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.
This week has the strongest showing so far. Lots of great choices, and while not all of them are timeless treasures, we liked all of them enough to re-read.
1. Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas! by Tad Hills
Goose wants to do all kinds of winter activities, but it’s not time for them. It’s time for Christmas! Simple, but cute and funny. My favorite Duck & Goose book we’ve seen so far in this project.
2. How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
A list of colors on various objects, in rhyme. There’s no real reason this book has dinosaurs as opposed to any other creature – the colors aren’t for dino things like spikes or eggs, but for things like towels and toys. But dinosaurs are awesome, so it works. I like that the dinosaurs are doing everyday kid stuff, like going to school and bathing, and the art is energetic and cheery.
3. American Babies by The Global Fund for Children
Photos of babies from across America. The text is only one sentence divided across the pages, making it a quick read. The photos are great, and this book has a good story behind it. It was published by a nonprofit, and part of its sale proceeds support organizations serving children around the world.
4. My Dad Is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
Dad is a swing, a climbing wall, a seesaw, and more. Heartwarming and upbeat, this book is a tribute to active dads everywhere. Loved it.
5. Hide-and-seek Baby (Snuggletime) by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Catherine-Anne MacKinnon
Baby hides various body parts under his blanket. Cute and useful for learning body parts. Like the Snuggletime book last week, this book’s touch-and-feels are all the same blanket texture. Not my favorite, but not bad, either.
6. Snuggle Up with Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Classic Mother Goose rhymes, with animal-based illustrations. The text is too long to hold a toddler’s interest, but if you did one page at a time this might work.
7. Find the Teddy by Stephen Cartwright
Another find-it book like the one from two weeks ago, this time featuring a teddy bear. This one rhymes, and as before the pictures are simple enough for toddlers to spot Teddy hiding in each one. I like this one better than “Find the Duck,” which we own.
8. Panda in the Park by Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Rachel Wells
Panda and his friends play in the park. Each page has a hole cut out so you can spot a bit of the following page. Super cute and interactive. My son adored this one, so I’ll keep an eye out for one of these look-through books to get him.
9. Cuddly Baby (Snuggletime) by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Catherine-Anne MacKinnon
This is my son’s favorite of these Snuggletime books so far. Baby cuddles various soft animals, and the textures are actually different on each page, ending with the signature lift-the-flap blanket.
10. I Am a Big Sister by Caroline Jayne Church
My one-year-old son is not a big sister, but we checked this one out anyway. This is a rhyming story about a little girl helping out with the new baby and adapting to the changes in her family. Presents a very positive, empowering image of big-sisterhood, and would be a great gift for a girl who’s about to have a new sibling.
Best Book of the Week: My Dad Is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
Buy this for the dads in your life for Father’s Day. Creative, energetic, and charming.
Runner Up: Panda in the Park by Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Rachel Wells
The peek-through holes make this interactive book lots of fun.