2019 Children’s Books To Be Excited About: Board Books

Happy New Year in children’s books! Baby librarian Marian and her mommy Margaret have scoured the 2019 children’s book releases (that have been announced), and bring you these 2019 board books to get excited about. Later in the week (or next), they’ll list their favorite 2019 picture books. There were just too many for a single post.

Marian’s Favorite 2019 Board Books

Mommy says I should pick out the books I want to read the most, but I’m only excited about Sesame Street books. I love seeing the characters and pointing at all their faces! I can’t wait to include these with my other Sesame Street books. I’m a little sad none of these are noise books though. Maybe some Sesame Street music books will come out later in the year. These are my most favorite books.

Cover of Just One You by Sesame Street Workshop

Here’s a list of all the Sesame Street board books I could find:

Mommy says she’s excited by more books that aren’t Sesame Street, so I’ll let her take over the rest of this post.

Margaret’s Favorite 2019 Board Books

While I also enjoy Sesame Street, I like to read other things, as does Marian, whatever she may say to the contrary. So here are my top 2019 board books to be excited about! I haven’t read any of these yet, but my library card is ready for some checking out.

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (April 2)

Cover of Grandma's Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

I actually have read the hardback version of this book, and it’s so good! Have you ever read a book that just perfectly captures what it is to be a young child? This is one of those books. What child doesn’t love going through purses? And the new board book version is actually shaped like a purse! I can totally see Marian toting this around.

Cover of A is for Awesome by Eva ChenA Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto (February 5)

We love our feminist board books, and I’m excited about adding this one to our collection. It’s by the same author of the picture book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, which I haven’t read but it’s on my radar.

Cover of Dragons are Real by Eva ChenDragons Are Real!and Unicorns Are Real! by Holly Hatam (March 26)

I love fantasy everything, so of course I love fantasy children’s books. And obviously dragons and unicorns are real. And I love Holly Hatam’s art!

Baby Geek by Mark Mazzenga (April 23)

So yeah, if you haven’t guessed already, I’m a geek. This is a must own for us! There’s no link for it yet, but it’s listed in the Downtown Bookworks’ catalog.

Cover of Woke Baby by Mahogany Browne Woke Babyby Mahogany L. Browne, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III (January 4)

As an activist, of course I want to fill Marian’s library with progressive books. This will go perfectly with A is for Activist and Feminist Baby. Mahogany Browne is a poet, but I haven’t read any of her poems before. Still, I find that promising for a children’s books, where the writing needs to be so sparse.

Cover of Almost Everybody Farts by Marty KelleyAlmost Everybody Farts by Marty Kelley (March 5)

This book makes me laugh, and if it makes me laugh, it’s going to make kids laugh too. The humor will be over Marian’s head right now though.


Cover of A is for All the Things You Are by Anna Forgerson HindleyA Is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson Hindley, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo (April 9)

Illustrated by the same illustrator of the award-winning I Am Enough and written by the ECE (early childhood education) coordinator at the National Museum of African American Culture and History, this is sure to be an excellent and diverse ABC book.

Little Poet William Shakespeare: I Love You by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Carme Lemniscates (March 26)

Cover of Little Poet Shakespeare by KAte Coombs

A new babylit book! These are great for all the English major mommies out there, ha. I hope this one is a poem. Jabberwocky: A BabyLit Nonsense Primer is my favorite babylit book so far, and it’s because the full text is there, and it’s such a fun poem. I hope this one has the same readability.

The Secret Garden Lit For Little HandsLit for Little Hands: The Secret Garden by David Miles (March 1)

I’m unfamiliar with this series, which contains interactive panels, and I’m excited about discovering them for the first time! I love The Secret Garden, and I see there’s also a Lit for Little Hands: Pride and Prejudice.

Any of these look good to you?


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