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Bookshop's Favorite Infant Books

Introducing the perfect collection of infant books for your little one! These are Bookshop Santa Cruz staff's favorite board books for infants. they are designed to engage and captivate your baby's imagination while also promoting cognitive and language development. From classic nursery rhymes to modern-day stories, these books are sure to become a beloved part of your baby's early years.

I Am an Animal / Soy un animal by Alfredo Soderguit

There are many helpful tools for teaching young children both Spanish and English, but this bilingual board book in particular stands out as a wonderful meditation on the connectedness of all living animals. Soderguit provides clear and concise examples of phrases in both languages, alongside illustrations that are playful and simple enough to appeal to very young readers. —Isaac


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I Am an Animal / Soy un animal: (Bilingual Board Books for Babies) By Alfredo Soderguit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781735311586
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Published: Tra Publishing - March 21st, 2023

You Are New by Lucy Knisley

A perfect board book for story time! Lucy Knisley captures the magic of new life and wonder with a panoply of babies exploring the world and its experiences for the first time. With simple colors, strong shapes, and an easy, rhyming cadence, Knisley draws out the breadth of life. Kids and parents alike will enjoy this journey, reminding everyone of just how much delight there is in our lives. —Jocelyn


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ISBN: 9781797219677
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 14th, 2023

Goodnight Veggies (BOARD) by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

The colors in this book just knock my socks off! Every page exudes such joy, from the smiling veggies to the wonderfully wacky wordplay. What a sweet way to wind down with a little one at the end of the day, “for nothing’s more exhausting than growing day and night.” -Michelle

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Goodnight, Veggies Board Book By Diana Murray, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Diana Murray, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780358452119
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Published: Clarion Books - April 13th, 2021

A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd’s kite is stuck in a tree, what can he do to get it back down? Let’s just say he tries just about anything. In this comical tale, Oliver Jeffers humor shines through in a laugh-out-loud book perfect for little ones (and the big one’s reading out loud!) One of my favorites to sell to parents trying to find a book they won’t tire of and for any family member shopping for a new “classic.” -Andrea

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A Little Stuck By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524737160
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Published: Philomel Books - March 7th, 2017

Moon (BOARD) by Britta Teckentrup

I love all of Britta Teckentrup’s peek-through picture books, but this one is my favorite. Her art has almost a collage quality to it that is very unique and the peek-through parts make the book more engaging for little ones. Great for teaching about the phases of the moon or simply for kids who love the night sky. If you enjoy this book, make sure to check out her other ones! -Alana

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Moon: A Peek-Through Board Book By Britta Teckentrup Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593372395
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2022

Our Little Kitchen (BOARD) by Jillian Tamaki

The community kitchen pulls together their latest meal with organized chaos and such good onomatopoeias!  This board book adaptation moves admirably to a small format and loses none of its charm. My kids love looking at all the little details on every page and the words trip off the tongue pleasingly. A perfect cozy read sandwiched between All the World and Everywhere Babies. -Ivy

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ISBN: 9781419746567
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - October 4th, 2022

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap, Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

My daughter thinks Crunch is just the funniest, shy dinosaur ever, but don’t talk too loud or he might hide! Can you help him say hello, paint names, and eventually fall asleep? A coaxing, interactive text paired with Pizzoli’s gentle illustrations are sure to engage any little one. This follows admirably in the footsteps of Press Here and Peck Peck Peck, both classics in our household. -Ivy

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Crunch the Shy Dinosaur By Cirocco Dunlap, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cirocco Dunlap, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525707646
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Published: Random House Studio - June 29th, 2021

Catch That Chicken Written by Atinuke

Lami’s love for her chickens will liven up everyone’s storytime. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the familiar mayhem and antics in this delightful board book, with full-page spreads of colorful illustrations that are rich with family and community. Loving lessons about leaning into your own giftedness and being unapologetically “you” are themes we all need to learn, no matter how old we are.  —JENNY

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Catch That Chicken! By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536228045
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Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2022

One Sky by Aaron Becker

With his signature tinted windows, Becker’s newest board book One Sky invites readers to hold the pages up to a sunny day and see how light plays with the colors. Atmospheric and ethereal, this read-aloud celebrates the sky in a fun and interactive way. I love books that you can engage with in multiple ways! Like Becker’s You Are Light and My Favorite Color, this one is especially great for infants because of its tactile nature. —Eli

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One Sky By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536225365
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Published: Candlewick Studio - September 6th, 2022

My Nap, Mi Siesta: A Coco Rocho Book by Raúl the Third

Raul the Third makes his board book debut with this adorable bedtime story. I always look forward to what this author/illustrator comes out with, and this little book did not disappoint! Colorful, vibrant images combine with fun and easy bilingual English/Spanish storytelling as we follow along with Coco Rocho joining his friends for wonderful restful naps! And for the opposite of naptime, be sure to read My Party, Mi Fiesta for more fun with Coco Rocho! —Eli

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My Nap, Mi Siesta: A Coco Rocho Book (Bilingual English-Spanish) (World of ¡Vamos!) By III Raúl the Third Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358394730
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Published: Versify - April 5th, 2022


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