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. Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere! by Barney Saltzberg

Most “learn colors” books are interchangeable, but I enjoyed this one. Redbird can’t decide his favorite color, so he goes through them all in rhyme.

2. Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! by Petr Horacek

A list of animals with the sounds they make. Allegedly a “lift the flap” book, but the flaps are just the book’s pages, which are cut in layers. The book’s back cover promises a surprise at the end, but it’s just a cow. Nothing to see here.

3. The Red Tractor by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

The farmer drives his tractor too fast and gets stuck. This is part of a weirdly specific “vehicle gets stuck in the mud on a farm” genre I’m noticing. Nothing’s really wrong with this one, but “Sheep in a Jeep” and “Little Blue Truck” do the theme far better.

4. Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Lulu dresses up and pretends she’s on different adventures. Good role modeling for young ones, and the front cover has a neat raised texture that my son liked.

5. Sleepy Beasties by Neecy Twinem

Shows how different animals sleep. The art is fabulous, with rich colors and textures. Pick this one up for an beautiful nighttime read.

6. Out For A Walk by Kim Votry and Curt Waller

I’ve been disappointed by alleged “baby sign language” books in the past, but this one actually teaches a number of useful signs. I wasn’t overfond of the blocky art, but my son liked it. It’s part of a series, so if you’re into baby signs, check these out.

7. Things That Go by Amanda Barlow

Boats, cars, etc. This book contains an odd assortment of colors, numbers, and sizes, as if it thinks about teaching each one, then changes its mind. Nevertheless, the art has great texture, and my son liked looking at it, so we’ll read it again.

8. Noisy Beasties by Neecy Twinem

More amazing art, this time with animal noises. I love this artist’s work.

9. Baby Happy Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli

Some things make baby happy, while others make baby sad. One page made me laugh out loud – baby is happy while naked, and sad when bundled up in a snowsuit. This would be great for helping little ones understand their emotions.

10. Once Upon a Potty – Boy by Alona Frankel

A straightforward potty training book. We liked this one and might use it when it’s time for potty training. If you’re in that phrase now, check it out. My only caveat: if you’re using anatomically correct words for body parts instead of cutesy euphemisms, you’ll need to substitute a few phrases.


Best Book of the Week: Sleepy Beasties by Neecy Twinem

This was a hard week to choose a favorite, but this and Noisy Beasties are just so beautiful that they win.

Runner Up: Baby Happy Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli

It’s hard for a book, much less a kid’s book, to make me laugh out loud. But this one did it!


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