Resolution: More Adventures in 2017!

Happy New Year! As we venture into 2017, our hearts are filled with gratitude for an incredible 2016. Thanks to YOU – our inspiring followers, customers, and small business retailers for making this past year an absolutely amazing one! 

What are our resolutions for 2017? Top of the list is more adventures! At Baby Ventures, we aim to inspire little ones everywhere to seize the adventure that is CHILDHOOD! And this year, we’ll have even more exciting tips, tools and activities to help your tots discover their wonder-filled world. From adventure maps to “out of this world” exploration (hint, hint), stay tuned for more Baby Ventures!

How are you inspiring childhood adventures in your little ones? Share in the comments section below.

Here’s to many happy adventures in 2017!

Hold on, Fall – It’s Still Summer’s Turn!

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end – it seems like just yesterday that we kicked off the season with our little ones, summer bucket lists in tow and eager to check off beach days, camping trips, and all the ice cream we can eat. Now school is starting, and Halloween feels like it’s around the corner (or so we’re told upon entering every retail store these days).

But before rushing into fall, we want to take stock of the season we’re still in – summertime is such a magical part of childhood, and we’re loathe to short-change our little ones even one day of it. Sure it’s often sticky, icky, and hot, but those aren’t the things you remember as a child. Whether it’s an impromptu beach adventure or just a lazy afternoon with the whir of the A/C and a cold treat from Grandma, the freedom a youngster feels to get lost in the moment is what makes summertime unlike any other time of the year.

So put down the back-to-school to do list. Resist the pumpkin patch search. And forget about Halloween costumes…there’s more than enough time for fall’s many adventures! In these last few weeks of summer, all our tots really need is to be in the sun-kissed moment for just a little bit longer. We know we have to say goodbye to summer soon…we just want our “five-minute” warning before we do! So here’s to this last bit of summer, and to teaching our children (and ourselves!) to linger in the moment.

What was on your family summer bucket list this year? Share a story and pic with us for the chance to be featured on our sites!

Adventures in DC Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to the Afshar family for submitting the winning photo in our Adventures in DC contest, and receiving a free copy of our ABCs of Washington, DC board book! We love this vibrant shot of winter holiday fun at the DC National Zoo!

A big thanks to everyone who submitted their adventures in DC family photos. Stay tuned for more contests coming soon!

Pre-Order The ABCs of Washington, DC!

We’re thrilled to announce that our first Baby Ventures book, The ABCs of Washington, DC, will be available in June 2016!

The ABCs of Washington, DC brings to life the Nation’s capital with a cheerful and distinctly native take on the letters D, J, and R, to name a few. Pre-order your copy today and be among the first to take your little one on a literary tour of this landmark city!

Illustrator’s Corner: India Inspiration

Illustrator Lisa Hall’s inspiration for Baby Ventures books comes from her own adventures living and traveling across six continents. One experience in particular has deeply influenced her artistic style: her 2005 trip to India.

“It is said that India is a feast for the senses. And it’s true! Nowhere else have I been so overwhelmed by such breath-taking colors. From groups of women in bright saris, to markets overflowing with flowers, I was struck by awe-inspiring color around every corner. Even elephants’ trunks were painted with gorgeous designs! Images of such rich and vibrant colors have greatly influenced my art and help bring the pages of every Baby Ventures book to life.”

Check out Lisa’s India art, featured in the Baby Ventures Animals of the World book and canvas art.

Meet the Adventurers!

Our adventure girls love to travel and make a special appearance in every book! Both parents and kids will love spotting them as they pop up in the French countryside, on safari, touring our nation’s capital, and more.

Stay tuned for fun activities and contests, including choosing their next destination, coming soon!

Welcome!

At Baby Ventures, we believe that exploration and adventure are the cornerstones of a thriving childhood. We hope you visit us often and share in our communal conversation on the importance of expanding a youngster’s worldview from day one!

Check out our trail-blazing guest bloggers (like the Kaisers’ Ultimate Family Adventure) or our Illustrator’s Corner series, which features our very own co-author and illustrator Lisa Hall. Or just pick up some fun activities to do with your little ones!

Speaking of fun activities: submit a short post of your most memorable family adventure (could be from Belize or your backyard) to team@babyventuresbooks.com and if we choose it for our blog, we’ll send you some fabulous Baby Ventures gear!