Early Learning recap

photo by Carolyn Sun

SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes  for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.

Does one size fit all?

illus. by André da Loba from the New York Times

Leonard Marcus gave a swell talk about Robert McCloskey last night, but what’s really sticking with me is a response he gave to a question at the end about ebooks. Size matters, he essentially said, when it comes to picture books and other books for young children. Of course, we all know this, but I […]

Board Book Roundup: Summer 2014 Edition

blair_baby animal farm

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Baby Animal Farm by Karen Blair Candlewick    18 pp. […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2014 Edition

baker_big fat hen_200x200

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. La gallina grande / Big Fat Hen by Keith […]

Board Book Roundup: Winter 2013 Edition

verdick_eat

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every other month. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. ABC Animals [AMNH ABC Board Books] by American […]

Baby Horn BOO!

five black cats

We’ve recommended lots of Halloween-y picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and YA novels in the last few weeks (see “From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales,” our updated recommended Halloween reading list, and “Horn BOO!“). But what about the board-book crowd? Here are four recent silly and sweet choices for the youngest trick-or-treaters. In […]

Board Book Roundup: Fall 2013 Edition

global baby girls

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, newly starting every other month. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Opposites [TouchThinkLearn] by Xavier Deneux; illus. by the […]

Fun and games with Hervé Tullet

The Finger Circus Game

We recently pulled these three books by Hervé Tullet out of a box of review copies. You won’t see them reviewed in the Magazine or Guide, but we think they are worth noticing, especially for fans of Tullet’s 2011 Press Here. (The Guide doesn’t review toy books or board books, even though most of Tullet’s […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2013 Edition

Say & Play: Baby Animals

Considering that a favorite board book is likely to be read again and again, and may well be tragically lost and then joyfully rediscovered under the bed, in the toy box or at the bottom of the diaper bag, it makes sense to spend a little time selecting just the right book for the child […]

Les Petits Fairytales

Cinderella

Once upon a time, two Henry Holt board books arrived in our office. Cinderella and Snow White (October 2012) are part of the new Les Petits Fairytales series written by Trixie Belle and Melissa Caruso-Scott and illustrated by Oliver Lake. These minimalist texts (with one- or two-word explanations of each image) read like concept books, but […]