My cousin just had a baby! And while I can get him all the classic board books that I love, but there are also so many NEW, amazing books that are too good to pass up!
In fact, I’m having a tough time picking my favorites of the new Tiny Travelers and Canticos books– not to mention the Ross Burch tutu book is too hilarious to pass up.
See what you think. There are TONS of good books. Do you know any growing readers that would like a book off this list?
2020 Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
Puerto Rico Treasure Quest (Tiny Travelers) A Search and Find Book by Steven Wolfe Pereira and Susie Jaramillo
PUERTO RICO / SEARCH AND FIND
I love the colors, the information, and the format of this engaging book for more than just preschoolers. Read all about Puerto Rico culture, search the pages to find cultural elements in the illustrations. Can you find piragua, a shaved ice dessert? Learn about the food, dances, geography, famous sites and more. SO good!!
India Treasure Quest (Tiny Travelers) A Search and Find Book by Steven Wolfe Pereira and Susie Jaramillo
INDIA / SEARCH AND FIND
This new Tiny Travelers India story transports readers to India. See the sights, learn words, and search for objects. It’s a colorful, exuberant cultural journey featuring Bollywood , the jungles of Ranthambore, the spring Holi festival, the sport of cricket, and much more. This richly illustrated, engaging look at a world region and culture encourages young readers to see things from a global perspective. Absolutely wonderful.
Two Dogs on a Trike A Counting Book by Gabi Snyder, illustrated by Robin Rosenthal
Pay close attention to the illustrations as you count the dogs riding in vehicles starting with a trike, then a scooter, bicycle, trolley, and even hot-air balloon…But who is that following them? Who will be the 10th? Hint: It’s not a dog! Count backwards from ten as the dogs run for their lives. Fun and funny.
Mail Duck by Erica Sirotich
LIFT THE FLAP / SHAPES
Mail Duck delivers shapes! First, triangles to Trudy. Look at all the triangles Trudy gets in the mail and all the triangle shaped things in her A-frame house. Mail Duck continues delivering shapes his other animal friends, Cecil who likes circles, Scout who likes squares, Omar who likes ovals, Rosie who likes rectangles, and Harry who likes hearts. Then get ready for a fun surprise inside the post office. Cute with detailed, interesting illustrations to pour over as you read, this is a delightful way to practice recognizing shapes.
I Love My Tutu Too! by Ross Burach
COUNTING / FUNNY
Get ready for some funny tongue twisting counting! Penguin loves her tutu. So does Bear and Ant and Toucan. Count along from 1 to 10 as the story adds friends and– tutus!! “Three tutus. We toucans love tutus too!” When they get to ten, it’s time for a dance party. This is one of those story that begs to be read aloud…if you can get through it while you’re laughing.
Search the Castle by Jill Howarth
LIFT THE FLAPS
Open up the castle doors and help the characters search their rooms to find the princesses crown. Search the library, the dungeon, the music room, and more. You’ll find lots of fun things, but not the crown. Where can it be? Tons of fun with lovely illustrations.
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klosterman, illustrated by Ben Mantle
Jaunty rhymes and plenty of silliness make this a read aloud favorite, now in a board book version. This dragon swallowed a knight — and so much more. That’s not polite! Which the dragon realizes when his tummy gets too big. He burps and they all, well, almost all, leave his stomach.
Letters From Maisy by Lucy Cousins
LETTERS TO FRIENDS
Maisy is exploring the world. As she visits different places, she sends letters to her friends. Reach into the envelopes to pull out the letters. She even sends gifts like the fan for Ella and the horse for Tallulah. Isn’t this ADORABLE? Use this book to prompt your own letter writing!
The Wizard of Oz (Bedtime Classics) based on the book by L. Frank Baum illustrations by Carly Gledhill
Charming, diverse, and concise, this retelling is a must-read with captivating illustrations and characters.
Your Nose! A Wild Little Love Song by Sandra Boynton
Perfect for young readers learning body parts, this sweet song in a book celebrates YOUR amazing nose. Sing it your own way or check out Boynton’s version of the song on her Blue Moo album. (We highly recommend it!)
Pin Pon (Canticos) by Susie Jaramillo
BILINGUAL / REVERSABLE
Depending on the way you hold the book, you’ll read this catchy song in either English or Spanish about a darling little cardboard boy named Pin Pon who cleans and eats and goes to bed just like a regular boy. As you learn about manners and hygiene, lift the flaps to see more to the story and nouns. Watch the Pin Pon video and hear the song in Spanish on NickJr. (So cute, right?)
All the Colors / de Colores (Canticos) by Susie Jaramillo
Spanish speakers grow up with this memorable preschool song about the colors. Read it in English on one side of the page and Spanish on the other. There’s also the same book but reversible. Listen to the song and watch the video of these adorable characters on NickJr.
First 100 Words (Canticos) by Susie Jaramillo
For each topical page like transportation or nature or school, read words in both English and Spanish.
Letters A to Z (Canticos) by Susie Jaramillo
This chunky board book excels in both it’s beautiful, appealing illustrations of adorable chicks as well as it’s well-done bilingual content. Each two-page spread contains the letter and word, one side in English and the other side in Spanish. Even better, it tells you the translations in the other language. For example, “H for hat (sombrero)” and “h de hoja (leaf).” This book is one you’ll want to own! HIGHLY recommended.
Little Princess (Bedtime Classics) based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Carly Gledhill
Sara’s father makes her feel like a princess but when he leaves for work, she goes to boarding school. When her father dies, Sara can only stay at the school if she does the chores and she doesn’t feel like a princess anymore. Until Mr. Carrisford gives her a new home. Preschool appropriate with detailed, whimsical illustrations.
Pterapunnzel (Once Before Time) by Christy Webster, illustrated by Gladys Jose
A clever retelling of Rapunzel but with dinosaurs. Pterapunzel is a beautiful singer trapped in a tower by a witch. When the prince admires her singing, the witch chops off her long hair…and Pterapunzel learns she can just fly away! She had saved herself!
Hola, Granja Hello, Farm by Maddie Frost
Written first in bigger Spanish test, then in smaller English translation, the farm is waking up. Say hello to the all the animals– the horses, cows, and sheep. Darling.
Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer
“Kindness is…” begins this simple book that gives concrete examples about what kindness is. Kindness is taking turns, offering comfort, and reaching out.
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