Here are my top picks for recent board books, perfect for toddlers:
Bedtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler
Pottytime for Chickies by Janee Trasler
This pair of board books introduces three small chicks who have problems falling asleep and using the potty correctly. Trasler uses humor and other animals to make these books great fun to read. Her artwork is particularly child-friendly and the Chickies themselves are naughty and silly, in the just the way small children would appreciate. These are sure to be favorites at bedtime.
Creature Colors by Andrew Zuckerman
Creature Numbers by Andrew Zuckerman
Filled with crisp and clear photographs of animals against a white background, these books stand out visually in a crowded board book market. The Colors book is the more successful of the two with the colors popping on each page. The Numbers book is still well done and extends from counting individual animals to counting legs and fins as well. Both books are strong additions to library and family collections.
We’re Going to the Farmers’ Market by Stefan Page
A bright and friendly visit to the Farmers’ Market, this is sure to start daydreams of warm summer days for those of us in northern climes. The illustrations are colorful and evoke the delight of the market perfectly. Wonderful for children who have a local farmers’ market and know the pleasure of visiting the different stalls, selecting veggies and heading home to cook and eat.
You Are My Baby: Garden by Lorena Siminovich
You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich
Both released March 25, 2014.
These are the third and fourth books in this board book series which pairs a larger board book with an inset small book. The larger book has the images of the adults with the story, and the small book has the images and noises of the babies. The pages turn independently and work best when you have small hands helping you. Sturdy and with the fun aspect of mixing and matching, these books are beautifully designed with very accessible illustrations.