Bunches of Board Books

Here are my top picks for recent board books, perfect for toddlers:

bedtime for chickies pottytime for chickies

Bedtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler

Pottytime for Chickies by Janee Trasler

This pair of board books introduces three small chicks who have problems falling asleep and using the potty correctly.   Trasler uses humor and other animals to make these books great fun to read.  Her artwork is particularly child-friendly and the Chickies themselves are naughty and silly, in the just the way small children would appreciate.  These are sure to be favorites at bedtime.

creature colors creature numbers

Creature Colors by Andrew Zuckerman

Creature Numbers by Andrew Zuckerman

Filled with crisp and clear photographs of animals against a white background, these books stand out visually in a crowded board book market.  The Colors book is the more successful of the two with the colors popping on each page.  The Numbers book is still well done and extends from counting individual animals to counting legs and fins as well.  Both books are strong additions to library and family collections. 

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We’re Going to the Farmers’ Market by Stefan Page

A bright and friendly visit to the Farmers’ Market, this is sure to start daydreams of warm summer days for those of us in northern climes.  The illustrations are colorful and evoke the delight of the market perfectly.  Wonderful for children who have a local farmers’ market and know the pleasure of visiting the different stalls, selecting veggies and heading home to cook and eat. 

you are my baby garden you are my baby ocean

You Are My Baby: Garden by Lorena Siminovich

You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich

Both released March 25, 2014.

These are the third and fourth books in this board book series which pairs a larger board book with an inset small book.  The larger book has the images of the adults with the story, and the small book has the images and noises of the babies.  The pages turn independently and work best when you have small hands helping you.  Sturdy and with the fun aspect of mixing and matching, these books are beautifully designed with very accessible illustrations. 

2014 Blue Peter Book Awards

Blue Peter Book Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 Blue Peter Book Awards have been announced.  The short lists for the awards are selected by a panel of judges and then the winners are voted on by over 400 children from ten schools in the UK.

Best Story


Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell


Best Book with Facts

Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War II

Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: World War II by Tony Robinson and Del Thorpe


Shortlisted Titles for Best Story

Oliver and the Seawigs Whale Boy

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Whale Boy by Nicola Davies


Shortlisted Titles for Best Book with Facts

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Marvellous Maths by Jonathan Litton

The World in Infographics: Animal Kingdom by Jon Richards and Ed Simkins

NAACP Outstanding Literary Work Awards

Huge thanks to Fuse #8 for making me aware that the NAACP gives out literary awards, and even better, literary awards for books for youth.  Here are the books that won in 2014:


Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson



Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers

Courage Has No Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickles by Tanya Lee Stone



I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me 

I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl! by Betty K. Bynum, illustrated by Claire Armstrong-Parod

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier

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Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Terry Widener



God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens Invasion

God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens by Romal Tune

Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

Raising The Bar Serafina's Promise

Raising the Bar by Gabrielle Douglas

Seraphina’s Promise by Anne E. Burg