Artful board books for babies

Artful board books for babies

I thought reading books to a newborn would be a little premature, but I’ve been shocked at how much attention Baby J pays to each and every page I show him. He looks intently–maybe it’s because he really doesn’t have much choice in the matter. Ha! While I’ve been “reading” him these books, I’m astonished at cleverly written and illustrated they are. There’s a lot you can pack into one cardboard page! I’ve found quite a number of really beautiful, clever, and artful books for baby and I thought you might be interested in them too. There are some goodies here!

The round up includes books written by famous artists, illustrated by famous artists, or a focus on explaining about famous artist and art in general. Do you have any to add to the list? Please add in the comments!

Artful board books for babies

  1. Let’s Play by Herve Tullet. Such a great artist.
  2. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. This one is one of my favorites! IT combines all my farite things: rainbows, gardening, and flowers! It’s educational, beautiful, and inspiring!
  3. Birds and other animals with Pablo Picasso. So sweet.
  4. Art Baby: Spots and Dots by Chez Picthall. A great high contrast book.
  5. Pop Art Baby! by Keith Haring. The famous Keith wrote a baby book in English, French, Spanish, German so we can all learn 4 languages 😉
  6. Art for Baby. As you might know, high contrast books are great for little eyes and this shows 11 images from big artists and provides you with prints for baby’s nursery at the end.
  7. Charley Harper’s Count the Birds by Zoe Burke. Harper’s illustrations are just begging to be children’s books!
  8. Charley Harper’s Book of Colors by Zoe Burke
  9. Counting with Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin.
  10. Mini Masters by Julie Merberg. It’s never too early to teach the Masters!
  11. Pantone Colors and Pantone Box of Colors. This one is super clever and great for teaching various shades of colors.
  12. So Many Stars by Mudpuppy and illustrated by Andy Warhol. I always love some early Warhol with his whimsical illustrations.
  13. My First Book of Patterns by Bobby and June George. My dear friend from art school gifted this to Jasper and it’s SO clever. I can’t recommend this one enough. I’m doing a sneak peek on Instastories about it today. It walks you through each of the standard patterns like stripes, plaids, paisley, etc. It’s so well done.
  14. Alexander Girard Color. This is the first ever board book that I ever bought. I bought it two years ago while my sister and I were in Santa Fe visiting for our annual birthday trip. We visited the International Folk Museum where Alexander Girard has his massive folk collection and I bought this in the gift shop thinking I’d gift it to my niece, but I loved it so much and couldn’t part with it! Ha! I’m a great aunt 😉

I’d love to hear what some of your favorites!


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