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 is it, kids. The final post. We’ve reached the end of the shelf. We’ve gone back to search for stragglers. These are the final board books available at our library. Let’s check them out.

1. Elephant and Mommy: a Smithsonian Let’s Go to the Zoo Book by Laura Gates Galvin

Photos of elephants, with text about elephant behaviors. Very informative, but at a good level for small kids. The real photos will appeal to animal lovers.

2. Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes

Owen says every candy is his favorite as he eats it. Then he gets to the marshmallow chick, which is so cute he plays with it instead, ending by calling it his favorite. Refreshingly different from the normal “just a list of Easter traditions” holiday book, and the “my favorite” repetition is both funny and sweetly childlike.

3. Tall by Jez Alborough

This is a companion to the book “Hug,” one of my favorite picture books. Bobo the baby chimp wants to be tall, so he climbs on progressively bigger animals, until he falls and Mommy saves him. He decides being small is okay. Minimal words and vivid art make this an easy read. “Hug” is better, but this is still a great book.

4. What’s Wrong, Little Pookie? by Sandra Boynton

Pookie is crying, and Mama tries to guess why. By the end, Pookie can’t remember what upset him. This book is hilarious, with great rhymes and art that held my son’s attention. Loved it.

5. Woolly’s Walk by Heather Amery, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright

Woolly the sheep tries to eat things he shouldn’t. Decent touch-and-feel textures, and there was actually a plot, but there are better titles out there.

6. Horns to Toes by Sandra Boynton

Monsters list body parts. The art was too pastel-y for my taste.

7. Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling by Tracey Campbell Pearson

A kid falls asleep reading Mother Goose, so his parents tuck him in bed. It’s basically just the nursery rhyme “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling” with illustrations.

8. Baby Party by ?

Photos of babies with Muppets at a party. The photos are cute, but the text seems like an afterthought.


Best Book of the Week: What’s Wrong, Little Pookie? by Sandra Boynton
The humor made this one a winner.

Runner Up: Tall by Jez Alborough
I love Alborough’s heartwarming stories and books that let the art speak, and this was no exception.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this reading journey with us. Next week we’ll have a list of the best board books from this whole project.


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