Children’s board books for Spring


There are a plethora of board books sure to please even the most finicky reader — be they child or adult.

For the youngest of readers comes “Corduroy’s Colors” and “Corduroy’s Numbers” by MaryJo Scott and published by Viking. Both have rhyme and lots of colors. The illustrations by Lisa McCue are happy and bright and perfect for the children too young to read on their own and just beginning to recognize colors. It’s also a great book (as are many in this list) for children learning to recognize words.

“P Is for Peter” is an ABC board book for young readers with Peter Rabbit and all his friends showing the different letters of the alphabet. “A is for A cozy dormouse” begins the sturdy book and “Z is for Snoozing little bunnies everywhere” ends this ABC book that will delight Peter Rabbit fans. The illustrations are simple drawings colored with pastel shades. Some of the letters will make readers laugh like “L is for lippity, lippity, hop!”

Continuing on with the animal theme (perfect for Spring) is “Duck & Goose: Let’s Dance!” by Tad Hills with an original song by Lauren Savage and Ross Gruet (listen here). The book consists of a series of movements and sounds that are the Duck and Goose dance. The movements are easy: “First jump front. Then jump back. Spin around and give a quack quack.” Young kids will love following the instructions and doing the “dance.” The words are great, but some kids might find the recorded song on the website a bit fast to follow. (Schwartz & Wade Books)

“Little Owl’s Day” by Divya Srinivasan is another sturdy board book for little fingers about Little Owl and how astonished he is when he stays awake during the day to see everything he misses at night. He is able to visit all the friends who are usually sleeping at night when Little Owl is up and exploring. He sees wolf and the wolf puppies, butterflies (instead of moths), turtles and his friend, Bear. This is a nice early introduction to the notion of nocturnal animals. Watch the trailer here.

Another board book with lots and lots of animals is “Noah’s Ark” by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Christopher Santoro (Random House Books for Young Readers). This very basic retelling of the bible story is special because of the lift-the-flaps on every page. Some pages have more than one. It will be lots of fun for children to look for — and find — the flaps and lift them to see what’s hiding underneath.

For those tired of animals — live or stuffed — the “Huey” board books are a welcome diversion. Oliver Jeffers’ creations star in three board books: “It Wasn’t Me,” “What’s the Opposite?” and “None the Number: A Counting Adventure.” Children love the clever picture book “It Wasn’t Me,” and they will love the board book just as much. The Hueys are arguing when Gillespie comes by. He asks them what they are arguing about and they all jump in to say that they didn’t start the argument. Eventually, the reader finds out that they don’t remember what they were even arguing about! Great story about how silly some spats are — and how easily distracted some children are. The colorful and creative drawings of the arguments alone make it a book worth reading. “What’s the Opposite” and “None the Number” are what one might expect — a book about numbers and a book about opposites. But with Oliver Jeffers’ style, they become not-your-everyday books about counting and opposites. They are clever and humorous. Children will love this trio of board books by Philomel Books.

Please note: This is based on the board books provided by the publishers for review purposes.