I’ve been reading a lot of board books lately (my audience is one 5-month-old) and board books, because they are read over and over, can be delightful or dismal. Over the past five months, I’ve developed a list of authors that I seek out. So, without further ado, here are my top 5 board book authors:
Boynton is the board book queen. With titles like Belly Button Book, Hippos Go Berserk, and Are You a Cow? her books are whimsical, fun, charming, and make incredibly economic use of language.
Katz’s books from Counting Kisses to The Babies on the Bus (a rendition of The Wheels on the Bus that actually has plot development) make for roly-poly reading.
Margaret Wise Brown
If Boynton is the queen of board books, Brown is the tsar. She wrote the insurmountable Good Night Moon (who doesn’t have that on their baby’s nightstand?) as well as my favorite The Runaway Bunny and the charming Big Red Barn. Hers are stories that your kids will read to their kids and on and on.
Mary Brigid Barrett
Barrett’s rhymes in Pat-A-Cake and All Fall Down are winsome, and she seamlessly incorporates children and families of various ethnicities into her illustrations.
Murphy’s simple illustrations and story lines (for books such as Quick Duck, I Kissed a Baby, and Slow Snail) are fun to read and the illustrations are clean, crisp drawings that delight.