5 Years of Baby Ventures: A Retrospective and Look Ahead

(Feature photo by Allison Fitzsimmons)

We’re thrilled to usher in 2021 for many reasons, and one of them is definitely Baby Ventures™ turning the big five this spring! Since launching our indie board book company in 2016, we have met and collaborated with incredible people and entities – from community-minded indie bookstore owners to educators infusing diversity into their classrooms, and nonprofits working tirelessly to provide access to quality books for all children. And most of all, our amazing customers! We LOVE meeting you at story times, book fairs and art festivals—and nothing makes us happier than hearing that your little ones love our books. That gives us true joy and singular inspiration.

While some of you have followed us from the beginning (thank you!), for anyone new to us, we wanted to take this time to (re)introduce ourselves, share what inspires us, and highlight how we work to accomplish our mission to celebrate diversity and expand growing minds through reading. Read on to learn about our journey, and get a sneak peek of what is coming in 2021 and beyond!

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Holiday Giving Campaign: You Shop, We Donate!

Happy #GivingTuesday! Today, we launch our Holiday Giving Campaign with a special initiative to bring the gift of reading to DC area kids in need.

Now until December 20th: For *every* purchase of any Baby Ventures product made on our website, we’ll donate a copy of our ABCs of Washington, DC board book to a local non-profit organization. The more you shop, the more we give!

Enjoy $3.99 flat rate shipping on all orders plus receive a free Gift of Reading bookmark we’ve designed especially for bookworm families! Click here to shop now.

Together, we can work to ensure that every child enjoys the gift of reading this holiday season!

Hola Amigo: Fostering a Love of Spanish Language Learning

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! At Baby Ventures™, we’re BIG believers in teaching little ones new languages early on to help their brains develop and their worldviews expand. Earlier this month, we were thrilled to collaborate with two fellow women who run a small business dedicated to teaching children Spanish. Meet Conchita and Allison—founders of Hola Amigo, a unique subscription box program they diligently craft with culturally immersive, educational, and FUN Spanish language books and activities for children of all ages! Read on to learn about these two incredible women, their company vision, and the many benefits of teaching our kiddos la lengua española:

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Virtual Spring Story Time Part III: ABCs of Washington, DC

Happy Friday! We’re excited to kick off the weekend with the third book in our Virtual Spring Story Time Series!

Today, Baby Ventures co-founder and illustrator Lisa Hall is reading from our inaugural board book, The ABCs of Washington, DC. Gather your munchkins and click the video below to join Lisa as we take a literary tour of our nation’s capital.

BONUS: Keep little ones reading at home with their own copies of our books! Use the code SpringStorytime on our website to receive 20% off The ABCs of Washington, DC and all other titles. Only a few days remain – special promotion ends May 31st!

Happy reading!

Virtual Spring Story Time Part II: ¡Números, Baby!

Welcome to the second installment of our Virtual Spring Story Time Series! Baby Ventures co-authors Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash are going virtual this spring, so all kiddos can stay safe while enjoying literary adventures!

Today, we’re thrilled to bring you story time with Golzar, reading from our bilingual Spanish-English counting book, ¡Números, Baby! Gather your niños and click the video below to join Golzar as she explores uno a diez across 11 beautiful and diverse Spanish-speaking locales throughout the world!

BONUS: Keep little ones reading at home with their own copies of our books! Use the code SpringStorytime on our website to receive 20% off ¡Números, Baby! and all other titles, now through May 31st!

We proudly donate a portion of sales from every ¡Números, Baby! book to World Central Kitchen, founded by chef and humanitarian José Andrés.

And be sure to stay tuned for our final virtual story time with Lisa later this month as she reads from our ABCs of Washington, DC!

Happy reading, families!

 

Virtual Spring Story Time Part I: The ABCs of Annapolis

Every spring, Baby Ventures™ co-authors Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash love hosting story times with our globally-inspired board books at indie bookstores and public libraries throughout our greater Washington region. This spring, we’re going virtual so we all stay safe and little bookworms don’t miss out on literary adventures!

Today, we’re so excited to kick off our virtual story time series with our ABCs of Annapolis book! Gather your munchkins and click the video below to join Lisa as she explores the A to Z of Maryland’s Capital City.

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Springtime, Social Distancing, and Sticking Together in 2020

It’s already been quite a year for everyone around the globe in the wake of Coronavirus. Here at Baby Ventures ™, we rang in 2020 (which now feels like years ago) with much excitement and creative energy as we worked on our fourth title. We relished in our staple kid-friendly adventures around Washington, DC – including a visit to the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration back in February. And as the first weeks and months of 2020 unfolded, we keenly looked forward to spring and all the joy it represents for our Baby Ventures family: Iranian New Year (“Norooz”), the iconic cherry blossoms adorning our capital city, and the bustling season of story times and other in-person author events at indie bookstores, public libraries, and fairs throughout our region.

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Norooz Decorations

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Shop small (today and every day) for Baby Ventures books!

Now in its 10th year, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage shoppers to support local businesses during one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends. Over the years, it has become a shopping tradition and part of the larger Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses throughout the year.

At Baby Ventures, we wholeheartedly believe that shopping small means more than just supporting local businesses. It helps communities thrive. Over the past three and a half years, we have had the privilege of working with 50+ indie bookstores, specialty shops and toy stores, and have witnessed their commitment to community and willingness to support those in need. Continue reading Shop small (today and every day) for Baby Ventures books!

Part I: Leemos Juntos! Celebrating books + reading with students in Puerto Rico

Last week, we had the honor of traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico to host story time for pre-K through first grade students at Escuela Inés María Mendoza! We were thrilled to meet the dedicated team of teachers and staff, and get to know their incredible students!  Together, we read from our new bilingual book ¡Números, Baby! as we practiced counting from 1 – 10 in both Spanish and English. With each page, we also explored our book’s illustrations depicting the unique cultures and geography of diverse Spanish-speaking locales. We especially loved sharing page 5 (featuring Puerto Rico’s native coquí frogs) with the students, who then serenaded us with the distinct and beautiful song of the coquí! Continue reading Part I: Leemos Juntos! Celebrating books + reading with students in Puerto Rico

Celebrating Hannah Oliver Depp on International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! At Baby Ventures™, we celebrate the remarkable women in our indie literary orbit – women who are trailblazing their own path and lifting up other women along the way.  

Today we’re thrilled to highlight avid book lover, early literacy supporter, and community builder Hannah Oliver Depp! Hannah is the owner and creative force behind Loyalty Bookstore – the beautifully revamped face of Upshur Street Books in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. Continue reading Celebrating Hannah Oliver Depp on International Women’s Day