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Baby Books: Designer Board Books by Orla Kiely

Baby books always make lovely gifts for new parents, but sometimes it’s hard to decide what to buy. Do you go for a classic baby book like Goodnight Moon, Eric Carle’s enormously popular The Hungry Caterpillar, or something a little different?  We’ve had the immense pleasure of stealing a sneak peek at two new baby books by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely, Numbers and Colours, scheduled for release tomorrow (September 1st 2011).

Baby board book: Numbers by Orla Kiely Baby Board Book: Colours by Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is better known for her gorgeous retro handbags, and more recently for her designer baby changing bags and light floral  fragrances. I have to confess I was wondering how her stylish retro designs would translate in the world of baby board books, but was pleasantly surprised. The books are a pleasure to look through in terms of texture, colour and style, and really stand out from the other baby books you’ll see gracing the bookshelves at your local children’s bookshop. Orla Kiely’s books are unique, beautifully stylish, and make the perfect gift for your friend’s new baby, or perhaps as a lovely little first birthday or Christening present.

Our resident bookworm, Michelle, put Orla Kiely’s new baby board books to the test with her own children – here’s what she had to say:

Numbers by Orla Kiely is a really chunky board book for babies or younger children.  Our 5 year old has speech delay problems and therefore enjoys using this book as much as Colours by the same author, as he knows his numbers and it helps him with his pronunciation on some of his words.

The cover is a retro orange colour and is a weighty book with a woven fabric texture, making this a really good companion to the Colours as they are both the same size and same design and feel.  Each double page is colour co-ordinated with lovely retro illustrations  – pleasing to the eye without relying on primary colours.  The board book covers objects, animals and elements from nature, so has a wide focus. 

Both are really lovely books, very durable and heavyweight, and slightly unusual because of the use of retro colours and patterns rather than the typical primary colours, which makes a refreshing change.

In all, Orla Kiely’s books are unique, beautifully stylish, and make the perfect gift for your friend’s new baby, or perhaps as a lovely little first birthday or Christening present.

Numbers and Colours by Orla Kiely are both available from Egmont UK.

Win your very own Numbers and Colours board books by Orla Kiely!

For your chance to win these two gorgeous Orla Kiely baby books, just leave a comment on our Best Books for Children page telling us which books you’d recommend for kids.

No kids yet? Just tell us which ones have caught your eye, or leave a comment telling us what sort of books you imagine you might want to read to your children.

The books we’ll send you are brand new copies and have never been opened.

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • Competition closes at 11 pm on Sunday September 25th
  • Unlimited entries per person.
  • Competition open to UK residents only. Books will only be posted to a UK address.
  • Offer is not-transferable and no cash equivalent will be given
  • Prize will be fulfilled within four weeks of competition closure
Many thanks to Egmont UK for providing review copies and brand new Orla Kiely baby books for us to give away!


Written by Janis P.


  1. My son’s favourite book has to be Who Flung Dung by Ben Redlich. He giggles hysterically when we do the voices for all the jungle characters. It also introduced him to more words expanding his vocabulary at the same time. He memorised it quickly and he really enjoys doing the voices along with me. The illustrations are great, and really help to bring the story to life. Never have I had to read a book so often, a true delight.

  2. Good day! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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