Book of the Week — Alison Jay’s Board Books

January 24, 2008

Aren’t these board books gorgeous? Alison Jay’s illustrations are inventive and beautiful.

In Alphabet (which also seems to go by ABC depending on which country it’s sold in), each scene features one item (A is for apple) with several smaller a-word-objects surrounding the main item. The final scene shows everything and everyone from the book together in a non-traditional zoo. And throughout the book there’s an underlying story of a man on a journey encountering objects from the book.

In Numbers
(which also seems to go by 123), you’ll count from 1 to 10 and back again with fairy tale characters as your companions. Watch for characters from one scene as they make appearances on further pages. So well done!

These would be a wonderful addition to your child’s library and are pretty enough that you’ll want to leave them out on display.



And while my brain is on Alison Jay, check out her Picture This board book as well — clearly Alison can do no wrong!


I spotted the Alphabet book
on the great new blog Babyccino (4 cool mothers blogging from 4 cool cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris & Milan).

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1 Cassie January 24, 2008 at 10:55 am

I bought and gave the Alphabet book for my 4 year old little brother for Christmas and ever since I’ve been wanting to buy another one for myself. I loved the illustrations and I thought as I flipped through it..”I wonder if Design Mom has seen this, she would just love it.”

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2 Laura January 24, 2008 at 11:01 am

I have had the Picture This! book in my children’s library for the past 5 years or so. My two-year-old simply can’t get enough of this book! The illustrations are so charming and I love the simplicity . . . one word per page. It’s perfect for a toddler/preschooler! Thanks for the additional recommendations for Allison Jay! I’ll go out and look for them today!

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3 Shar January 24, 2008 at 11:20 am

i’m always on the look out for cool board books. good find!

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4 Super Zoe January 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I am always looking for good baby books for gifts! These are darling.

Love the babyccino idea = tres continentale.

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5 Liz January 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I Took The Moon For A Walk is one of our family’s all time faves. I am so happy to see Allison Jay get her due.

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6 Stephanie January 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Thanks for the tip about the Babyccino blog! I bookmarked it.

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7 Jill January 26, 2008 at 1:45 am

Picture This is my favorite baby gift! I love her illustrations and yes, it is too beautiful to be hidden in a bookshelf. Have you seen the beautiful books from Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Each Peach Pear Plum and Peek-A-Boo)? They are lovely too-the illustrations are wonderful.

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8 Casey Wallace January 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm

The ABC book by Jay… have it, love it. And my 15-month-old does, too, which is way more important. Thanks for sharing them! I’m going to add the others to our collection.

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9 Mama Ruck June 4, 2009 at 9:56 pm

She illustrated books for Barefoot Books. 'I Took The Moon For A Walk' is one of my families favorite. 'Listen, Listen' is my girlfriend's family favorite. Her artwork is soothing to view.

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