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!

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

Join us for Family Funday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival: May 19th!

Calling all bookworms, big and small! We’re excited to announce that Baby Ventures has been selected for the second year in a row to participate in the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 19, 2018! Since its founding in 2010, this Festival has become a top literary event for the whole family in the greater Washington, DC region, attracting hundreds of award-winning authors, poets and songwriters. From author readings to story time and sing-alongs for children, the Festival is the perfect outing for bookworms of all ages! Continue reading Join us for Family Funday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival: May 19th!

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look into Baby Ventures

Baby Ventures co-founders Golzar Kheiltash and Lisa Hall were recently interviewed by local DC photographer and blogger Allison Fitzsimmons. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Allison, sharing our Baby Ventures story, discussing the importance of early learning and much more.

Check out the interview (and her beautiful photos of our books) here and get a behind-the-scenes look into Baby Ventures and our next book, scheduled to release this fall!

Happy reading adventures!

*Photo by Allison Fitzsimmons

Annapolis, Meet the ABCs!

Baby Ventures co-authors Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash welcome their second title, The ABCs of Annapolis! From Art scene to Zooplankton, each page brings Maryland’s capital city to life with Lisa’s vibrant artwork and personal affection for the city she now calls home. Learn all about the impetus behind The ABCs of Annapolis from Lisa and Golzar in the Q&A below! Continue reading Annapolis, Meet the ABCs!

Shop Small for Baby Ventures books in DC!

Capitol Hill. Takoma Park. Georgetown. Petworth. What do these and more DC, Virginia, and Maryland locales have in common? They’re home to one-of-a-kind local shops that retail our Baby Ventures books and artwork! And this Small Business Saturday, you can join us in supporting them by shopping local!

Baby Ventures is a globally-inspired company with DC roots – that’s why we prioritize select local, independent bookstores, gift shops, and toy stores in the greater Washington metropolitan area to carry our products. We’re so excited to be a part of these neighborhood shops, and get to know their vibrant communities through story times and other author eventsContinue reading Shop Small for Baby Ventures books in DC!