The History of the Pinhole Press Board Book

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Since 2011, Pinhole Press has had the honor of preserving life’s most precious moments. Your wide grins and the stories they tell are what make the work we do so special. Every single day, we’re inspired by the ways you use our gifts to spread smiles. Your memories are etched within the pages of all that we create, but there’s one special book that has continued to tell the most compelling stories over and over again: The Board Book of Names and Faces.

To fully understand the significance of Pinhole Press board books, we must travel back in time to 2011 and revisit the creation of the Big Book of Names and Faces, a simply designed photo book that showcases photos of a child’s loved ones. Watching the reactions of children as they recognized Mom, Dad, and all of their favorite people within the pages of our big, bright photo book was remarkable.

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But, there was just one problem: the Big Book of Names and Faces was difficult for tiny hands to navigate. Enter: The Mini Board Book of Names and Faces.

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The Mini Board Book of Names and Faces

The Mini Board Book of Names and Faces was thoughtfully designed as a shrunken-down, extra-tough version of its predecessor. The board book pages are rigid, durable, and finished with a glossy coating. Its compact size makes flipping through pages easy for independent little ones, and its spiral binding allows for seamless page-turning; whether your book has 20 pages, 40 pages, or anything in between. 

It wasn’t long before our loyal customers and other memory-keeping enthusiasts fell in love with the board book’s practicality and design. We’re humbly thankful to have been recognized by The Today Show, Kelle Hampton, Cup of Jo, and many others that love spreading smiles as much as we do. 

The Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me Board Books

We watched in amazement as you shared photos and videos of your Mini Names and Faces Books with us through Facebook, Instagram, and email. There’s a certain magic sparked from the creativity and love that goes into each customized board book. We noticed the emphasis placed on the special moments shared between parents and their children, so in 2013, we released the “Mommy & Me” and “Daddy & Me” board books to celebrate the unique bond between a parent and their child.

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Our Board Book Collection

Over the years, our family of customers continued to request new board books that inspire kids to learn and connect with those close to them. This collection includes the highly-anticipated ABC Board Book, The Emotions Board Book, The Count With Me Board Book, The Colors Board Book, The Bilingual Board Book, and more.  


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Keeping Families Close

We’re grateful that our board books help family and friends feel close together, even when they’re separated by deployment, braving the adoption process, coping with the loss of a family member, or bridging a distance that could otherwise only be closed by a plane ride.

We promise to continue to preserve your special moments, and will always work to create photo gifts that are original in design and created with you and your family in mind.

Some of Our Favorite Board Book Stories:


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If you haven’t heard of @pinholepress yet you should go check them out! We just got our order in and I am so excited about the ABC book 😍

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