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

1. Sign & Singalong: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear! by Annie Kubler

This book claims to teach sign language, so I expected signs for every word in the well-known “teddy bear” song. Instead we got one or two signs, with various dance moves for the rest. Disappointing.

2. Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash! by Suse MacDonald

This is a counting book, so I didn’t expect much. But it’s awesome! Each page has cutouts, like the peek-through book we loved last week. The book uses those holes so that the art two or even three pages later contributes to the current page’s design. The holes themselves are the art, not just an afterthought. Also – get this – when you reach the end of the book, you turn the book upside down to read it backward, counting down as you go. Brilliant. This goes right on our wish list.

3. Move! by Liesbet Slegers

How does monkey move? He climbs. How does fish move? He swims. Etcetera. This book has little flaps to lift for each animal, and it held my toddler’s interest, but despite that it’s pretty forgettable.

4. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Truck goes to a Halloween party, spotting different costumed critters along the way. Lift the flaps to see who’s under each disguise. Good rhymes, great, art, good use of interactivity. Not as good as the other Little Blue Truck books, but not bad, either.

5. Good Night, Peppa by ?

Grandma and Grandpa come over to babysit, but Peppa and her brother can’t fall asleep, so they do all kinds of other things instead. The pacing in this book is … weird. We open with talk about babysitting, but Mummy and Daddy pig don’t actually leave until more than halfway through. Grandma and Grandpa only do one activity with the kids, and then suddenly Mummy and Daddy come home to find everybody asleep on the couch. Oh, and there’s a line about how watching TV might tire Peppa out so she’ll go to bed (despite the opposite being scientifically proven). Thanks for that little comment there, Book Based on a TV Show. Skip this – it’s dumb.

6. How Does Baby Feel? by Karen Katz

Things happen, and we see how baby feels about them by lifting flaps to see what’s underneath. Simple, but cute and educational.

7. Goose on the Loose by Phil Roxbee Cox , illustrated by Stephen Cartwright

Goose rides her scooter too fast and knocks everybody over. We see who fell down by lifting flaps. (Lots of lift-the-flap books this week!) This is also a phonics book, using lots of words with similar sounds and spellings (moo, coo, zoo, etc.). It’s cute, but kind of forgettable. “Sheep in a Jeep” from a few weeks ago did this concept better.

8. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Animals go about their day and then go to sleep. This story has a soothing rhythm suitable for bedtime reading.

9. Dinosaur Dance! by Sandra Boynton

Dinosaurs dance, with lots of fun onomatopoeia. Deedly dee, bompity bomp, etc. Simple, but fun for kids starting to play around with making sounds.

10. Baby Mickey’s Nap by ?

Mickey tries to pick a toy to nap with, but most are too hard, too bumpy, etc. Simplistic, but does its job.


Best Book of the Week: Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash! by Suse MacDonald

I adore this book so much. With the cut-outs and the way you turn the book upside-down, this wins by a landslide. Definitely pick this one up.


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