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!

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!

 

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 II: Meet Gabi! Volunteering at the Rooftop Garden in San Juan, PR

When we first created our new bilingual ¡Números, Baby!, we knew that beyond sharing the book through public fora, free author events, and donations, we also wanted to find additional meaningful ways to give back to the communities that inspired each page. Continue reading Part II: Meet Gabi! Volunteering at the Rooftop Garden in San Juan, PR

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 multicultural books today…and every day!

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD)! This national event aims to raise awareness of children’s books that celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity, and share global voices and perspectives. Importantly, MCBD highlights the need for greater access to multicultural books as well, and actively helps disseminate more of them to classrooms and libraries nationwide. Continue reading Celebrating multicultural books today…and every day!

Announcing our new book/ Anunciando nuestro nuevo libro: ¡NÚMEROS, BABY!

At Baby Ventures, our philosophy is simple: creating one-of-a-kind board books that inspire young children to explore our diverse world, one adventure at a time!

This was the driving impetus behind the upcoming release of our new title, ¡Números, Baby! – a vibrant bilingual board book teaching little ones numbers in Spanish! But uno a diez is just the beginning: with illustrations inspired by our own travels, youngsters learn to count while also exploring the beauty and diversity of Spanish speaking locales throughout the world. 1, 2, 3…¡vamos a contar! Continue reading Announcing our new book/ Anunciando nuestro nuevo libro: ¡NÚMEROS, BABY!

Donate $5 to Children’s National & Get a Free Book!

We recently had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful staff of the Family Library at Children’s National Medical Center. Located in Washington, DC, Children’s National provides medical care to all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The Family Library offers patients and families a quiet place for reading and respite, a book cart delivery to patients’ bedsides, Storybook Magic events and much more. And we were thrilled to be invited to host an upcoming Storybook Magic event on Tuesday, April 24th at 11 AM, where we’ll be reading from our ABCs of Washington, DC book!   Continue reading Donate $5 to Children’s National & Get a Free Book!