Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cybils Board Books - Batch 3

These are board books that were already out from the library when I made my original requests or board books that I received from the publisher. Again, all books are meant for ages 0-2, so no ages will be listed for the individual books.


The books from the publisher will be donated to Little Free Libraries around town using my new marketing plan. Have you ever used a Little Free Library?

Love is a Tutu by Amy Novesky

This book is perfect for dancers or ballet-lovers to share with their children. It includes some introductory ballet vocabulary and adorable illustrations of a little girl doing ballet. The hot pink, black, and white color scheme is simple and fun as well.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Les Miserables: A French Language Primer by Jennifer Adams

This book is cute. It teaches some simple vocabulary - in English and in French - and has some descriptions of characters from the story.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.



Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

This colorful book is a good introduction to the solar system. It discusses the moon, the sun and planets, starts, and comets. I enjoyed the little facts about each planet. I was surprised but delighted to see that Pluto is included, but correctly categorized as a dwarf planet.

4 stars



Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli

This book is a counting book in which a little bunny names 10 things (and more) that he is thankful for. It uses the word "blessings", but it doesn't mention God or anything other than being thankful. I thought it was really sweet, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to introduce thankfulness to their young ones.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Follow the Yarn: A Book of Colors by Emily Spier

This book is really creative. It's hard to do something different with a simple color book, but this book accomplishes it. Each page shows yarn of a different color being unraveled by a cat. All of the previous colors still display in what creates a fun web of colors.

4 stars



All Aboard! National Parks: A Wildlife Primer by Kevin & Haily Meyers

Featuring scenes from 9 well known National Parks, this book highlights the adventures to be had across the US. It also includes a variety of animals and their footprints. Great book for outdoor lovers to share with their children.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Clive and His Babies by Jessica Spanyol

This book features a simple story about Clive, a little boy who loves his babies. He cares for them and shares them with his friends. This book is full of diverse characters and it quietly challenges gender stereotypes.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


The Nosyhood by Tim Lahan

This book is oddly shaped (14x5 perhaps) and very heavy. The story is rather strange as well. A couple moves into a new house, and the neighbors come over one by one and cram inside for a party. The last to arrive is a giant nose (um...what?). It sneezes the building off the page, and the couple realize that maybe they haven't found the perfect neighborhood after all. A little too odd for my taste.

2 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

City Block by Christopher Franceschelli

This book is so much fun! It features a lot of different shaped pages. It showcases all of the ways to get around a big city, the many things to do in a big city, and the variety of foods to eat in a big city. It's the perfect book for young children living in a city or even families who will be going on vacation to a city. It's original and engaging.

4 stars



The Nutcracker (Cozy Classics) by Jack & Holman Wang

This book teaches basic vocabulary from the Nutcracker story - gift, mouse, prince, etc. There are photos of dolls acting out the story, but they're a little creepy. This book was clearly written for adults who love this story to share with their kids, but I don't know that it's one that babies would enjoy on their own.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.



Do you have kids young enough for board books? What's your favorite one?


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