Board Books, They’re Not Just for Babies Anymore

Well, okay, they’re mostly for babies. But I do find immense pleasure in certain board books, I must say. And I’ve been thinking a lot about them since I seem to have friends around me breeding left and right. So here are a few that rise to the top.

Cupcake by Joyce WanWe Belong Together by Joyce Wan

Just check out this pair by Joyce Wan. They are like little collections of perfect billboards from some delicious little confectionary Utopia. And they could both easily double as valentine’s cards for the right (very special) recipient. I bought these and thought I’d give them to a friend, but now I’m going to have to buy another pair.

I have a life-long love affair with this book. I think a good portion of my editorial career was spent trying to recreate the experience of reading I am a Bunny. The language is not flowery, the concept is super simple, and yet, combined with the illustrations, it’s an absolutely joyous read. It…well…it makes me want to be a bunny. There I said it.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry

Quite a few years ago I was trying to write a manuscript that was a little like that Russian folktale “The Enormous Turnip,” but with a red truck getting stuck in the mud. Then I got this manuscript by Alice Schertle. Enough said. The Little Blue Truck is an intrepid little hero whose tale is delivered in flawless rhyme and given lots of beautiful, colorful detail by Jill McElmurry. It’s now receiving a much-deserved second life in board book form.

There. Now you have a sampling of shower choices–that aren’t Goodnight, Moon or Sandra Boynton (as much as I love them)–for those burgeoning friends and relatives.

What’s your favorite board book?


  1. Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite books to give is “Bear on a Bike” by Stella Blackstone.

  2. Posted July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I immediately translated the title to “Duck on A Bike” for obvious reasons. I’m not familiar with the bear version–I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

  3. Posted July 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    There are a lot of really good board books out there. “HUG” is one of my favorite.

  4. Posted July 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I like that one, too, Ken.

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