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Best & Brightest Board Books of 2018

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This Best & Brightest list was created by Denver Public Library librarians to celebrate our favorite recently published board books. Enjoy!

More of the Best & Brightest Books of 2018

Walk And See : 123
Beardshaw, Rosalind, author, illustrator.
Birth-Preschool. Rosalind Beardshaw brings her characteristically charming illustration style to these seasonal concept books. Smiling children romp through nature and find examples of numbers (“1 dog,” “2 friends,” “12 pinecones”), letters (“W is for web,” “X as in eXamine”), colors and opposites. The diverse cast of characters independently explore the outdoors with curiosity and excitement, encouraging young readers to do the same
Walk And See Abc
Beardshaw, Rosalind, author, illustrator.
Birth-Preschool. Rosalind Beardshaw brings her characteristically charming illustration style to these seasonal concept books. Smiling children romp through nature and find examples of numbers (“1 dog,” “2 friends,” “12 pinecones”), letters (“W is for web,” “X as in eXamine”), colors and opposites. The diverse cast of characters independently explore the outdoors with curiosity and excitement, encouraging young readers to do the same
Walk And See : Opposites
Beardshaw, Rosalind, author, illustrator.
Birth-Preschool. Rosalind Beardshaw brings her characteristically charming illustration style to these seasonal concept books. Smiling children romp through nature and find examples of numbers (“1 dog,” “2 friends,” “12 pinecones”), letters (“W is for web,” “X as in eXamine”), colors and opposites. The diverse cast of characters independently explore the outdoors with curiosity and excitement, encouraging young readers to do the same
I Am A Baby
Allen, Kathryn Madeline, author.
Birth-Toddler. Photographs of adorable smiling babies and rhyming text introduce the familiar trappings of a baby’s life, including a crib, bib, fingers, toes and family members. The racially diverse cast of babies, varied family structures, clean design and rhyming text elevate this board book from a “first words” style book to a delightful read aloud for storytime or to share one-on-one.
Walk And See Colors
Beardshaw, Rosalind, author, illustrator.
Birth-Preschool. Rosalind Beardshaw brings her characteristically charming illustration style to these seasonal concept books. Smiling children romp through nature and find examples of numbers (“1 dog,” “2 friends,” “12 pinecones”), letters (“W is for web,” “X as in eXamine”), colors and opposites. The diverse cast of characters independently explore the outdoors with curiosity and excitement, encouraging young readers to do the same
Vroom Vroom : Garbage Truck
Citro, Asia, author.
Toddler-Preschool. “Click!” Garbage Truck’s eye-like headlights turn on, and a long day of collecting trash begins. Told through sounds and bright, cartoonish illustrations, this board book is a pleasure to read aloud. Truck hits a bump (“click clack BUMP!”), waits for a mama duck and her ducklings (“quack quack QUACK!”) and picks up trash (“click clack BOOM!”). There is even a cliffhanger: will the truck turn back for a coffee-drinking man clad in robe and slippers who was late getting his garbage cans out? Adults will relate to the man’s panicked look and appreciate the humor. “Shhh shhhhhh Click!” When the headlights turn off, Garbage Truck’s day is over and this endearing book is, too.
Llamaphones
Coat, Janik, author, illustrator.
Toddler-Preschool. Janik Coat (Hippopposites, 2012; Rhymoceros, 2015) is back with more wordplay fun! A green llama is embellished or modified in each illustration and set against a white background to demonstrate 17 homophones. For “pear” and “pair,” llama transforms into a pear shape, while the facing page provides a visual illustration of a pair of llamas. For “blew” and “blue,” llama blows dandelion seeds, while on the facing page llama changes color from green to blue. Look for this title to engage readers beyond the traditional board book age range of infants and toddlers.
Jungle Animals
Deneux, Xavier, author, illustrator.
Birth-Toddler. Brightly colored, high contrast illustrations make this a perfect book for the youngest babies. Humorous illustrations add a layer for grown up readers, too! Each spread shows one or two animals on a solid background, occasionally including some foliage and a word identifying the animals pictured. Small raised areas attract little fingers. This well-designed book shows that, while simple, board books can also be works of art.
Animal 1 2 3
Lambert, Jonathan, author, illustrator.
Birth-Preschool. Jonny Lambert’s series offers plenty of fold-out fun for readers. In both titles, wild animals take center stage in large, colorful, collage-textured illustrations set against white backgrounds. In Animal 123, questions in the text (“What’s flying between the reeds?,” “How many dance away?”) prompt readers to interact with the book by opening flaps or looking more closely at the pictures. Animal ABC features both upper and lowercase letters and is full of rich vocabulary (ibis, newt, quokka, uakari). This series is a welcome addition to the concept canon for the youngest readers.
Animal Abc
Lambert, Jonny.
Birth-Preschool. Jonny Lambert’s series offers plenty of fold-out fun for readers. In both titles, wild animals take center stage in large, colorful, collage-textured illustrations set against white backgrounds. In Animal 123, questions in the text (“What’s flying between the reeds?,” “How many dance away?”) prompt readers to interact with the book by opening flaps or looking more closely at the pictures. Animal ABC features both upper and lowercase letters and is full of rich vocabulary (ibis, newt, quokka, uakari). This series is a welcome addition to the concept canon for the youngest readers.
Black Bird Yellow Sun
Light, Steve, author.
Birth-Toddler. Black Bird wakes up with a yellow sun and falls asleep with the blue moon. In between morning and night, readers follow Black Bird and friend worm as they journey throughout a colorful day. Each full page spread features collage and print illustrations highlighted against a white background. Bold, black text describes each scene (“Black Bird, Orange Leaves;” “Black Bird, Green Grass”). The repetitive text and variety of textures and perspective in the illustrations provide lots of opportunities for interactions with young readers. Finding friend worm on each page adds to the reading adventure!
Ciao, Baby! : In The Park
Schaefer, Carole Lexa, author.
Birth-Toddler. Baby and his family are out and about in this new board book series. In Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride, Baby and Mamma journey to Nonna’s house via stroller, bus, boat and train. The long journey provides plenty of opportunities to observe the sights and sounds of the city. In Ciao, Baby!: In the Park, Baby spends an afternoon outside with Nonna chasing animals. Both books feature everyday moments in Baby’s life, including sweet interactions with caregivers. The ink and pencil illustrations are never too busy (most have a white or solid color background), while still offering lots of details to point out to young readers.
Ciao, Baby! : Ready For A Ride
Schaefer, Carole Lexa, author.
Birth-Toddler. Baby and his family are out and about in this new board book series. In Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride, Baby and Mamma journey to Nonna’s house via stroller, bus, boat and train. The long journey provides plenty of opportunities to observe the sights and sounds of the city. In Ciao, Baby!: In the Park, Baby spends an afternoon outside with Nonna chasing animals. Both books feature everyday moments in Baby’s life, including sweet interactions with caregivers. The ink and pencil illustrations are never too busy (most have a white or solid color background), while still offering lots of details to point out to young readers.
Find Colors
Shopsin, Tamara, author.
Toddler-Preschool. In this unique color book with no colors the authors invite the reader to become the illustrator. Each black and white page features a die-cut hole and instructions to find a color to fill the hole. One page features a cutout sun shape and instructs “find yellow.” Another has a leaf and the words “find green,” and the final page has a rainbow-shaped void with the instructions to “find colors.” Though in board book format, this book is ideal for older children who can move around their space to find objects matching the color suggestions. Find Colors can be read again and again, leading to a different adventure every time.
Wiggles
Zucchelli-Romer, Claire, author.
Toddler-Preschool. This latest offering from the Touch Think Learn series is full of tactile opportunities for readers. The variety of die-cut lines and shapes and the instructive text invite little fingers to trace, tap, slide, swoosh and hop along the page. A pale blue background shows off the vibrant yellow, green and pink diecuts. In addition to learning about shapes, concepts such as left/right, up/down and color identification are woven into the book. Toddlers and preschoolers will delight in all the interactive fun.