From the Editor: Board Book Love Affair, Part II

In the last editorial I wrote about my son’s love for board books and the reinstatement of the “Early Books” column in Book Links. Since then we heard from many readers who had recommendations for their own favorite board


books. I didn’t want to keep them all to myself, so below are some additional much-loved titles.

• A
Book Links reader and mom in Quincy, Massachusetts, suggests
Babies by Gyo Fujikawa (Grosset & Dunlap, 1963), a classic look at babies’ daily activities.

• A recommendation came in for
Baby Faces and
Baby Food, both by Margaret Miller (Simon & Schuster, 1998 & 2000), which feature full-page close-up photos of baby faces.

• We also received a recommendation for the board-book edition of
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt, 1989), which
Booklist magazine called a “well-designed book for toddlers intrigued by parsnips, potatoes, peas, peppers, pumpkins, and the like.”

• A comforting bedtime story,
Good Night, Mr. Night by Dan Yaccarino (Harcourt, 1997), was originally a picture book but is “even better” as a board book, according to the elementary-school teacher in Iowa City, Iowa, who recommended it.


Diddle Diddle Dumpling,
Little Miss Muffet,
Hector Protector, and
Little Bo-Peep by Tracey Campbell Pearson (all Farrar, 2004) are based on Mother Goose nursery rhymes but set in contemporary children’s homes. Their toddler-friendly interpretations get a thumbs-up from the editor herself.

• A media specialist in Homewood, Alabama, suggests
I Am a Bunny by Richard Scarry (Golden, 1963). “I always give it as a baby gift and receive rave reviews,” she reports.

• A K–2 librarian in Canandaigua, New York, gave the board-book edition of
More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow, 1990) to her baby grandson. “Little did I know it would become his and my daughter’s favorite book ever,” she writes.

• A reader in Whately, Massachusetts, suggests
My Fuzzy Friends by Tad Hills (Little Simon, 1999). “I find the animals in his board books adorable,” she says.

• A vote came in for the adorable pig in
Wibbly Pig Is Happy and
Wibbly Pig Likes Bananas by Mick Inkpen (Viking, 2000), as well as other books about this endearing character.

Thank you for helping the reinstated “Early Books” column start off with a bang. Look for more articles geared toward babies and toddlers in the May and July 2005 issues.


Laura Tillotson

(
ltillotson@ala.org)