A few months ago I ran into Cindy Minnich who was attending a professional development seminar I lead. We chatted for awhile after the workshop. She encouraged me to write something for the Nerdy Book Club, which is an incredible blog she facilitates with Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp. I took a look at the variety of posts they run and decided to write a “Top Ten” post about board books. I spent a few months watching my daughter carefully as I read books to her. I paid careful attention to the books she gravitated to on her own in addition to what she did when we read them together. By early May, I was able to discern what she seemed to like out of all of the board books in our house. I combined her likes with my favorites and was able to write a post about the Top Ten Board Books.
If you have little ones at home or are an aunt, uncle, cousin, or grandparent to a child under three, I hope you’ll check out the list I created. (NOTE: It’s not written in a David Letterman “Top Ten” kind of way. It’s structured in two ways: why I love it & why my daughter loves it.) To that end, if you have other board books you think I should know about, then please let me know what they are. I’m closing comments on this post so please leave a comment on the post I wrote over at the Nerdy Book Club. (Click here to read it.) I’m always up for suggestions when it comes to reading with my daughter!
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).