My one-year-old and I are reading through every board book at our local library. For more about this project, check out this post.

1. You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan


A cute book comparing baby to lots of sweet foods. The book has some bumpy textures for little fingers and bright, cheerful art. Would read again.

2. Good Night Ocean by Mark Jasper and Adam Gamble


My favorite book so far in the Good Night series. The art is gorgeous and the ocean facts go deeper (haha) than most toddler books.

3. Trick or Treat, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna


Finally a Pout-Pout Fish book I like! Trick-or-treaters come by, but we can’t tell which one is the title character until the end. Cute art, fun Halloween story. Its simplicity and brevity might bore older toddlers.

4. Usborne Look and Say Weather by ?


Pictures of clay people in various weather, with the names of things used in that weather. Nothing special. The claymation creeps me out a bit.

5. Me and My House by Liesbet Slegers


Not quite a board book, since the pages are thin, but they’re made of this thick plasticky material so they’re still toddler-friendly. A toddler takes you on a tour of his house, showing his things and what he does with them. This would be fun for older toddlers who are learning the names of objects. Not ideal for a younger toddler with the attention span of a butternut squash.

6. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry


Surprise! It’s a counting book! And it’s actually unique. Little Blue Truck picks up five Christmas trees and delivers them around town. So we count down from five to one, but it’s also a sweet story about sharing holiday cheer. And – AND – the last page has lights that twinkle on the tree, and a little spot in back so you can change the batteries when the lights die. Brilliant, and much better than I’d expect from a spinoff product from a bestseller. A good counting book and a good Christmas book in one.

7. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills


Duck and Goose look for a pumpkin in all the wrong places. Finally they try the pumpkin patch. A decent book for fall, but probably more fun if you already know the characters.

8. Deep Deep Sea by Frann Preston-Gannon


Surprise! It’s a counting book! And this one isn’t unique. We count one blue whale, two green turtles, etc. It only goes up to five. I like the inclusion of color names in the text, and there’s a page of 100 fish at the end that could be fun for older kids. The art is also vivid. But counting books are everywhere, and this one doesn’t add anything new to the concept.

9. Sweet Dreams, Peter by ?


The Peter Rabbit franchise is a staple of childhood. Spinoff books like this could easily be cheap cash grabs, but this one has effort behind it. The rhymes are sweet, the rhythm and art soothing. Unfortunately I liked it more than my son did. He kept trying to close the book. So, maybe not ideal for squirmy tots.

10. Noodle Loves the Zoo by Marion Billet


A panda named Noodle sees different zoo animals, with touch-and-feel textures. Aside from the question of “why are some animals in the zoo while others visit it?”, this is an awesome book. My son loved the bright colors and kept touching the pages. The touch-and-feel aspect was done well. Soft, rough, smooth, bumpy, and even a felt flap to lift, combining texture and action. My son is really into interactive books right now, so I might pick this one up if I see it at a store.

Conclusion

Best Book of the Week: Noodle Loves the Zoo by Marion Billet
While I wouldn’t call this a runaway winner, this book did the touch-and-feel thing really well when many other books slap it on as a cheap gimmick. Combined with my son’s love for the art, that makes this the best book of the week.

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