14 Outstanding Board Books | SLJ 2024 Stars So Far

Board books just keep getting better, and we've rounded up all our favorites. These are the starred board books of 2024.


Beautiful Butterflies. illus. by Margarida Esteves. Gibbs Smith.
Toddler-PreS–A treat for the eyes and perfect for young naturalists.

BERNSTROM, Daniel. A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree. illus. by Brandon James Scott. Astra/Hippo Park.
PreS-1–Illustrations capture humor and emotion perfectly in this hilarious romp.

DOBBINS, Jan. Mi tractor. illus. by David Sim. Barefoot. SP
Toddler-PreS–This delightful board book will draw young readers into a farmer’s colorful world.

DYRANDER,  Johnny. Make Tracks: Trucks. Nosy Crow.
PreS-K–A thoughtful and deeply engaging use of format, content, and information, this is a must-add to the primary shelves.

EVANS, Harriet. Big and Little: A Book of Animal Opposites. illus. by Linda Tordoff. Tiger Tales.
Toddler-PreS–Perfect engineering meets engaging content, making this very highly recommended.

HODGSON, Rob. Knock Knock: Who’s There? Magic Cat.
Toddler-PreS–Heavy use of googly eyes complete the package of this winning title that will enjoy multiple readings. Great fun!

JALEEL, Aaliya. EidTale: An Eid al-Fitr Adventure. Abrams/Appleseed.
Baby-Toddler–A highly recommended board book that brims with love and connection.

OSAKWE, Leah. Let’s Be Brave. illus. by Becky Paige. Tiger Tales.
PreS-K–In a world where being brave is equated with much larger concepts, this child-size view is full of encouragement, with welcoming and inclusive illustrations.

OTTER, Isabel. Color Gallery: Introducing First Colors Through Art. illus. by Sophie Ledesma. Tiger Tales.
Toddler-PreS–A well-presented introduction to color and art.

SELENA, Elena. Peekaboo Who? Twirl.
Toddler-PreS–Young children will delight in uncovering creatures and will enthusiastically flip the pages.

SOBEL, June.  The Goodnight Train Easter.  illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith. HarperCollins/Clarion.
PreS–A fun, light Easter gem, this book introduces children to some key holiday icons, including eggs, rabbits, ducks, and jellybeans. It will likely engage both young readers and their adults.

URBAN, Chiêu Anh. Illusions in Art: Food. Candlewick.
Baby-Toddler–Smart rhyming clues and visually arresting illustrations set this apart from many art-inspired board books.

WENZEL, Brendan. Hello Hello Shapes. Chronicle.
PreS-K–Fascinating and beautiful with a call to help save threatened species.

ZANOTTO, Lucas. Where Is My Nose? Tra Pub.
Toddler-PreS–The journey is sometimes the best part, and this book exemplifies that message. Pure peekaboo exuberance for toddlers.

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