In honor of World Book Day today, we’re so thrilled to announce that Baby Ventures has been selected to participate in this year’s highly anticipated Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 20th! 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!
Come visit our Baby Ventures booth in the Children’s Area for signed copies of Baby Ventures’ ABCs of Washington, DC board books, children’s canvas art, and more – the first 10 visitors to purchase a board book or canvas art will receive a free Baby Ventures onesie or toddler tee! And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest info on day-of giveaways and other special promotions at the Festival.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Saturday, May 20th
10 am – 6 pm
Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds
Old Towne Gaithersburg, MD
The Festival will take place from 10 am – 6 pm—rain or shine—in historic Old Towne Gaithersburg, MD (complete with real trains and a Community Museum). “Say Yes! to the Book” and see you on May 20th!
No ABCs of Washington, DC book would be complete without a colorful ode to DC’s iconic spring blooms: cherry blossoms!
Even before writing and illustrating the ABCs of Washington, DC board book, Baby Ventures authors and illustrator Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash knew the letter C would represent cherry blossoms – those gorgeous, ephemeral blooms that bring our nation’s capital to life each spring and most famously, line the banks of the Tidal Basin overlooking the Jefferson Memorial.
The aesthetic beauty of the cherry blossoms is undisputed. For Baby Ventures – a children’s book company – so is the beauty of what these blossoms stand for:
- Kindness and Friendship: The cherry blossoms were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC in 1912. This gift marked the beginning of a lasting friendship between the US and Japan.
- Welcoming and Inclusive Spirit: Every year, over a million tourists flock to the Washington, DC area to experience the cherry blossoms first-hand. Our city welcomes them with a vibrant, internationally-inspired National Cherry Blossom Festival for all ages to enjoy (for emphasis on enjoyment, check out these insider planning tips from KidFriendly DC).
- New Season, New Adventures: The cherry blossoms are one of the first to bloom around DC. They usher in the spring and all of the wonder-filled adventures awaiting little ones around DC (boat tours on the Potomac, stroller rides through Rock Creek Park, out and about just sightseeing – check out MommyNearest DC for more!).
This year, a tardy cold snap disrupted the cherry blossoms’ peak bloom period, throwing tourists, DC families, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival into a scramble trying to reassess the viability of the blooms. Much to our relief, the National Parks Service recently reported that while the snow hurt many blossoms, those lining the Tidal Basin are still going to bloom!
More good news: if your family missed the cherry blossoms this year, don’t fret – you and your tots can experience C is for Cherry Blossoms year-round with our ABCs of Washington, DC board book! And if you’re in the greater DC area, stop by one of these one of a kind local specialty shops for your copy!
From the Baby Ventures Team in Washington, DC: Happy blooming spring adventures!
Mark your calendars for story time with Baby Ventures co-founders Golzar Kheiltash and Lisa Hall on Tuesday, December 13th at East City Bookshop! Your little ones will love practicing their ABCs of Washington, DC while enjoying a virtual tour around the nation’s capital.
Story time with Baby Ventures
11:00 am on Tuesday, December 13th
East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20003
Located in DC’s charming Capitol Hill neighborhood, East City Bookshop is a local favorite indie bookshop with a great collection of children’s books. We hope to see you there on December 13th for an educational and fun-filled story time!
Capitol Hill. Georgetown. Arlington. Bethesda. What do these and more DC, Virginia, and Maryland locales have in common? They’re home to one-of-a-kind local shops that offer Baby Ventures books or artwork!
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 join each of these favorite neighborhood shops!
So next time you’re out on your weekend stroll with the little ones in tow – or visiting Washington, DC with family – support our wonderful retailers– that’s what a great neighborhood is all about!
No Baby Ventures yet at your favorite book or gift shop in the greater DC region? Let us know! We’ll do our best to venture into your neighborhood store! And of course, you can always find all our products on our website.
Shop local and happy Baby Ventures!
This summer, our Baby Ventures Adventure Girls made their debut in our ABCs of Washington, DC board book: They popped up on the National Mall on page “V for Visitors!”
The greater National Mall area in Washington, DC offers a world of educational fun for little ones! Looking for some family adventure ideas? Here are some of our tot-approved favorites:
- Enjoy live jazz in the Sculpture Garden (with toes dipped in the Grand Fountain) at the National Gallery of Art, then head inside under the light-studded Multiverse in the Concourse walkway to the Children’s Shop, where little ones can relish in the unique books and gifts that the Museum offers!
The Adventure Girls appear in every Baby Ventures book – where are they heading to next? We’re guessing locales that are home to very unique friends (hint, hint). Stay tuned, and happy DC adventures!
Hot off the presses! Our highly anticipated ABCs of Washington, DC board book is now available! Perfect for a bedtime read or stashed in a diaper bag when you hit the town, your little one is sure to love this literary tour of our nation’s capital! From kayaking in Georgetown to boat tours on the Potomac, we hope our ABCs of Washington, DC spark some memorable family adventures of your own!
Happy summer adventures!
Looking for one-of-a-kind board books to introduce your little ones early on to the wonder-filled world around them? We were too: creating vibrant, adventure and diversity-inspired board books was the impetus behind our family-owned company, Baby Ventures!
We’re thrilled to kick off our book series with our new ABCs of Washington, DC board book, set to arrive this June! In this distinctly native take on our nation’s capital, your tots can explore the A to Z of DC with bright colors, cool shapes, and lots of adventures (Boat tours, anyone?).
Have some of your own DC family adventures to share? Whether you live in or have visited the nation’s capital, email us a pic and a brief description for a chance to win a free copy of the ABCs of Washington, DC, and be featured on our sites! Submissions must be received by June 1st.
Happy DC adventures, Baby!
Be among the first to take your tot on a literary tour of the Nation’s capital with Baby Ventures’ brand new board book, The ABCs of Washington, DC!
Each fun-filled page brings DC to life for little ones, combining vibrant artwork with a distinctly native take on letters of the alphabet (including D, J, and R, to name a few!).
Pre-orders are still available, so order today – free shipping is extended until June 1st!
Happy reading adventures!
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 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.