New board books for babies

Seira Wilson on September 16, 2020
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New board books for for babies

Among the many things that have had to change in recent months, traditional baby showers have gone by the wayside and become virtual or just been postponed.  But whether given in person or sent with love to land on a doorstep, books for babies are still a welcome addition to any new parent's household. 

Board books are perfect for little ones, with rounded edges and thick pages to touch; this is a great format for parents, too, since they are easy to hold (especially if you've got a baby in your lap) and you don't have to worry about sharp corners.

Here are some recent board book releases to add to baby's bookshelf. You can also find more new books for babies and toddlers in our list of editors' picks for the Best Children's Books of the Month: Baby-Age 2.


The Babies and Kitties Book by John Schindel and Molly Woodward

Take two of the cutest things in the world, put them together, and you have The Babies and Kitties Book. Adorable full-color photographs of babies and kittens are combined with spare text about the ways they are alike: naps, cuddles, and play time, to name a few.  For those who love puppies, check out Schindel and Woodward's companion book, The Babies and Doggies Book.


Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrations by Ashley Lukashevsky

The National Book Award-winning author of How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, teamed up with illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky to create a bright, bold board book of nine steps that are key to a future in which everyone is equal. Kendi strikes just the right tone to help parents give little ones the words, the vision, and the education to make an antiracist society a reality.


Families Belong by Dan Saks, art by Brooke Smart

One of our editors' picks for September's Best Children's Books of the Month: Baby-Age 2, Families Belong is a sweet, rhyming story of unconditional love and the different ways families spend time together.  Whether families are singing, sharing a meal, or just relaxing in the park, Saks captures universal joys of being together, and Brooke Smart's illustrations celebrate belonging with bright colors and a variety of family groups.


A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

Now available in a board book format, Caldecott medalist Kevin Henkes' A Parade of Elephants takes little ones on a journey with five pastel-colored elephants as they explore their world together. With large type and rhythmic repetition, Henkes introduces basic concepts such as shapes, numbers, and even adjectives, making this a book that will hold its appeal into the toddler years. 


Hello, World! Construction Site by Jill McDonald

Tractors, trucks, and other construction vehicles are always a hit with little ones, and this bold, bright board book is perfect for sparking their interest. Introducing a variety of vehicles, Hello, World! Construction Site's illustrations will capture a baby's attention and also engage toddlers with simple, one-line explanations of what each vehicle is designed to do.


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