The Kids Are All Right

Beautiful New Board Books!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

One of my favorite things to do is select board book gifts for my friends who have just had babies. I just sent out a package to dear friends who recently adopted an infant. Here are the board books I selected for them!

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

I love Brendan Wenzel’s striking art, which I think will draw the attention of the youngest readers. This board book edition contains the same gorgeous illustrations as the original picture book, introducing readers to the striped tiger and the spotted leopard and the lovely patterns found on tortoise shells and pangolin backs.

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

This great board book has a lovely graphic illustration quality, showing Black hairstyles including a ‘fro-hawk, mini-twists, crisp cornrows, cool curls, waves, and afros. With every page, the words proclaim, “I am born to be awesome!” Can you think of a better sentence to be reading to a brand new human?

I Am! Affirmations for Resilience by Bela Barbosa, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

This rainbow-filled board book has a wonderful message on every page. Ten relatable emotions are each followed by a centering exercise and a positive affirmation to be recited, as a practice in mindfulness. Young readers are encouraged to find their inner strength by recognizing and addressing their emotions, instilling a sense of power and self-confidence.

Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy People by Richard Scarry

When I was young, I loved examining each page of Richard Scarry’s wonderful books. There is so much to take in, and I love Scarry’s humorous drawings and how he conveys a sense of motion and movement. Little ones are sure to love this durable board book version of his busy people series.

TouchThinkLearn: Build! by Xavier Deneux

This inventive board book gives young readers much to touch and explore with kid-safe puzzle-like play pieces and bold shapes and colors.

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Until next time!

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