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Board Book Roundup: Board Book Adaptations: When Picture Books Get on Board

One of my favorite picture books was re-released in 2023 as a board book: Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee (Clarion). It’s a faithful, uncut adaptation, but the new cover wisely zooms in on the young protagonist. Often board book versions of time-tested hardcover picture...
      

The Early Years

“In the great green room / there was a telephone / and a red balloon...” “The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind / and another...” “I went all the way to Africa / in a dream one night / I crossed over the ocean...
      

Baby-Testing Board Books: A Report and a Roundup from a Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award Jury Member

In January, 2023, the first jury of the Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award met online to select the recipients of this nascent award administered by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education. I was happy to be among this great group of professionals serving on the...
      

Board Book Roundup: Mirrors and Holes and Flaps, Oh My!

Board books often include features that entice little fingers to pull, twist, and lift, sometimes blurring the line between book and toy. This is fine by me; little ones should play with their books! Although such board books are often called “novelty books” and derided as gimmicky, they don’t have...
      

Review of Pookie’s Thanksgiving

Pookie’s Thanksgiving [Little Pookie] by Sandra Boynton; illus. by the author Preschool    Boynton Bookworks/Simon    18 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-6659-2263-0    $6.99 On Thanksgiving Day, Little Pookie (Spooky Pookie; Merry Christmas, Little Pookie) helps make apple and pumpkin pies and sets the table with his parents before Nemmy and Boppa...
      

Review of Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La!

Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La! by Sandra Boynton; illus. by the author Preschool    Boynton Bookworks/Simon    16 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-6659-1435-2    $6.99 The familiar farmyard gang celebrates Christmas Eve in Boynton’s latest holiday-themed board book (Christmas Parade, rev. 11/20; Boo! Baa, La La La!, rev. 9/21). After “deck[ing] the...
      

Review of Happy All-idays!

Happy All-idays! by Cindy Jin; illus. by Rob Sayegh Jr. Preschool    Little Simon    16 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-6659-2141-1    $7.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6659-2548-8    $7.99 “The time has come to send holiday cheer / to family and friends far and near.” Outside an apartment building whose windows showcase holiday decorations (including...
      

Review of Hanukkah Nights

Hanukkah Nights by Amalia Hoffman; illus. by the author Preschool    Kar-Ben    24 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-7284-2883-3    $8.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-6921-8    $7.99 “1 light. / Special night. / 2 lights. / Happy nights.” A soothingly simple text guides young listeners through the nights and lights of Hanukkah in this...
      

Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn BOO! 2022 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. 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. Familiar songs, finger puppets and holes, counting, and flaps galore make...
      

Board Book Roundup Plus Five Questions: Summer 2022

For over twenty years a team of librarians, educators, creators, and others who work with young children and families have been compiling a “Best Books for Babies” list in (where else?) the city that Fred Rogers called home: Pittsburgh, PA. In fact, Mr. Rogers was a consultant on the list...
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