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2021 Board Books: Some Delights Thus Far

I collect them continually and sometimes there are so many lovely titles that halfway through the year I break down and show them off early. Today is that day.

The Deft Board Book Talents At Work In PET: A Matthew Van Fleet Interview

Today, Matthew Van Fleet joins us to talk logistics, process, Bavarian ant farms, and why getting a hamster to run on a wheel is harder than it sounds.

The Hamster Gets Me: A Cover Reveal for Stanley’s Library by William Bee

Board books about librarians are out there already, but Stanley knows what he’s doing. Get ready for site visits, author talks, and more as we reveal the cover for William Bee’s latest.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

Every year publishers attempt to squeeze full picture books into board book formats. Today, we celebrate those books that really add something special to our bookshelves. Yes, we are happy they exist.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Board Books

If only the rarest kind of best is good enough for the young then the same can be said for the ankle biter crowd. Mirrors, tabs, lift-the-flaps, you name it, these wonderful board books have it!

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

Remember, only some picture books truly work well when adapted to a board book format. I also like to include on this list those books that have been out-of-print for a while and have come back. Enjoy!

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Great Board Books

What better way to kick off 31 days of my favorite children’s books of the year than with the most successful (I’d argue) format?

Board Book Trailer Reveal: You Are Light by Aaron Becker

If you know Aaron Becker’s name it’s probably from that magnificent quest trio of picture books, Journey, Quest, and Return. Becker took a seemingly simple form, the picture book, and gave it breadth and depth without sacrificing child-interest and focus. But apparently that wasn’t enough of a challenge because now he’s created a board book and it’s a doozy of a marvel.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

What’s even better than a board book the first time around? A board book a second or third or forty-fifth time around!! Just take a gander at some of the books that saw new life in 2018, and you’ll be forced to agree that 2018 really was a banner year for board books. 2018 Board […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Great Board Books & Pop-Up Books

I love that we always kick off the 31 lists with board books. What could be cheerier or more inspiring? This year, I’m adding in a selection of pop-up books for spice. And, since board books don’t always skew young, I split this list into two separate categories; one for babies and one for toddler. […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #5 – 1!

We did it! We really and truly did it. You voted. The votes were tallied. And now we’re finishing up the last remaining titles on the Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown. Some of you have asked if this will appear in a nice printable format, so I’ll work with SLJ to see if we […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #10-6

*Sniff* And just like that it’s almost over. But what beauties we have to share before we go! Nearing the end, we’re seeing a sharp increase in the number of older titles. One thing that interested me, looking at today’s list, is that according to my sources, these books were all published in 1982 or […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #15 – 11

I always like to include the publication dates of each of these board books when I present them on my lists. I do this partly because I’m interested in watching what constitutes a “classic” board book. If a book was originally a picture book and then was converted to a board book later, is it […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #20-16

This is the first of the last four posts of our poll! How time does fly. Initially I was going to release each of the Top 20 books in its own separate post, but life is short and I’m looking forward to posting something else for the remainder of the month of August. Not that […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #25-21

Today I’ll be including my very first board book from 2019 in the mix. How is it possible that it got so many votes already? Read on and I’ll divulge all.    #25 – The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle (2015) My first introduction to this book came by way of, of all things, […]