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Best & Brightest Board Books of 2019

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

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Count To Five: A Little Book Of Numbers
Blackledge, Annabel, author.
Toddler-Preschool. The Little Book of… concept series pairs bold, colorful illustrations with predictable, repetitive text. Concepts such as numbers and colors are covered, as well as less traditional concepts such as sound and movement. The sturdy, staggered corners on the top and bottom of each page foster print awareness by making it easier for children to turn the pages themselves. These titles also have the potential to scale-up and work as beginning readers for kids learning how to read.
Jump Around: A Little Book Of Movement
Blackledge, Annabel, author.
Toddler-Preschool. The Little Book of… concept series pairs bold, colorful illustrations with predictable, repetitive text. Concepts such as numbers and colors are covered, as well as less traditional concepts such as sound and movement. The sturdy, staggered corners on the top and bottom of each page foster print awareness by making it easier for children to turn the pages themselves. These titles also have the potential to scale-up and work as beginning readers for kids learning how to read.
Make A Noise: A Little Book Of Sounds
Blackledge, Annabel, author.
Toddler-Preschool. The Little Book of… concept series pairs bold, colorful illustrations with predictable, repetitive text. Concepts such as numbers and colors are covered, as well as less traditional concepts such as sound and movement. The sturdy, staggered corners on the top and bottom of each page foster print awareness by making it easier for children to turn the pages themselves. These titles also have the potential to scale-up and work as beginning readers for kids learning how to read.
See A Rainbow: A Little Book Of Colors
Blackledge, Annabel, author.
Toddler-Preschool. The Little Book of… concept series pairs bold, colorful illustrations with predictable, repetitive text. Concepts such as numbers and colors are covered, as well as less traditional concepts such as sound and movement. The sturdy, staggered corners on the top and bottom of each page foster print awareness by making it easier for children to turn the pages themselves. These titles also have the potential to scale-up and work as beginning readers for kids learning how to read.
Shapes
Cabrera, Jane, author, illustrator.
Toddler-Preschool. The latest concept book from Jane Cabrera invites readers to trace shapes, encouraging the Every Child Read to Read practice of writing. Colorful two-page spreads focus on each shape, with one example indented for tracing. The welcoming, child-friendly illustrations include thick outlines, drawing attention to each of the featured shapes. This accessible introduction to shapes in everyday life inspires exploration beyond the last page.
One Yellow Ribbon
Jocelyn, Marthe, author, illustrator.
Toddler-Preschool. The story begins on the cover of this wordless book as the yellow ribbon slips off the black braid of a brown-skinned girl. The reader follows the ribbon through collage illustrations where it folds, stretches, tucks and is transformed into everything from a lion's mane to a stripe of mustard on a hotdog to the petals of a flower. The strong visual imagery provides a variety of ways to interact with the book at different developmental levels. Look for this title to engage readers beyond the traditional board book age range of infants and toddlers.
Happy Baby
Lemay, Violet, illustrator.
Birth-Toddler. Smiling babies’ faces on one side and high contrast black and white illustrations on the other pair up to engage the youngest of readers. This wordless, accordion book also includes mirrors on each side and features babies with a variety of skin tones. The fold-out style makes this title perfect for tummy time.
Roar! Roar! I'm A Dinosaur!
Lodge, Jo, author, illustrator.
Toddler-Preschool. Get ready to swoop, stomp and roar in this engaging offering for the toddler set. Each page spread features a different dinosaur (including the pterodactyl, the stegosaurus, the diplodocus and the perennial favorite, tyrannosaurus rex) along with a name pronunciation guide. Interactive sliders make the dinosaurs move and reflect the actions described in the bold text. One sentence of informational writing positioned near each dinosaur’s tail rounds out this informative and engaging book.
Jump!
Matsuoka, Tatsuhide, author.
Toddler-Preschool. One look at this book will have toddlers jumping for joy. The vertical orientation, with each animal at the bottom of one spread and the top of the next, gives the jumping illustrations space to move. White backgrounds keep the focus on the action as vivid lines propel the animals up. The repetitive text, with a few notable exceptions, connects the variety of jumpers and invites those reading and listening to join in the boinging fun.
Peek-a-Who Too?
Mroziewicz Bahia, Elsa, 1988- author.
Toddler-Preschool. Who “truuumpets”? Who says, “growwwl”? Each question in this cleverly designed lift-the-flap book opens to reveal an exquisite illustration of a familiar animal. The small, triangular book fits well in little hands, and young readers will enjoy opening the flaps up and down to see who makes each sound. The vibrant colors and patterns will draw readers of all ages to revisit this title.
Baby Dream
Scribens, Sunny, author.
Birth-Toddler. Black and white close-up photographs of babies’ faces engaged in a variety of activities--sleeping, eating, playing, talking--anchor this series for the youngest of readers. The racially and culturally diverse cast of babies, varied family structures and rhyming text distinguish these books from other “baby faces” books. The titles are versatile enough to be read aloud in a storytime setting or shared one-on-one. The series is also available in a bilingual Spanish/English edition.
Baby Food
Wieder, Stefanie Paige, author.
Birth-Toddler. Black and white close-up photographs of babies’ faces engaged in a variety of activities--sleeping, eating, playing, talking--anchor this series for the youngest of readers. The racially and culturally diverse cast of babies, varied family structures and rhyming text distinguish these books from other “baby faces” books. The titles are versatile enough to be read aloud in a storytime setting or shared one-on-one. The series is also available in a bilingual Spanish/English edition.
Baby Play
Silver, Skye, 1988- author.
Birth-Toddler. Black and white close-up photographs of babies’ faces engaged in a variety of activities--sleeping, eating, playing, talking--anchor this series for the youngest of readers. The racially and culturally diverse cast of babies, varied family structures and rhyming text distinguish these books from other “baby faces” books. The titles are versatile enough to be read aloud in a storytime setting or shared one-on-one. The series is also available in a bilingual Spanish/English edition.
Spot, Spike, Spiral
Tuttle, Sarah Grace, author.
Birth-Preschool. Look no further for a fun introduction to patterns and shapes in the natural world. The text includes only the words spot, spike and spiral, with full spreads dedicated to each term. The white background keeps the spotlight on detailed watercolors of the creatures that showcase each design, with a few at the end featuring combinations of spots, spikes and spirals. The animal names are included at the end for curious readers and listeners.
My Little Forest
Wiehle, Katrin, 1982- author, illustrator.
Birth-Preschool. The My Little… series explores ecosystems through a consistent formula: Readers are introduced to three animals native to each ecosystem who point out other flora and fauna nearby. The simple illustrations identify each plant and animal, extending the audience from babies through toddlers and beyond. The books are made from 100% recycled materials that, combined with earthy color palettes, lend a “green” feel to the series.
My Little Garden
Wiehle, Katrin, 1982- author.
Birth-Preschool. The My Little… series explores ecosystems through a consistent formula: Readers are introduced to three animals native to each ecosystem who point out other flora and fauna nearby. The simple illustrations identify each plant and animal, extending the audience from babies through toddlers and beyond. The books are made from 100% recycled materials that, combined with earthy color palettes, lend a “green” feel to the series.
My Little Ocean
Wiehle, Katrin, 1982-
Birth-Preschool. The My Little… series explores ecosystems through a consistent formula: Readers are introduced to three animals native to each ecosystem who point out other flora and fauna nearby. The simple illustrations identify each plant and animal, extending the audience from babies through toddlers and beyond. The books are made from 100% recycled materials that, combined with earthy color palettes, lend a “green” feel to the series.
My Little Pond
Wiehle, Katrin, 1982-
Birth-Preschool. The My Little… series explores ecosystems through a consistent formula: Readers are introduced to three animals native to each ecosystem who point out other flora and fauna nearby. The simple illustrations identify each plant and animal, extending the audience from babies through toddlers and beyond. The books are made from 100% recycled materials that, combined with earthy color palettes, lend a “green” feel to the series.