October 18, 2017

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Time Is Ticking: Susie Jaramillo on the Day of the Dead

The author/illustrator/publisher Susie Jaramillo and creator of the acclaimed “Canticos” books talks about what inspired her latest bilingual, foldout, lift-the-flap board book, Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos.

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

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 […]

Board Book Roundup |Reviews

For those struggling to keep up with the demand for fresh and new board books, this roundup of recently published titles is just for you. Brooke Newberry, an early literacy librarian and new mom, has selected and annotated 50 must-have picks.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Love Is a Truck by Amy Novesky | SLJ Review

NOVESKY, Amy. Love Is a Truck. illus. by Sara Gillingham. 24p. Cameron Kids. Nov. 2016. Board $12.95. ISBN 9781937359867.

Toddler-PreS –Fire trucks usually get all the love, but in this book, there is an abundance of love for trucks of all types and sizes. With everything from dump trucks to ice-cream trucks to cement trucks, this honey of a title conveys the simple joy of creative play. An adorable brown-skinned tot with cross-hatched red cheeks is all smiles and […]

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 […]

Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli | SLJ Review

FRANCESCHELLI, Christopher. Cityblock. illus. by Peskimo. 96p. Abrams Appleseed. Sept. 2016. Board $16.95. ISBN 9781419721892.

PreS-Gr 1 –This cleverly designed board book will delight young readers and grown-ups alike. Readers accompany a grandfather and his two children as they explore the big city via various modes of transportation at street level and aboveground and belowground. Peskimo’s vivid palette and playful cartoon art bring the metropolis and all of its diverse inhabitants to life. Cutout shapes and varied peek-through designs […]

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

Across the Boards: The Latest for the Smallest of Readers

SLJ editors pick the best of the season’s board books.

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From Comics to Board Books to Middle Grade Novels | A Chat with the Holms

Jennifer and Matt Holm, the creators behind the wildly popular “Babymouse” and “Squish” graphic novel series, are not afraid to branch out and experiment with new forms and formats, as evidenced by their recent collaboration on a series of comics-style board books.

Toddler Season | Board Book Roundup

Our editors’ picks for a selection of recommended board book titles from 2015.

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Christopher Franceschelli on the Art, Design, and Nutritional Value of Board Books | Up Close

Christopher Franceschelli has worn many hats from editor to creator to book packager. The busy bookmaker discusses his new work, Dinoblock, what makes a great board book, and how these tiny works of art are for more than just babies.

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Tough and Tiny | Board Book Roundup

Familiar concepts, animals, cool transportation, and eye-popping artwork distinguish the latest crop of offerings for babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers.

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Board Book Bonanza | Preschool to Grade 4 Roundup

These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Early Learning recap

SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes  for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.

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Does one size fit all?

Leonard Marcus gave a swell talk about Robert McCloskey last night, but what’s really sticking with me is a response he gave to a question at the end about ebooks. Size matters, he essentially said, when it comes to picture books and other books for young children. Of course, we all know this, but I […]

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Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books

In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.

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EDITORS’ PICKS: New Board Book Favorites

Baby animals, a tooting toddler, and die-cuts galore: this smattering of board books will appeal to your youngest readers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.