Board Books for Infant Sophisticates

[ 1 ] October 15, 2008 |

By Katy Killilea


Know a baby with parents who think they’re really cool and clever? Or have your own baby with cool, clever parents? You need to know about these board books, and quickly! Foist these upon your babies before they develop their own taste in books!Petitconnoisseur

The Petit Connoisseur series, written by Karen Salmansohn and illustrated by Brian Stauffer covers the art and fashion concepts your baby needs to know in a format your baby can chew on. In the Art book, stylish collages and typefaces illustrate art world-meets-baby world terminology like “MOMA” and “Dada.” Petit Connoisseur books are more than smart. They’re also punchy and colorful–great books for a baby whose parents spent more time in sophisticated places before he or she came along.

Foodie parents will want to have any or all of the seven books in Amy Wilson Sanger’s World Snacks series in their board book libraries. When we had our first baby in 2001, we got copies of First Book of Sushi over and over again as gifts–everyone we knew thought we would want a copy, and they were right. Beguiling cut paper illustrations and gentle rhyming text like, “Miso in my sippy cup, tofu in my bowl. Crab and avocado fill my California roll” makes the books in this series no-brainers–anyone who has a baby and loves food will want these books! Available in sushi-theme and six others, featuring the cuisines of Italy, Jewish holidays, Mexico, China, “Soul” food, and India.

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The details:
All books mentioned in this review are available from Tricycle Press and cost $6.95 each.

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Category: baby, books / stories, food + recipes

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Maria says:

    I just ordered “Mangia, Mangia”! (predictable?)
    Thanks for the tips!

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