Building Better Brains: Board Books and Thirty Million Words

Jarrett Dapier


When our daughter was two, she gnawed half the cover off a board book version of Peggy Rathmann’s Goodnight, Gorilla. To her, it was a book good enough to eat. Our copy—tattered, weathered, gnawed—remains on our bookshelf. To my wife and me, the mangled little thing is a treasured possession.

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Ellen Mayer, Red Socks (Cambridge, MA: Star Bright, 2015), 12.

Ellen Mayer, A Fish to Feed (Cambridge, MA: Star Bright, 2015), 7.

Ellen Mayer, Cake Day (Cambridge, MA: Star Bright, 2016), 28.

Debra J. Knoll, "Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theories into Practice," American Libraries, May 31, 2016,

Ellen Mayer, Rosa's Very Big Job (Cambridge, MA: Star Bright, 2016), 28.



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