Written By: Addie Boswell
Illustrated by: Alexander Mostov
For Ages: Infants and up (board book)
Topics Covered: Rhyming, Vehicles, Diverse Characters, Girls Outdoors.
This is a super cute board book all about boats! This rhyming board book is all about different boats and water transportation, and it’s probably one of the most diverse board books I’ve ever read. The illustrations are bright and modern, a style which I personally love. I really enjoyed seeing all of the decorative and over the top boats people were traveling around in, and there’s even a friend to find on every page (an aspect I think very young readers will really enjoy as well).
It’s so important to have a diverse bookshelf, and I often get questions about the best board books for babies and toddlers. I believe overall we need books that entertain and then educate. But especially so, kids need books that they love which happen to be diverse without that being the main goal of the book itself. This book (and another one in the same series Go, Bikes, Go! which we’ll be posting soon!) fits that bill perfectly. It’s awesome to see so many BIPOC folx outdoors enjoying boating, and especially girls of color! If you have a little one that loves all things vehicular, they will love this board book.
This book was kindly sent to us by Sasquatch Books, but all opinions are my own!
Addie Boswell is an artist and writer living in Portland but grown in Iowa. She specializes in murals and picture books that focus on family, community, and the creative power of children. Recent titles include The Snow Dancer, Five on the Bed, and the “In Motion” series that starts with Go, Bikes, Go! As a visiting artist at schools, libraries, and community programs around the Northwest, she knows that creativity can empower and improve the lives of every age. When not working from her home studio, she is probably building scrappy furniture, filching drawings from her five-year-old, reading when she should be sleeping, and waiting for the rain to return.
Alexander is an illustrator and artist who takes pride in making playful, accessible designs. His inspiration is drawn from plants, animals, and mid-century modern design. Alexander currently lives in Seattle with lots of books, and a mischievous little dog named Dziga.