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 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!

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 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

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!

We Love our Customers: Meet Anne Weinheimer of @TwistedFleece!

Today is #gettoknowyourcustomersday! And we couldn’t be happier to spotlight one of our dearest and earliest customers, Mrs. Anne Weinheimer, who’s behind the beautiful handmade knits from @twistedfleece on Instagram! Anne kindly agreed to share a bit about herself as a knitter and spinner extraordinaire, her special bond to Washington, DC, and her lifelong love of reading. We couldn’t agree with you more, Anne – there can be no better gift than a good book, and we’re honored you feel that way about ours!  Continue reading We Love our Customers: Meet Anne Weinheimer of @TwistedFleece!

Exploring the Inspiration Behind ¡Numeros, Baby! – Part II

¡Números, Baby! – our upcoming release introducing little ones to numbers in Spanish is vividly inspired by the authors’ own travels to Latin America and Spain. In the second part of this two-part blog post, co-author Golzar Kheiltash shares her travel adventure that brought a distinct flavor to Baby Ventures’™ newest board book!

PART II: Co-author Golzar Kheiltash gets a taste of Spain

Before my family immigrated to California from Iran in the 80’s, I had already lived on two continents, across 6 cities. I was bilingual – in Persian and English – and felt the singular childhood excitement that comes from hearing different languages, seeing smiling new faces, and exploring vibrant new locales across the globe.

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July 24th: Join us for story time at the Green Chateau!

Calling all Los Angeles area little ones! We’re heading to the west coast for a very special story time with local author Jackelyn Shultz at the wonderful Green Chateau Indoor Playground.

Join us next Tuesday, July 24th at 4 PM for an adventure-filled afternoon featuring a read aloud of both “Abbey & Axel’s Guide to Adventure” by Jackelyn as well as the “ABCs of Washington, DC” by Baby Ventures co-author Golzar Kheiltash. Both authors will also be on hand to sign copies of their books!

Visit the Green Chateau’s website to register for this fun-filled event – we can’t wait to see your little SoCal bookworms there!