Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Going to a Baby Shower? Seven Diverse Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

When I was a bookseller, I'd get a lot of customers who came in looking for books as gifts for baby showers, newborns, and baby/toddler birthdays. Board books are great for babies and toddlers as they are fairly indestructible and easier to carry in diaper bags, strollers, the car, etc. The books below are all excellently written and illustrated and are also racially and culturally diverse. I won't recap them since they're all pretty short and self-explanatory, but if you're wondering about a particular one, feel free to leave questions in the comments!

1. Girl of Mine
written by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

2. Boy of Mine
written by Jabari Asim, illustrated LeUyen Pham

3. Whose Knees Are These?
written by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

4. Whose Toes Are Those?
written by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

5. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

(also available in Spanish/English bilingual board book, lap-size board book, and hardcover picture book)

6. Everywhere Babies
written by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee

(also available in lap-size board book and paperback and hardcover picture book)

7. Ten, Nine, Eight
written and illustrated by Molly Bang

You can read a review of Ten, Nine, Eight at Coastline Books
(also available in paperback and hardcover picture book and in Spanish in paperback)

Do you have any favorite diverse board books? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Very nice! I'll share thse titles on as well.

  2. Here's my list of excellent board books that feature American Indians.

  3. Here's a board book from 2013 (not yet added to the list I shared above):

  4. Here's a long essay about board books by Navajo artist, Beverly Blacksheep:

  5. And here's one more, from 2012: