Notable Board Books Summer 2018
Hero Vs. Villain: A Book of Opposites by T. Hat Fuller, illustrated by Alex Eben Meyer
OOOH, I like this book so much. Because at first, I was thinking to myself how can we really say who is a hero and who is a villain because aren’t we all a little of both? Then, I realized I was getting too existential for a board book but do you know what? It all works out! The hero and villain, shown in amazingly colorful graphic-style illustrations, become friends at the end. Which I LOVE!! Because we are more than just one thing. Opposites include: “Up in the air / Down in the lair” and “Build / Destroy“.
Little Boat by Taro Gomi
Look at Little Boat as he travels through the water. Read the story about the journey — like “Don’t scare Little Boat” and “Ut. Oh. Little Boat is rocking” Little Boat’s white and pink colors stand out from the blue ocean and sky. Kids will see themselves in how brave Little Boat is, and cheer as he’s reunited with his parents when it’s time to go home.
Baby See, Baby Do by Robie Rogge, photos by Jennifer Hale
I think this is a PERFECT book for babies. Why? Because it has photos of babies which are immeasurably appealing to little ones. And it’s all about babies. From “Baby smiles” to “Baby’s surprised” — this darling board book introduces children to actions (waves) and feelings (happy). Plus, it has a mirror so your baby can see their own face!
Who? A Celebration of Babies by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Natascha Rosenberg
Who? Who’s that? the narrator asks on each page. See baby with mama, dada, birdie, doggie, and more in this sweet multicultural board book with predictable text.
Hello, Paris by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Geraldine Cosneau
Hello, Paris! from Abrams, Kids is part of a Hello, Big City board book series. I love the die-cuts and colorful blue and pink illustrations. This book makes me want to visit Paris!! Will it charm your children just as much? “THE LOUVRE MUSEUM “It used to be a palace. But who would live here? // MONA LISA “It’s the mysterious woman who smiles at us.” Also read: Hello, New York.
Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani
I adore the illustrations so much in this counting book of cats. AND, I think it’s even better as a board book than a picture book. Simple text with charming illustrations. I want this artwork on my walls.
Whose Boat? by Toni Buzzeo and Tom Froese
This should be a picture book because it’s dense with factual information (and quite heavy). Open to read a statement and a question like “In lobster traps today’s catch grows. / Whose boat is that? Do you know?” On the opposite page is a boat labeled with washboard, standing shelter, lobster trap, pot hauler, and more. Lift the page out and read “the Lobsterperson’s!” Boats in this book include a car ferry, tugboat, and a firefighter. I think some kids will LOVE this book, but it might not be for everyone.
Cement Mixer’s ABC by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Ethan Long
Truck lovers will enjoy this new ABC board book in the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series. This alphabet book shows favorite vehicles on the job site in appealing rhymes. “D for Dump Truck, on the road. / E for Excavator with his load.”
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