, ¡Lluvia! / Rain! —un libro de tablero bilingüe con un reparto diverso de personajes— es un viaje extraordinariamente simple pero a la vez sofisticado desde la tristeza y melancolía hacia la felicidad y alegría.

8. Cinderella Rex by Christy Webster & Holly Hatam

Cinderella Rex loves to dance, but will she get to attend the royal ball? From Epic! Originals, Once Before Time is a playful board book series of fairy tales reimagined from a time long ago . . . with dinosaurs!

In this prehistoric retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella Rex wants to go to the ball, but her stompmother and stompsisters make her clean up after them instead. With some help from her Fairy Triceratops, Cinderella Rex figures out how to dance her way to living happily ever after!

9. All Aboard! Pacific Northwest: A Recreation Primer by Kevin and Haily Meyers

Every part of the world can be mapped out for adventure, and brilliant babies love the sophistication of traveling by train. In the latest title of this popular board book series, babies and parents climb aboard to explore the Pacific Northwest and its fun activities, from shopping, to hiking, to skiing, and more!

Ride along from Oregon to Washington to British Columbia to discover cities like Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle and sights like Mt. Rainier and Haystack Rock. All aboard for a sensational experience in travel

10. Baby Botanist by Dr. Laura Gehl

Calling all little green thumbs! You will love introducing the “field” of plant study to your Baby Botanist with this irresistible board book.

Baby Scientist is the board book series that puts toddlers in the shoes of scientists.

Baby Botanist studies plants. In her lab coat, she looks at plants both large and small. She finds plants growing in many places. Can plants grow on water? What foods come from plants? How does a seed grow? Find out with Baby Botanist!

The Baby Scientist board books bring fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art.

11. Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden

Guessing-game board book filled with vibrant, happy images: Peek-a-Who! takes the most loved baby and toddler game and puts it in book form! Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what’s peeking through the die-cut windows in this fun board book. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep little ones guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending.

12. Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama in this rhyming read-aloud favorite!
Llama Llama’s tale of nighttime drama has charmed readers for over a decade and makes an ideal story for bedtime reading. With this board book edition, Anna Dewdney’s infectious rhyming text and expressive artwork are availabe to the youngest readers. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message.

13. Paddington Bear All Day by Michael Bond

This newly repackaged Paddington board book will delight young fans as they learn about the bear from Peru and all his activities.

Rise and shine! Paddington Bear has a busy day ahead. From sunup to sundown, Paddington has a lot of things to do, people to see and tasty treats to eat. Told in simple rhyme and paired with R. W. Alley’s lively art, this board book is a great introduction to Paddington Bear for little ones.

14. If I Had A Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle

A new board book format for this best-selling pet book with a mythological twist! A fun and funny read-aloud about the perils of mythological pet ownership, and an ode to the humble hamster.
Sam just got a hamster for a pet. She’s not really impressed. The hamster isn’t very exciting—he mostly eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. BORING! After reading a book about mythological creatures, Sam gets some ideas for more exciting pets. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Unicorns are shy, gryphons scare the dogs at the dog park and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. Maybe the hamster really is the best pet for her. A nice, safe pet…right?
If I Had a Gryphon is a raucous rhyming read-aloud about fantastical beasts in everyday situations—and the increasingly beleaguered heroine who has to deal with them.

15. Dad By My Side by Soosh

Whether they’re playing make-believe, making you smile, or warding off monsters under the bed, dads are always there when you need them. Debut picture book artist Soosh celebrates fathers with a gorgeously illustrated and moving story about the parent-child bond.

When Soosh first posted her initial series of images of a larger-than-life father and his adorable daughter on Instagram, fans from across the world immediately took notice with over 2 million views on a popular viral content website in a single week.

These illustrations now come together in a universally relatable story of familial love for parents and children to share.

16. Grumpy Monkey By Suzanne Lang

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it—how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They have lots of suggestions for how to make him feel better. But Jim can’t take all the advice…and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?
Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson on emotional literacy, demonstrating to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings.
Jim Panzee is back and grumpier than ever in Grumpy Monkey: Party Time and Grumpy Monkey: Up All Night!

17. One, Two, Three Dim Sum: A Mandarin-English Counting Book by Rich Lo

This book features traditional Chinese food items paired with numbers in both English and Mandarin. Illustrated by Rich Lo, you’ll learn two is for chopsticks, five is for egg rolls, and nine is for sweet buns, and since the numbers are shown in both simplified and traditional Mandarin and English, learning is both easy and fun.

18. Dolly Parton : My First Dolly Parton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little Dolly grew up in Tennessee in a family “as poor as dirt.” She started performing at an early age, singing on local radio and television. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams. Her managers wanted her to sing pop, but she followed her heart to sing and write country songs. Her heart was right—Dolly became a musical superstar, but she never forgot where she came from. She now uses her wealth to give back to people, children, and animals in need. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating musician and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

HOLIDAY 2020 GIFT GUIDE: BOARD BOOKS
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