board book club, good night, gorilla

IMG_1805Does anyone else have this book? Is your toddler obsessed with it? Can you tell me why? Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman has made it’s way into our house several times.  We now own three copies, each one is read about 2 or 3 times a day.

Here is the thing about this book.  If you just read it as it is written it is BEYOND boring. There are several pages that don’t even have words. Therefore, you must put in a ton of effort to engage your child in this book.  Frequent ad-libbing is required and you must ask a ton of questions that you already know the answer to like: “Where is the Gorilla?” “Can you find the mouse?” “What does the Lion say?” Quite frankly, it’s gets exhausting after the second or third time though but Leo seems to love it so I will soldier on…

I highly recommend that you purchase this book for new or expectant parents as a gift so that they can suffer as I do…

(written while Leo is with daddy at the train)



board book club, i love you, stinky face…

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt is one of those books that makes me a little weepy.  Probably, because I have read it to Leo about two million times. When I ask him to choose his own bedtime book this is one of his frequent picks. This is book for little boys and their mamas.


From the books back cover: “Even if her little boy were an alligator or a super-smelly skunk, this mother would love her child unconditionally.”

This about sums it up.  It’s hard to explain unconditional love to a toddler but I think this sweet little book does a pretty good job.  The book as two “parts,” the mama and her son; Leo loves it when I read each part in a different voice. I usually try to do something soothing and calm for the mama and high-pitched and whiney for the son- am I projecting?

Leo frequently has be go back and re-read the page that asks “Mama, if I were a big, scary ape? Would you still love me then?” I wonder what that’s all about?

board book club, baby talk…

I remember shopping for books as a weepy emotional pregnant lady; buying Leo hard-bound copies of all of my childhood favorites like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Then arranging them lovingly next to small stuffed animals on his bookshelf like something you would see on Pinterest.  Oh, a mother can dream!

I don’t know why no one ever told me that babies and toddlers under no circumstances should be trusted with books with rippable (did I just make that word up?) pages. After the destruction of a few pretty paper pages we learned that board books are where it’s at! Portable, mostly-indestructable and most importantly…tasty.


Here is a vintage shot of Leo around 7 months old being very literary.

So over the next fews months I am going to “review” some of our favorites and share them here with you in our new lovely category “board book club.”


Baby Talk has been one of our favorite books for a while now. Because I am generally forgetful, I can’t remember if this is one of the books that we bought or if it was a gift.  It’s a pretty simple book one page shows an adorable baby and it says something like “this baby is hungy” then you flip the giant flap and it shows the same adorable baby eating and the words “yum yum” in a jumbo font. You get the concept. Leo has loved this book from the beginning, we have probably had it since he was around 8 months old.  At first he just loved looking at all of the other baby faces in the book, a few months later he loved lifting each of the flaps on his own and now he loves saying (his version) of the words on each flap. It’s awesome to see that Leo is actually learning something from all of our reading!

What are your favorite board books?