Are you looking for this year’s Valentine’s Book to share with your small that will live on as a sweet, timeless classic? This deLIGHTful board book, I Love You, Little One from DK Canada, will charm you and your babe.
Featuring a cover with a light up moon and a gorgeous colour palette of animals telling their little ones how much they love them, this sweet little book is the perfect gift to parents & smalls. Cuddle up for a bedtime of moon gazing with animals around the world, on land and sea.
We love the animal choices, silhouette artwork and expressions of love on each page. A book easily read to your baby, your toddler, your small child…just an excellent addition to the library. Wonderful shower gift too! Recommended newborn+up, for adoring parents & their smalls near and far.
Today’s little #boardbook is Hello, Love! by Japanese artist Taro Miura via @raincoastbooks. Coming to bookstores on Christmas Eve of this year!
This sweet, simple board book illustrates adorable affection between animals with sparse, tender text and finishes with a family snuggle. High contrast colours make it ideal for new eyes and it’s small enough in size for little hands to enjoy.
We loved this sweet little baby book and would be thrilled to see versions with more diverse families at the end!
Recommended newborn+up, a great shower gift for a new baby.
Today’s #boardbook is Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan & illustrated by Sarah Walsh via @raincoastbooks. This bright, beautiful boardbook tours the many head coverings of different faiths with phonetic pronunciation included for each one. A wonderful, simple introduction to diverse faiths this book was a passion project for the author & illustrator. Their website: https://hatsoffaith.com/ includes loads of extra materials including: teaching tools, a calendar of observances & relevant articles to read.
We love this gentle yet important book and agree with the author that “early familiarity with faith-based customs and diversity will lead to kinder future generations”. Recommended 2.5+up.
Today’s #boardbook is a classic, beloved by many: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Michael J Smollin, via Penguin Random House Children’s Books. Both author and illustrator have passed away but were connected to Sesame Street in profound ways.
If you haven’t yet discovered this hilarious book it’s a must-have for your shelf. Grover, seeing the book’s title, begs the reader not to turn the pages as there is a monster at the end of the book! He tries tying pages together, using bricks, begging and pleading–only to reveal on the last page that the monster is him, lovable old Grover!
Recommended for smalls 2.5 & up and Grover fans everywhere!
Today’s pair of unique, die-cut, chunky board books are Alphablock and Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo (a dynamic duo who illustrate & create) via ABRAMS Kids.
These unique board books are almost cubes they are so thick, each page a magnificent die-cut that gives a clue to your small. In Alphablock the clue is what the word is that starts with your letter. In Countablock you are shown the number of something before turning the die-cut page to reveal what it/they become (for example, one acorn becomes one oak tree).
We love the creative learning in these books, encouraging smalls to guess what will happen while teaching letter sounds, counting and transitions.
There are more titles in this series with new titles being added often. Recommended for smalls 2 & up.
Today’s #picturebook is a literary nerd SQUEE favourite from our library: Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Ron Stucki via @raincoastbooks. This is part of a “Babylit” series by Jennifer Adams wherein classic literature is made-over as children’s books and this one is Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven–featuring a tiny raven named Edgar who doesn’t want to get ready for bed.
There is a shriek-worthy Poe call-out on every page of this story! Edgar declaring “nevermore” when asked to eat vegetables, take a bath, put on pajamas, clean up! A jack-in-the-box of Poe’s head. Mama Raven reading “the Raven” as his bedtime book! THIS is the baby shower gift you must give to your English Major Mama friend or any booklover. My own small may not get the references but teaching him to declare ‘nevermore’ in our house has brought nerdy book joy to my life.
Recommended for all ages, birth and up. This comes in picture book and board book formats AND has two sequels, ready? Edgar and the Tattle Tale Heart, Edgar and the Treehouse of Usher. I die. The references.
Today’s boardbooks are a series of fairy tales adapted by Chloe Perkins, featuring racially diverse heroines from around the world! Published by the wonderful @simonschusterca. We love inclusive children’s books here at the blog and these are spectacular! Each has a different illustrator. The texts are long enough for your fully verbal smalls of 3+up but easily adapted by the creative parent for smalls 1+up. Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After never looked so good!
First up: Cinderella set in Mexico! We love the illustration style of Sandra Equiha and stunning wardrobe in this classic fairytale. My two year old really felt for Cinderella losing her shoe–highly relatable for a small person determined to put on their shoes “by myself”.
Third up: Rapunzel set in India! Archana Sreenivasan’s illustrations are quite gorgeous. The opening two page spread of Rapunzel’s hair and song are a magical once-upon-a-time if we do say so ourselves–and we do!
These charming editions of classic fairytales are wonderful for libraries of smalls young and old!
Today’s boardbooks are two titles we are currently loving from Scholastic Canada: Peppa & the Big Train and My Mommy.
Peppa Pig is a British television show about a family of pigs in a town of animals. I have enjoyed it for my now-two-year-old because every episode ends in laughter. The storylines are simple without fear or drama and any problems are quickly & safely solved by grown-ups with reassurance and comedy.
I love that Scholastic has board books available as they are age appropriate for my little guy. Peppa & the Big Train has things to spot, simple prose and a little extra track at the bottom counting up from one in train steam! Mommy Pig features all the very best of Mommy Pig, sentimental & hilarious (I personally enjoy Mommy Pig’s quiet feminism) These two books are requested again and again.
Recommended for smalls 18 months + up.
Theres lots to love in these titles:
- We love that the imagery is simple and clean against a white backdrop because the textures are the busy part, helping little ones focus their senses
- Two distinctly different touch and feel elements per animal
- Quality, these are touch & feel books to stand up to busy hands (as tested by my 2 year old). Sturdy spines, thick pages and a special call-out to the cow & sheep textures which were quite authentic!
- A good size - small enough to travel, but big enough that you don’t lose out on the visuals
- Little fun details like the foot prints of each animal on the page & things the animals like to eat or play with as well
These stand-out titles are great for busy babies aged 6 months + up and fab for busy animal loving toddlers too. A bright, brilliant add to any shower gift!
Today’s boardbook is a new Sophie the Giraffe title from DK Books Canada: Good Night Sophie, a gentle bedtime book with soft touch & feel elements. Sophie herds her friends through their bedtime routine of bath and book before tucking in herself.
I know there a lot of bedtime books. A lot. But this one stands out to me and here’s why: it features the main character putting her little friends to bed (vs being put to bed herself). It illustrates the way getting ready for bed is about caring for those we love.
A sweet and simple read for your wee babies (newborn+) with a neutral, soothing colour palette, and a nice choice for toddlers who can put their little friends to bed too.
Today begins my “Week of DK”. DK Canada has been my blogs strongest supporter, a win-win relationship as I happen to think their books check every box in being perfect for smalls!
Today’s book is a new Sophie the Giraffe title: Sophie Peekaboo Colors, a lively board book filled with flaps and touch & feel elements throughout! Perfect for your smalls aged 6 months and onward (my 2 year old loves this one now that he’s learning the names of everything!)
Personal favourite about this title though, I’m very partial to rainbows and this book has a rainbow that OPENS to reveal Sophie, wearing a rainbow scarf. Well done DK, well done.
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