Bee Hive favorites: board books
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This endearing little book is the perfect love letter for a little (or big!) special someone. With dazzling artwork distinct to the world of Eric Carle, Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sure to give you butterflies inside.
Hug Time by Patrick McConnell, $6.99
Written and illustrated by the creator of the beloved comic strip, Mutts, Hug Time takes you alongside Jules, a kitten with so much love to give he creates a “hug to-do list” and sets off to embrace the world. Hug Time is a sweet tale and beautifully illustrated, sure to warm your heart!
Besos for Baby by Jen Arena, $6.99
Everybody has kisses for Baby, even Gato and Viento! Besos come from everywhere in this perfect board book for children learning English and Spanish. After all, love is in all languages. Ages 0-3.
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan, $6.99
A bedtime story that ends with sunrise! Follow Little Owl over the course of one lovely night, meeting and greeting possums, moths, bats and other nocturnal creatures as they go about their lives. Toward daylight, Little Owl comes home, where his mother reads him a bedtime story about the sun rising. A comforting book that perfectly captures the magic and beauty of nighttime. Ages 0-3.
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere by Bob Barner, $9.99
A delightful tale about the perennially popular arctic bird that also teaches children how penguins fish for food while eluding seals and sharks, how daddies keep the eggs warm, and how penguins communicate with each other. Bright, engaging illustrations make learning fun. Ages 0-3.
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr, $7.99
This is a wonderful little book about a family and their cat, Mog. One night while out of the house, Mog does something that might just surprise everyone! Children will delight in following the daily life of a pet, from taking cat naps to sneaking treats. Any family who has animals will love this book. Ages 0-3.
Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman and Sylvia Long, $6.99
This endearing counting book celebrates Native American cultures with stunning illustrations of lifeways including weaving, fishing and storytelling. An instant classic—ears and tails above the majority of counting books out there! Ages 0-3.
Hippopposites by Janik Coat, $14.95
This oversize board book is simply adorable. The highly stylized hippo appears in a variety of the kind of bold patterns, colors, and textures babies love. Some of the usual opposing pairs are whimsically represented (light and heavy, small and large), but there are also some unique, very visually arresting pairings (opaque and transparent, invisible and visible). Folks of all ages will have fun looking at Hippopposites!
Alexander Girard Color by Gloria Fowler, $14.95
Explore pattern, shape, and exquisite color with this beautiful board book illustrated with the classic work of designer, architect, and textile artist Alexander Girard. Fabulously bright for preschoolers learning to identify colors in a celebration of Girard’s vintage designs. (A perfect companion book to a trip to the Girard wing at the local Museum of International Folk Art!)
Spring Is Here by Taro Gomi, $6.99
Celebrate the seasons with this brightly colored board book.Taro Gomi’s whimsical illustration style and simple storytelling capture the lovely freshness of the first sprouts of the season. Watch as the calf of the pictures grows throughout the four seasons, ending again with the renewal of spring.
Everyone Eats by Julia Kuo, $9.95
“Rabbits eat carrots. Bears eat honey… And I eat carrots, honey, lettuce, seaweed, corn, nuts, mushrooms, berries, seeds, and apples, too!” Offering a delicious variety of foods found in nature, this book is a great way to teach toddlers about different foods beloved by animals and humans alike. A fun, colorful smorgasbord of a board book and the perfect unofficial companion to Everyone Poops!
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman, $7.99
A perfect gift for a toddler’s birthday and likely to become a bedtime favorite, the lovely, rhyming text in this little book instills children with the knowledge that they are special and welcome in the world. “…whenever you doubt just how special you are and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far, listen for geese honking high in the sky. (They’re singing a song to remember you by.)” Designed to be interactive, there is even a moment in this book for whispering your child’s name. Tillman’s gorgeous artwork make this a visual treasure you’ll be glad to open over and over.
Miffy the Artist by Dick Bruna, $11.95
If you haven’t yet met Miffy, it’s time that you were introduced. Beloved since her creation in 1955 by Dutch author-artist Dick Bruna, the Miffy stories are an enduring collection that belong on every child’s bookshelf today. Miffy the Artist is the perfect way to introduce a child to visiting an art gallery and making their own artwork by observing the colors and shapes around them. After an inspiring visit to a gallery, Miffy comes home with her crayons and starts coloring, making her own gallery on the refrigerator. At the end of the day, “Tired but happy, she knew she was a real artist.”
Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams, Art by Alison Oliver, $9.99
Learning to count to 10 with this “Little Master Shakespeare” book could also serve as a child’s introduction to the Bard. Hilarious and original for adults; fun and colorful for children, this is a unique and wonderful book for learning, teaching, and practicing counting. With 1 balcony, 7 masks, 8 love letters, and 10 kisses, parting with this book is such sweet sorrow.
The Game of Mix-up Art by Hervé Tullet, $8.95
“Inside this book are beautiful paintings, ready for you to mix up. Turn the flaps to create a whole new work of art—with squiggles, spots, squares, and shapes of all kinds!” This beautiful, wordless book is like a bound puzzle where every combination results in a colorful, abstract design. Endlessly fun and fascinating, this book is a wonderfully creative way for a little one to play and explore mixing and matching, without tiny puzzle pieces or wrong answers!