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. Bunny on the Beach by Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Rachel Wells
Another look-through book, with cutouts revealing part of the next page. Bunny wants to build a sandcastle, but she needs to find her bucket, shovel, etc. Toddlers will have fun spotting the items through the look-throughs, and younger kids will enjoy sticking their fingers through the holes.
2. Woolly the Sheep by Heather Amery, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright
Woolly the sheep escapes, wanders, goes to a fair, and wins a prize. Disjointed and unremarkable, but not awful.
3. Fat Cat on a Mat by Phil Roxbee Cox and Jenny Tyler, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright
Cat engages in comedic mishaps, with flaps to lift and lots of phonics words. I liked this one – it’s funny, interactive, and at the end there’s a snake wearing a chef’s hat. It has nothing to do with the story, it’s just there.
4. It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
It’s not a rabbit, a squirrel, a tree, or spilt milk, though it looks like all those things sometimes. It’s a cloud. Simple, but great for a kid’s imagination. I have fond memories of this one from my own childhood.
5. Paw Print Parade by Tom Arma
Photos of babies dressed up as animals. My son enjoyed the photos, and the costumes are super cute.
6. Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
A boy receives a book as a present, and is really excited. It’s more about playing with the book as a physical object than the wonder of reading, but it’s upbeat and fun.
7. Miss Spider’s ABC by David Kirk
An ABC book with an actual story! All the bugs do things, like the bumblebees blowing balloons, moths mingling, etc. Turns out they’re planning a surprise party for Miss Spider. One of the best ABC books we’ve reviewed here.
8. Rusty’s Bone by Heather Amery
Rusty the dog can’t find his bone. This book has a good variety of touch-and-feels, and while the story is simple, it’s at a good level for very young toddlers.
9. My Panda Book by the Smithsonian Institution
Photos of pandas doing panda things. A decent introduction to this animal, but pretty forgettable unless your kid is really into pandas. I couldn’t find a photo of this one.
10. This Little Piggy Went to Market by R. A. Herman, illustrated by Leonard Dobson
The classic rhyme, but with added stories elaborating on what each piggy did. A cute idea, but I think they could have gone further with it.
Best Book of the Week: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
It’s kind of unfair to choose a classic for this, but the simplicity and imagination of this book made it a winner for both my son and me.