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. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd


A sweet, soothing nighttime book wherein a baby bunny says good night to the things in the great green room. A classic that makes you want to snuggle up under the covers and drift off.

2. Jamberry by Bruce Degen


A boy and his bear go berry picking. Playful language and bright, whimsical illustrations make for an engaging, upbeat story.

3. Curly the Pig by Heather Amery, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright


Curly the pig goes missing, so we look around the farm for him. Simple, but easy for little ones to follow.

4. Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley


Cow, Pig, and Duck play in the lovely mud. Along comes Mrs. Wishy-Washy to … wishy-washy them. Humorous and playful, with lots of repeated words to help with comprehension.

5. Haiku Night by Betsy Snyder


Haikus about nighttime. The art really makes this collection. Each illustration is colorful and vivid, while still preserving the soothing feel of night. The poetry is fine, too, and the book’s pages have tabs sticking out to make them easier for toddlers to turn.

6. That’s Not My Bunny by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells


Don’t buy this one. Not only are there better “That’s Not My …” books out there, but Bunny #3 looks … well, see for yourself.

What is going on there? Aside from the ickiness of having a touch-and-feel mean sticking your fingers in the bunny’s eyeballs, why does it look so freaking possessed?

“That’s not my bunny … its soul belongs to Satan.”

Run. Fast.

7. That’s Not My Puppy by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells


A standard installment in this series, with some fun textures like “shaggy” and squashy. And compared to the last book, it comes with 100% less demonic activity.

8. Animal Noises illustrated by Stephen Cartwright


So there’s this whole series of books with the same familiar farmyard characters. I like the idea in theory, but this book doesn’t contribute much. We see each animal, list the noise they make, and that’s it.

9. Find the Puppy illustrated by Stephen Cartwright


Puppy makes a mess while trying to get something to eat. Decent rhymes and rhythm, with funny situations kids will enjoy.

10. Santa Visits the Thingumajigs by Irene Keller, illustrated by Dick Keller


A fun story about misbehaving creatures who shape up when Santa threatens to give them coal for Christmas. Best for older kids, as there are a LOT of words.

Conclusion:

Best Book of the Week: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
This is cheating, as it’s hard to compete with a classic. But Goodnight Moon will remain a bedtime staple for years to come.

Runner Up: Haiku Night by Betsy Snyder
This book’s vivid, yet relaxing art make this another soothing bedtime read.

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