2023 Staff Picks for Kids - Board Books

Each year, we follow the latest children's book releases and publish an annual roundup of our favorites. From board books to nonfiction to books in Spanish, discover something great for all the young readers in your life! 

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Stay My Baby Book Cover
Button, Lana

Told in rhyming verse, this board book featuring photos of babies and toddlers explores the love between parent and child and promises children that they will stay in the hearts of their caregivers forever.

123: ¿Quién Viene Después? = Who Comes Next? Book Cover
Matsushita-Beal, Amy

Here comes a boy, that is 1. Next comes a girl, that together makes 2. A lady joins the two, which makes them 3. Then comes a dog! How many will they make?"

The Rainbow Park and The Numbers Store Book Cover
Green, Harold

The Rainbow Park - On an outing to the local community park, a family explores all the colors of the rainbow--from a favorite red slide and purple sprinkler to a yellow bench where grandparents watch and relax. Publishing simultaneously with The Numbers Store, The Rainbow Park is part of an exciting new board book series, featuring an intergenerational Black family over the course of a day, that teaches readers early-concepts such as colors and numbers.

The Numbers Store - When Mom realizes there are zero eggs in the house, the entire family heads to the store to pick up more. Readers can join the counting fun as the family shops and adds more items to their basket--from three bananas to five plums--amid the backdrop of a bustling market. Publishing simultaneously with The Rainbow Park, The Numbers Store studies numbers through the experience of an intergenerational Black family's trip to the local grocery store



One Book Cover
Forman, Ruth

Introduce young ones to the concept of counting from one to ten while celebrating themes of friendship and community.

Mixed-Up Construction Vehicles Book Cover
Wilson, Spencer

Children will develop visual and matching skills necessary to prepare for reading as they turn pages to mix and match the tops and bottoms of ten different construction vehicles.

I'm Hungry! Book Cover
Gravel, Elise

The little monster is hungry. What can they eat? A slice of pizza! But the monster is STILL hungry, so they gobble up the plate, the pizza box, the fridge...until the only thing left is the child reading the book. Burp! This adorable board book will make the young picky eaters and food lovers in your life giggle at the absurdity of eating inedible things. Toddlers will love hollering along with the repeated text of "I'm still hungry. What can I eat?" until they squeal with delight when the insatiable monster finally notices them!

Vet: An Action Play Book and Astronaut: An Action Play Book Book Cover
Green, Dan

Who do you want to be today? This lovely and interactive lift-the-flap series introduces children to a diverse range of jobs and daily routines. Each book features cleverly constructed flaps, paired with simple and friendly text, perfect for helping develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while learning more about the world.

Hey, Baby Girl! Book Cover
Pinkney, Andrea Davis

This board book shows bright brown baby girls and little ones everywhere that they can do anything. With bouncing, rhythmic text ... and tender, charming illustrations, ... this inspirational ode is [meant] to offer confidence at the earliest stage and show all little girls that they can change the world.

Swaddled With Love Book Cover
Preziosi, Alessandra

Time for a nap or a sweet good night? Then it's toime to swaddle baby, warm and tight. As tender as a cozy hug, this book celebrates the joy of welcoming a new baby to the world--and captures those magical mements as baby drifts off to sleep, swaddled in softness.

I’ll Be a Chicken Too Book Cover
Vanderlee, Lana

In this lighthearted board book about unconditional love and acceptance, children and their caregivers imagine themselves as a variety of animals in a playful day of dress-up and make-believe.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

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