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The Best Unexpected Board Books To Gift | Book Riot

The Best Unexpected Board Books To Gift | Book Riot

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If someone in your life just had a baby, and you’re wracking your brains with gift ideas, look no further! Board books are delightful gifts for both parent and child. They are books that can be read or even read by very young children. Pages are glued to heavy-duty card stock so they can withstand rough handling. Also, the pages are usually rounded to avoid any paper cuts. It is safe for young children to handle as it broadens their mental horizons.

They make wonderful gifts because reading together helps parents bond with their children, as they each learn (or relearn) their own childlike wonders. They can also help infants and young children learn about the world around them, learn about words and colors, and find comfort and joy in books. It opens their eyes, their minds, and their hearts to stories and communication.

So here is a list of some of the best unexpected books to gift in 2022. They are curated to include books that are unique, interesting, and just might surprise you. Some feature children as the main characters, others teach you about the world, some break down binaries, and one even talks about potty training.

Count for love! (Glossy Brownboard Book for Kids) by Andrea Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

In this adorable board book, a child learns how to “count to love.” The child learns how to spell the word love and count the numbers 1-2-3-4. It does this by counting fingers, toes, arms, legs, nose, kiss belly, and more. It’s a great way for a child to learn to become aware of their own body, and do so with love!

Cat's First Baby from Natalie Nelson's book cover

Cat’s First Baby: A book by Natalie Nelson

Cat parents or people who love cats will definitely enjoy this book. And let’s hope the kid does too! This cute little book shows us how a cat sees a new family member. This baby doesn’t mew and doesn’t smell like a cat, but snoozes like a kitten. Is the cat fond of the child? Read on to find out!

Planting a rainbow painting book cover

Sowing the Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

This vibrant book is the perfect size to be held in two little hands. It is great for learning colors and cognition of nature. You can learn the colors of the rainbow by planting flowers of every color and watching them bloom!

One love board book cover

One love from Cedella Marley and Vanessa Brantley Newton

This is based on the song “One Love” by Bob Marley. It has a lively and diverse representation. The underlying message is the lyric, “One love, one heart, let’s come together and feel alright.” Kids can teach that despite all our differences, we all come together in love.

Bye Bye cover duo Jiron and Choa

Goodbye, a duo of Eric Geron and Charlene Chua

This is a great board book where a child teaches you that they are allowed to love what they want. It can be a great book for parents to read too, to remind themselves to allow their child to act as they choose. It ends with the lines, “I am loved for being me, and you are loved for being you.” I think seeing that on the page can help a child feel more fulfilled in expressing themselves.

Night-Night A Touch and Feel book cover

Night-Night: A Touch-and-Feel Playbook by Ladybird and Lemon Ribbon Studio

Touch and feel books are interesting and fun for kids. This book is a bedtime book where the child says good night to everyone. There are nature, animals and vehicles with interesting soft textures. This can be a great relaxing activity before bed while the baby also learns about the world.

Cover of Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

This sturdy board book introduces Baby to amazing women of color. These women have done amazing things in a variety of fields such as science, art, journalism, music, and more! It’s a beautiful reminder to dream big and reach for those dreams, just like these amazing leaders.

Potty by Leslie Patricelli book cover

Potty from Leslie Patricelli

This book can be a great companion during the potty training phase of a child. The child needs to defecate and is trying to decide if he should wear his nappy. It is cute and funny and can arouse children’s interest in potty training.


For more board book chronicles, check out our articles: Are Board Book Variety Must-Reads and What Makes a Good Book?


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