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New Board Books for Bored Preschool Grands

Board books are great. They are sturdy and kids can turn the thick pages themselves. This collection covers the alphabet, counting, a rainbow cake and much more.

Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba


ABC Dance coverABC Dance – an Animal Alphabet

Author:Sabrina Moyle

Illustrator: Eunice Moyle

Age Range: 0-4

Dance through the alphabet from Aardvark to Zebra!

This board book guides your young grand through the alphabet using dancing animals. Everyone joins in the fun – dolphins, kangaroos, poodles and yaks. The last two pages show the whole alphabet with animals so you can sing the alphabet song to reinforce.

The illustrations are bright and fun. And the text is in rhymes which young kids love. ABC Dance! is a joy for children and grown-ups to read aloud together. Now get your dancing shoes on!



Good Night Baboon coverGood Night Baboon! A Bedtime Counting Book

Author:Sabrina Moyle

Illustrator: Eunice Moyle

Age Range: 0-4

Good Night, Baboon! is a fun board book to jump-start counting skills. One little baboon does not want to go to bed. He is wide awake full of energy. As his friends prepare for bed, he is busy monkeying around.

“Six dapper dinos brush their gums. Baby baboon brushes his BUM!”

Lively illustrations and fun rhymes will entertain the young grands as they learn to count down from ten to one.


Sabrina MoyleSabrina Moyle is half of the sister team behind Hello!Lucky, an award-winning design studio. With her sister Eunice, she produced Hello!Lucky’s first collection of letterpress printed greeting cards in 2003. Since then, Hello!Lucky has expanded to design bedding, ceramics, socks, stationery, custom photo albums, best-selling children’s books, and more. Sabrina lives in San Francisco.


Eunice James

Illustrator Eunice Moyle is half of the sister team behind Hello!Lucky, an award-winning design studio. With her sister Sabrina, she produced Hello!Lucky’s first collection of letterpress printed greeting cards in 2003. Since then, Hello!Lucky has expanded to design bedding, ceramics, socks, stationery, custom photo albums, best-selling children’s books, and more. Eunice lives in France.



My Daddy and Me coverMy Daddy and Me

Author: Linda Ashman

Illustrator: Jane Massey

Age range: 3-5

There are many stories dedicated to moms and kids. This board book is all about the daddies. Follow a father and toddler through a typical day.

Daddy wakes before I rise.
Drinks his coffee. Rubs his eyes.
Sees me standing on the stair.
Picks me up. Smooths my hair.

After breakfast there is bike riding, gardening, laughing, cooking, bath time and night-night tuck in. The illustrations show different sets of dads and sons or daughters. The pictures are soft and sweet. My Daddy and Me celebrates the day-to-day joys of fatherhood with rhymes. With padded board covers, this book will last through many readings. A great book to celebrate dads everywhere.


Linda AshmanAbout the author:

Linda Ashman is the author of many picture books, including Rain!, illustrated by Christian Robinson, which was a 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award Winner; Babies on the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer; Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs, illustrated by Lauren Stringer, which was named a Book List Editors’ Choice; and Rub-a-Dub Sub, illustrated by Jeff Mack. She lives with her family in North Carolina.


Jane MasseyAbout the illustrator:

Jane Massey is a children’s book illustrator who has created adorable young characters for publishers all over the world. She is the illustrator of the books Ten Little Toes, Two Small FeetBaby Boo, I Love YouEat, Sleep Poop, and more. She lives on the south coast of England. Visit her online at janemassey.co.uk.


Your Nose coverYour Nose!

A Wild Little Love Song

Author/Illustrator: Sandra Boynton

Age Range: 0-4

You can tell everybody I told you so.
It’s the greatest little nose I know.

Boop! You and your child will be saying this and squeezing each other’s noses before you know it. Popular children’s author Sandra Boynton’s newest board book is here. A proud fox parent is endlessly singing the praises of the child’s fox nose. It’s a celebration of the love between a parent and child—and of the beautiful, boop-able noses we love.


Sandra BoyntonAbout the author:

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children’s author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over sixty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times bestsellers. Boynton has also directed twelve music videos of her songs, including “One Shoe Blues” starring B.B. King, “Alligator Stroll” starring Josh Turner, and “Tyrannosaurus Funk” (animation) sung by Samuel L. Jackson. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weather vane in America.


You Are A Gift To Me coverYou Are A Gift To Me!

Author/Illustrator: Sandra Magsamen

Age range: 2-4

A heartwarming, inspirational story from the bestselling creator of Welcome Little One, Sandra Magsamen, perfect for baby showers, graduation, and more!

You are my shining star that shines so bright.
You fill my world with hope and light!
You will always be a gift to me…
and I will love you endlessly!

This is a cute love letter to that special little someone in your life.  With rhyming text, and cute, bright, large illustrations, this board book will be hit with your grand. The first page is giant gift tag so you can personalize it with lots of love.


Sandra MagsamenAbout the author:

Sandra Magsamen is the author and illustrator of many books for young children, including the picture book When I Grow Up I Want to Be Me as well as a number of bestselling novelty titles, including Everybody Goes Nighty-Night, a Best Board Book of 2018 by the Children’s Book Review; Baby LoveI Love You, Little Pumpkin; and Peek-a-Boo, I Love You. As an artist, an art therapist, and a mom, she uses her creativity to remind people to express themselves and connect with others. Her lifestyle brands, products, and books are sold worldwide. Visit her at sandramagsamen.com.


Bake a Rainbow Cake coverBake a Rainbow Cake

Author/Illustrator: Amira Kassem

Age Range: 0-3

Pour it! Mix it! Bake it! Frost it! Make a wish!

Each page of this book comes with an activity. There are tabs to pull, flaps to open, and lots of colorful surprises. Since this board book is interactive, I tried it out with my two and three year old grandsons. They loved when the tabs or flaps revealed some magical page transformation, but they had a hard time actually doing the required action by themselves. This is a fun and very colorful book. Who doesn’t love a book about cake?




Amirah KassemAbout the author:

FLOUR SHOP founder and Flour-ist Amirah Kassem is an artist at heart and cake is her medium. Amirah is the bestselling author of The Power of Sprinkles. Amirah grew up baking and sculpting with her mother in Mexico, where she discovered an appreciation for fine ingredients—and mastered the art of multi-sensory experiences.


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Beeba and grands Dec 2019About the reviewer:

Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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