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The best board books for babies of 2013: Editors’ Best of 2013

To start 2014, we’re excited to feature the best board books for babies of 2013 that we fell in love with. Because honestly, our babies fell in love with them too. And not just because the cardboard covers taste delicious. If there’s ever one New Year’s resolution we all want to keep, it’s “read more.” And we think that “read more to our kids” fits in there, too. When you’ve already got 16 copies of Goodnight Moon, we hope these picks help fill out your baby’s library beautifully. Alphablock ABC book Alphabet books have come a long way, baby. The...

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A fun new alphabet book that will give your kids a feel for the ABCs

Learning the alphabet is one of those huge milestones in your child’s life, so much so that you should be ready to brag she second they’ve sung the song right for the first time–and probably the millionth. If you’re looking for some variation from basic board books and TV shows in your teaching the ABCs routine, you’ll want to check out this very cool new book. There are some great alphabet books out there–check out the awesome photographs from ABC NYC for some big-city letter play–but what makes Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli stand out from the crowd is that each letter is die-cut,...

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Cozy Classics reinvent board books. And classics. And totally dark baby gifts.

When I think of the perfect book gift for a brand new baby, Les Miserables doesn’t exactly spring to mind. Or does it? If you’ve got a literary family–or a lit lover raising the next generation of lit lovers–the Cozy Classics board books from Holman and Jack Wang may be the perfect, vaguely irreverent, and super erudite baby gift. There are a Pride and Prejudice board book and an Emma board book should you want something a little light–and that’s as light as they go. Other titles include War and Peace, Moby Dick, and, if you dare, Les Miserables. The needle felted photography that illustrates each page is...

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Xavier Deneux board books to make babies touch, think, and learn. And probably laugh.

Books make the best baby gifts, especially when you know it’s not a book that the mom has already been showered with 14 times. And now there’s a whole new kind of board book series just launched that’s aiming not only to freshen up the genre, but maybe even reinvent it. Xavier Deneux is a wonderful French illustrator who jumped into the baby book game a few years ago. Now he’s out with TouchThinkLearn: Colors and TouchThinkLearn: Opposites, the pages of which feel more like works of art or interactive sculpture, designed encourage kids to engage with the books in...

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Taro Gomi’s new board books. Not bored books.

When there is a new board book from Taro Gomi, I am always interested. Because that means a near guarantee that I’ll have fun reading it to my kids too. And hooray–the prolific writer/illustrator has not just one but three great new board books out. Wiggle by Taro Gomi is a delightful little board book which, in the spirit of Pat the Bunny and other “interactive” books, allows you to stick a finger through a hole and wiggle it, creating a cat’s tail, elephant’s trunk, crocodile’s fang and more. No plot, no surprise ending–just fun for the youngest babies...

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Taro Gomi gets back to baby board books. Yay for your baby!

If you’re not yet smitten with Japanese illustrator and all-around genius (says us) Taro Gomi, then it’s high time. Best known for the breakout hit Everyone Poops, soon followed by his wonderful open-ended Scribbles coloring book for older kids and then, oh, about 350 other titles, he’s now starting to build a little baby board book empire, including this fun new title. Taro Gomi’s Mommy! Mommy! is a fabulous addition to a baby’s beginner library, when you can’t handle one more copy of Goodnight Moon and I Love You This Much. As with the popular Are You My Mother? here...

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Baby board books that show love from all parents, not just mommies.

Illustrator Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage is one of those artists who just keeps producing lovely things. From her line of nursery decor to flash cards to adorable dolls, count us as ongoing fans. And now she’s giving us two more reasons, with two new baby board books that will be terrific additions to that starter library. You Are My Baby: Farm and You Are My Baby: Safari are as great for manipulation and motor skills as they are for those little eyes and ears. The prose is a simple, repetitive story that matches parent to child; things like You swim in the...

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The coolest children’s books of the year: Editors Best of 2012

We can’t think of a nicer way to end our Editors Best of 2012 than with our very favorite kids’ books of the year. Especially because they will still be relevant in 2013 and beyond–unlike handbags or even tech, books never go out of style. Here, three of our editors present their very favorite books for children that we discovered this past year. Enjoy! Liz Baby Lit Books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver I can’t help it. After suffering through the same board books for months on end when my kids were little (you know the ones!) it’s...

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Delightful dinosaur board books for budding paleontologists

Perfect prezzie alert: At some point (usually during the Late Toddler/Early Preschool Era), most kids go through a fascination with the creatures of the Mesozoic Era, otherwise known as dinosaurs. If you have a toddler who adores all things Large, Scaly, and Extinct, you’ve got to check out this set of board books that bring dinosaurs back to teach kiddos a thing or two. These four bright and colorful board books feature a wide range of rainbow-hued dinosaurs covering everything from the alphabet to numbers. Sure, their colors may not be historically accurate, but it makes for great visuals...

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Cast a spell on little wizards with this DIY Harry Potter Quiet Book

Kids may need to wait until their 11th birthdays before they can start looking for a Hogwarts acceptance letter, but there’s no reason to keep the magical world of Harry Potter away from our youngest wizards.  If you’ve got some good ol’ muggle sewing skills and a penchant for the Boy Who Lived, here’s one quiet book for which you’ll want to yell, Accio!  Created by Julie Gillrie, whose quiet books we have loved for quite a while, Harry Potter and the Quiet Book has totally put a spell on me with its special little details and hands-on tricks. With...

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Why your little one should see this book before a trip to the eye doctor

My daughter was a bit nervous before her first trip to the eye doctor, especially since she knew there was a good chance she’d need reading glasses. Fortunately it wasn’t a scary visit, and she loves her cool new fuchsia frames, but I wish Arlo had been around back then to demystify the entire process a bit. In the adorable pop-up, interactive board book Arlo Needs Glasses, Arlo the pooch finds he can’t see his beloved ball very well anymore. And while the story is fairly predictable–Arlo goes to the eye doctor, gets glasses, and gets his vision back–the...

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Count us in: BabyLit scores with a spooky number book

Jennifer Adams and Allison Oliver hooked us with their beautiful BabyLit counting and color board books based on classic literature like Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre. They’ve done it again–this time, with a counting Count Dracula. Little Master Stoker’s Dracula is a very different counting count, spookier than the snuggly number-maestro of Sesame Street, and perfect for Halloween. Just a little bit dark (think semisweet chocolate), and just as modern and pretty as the other books in the BabyLit family, Dracula uses imagery from Bram Stoker’s original Dracula tale to teach counting from one to ten. The illustrations are atmospheric and...

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4 awesome kids’ books about food, with recipes that make them even better

Pairing food and wine is an art. Pairing food and music is a new trend. Pairing food with a good food book: It’s one of the best ways to get kids excited about eating–even foods that they’re not normally excited about eating. In honor of the bounty of summer, I’ve gathered a collection of books about farm-fresh fruits and veggies for my kids. Check out four of my favorite picks and, if you really want to rev up your little one’s appetite, pair your summer reading with a fresh and easy recipe. Suggested pairings included, of course! -Stacie Blueberries...

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An alphabet book for your little road warrior

The very first word my son ever spelled was S-T-O-P, which is not surprising given how many hours he spent accompanying his older sisters to their many activities. If you also have a little road warrior who’s more interested in street signs than a DVD player, you’ll want to take this unique new alphabet book out for a spin.< Backseat A-B-See is a simple ABC book for beginner readers or kids who just like looking at the bold graphics, and then exclaiming when they see the same signs whizzing by the windows. Street sign graphics really pop as they...

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Custom birthday books for kids that are beyond adorable

I love the look on kids’ faces when they open a book and see their names in the pages of the story. So in celebration of the biggest day of all—their birthday!—here are a couple beautifully illustrated books that will make the birthday boy or girl feel even more special. In Paper Hat Press’ Whose Birthday Is It? all the toys come together to throw a party for your favorite birthday child. Illustrated by the amazing Micah Player, who we’ve loved as the cover artist for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and as author/illustrator of Chloe Instead, this...

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123’s with Orla Kiely

London designer Orla Kiely has had me under her spell for a few years now. I have always found her patterns and designs bursting with life, color, energy and a wonderful sense of playfulness. Orla has shown her love to mommies before with her gorgeous line of diaper bags. Now, she has gone even further catering to our little ones with her two new baby books. Orla Kiely’s Colors and Orla Kiely’s Numbers are board books featuring Orla’s signature shapes and patterns–stems, flowers, cars, pears and beyond.  The books are rewarding to fans and are delight to the child’s...

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BabyLit board books – Lovely little lessons with Alice and Jane

Good news, bibliophiles! Your toddlers can now enjoy Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre, and not just as teething toys. Thanks to gorgeous illustrations and clever literary touches, you might enjoy this collection of amazing board books at bedtime even more than they do. The BabyLit board books by Jennifer Adams are so fantastic that I want to keep them all for myself. Whether you’re learning colors with Alice in Wonderland or counting with Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, or Romeo & Juliet (as seen in our Baby Shower Gift Guide), the books work on a lot of levels...

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You are my cupcake, my cutie pie, and my mushy little sweet pea

After seeing Joyce Wan’s board book, We Belong Together I am so in love with her. So of course I had to check out You Are My Cupcake, in the same series. Let’s just say it’s absolutely delicious and I want to eat it up in a major way. Each page pops with vibrant colors and sweet illustrations that are textured, giving babies a sensory experience. All of the terms of endearment are covered here–starting with “cupcake”–but with a twist. We call our babe a “sweet pea,” but in Wan’s world, she’s a “mushy little sweet pea.” Your cutie...

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The perfect board book for baby’s first Valentine

If you’re looking for a ridiculously adorable Valentine for your baby too young for sweets, we’ve got just the thing. And it’s not edible. But that doesn’t mean your baby won’t try to eat it. Created by Joyce Wan, the artist behind Kiwi and Pear, We Belong Together a board book with a simple message: sometimes love is as simple as peanut butter and jelly–it’s just meant to be. It’s a soothing message that the youngest children (and their parents) will appreciate. The board book features sweetly illustrated pairs that go perfectly together like cookies and milk or marshmallows and cocoa, and...

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Join the circus like you wanted to

There are a gazillion ABC books out there–plenty of which we feature here. While I believe that as long as you’re reading to your child ,you’re already doing great, once in a while a book comes along that really stands out from the others. [don’t miss a nice giveaway after the jump] ABC is for Circus, which was just released a few weeks ago, is one of those books: A chunky little board book, perfect for little hands, filled with brilliantly designed, brightly colored circus images that will make teaching your kid the alphabet a little bit more interesting....

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