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 we reached the end of the shelves! Next week we’re going back and picking up any titles we missed, but this project is approaching its finale. Let’s take a look at this week’s books.

1. Bathing by Liesbet Slegers

A kid shows us the steps in the bathing process. Relatable for little ones, and the art is simple enough to hold a toddler’s attention.

2. Run, Mouse, Run! by Petr Horacek

Mouse runs over, under, and through things in this look-through book. The cutouts are cleverly placed, and the mouse just barely escapes the cat at the end. Check this one out if you like interactive books.

3. That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt

This is a good one in this series, with varied textures. And who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Ranks up there with “That’s Not My Monster” and “That’s Not My Lion.”

4. Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey by Johanna Skibsrud and Sarah Blacker, illustrated by Julie Morstad

The idea of this book is sweet, comparing a newborn baby to different animals because of similar behaviors, but there’s way too much text on each page, and some of the prose is clunky. New parents will enjoy reading this for themselves, but it doesn’t really work as a read-aloud.

5. Follow the Trail: Wild Animals by ?

An informational book about wild animals, with facts and photos. Each page has lines of glitter to trace your finger along as you learn about the animals. This is a fantastic idea for older toddlers and even young school-age kids. There are also peek-throughs hinting at what animal comes next, which lend themselves well to fun. “What animal comes next?” “Penguins!” That said, I wouldn’t try this one until your kid is around two.

6. Clean-Up Time by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Toddlers clean up their toys, in an upbeat rhyme. The pictures are vibrant and cheerful. I didn’t care for the rhythm of one rhyme, but overall this is a good book about tidying up. This series also includes tips for parents at the end, which is a nice feature.

7. Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea

Ollie the gosling wants boots, so he follows Gertie and Gossie, who are wearing boots. They each give him one boot. Then Ollie decides the boots are too hot, so they all go swimming together instead.

It sounds really haphazard and disjointed, but somehow it works. No, really. It does. It’s simple enough for young toddlers to follow, and Ollie’s antics are pretty funny. Check it out for yourself.

8. Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Count 1 to 10 with butterflies. It’s a straightforward counting book, but there are some details I appreciate. When possible the colors and numbers have similar sounds (“three” and “green,” “two” and “blue”) and the butterfly species are identified on the back cover.

9. Wish by Emma Dodd

Big wolf has wishes for baby wolf. A very sweet rhyming book that would make a great gift for new parents. It’s also non-specific, so it works for grandparents, adopted parents, etc.

10. Olivia by Ian Falconer

A pig named Olivia does stuff. There’s not really a plot here, it’s more character-driven. At first I was unimpressed, but after a second reading this book grew on me. There are some hints that Olivia is a gifted child, which is a theme dear to my heart, and some of the jokes are pretty funny. This was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won some major awards, so give it a try and see if it suits your taste.


Best Book of the Week: Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea

My son loved the pictures in this book, and I enjoyed the simplicity and humor of the story.


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