Baby Board Book Roundup

By decafJess - December 18, 2018

Board books are often overlooked, but instilling a love of reading into babies and toddlers is so important for intellectual and emotional development. It gives children the ability to entertain themselves in imaginative play, and it's a wonderful way to keep a child entertained in waiting rooms, on airplanes, and other places where quiet play is better.

Here is a growing list of a few of my favorites, both as a professional and as the mom of a toddler bookworm.

Clicking on the book covers takes you to the book's Goodreads page, where you can find links to purchase or find it in your library system.

TACTILE BOOKS

Books with textures, flaps, etc.

Changing Faces: Meet Happy BearChanging Faces: Meet Happy Bear by Nathan Thoms
18 pages - 2017
Watching Happy Bear's expressions change as the pages turn will delight smaller readers.


Colors with LadybugColors with Ladybug by Dawn Sirett
14 pages - 2018
It rhymes, it's bright and sparkly, and it introduces colors. Grand slam.


I Love Music: My First Sound BookI Love Music: My First Sound Book by Marion Billet
16 pages - 2016
Fun music sounds will make this baby's new favorite.


Itsy Bitsy SpiderItsy Bitsy Spider by Emily Bannister
10 pages - 2016
Sturdy, with lots to touch and comforting rhymes. Great for waiting rooms!


Never Touch a DinosaurNever Touch a Dinosaur by Rosie Greening
12 pages - 2017
Silly, colorful, fun to touch, and full of opportunities for creative play.


Never Touch a MonsterNever Touch a Monster by Rosie Greening
12 pages - 2016
Playful rhymes, bright colors, and fun rubbery textures make an all-around fun experience.


NON-TACTILE BOOKS


Animal ColorsAnimal Colors by Christopher Silas Neal
40 pages - 2018
Goofy and infinitely repeatable.



Baby Loves Coding!Baby Loves Coding! by Ruth Spiro
22 pages - 2018
Introduces patterns in a bright way.



Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob MarleyEvery Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley by Bob Marley
32 pages - 2012
Features real-life everyday experiences in a child's life set to the backdrop of an iconic feel-good song.

Hoot: A Hide-And-Seek Book of CountingHoot: A Hide-And-Seek Book of Counting by Jonathan Litton
16 pages - 2014
Bedtime rhymes help teach counting.


Hop on PopHop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
24 pages - 2004
This abridged version of the classic is full of fun sounds and repeatable rhymes.




I Love You Through and ThroughI Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
24 pages - 2005
A cute rhyming story about the many lovable things about baby.


Llama Llama Hoppity-HopLlama Llama Hoppity-Hop by Anna Dewdney
14 pages - 2012
Fun action words make this a good pick.



My Lucky Little DragonMy Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan
14 pages - 2014
Full of adorable little nicknames for baby.



Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: And Other Favorite Bedtime RhymesTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: And Other Favorite Bedtime Rhymes by Sanja Rešček
24 pages - 2006
Some pages will remind you that nursery rhymes used to be really weird, but this book is a happy part of our bedtime routine.

We Belong TogetherWe Belong Together by Joyce Wan
14 pages - 2011
The art is so adorable you'll want it for a phone background.

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