This is a list of our best board books. This is the list I was looking for as a new mom and the list I wish I had before spending so much money on board books that rarely leave the shelf. These are the books we return to again and again. And the books that have brought so much laughter and snuggles to our house.
Cadence is important and this little book has it in spades. It’s written in the cadence of a barn dance call. If you want to really get into a rhythm there are some fun dances people on YouTube have put together. When our kids become toddlers we’ve even done a full dance along to the music.
Some of my favorite board books have animal sounds. Teaching kids to do animal sounds are the building blocks to talking if you think about what they comprise of mo, me, ba, ru, ee, oi, tw, etc. Learning to say these blends is good practice and a ton of fun for early talkers.
This little board book has a fun story, but also holes in the pages. Little fingers love to poke in the holes for a tactile experience along with the story. It also works on numbers and counting. As they touch the holes I often count to help them begin to connect with physical representations of numbers.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See
This is a great book for animal sounds and colors! This is a book my kids bring to me over and over. It’s so loved it has been shredded and taped back together a couple of times.
This book has no words. It’s humor for toddlers using only images. I introduced this one to our kids around 3ish and it was so perfect. They were old enough to “get it”. I love letting them tell me this story in return. They are less intimidated because there is no “right way” to do it since there are no words. This builds early narration skills.
This is the BEST early board book. It has very few words and lots of animal sounds. It is one of the first books my babies actually show interest in and is brought to me over and over.
This collection of 4 books is a huge hit at my house. Two more than the others. The ones that are the best are “Llama Llama Zippity Zoom” and “Llama Llama Hoppity Hop”. They are the first books that Cedric and Keller could pick out on the shelf and bring to me. It also has a good cadence and is easy to want to read which is a huge plus for me.
This one becomes interesting closer to two years old. It’s a bit more word-heavy, but still has a cute story and alternates between upbeat, and slow. It’s a great before-bed story to wind down.