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Books You Can Chew On

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The first book you met was probably a board book. It may have been GOODNIGHT MOON or PAT THE BUNNY. We love these books for their childhood nostalgia. That nostalgia often leads us to buy these classics whenever we have another baby shower to attend. Buying classics is great, but there are so many overlooked and new great board books. Our introduction to reading is a vibrant, fun, and filled with firsts, don’t miss out by sticking to the known. Here are a few of my current favorites:

Tails Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780152167738
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2003

It’s time to meet your animal friends and their friendly tails in this touch and pull tab book.   Sturdily made for little hands and filled with cute illustrations, this is worth adding to any child’s library.

I HEAR A PICKLE: AND SMELL, SEE, TOUCH & TASTE IT, TOO! By Rachel Isadora 9781524739584

Explore the senses in this new title by Rachel Isadora.  By examining pickles, snow, and other parts of our world you can teach young ones about the world surrounding them and their five senses.  This book is ripe for activity pairing and interactive story times.

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By Remy Charlip, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534400870
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little Simon - September 12th, 2017

Cause and effect have never been so fun as in FORTUNATELY.  Every page is an adventure, and the illustrations are retro classic.  More than just a “before and after” book, this is a story that children will want to read and reread.

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ISBN: 9780671449018
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little Simon - November 30th, 1982

Ah, there’s nothing as fun as teaching and learning animal sounds.  Unless, you’re learning that three little pigs sing “la la la”!  Boynton’s trademark humor and cute illustrations cement her place in the board book hall of fame.  Laugh along with little ones as you find yourself memorizing the catchy, easy rhymes.

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By Margaret Wise Brown, Alice Provensen (Illustrator), Martin Provensen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780375853357
Published: Golden Books - February 24th, 2009

It wouldn’t be an introduction to the world, if you forgot to mention all the colors. Author Margaret Wise Brown (you may remember her for GOODNIGHT MOON or RUNAWAY BUNNY) brings us some mischievous kittens and a lot of paint. As the kittens play, colors are made and unmade. A classically cute “tail” to teach the basics.

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ISBN: 9781580891745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 2007

If you didn’t know, babies love to look at pictures of other babies.  Faces delight babies, so why not delight your baby with pictures of babies from all over the world?  A simple message of love and acceptance accompanies the rich photography.  In purchasing from the Global Fund for Children, you’re not just helping your baby but babies all over the world.

The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) (Big Bird's Favorites Board Books) Cover Image
By Jon Stone, Michael Smollin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375805615
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 27th, 2000

Before there was Elmo . . . there was Grover!  Grover, like many readers was afraid of monsters.  He’d been told (in the title) that there would be a MONSTER at the end of this book . . .  Follow Grover to the end of this funny tale, told with lots of Sesame Street charm and innocence, to see just WHO is waiting at the end of this book.  Sure to fill young readers with page turning anticipation, this is a classic.

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ISBN: 9780714866895
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - February 3rd, 2014

You might be more familiar with Herve Tullet’s recent picture book successes such as PRESS HERE and MIX IT UP.  Tullet brings his artistic and playful sense to a younger audience in a new set of board books.  While there are many titles in the set, my favorite is THE EYES GAME.  Filled with faces from boys to girls to robots, readers and listeners can take turns looking through the eye holes in the book – this is a book that takes interaction seriously.  Have fun trying on the different faces and making up stories as you and your child play THE EYES GAME.