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The 25 Best Board Books Ever

July 7, 2009

That’s quite a claim isn’t it? I’m up for the challenge. Let me know if you have others – this is an evolving list! I’m looking for input. Here we go…

1

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo
You absolutely need this book.
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2

Pat the Bunny

Pat the Bunny
This book is older than all of us combined. I once witnessed 2 35-year-old men having a full discussion about the book.
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3

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
If your adorables don’t put their fingers through the holes, you can forget about Harvard.
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4

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
A rythmic lilt to soothe babes to sleep.
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5

Dr. Seuss ABC

Dr. Seuss ABC
A great way to introduce the alphabet – it’s fun too.
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6

Peekaboo kisses

Peekaboo Kisses
What baby doesn’t love Peekaboo? It’s a winner.
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7

Bright Baby First Words

Bright Baby First Words
When your adorables start to say these words, I don’t care who you are, you melt.
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8

Touch and Feel…

Touch and Feel...
Any of this series. Interactive keeps them interested. Just try to limit yourself to 2 or 3.
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9

Hop on Pop

Hop on Pop
Dr. Seuss knew what he was doing. My adorables just love this.
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10

That’s Not My…

That's Not My...
Any of this series. Have them find the mouse too. Again, limit yourself to 2 or 3.
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11

Ten Little Rubber Ducks

Ten Little Rubber Ducks
The squeaky duck at the end of the book is worth the price of admission.
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12

DK My First Animal Board Book

DK My First Animal Board Bok
Like 5 books in one, this is an excellent travel book as there is a lot to look at.
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13

Hippos Go Beserk

Hippos Go Beserk
A clever way to introduce counting.
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14

Tumble Bumble

Tumble Bumble
The rhythmic lilt of the prose is really something.
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15

A You’re Adorable

A You're Adorable
A great way to introduce the alphabet. Easy to memorize.
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16

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Jesse Bear
A fun rhythym and great for bedtime.
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17

The Big Hungry Bear

The Big Hungry Bear
Clever and fun.
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18

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear
Great combination to teach colors and animal names.
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19

Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night Gorilla
Consistently, my kids favorite book. The black page with the eyes has my adorables rolling. Really whoop it up for them.
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20

Little Bee (or Little Duck, etc) Finger Puppet Book

Little Bee Finger Puppet Book
The puppet was mind-boggling for my adorables.
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21

Put Me in the Zoo

Put Me in the Zoo
Colors, descriptive words and a fun story.
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22

Barnyard Dance

Barnyard Dance
This dance is a fun part of bedtime when this book comes out. Get up and get down.
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23

Five (or Ten) Little Ladybugs

Five Little Ladybugs
Great for counting. Have your adorables hold your finger and point as you count.
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24

Jamberry

Jamberry
Great rhythm and beautiful, happy illustrations.
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25

Snoozers

Snoozers
The book title says it better than I could: “Seven short short bedtime stories for lively little kids”.
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If you can find it on the used market (I think it just was too expensive to produce, but it is AWESOME):

Up Goes the Bunny

The adorables were strong enough to push the button at one year and then they didn’t stop.

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11 Comments »

  1. WT

      on July 7, 2009 9:02 am

    Every one of these books is wonderful! Thanks for putting this list together!

     

  2. Christine

      on September 29, 2009 11:22 pm

    Terrific list! Definitely need to add Where’s Spot? and Moo Baa Lalala.

     

  3. Will Hull - HullabalooStories.com

      on September 30, 2009 9:04 am

    We have Goodnight Moon, The very hungry catepillar, put me in the zoo and brown bear, brown bear what do you see and we custom made some of our own for our daughter of 15 months. We even have a little hobby going:

    http://www.hullabaloostories.com
    or
    http://www.facebook.com/HullabalooStories

    Great list. I am going to try to pick up some of the others.

     

  4. Heidi Farmer

      on September 30, 2009 8:25 pm

    Oh man! Forgot about Where’s Spot?!! I could have added 15 Sandra Boynton books (Moo Baa Lalala), so consider this the disclaimer that you should have 5 or 6 Sandra Boynton board books in your library. They are amazing and winners every time!

     

  5. Katie

      on December 29, 2009 10:26 am

    Fantastic list – thanks! My only suggested addition would be Bear Snores On.

     

  6. Nic

      on January 28, 2010 5:31 pm

    “Good Night Gorilla” and “Jamberry” are perennial favorites for my kids. I have both of them near to hand, and read them to younger neighbor kids when they come by and need to be contained for a bit.

    There’s actually a lot going on in “Good Night, Gorilla”; if you keep it in circulation as they get older, they will notice more and more of the subtlety. Fun!

     

  7. Joy G

      on May 28, 2010 6:07 pm

    Oh my mom used to read Barnyard Dance to my kids…What wonderful memories a good group of books can bring!

     

  8. Heather

      on August 14, 2010 3:41 am

    My 2 yr old loves The Giant Jam Sandwich and Chicka Chicka ABC.

     

  9. john

      on November 13, 2011 11:04 am

    Jamberry & Goodnight Moon are two of the book I least like reading to my kids. Just saying. Good Night, Gorilla is probably my fave on this list.

     

  10. MomE

      on April 20, 2013 1:37 am

    Great list – but I do have some more that are equally as wonderful.
    I just created a list to share on Amazon. You’re free to check it out and add to your list as you see fit.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/R1BRCDA6L6O/

     

  11. Abigail

      on November 5, 2013 12:25 pm

    my 15 month old loves Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins we got it for him when he was 9 months old at an aquarium and he still loves me to read it to him daily

     

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