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Board Books 2018: What We’ve Got Here Is an Oddly Strong Year


As you may recall I put out the announcement in March that during April I’d be asking people to send in Top 10 Board Book lists, ranked in order of preference (#1 being your favorite and #10 being your least favorite). I was gratified to see a nice long list of submissions. The poll officially […]

Announcing the Top 100 Board Books Poll!


If you will be so good as to look over to the right-hand side of my blog here, you’ll notice that the top two links listed in the sidebar are two “Top 100 Polls”. What does that mean? Well, about six years ago I announced a challenge to my readers. I wanted them to personally […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day One – 2017 Great Board Books


The lists begin! And as with last year we’re kicking off with the youngest of readers. This is by no means the only list you’ll find out there of best board books of 2017. However, I do like to distinguish between my age groups when I present this list. As far as I’m concerned, board […]

Fusenews: Sit On a Tea Party a Spell


Haven’t done one of these in a while. To be fair, there’s been so much crazy news out there that it’s almost too intimidating to do something as light and fluffy as this. Best if I stick with the news that matters. And, occasionally, the stuff I don’t remember seeing already on PW Children’s Bookshelf. […]

2017: Marking the Rise of the Almighty Board Book

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It’s not as though board books have ever really gotten their due. Doomed to withstand the incessant chompers of teeny tiny gums, half the time they are mistaken for chew toys and the other half as portable germ factories. Here’s a test. Walk into your local library. Look long and hard at the board book […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Two – 2016 Great Board Book Adaptations


So what do we mean when we say “Board Book Adaptations” exactly?  Well, you’re probably familiar with the phenomenon of taking a picture book and chopping it down into a board book  When this is done poorly the end product is strange and squished.  The most egregious example of this might be the Cloudy With […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day One – 2016 Great Board Books


We kick off our 31 Days, 31 Lists at the lowest age level imaginable.  Finding quality board books for babies and toddlers is a challenge.  It’s not enough to simply have thick pages.  You need to be able to engage the interest and attention of someone who is still developing their visual and auditory processing […]

Board Books 2012: What Works. What Doesn’t.


I’ve become a bit of a board book connoisseur in my old age.  While my cohorts are reading speculative YA fiction and high end narrative nonfiction I’ve been getting up close and personal with books that have pages that can double as coasters.  Aside from realizing just how difficult the darn things are to write […]

Board Books 2011: What Worked Well (a biased opinion)


Okay.  Fine.  You got me.  This is one of those posts.  The ones I’ve actively been trying to avoid all year, and until now I’ve been pretty good about it.  As a reviewer I have a duty to remember that though I now have in my home a chatterbox of a six-month year-old, she is […]

Fusenews: Zap! Pow! Zam! (Zam?)


Ruh-roh.  I’ve been having too much fun earning a living to leave enough time for blogging.  Time yet again for a super quickie point-by-point-without-the-details Fusenews!  Hold onto your hats . . . Who are the artists overlooked by the Caldecott?  Elizabeth Bluemle has the scoop. An East Harlem bookstore needs your help! Thanks to Heather […]

Review of the Day: What Do You See? by Martine Perrin


What Do You See? By Martine Perrin Albert Whitman & Co. $8.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-6712-8 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. *Offspring Approved* I have always acknowledged the danger of having a child of my own. You see, as a children’s librarian I deal with parents that truly believe that if their kid does or does not […]

It’s Not a Board Book?


In the book A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano there is a marvelous chapter right at the beginning called “A Future of Page Turns”.  Found in the “Books for Babies” section the piece (written by Ms. Parravano) has this to say […]

Board Book Investigations: Herve Tullet


They’ve never much appealed to me before, but with my future spawn a-kicking in my midriff, it’s high time I started seeking out some of the better quality board books out there.  After all, I ain’t reading no junk to the fledgling.  So it is we begin a new series here on Fuse #8: Board […]

Recommend Me Board Books for My Young


Librarians like to recommend books.  Sort of their raison d’etre, if you will.  Then WHAMMO!  Stick a fetus in their belly and suddenly the tables are turned*.  Because now I’m under the distinct impression that there are some gaps in my knowledge.  Specifically, the baby knowledge.  I’m good at picture books and middle grade but […]