Posts Tagged ‘Board book’

Boring with the board books

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Cover of My Home36. My Home

Admittedly, this is by far the least interesting of the board books we’ve got so far, but I think it might have its uses at the point where we’re showing DD letters in words, and discussing generalisable concepts. It’s large format, with four labelled pictures on each page of objects in a toddler’s life, arranged roughly in double page spreads of related objects. (The first is meals/eating, the second clothes and living room furniture, the third bathroom things, then toys and bedroom items, and finally in the garden.)

New Board Books

Saturday, 12 March 2011
Cover of "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Litt...

Cover of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Here are a couple of books for the very young first published within the last decade (which might make them easier to find than some of the others). (My mother sent us both of them.)

35. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

I think this one may have the potential to become another classic. It has beautifully drawn and coloured (in water paints) pictures with a gently rhythmic and repetitive text. We are shown eight very young children from what look like very different backgrounds around the world, where their differences are acknowledged and appreciated, but their inherent similarity (as exemplified by each having “ten little fingers and ten little toes”) and potential friendship is emphasised in the pictures. The book’s last few pages end with pointing out that the beloved baby being read the book also has ten little fingers etc. This is probably my favourite so far.

Cover of Fred's Fire Engine

Cover of Fred's Fire Engine

37. Fred’s Fire Engine by Sally Hobson

This one is simply fun. There’s a very simple story (of a firefighter going to put out a farm fire) with the opportunity on each page (sometimes more than once) to press the button and/or otherwise make fire engine noises. I can see this being very popular at certain stages with a young child, and also us declaring it thus not suitable for Shabbat when/if we get tired of the noise. (If DD liked it that much she’d get it back on the Sunday, of course!) The pictures are bright and cheerful.

Taking advantage of books for the baby!

Friday, 11 March 2011

There was a sale in one of the bookshops we passed locally a week or two ago, and we picked up a couple of Hebrew language board books while we were there because while we’re only speaking English to our little girl, she does need to become fluent in Hebrew.

33. מספרים (Misparim – Numbers)

I can’t seem to find either this edition or the French original (from Editions Gallimard Jeunesse) online, but this is a simple little book with colourful pictures and well placed cut-outs where each page shows the picture and words (although not the figures, which appear only on the front cover) for a given number. So one balloon, two shoes, etc.



Cover of ברוזונים

Cover of ברוזונים

34. ברוזונים (Barvezonim – Ducklings)


This appears to be the Hebrew version of this book by Roger Priddy. It’s very nicely done, with detailed clear and attractive pictures of ducks and ducklings, with a couple of sentences to go with each. A good bit of the vocabulary here was actually new to us too, as we’d never tried to discuss poultry in Hebrew (beyond declining to eat it, being as we’re vegetarians)!

A couple of kids’ classics

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

NaBloPoMo Jan2011These may not be their absolutely best-known works, but for young children these are authors I just don’t think you can go wrong with! I’ll be scouring Bookmooch for more by them for my little girl. Hopefully by the time she’s really ready to enjoy books we’ll have a selection. (These were the only ones available in country for the moment.)

Cover of Richard Scarry's Things to Love

Cover of Richard Scarry's Things to Love

7. Richard Scarry’s Things to Love

I actually don’t think I’d come across this particular title before, but it didn’t disappoint. Like the other Scarry books I’ve seen (admittedly hardly any in the last couple of decades since my brother got past them) this isn’t a story or even a collection of stories. Instead there’s a theme to the book with a sub-theme on each page or spread, with highly anthropomorphised animals displaying the action or behaviours described or implied in the sentences and short paragraphs on each page. The pictures are bright and cheerful, in Scarry’s distinctive style.

This particular book, as the title suggests, is about people, things and activities young children might love or enjoy, and in the case of the ‘people’ who  should love them back. It’s perhaps slightly ‘old-fashioned’ (the children play croquet, not computer games), but hopefully without sounding too much like an old curmudgeon I don’t mind that – I’m sure we’ll end up with some newer books for DD too!

Cover of "Dr. Seuss's ABC (I Can Read It ...

Cover via Amazon

8. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book

We certainly couldn’t do without Dr Seuss! DH hadn’t heard of Richard Scarry, but I’m pretty sure he’d agree on this one. We’ve actually got the board book version of this, which should mean DD can handle it herself earlier, so that’s good. I have no intention of pushing her, but I’ve heard a few people say this one got their kids recognising letters well under the age of two years. If that happens well enough; if it doesn’t that’s fine too.

Storyless board books

Sunday, 9 January 2011

NaBloPoMo Jan2011So, the next set of board books to discuss (and we don’t actually currently own any more to discuss, although with the new year and booklist, I could talk about them again whenever I feel like it). Unlike the others, none of these contains stories; these are anthologies of pictures on a stated theme, with descriptive captions.

Cover of Happy Baby Day

Cover of Happy Baby Day

64. Happy Baby Day by Roger Priddy

All of these books are realistically aimed at rather older babies and toddlers, since that’s the age to be paying better attention to books, but it’s more noticeable in this one, that actually includes pictures for the child to identify with, of young children playing, eating, bathing and going to bed, and of some of the actions and objects that would commonly be involved in these activities. To be honest, all of the children photographed here look like boys, in as much as such young kids are distinguishable, which makes me wonder was there an equivalent girls’ version (we got all of these via Bookmooch), although I really don’t see why such a distinction is relevant, especially at such a young age.

Cover of Les couleurs65. Les Couleurs by Pierre-Marie Valat

As could be guessed from the title, this one is highlighting the colours, in French. It’s very nicely designed and engineered, using cut-outs to show how the colours featured primarily on one page can also be part of the object that is mostly relevant to another. The French is decidedly easy and obvious, even if one didn’t know the language and/or wanted to translate it on the fly.

Cover of First Mighty Movers66. First Mighty Movers

Each double-page-spread has subtitled pictures of a related group of vehicles, from Cars to Trucks, via Trains, Ships, Emergency Vehicles and more. The pictures are clear and bright, with pretty precise labels on each one, apart from the ship they have marked as a yacht, which is actually a three-masted frigate or full rigged ship, or more generically these days a tall ship! (That’s the only one that’s not (primarily) a motorised vehicle in the book – no bicycles here!)

Some great board books

Thursday, 23 December 2010

We’ve been given a set of gorgeous board books to read to our baby, which we’re enjoying doing! She’s not really ready to pay attention or to get the idea of stories or anything (she’s only just over a month old, after all!), but there’s only one way for her to learn, right?

Oh, I’m adding these to my reading list, so I can review them, but will obviously only do so once in a given year. The fact that they’ll likely get read umpteen times each validates that, I think. I may end up waiting awhile to review them in 2011, so I can give some approximation of DD‘s reaction, while the response now is entirely mine (and sometimes DH‘s).

Cover of

Cover of Snuggle Puppy (Boynton on Board)

55. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

This is the only board book we’ve been given so far that isn’t specifically meant to be a bedtime story. Instead, as the subtitle suggests, it is “A Love Song”, from a parent (by the pictures and sentiments, although it doesn’t have to be) to a child. It’s very validating, and possibly our favourite so far. (Probably helped by the fact that we haven’t tried to set up a bedtime routine yet, let alone an actual bedtime!)

The pictures show an anthropomorphised adult dog and puppy – thus the name of the book – but ‘snuggle baby’ fits the rhythm just as well, for anyone who’d prefer to recite it to their child that way.

Cover of Pajama Time

Cover of Pajama Time

56. Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

For something so very statedly a bedtime book, this is very active in both theme and rhythm (not to mention the suggested actions). It’s very good fun, however, and I can imagine many toddlers finding the pictures hilarious. I also guess that not every child or every evening is suited to the calming, soothing tale or poem.

I hadn’t come across Sandra Boynton myself before we were sent these three books, but I’d happily look out for more of hers, going by these two. The illustrations are great, and fit perfectly with the text (as one might expect of an author-illustrator), and there’s lots to appreciate for both adult and child.

Cover of "Good Night, Mr. Night"

Cover of Good Night, Mr. Night

57. Good Night, Mr. Night by Dan Yaccarino

This is definitely one of the quiet, soothing type of bedtime books. It’s also the only one we have so far that is fully in prose, and because of that I sometimes try to fit a rhythm to it, unsuccessfully until now at least! Unlike the others, it’s told in the voice of the child recognising that night has come, and it’s time for the world to sleep, until morning comes, when Mr Night will sleep instead.

Cover of "Goodnight Moon"

Cover of Goodnight Moon

59. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd

We received this one today, when I was already halfway through the draft of this post, but it certainly fits, as another beautiful board book that I hope (and expect) our DD will greatly enjoy in a short while. It certainly looks to be a classic (first published in 1947) for good reason. I had heard of it, of course, but I don’t think I’d come across it directly myself. I’m getting the impression being a parent is going to be a really great excuse to appreciate the best of old and new books for young children!