Board Books – Tried & True!


These are just some of my favorites…

There are so many fun books to read to your Baby at any age, Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Child, etc.  Too many to choose from.  When you get to the bookstore or the library, it can be a bit overwhelming.

So,  I thought that I would share some of my personal favorites and some of my Beach Rose’s too.  The list of our favorite’s is too long for me to remember even 1/2 of them, so this may end up as a “to be continued”post, on the off chance that I stumble into another pile of these little gems and remember to post about them!

Babies and Toddlers especially, but children too, love rhyming books.  They also love books that are repetitious, ones that encourage participation, singing, or touching.  Here are 20 board books that I recommend for your own personal library.


  1. Llama Llama – Hoppity Hop  (Anna Dewdney is brilliant with rhyming.  She is the brains behind the Llama Llama series.  Any of these stories are wonderful. Kids especially love that Llama Llama is so expressive, which means of course that Mama and/or Daddy has to be expressive too.  Stomping, jumping, pouting, wailing, are just a few of the verbs thrown into the mix that you will no doubt end up acting out!)
  2. Goodnight Moon (a classic)
  3. Hungry Caterpillar (a mix of counting, color identification, days of the week & a bit of science)
  4. Goodnight, Gorilla (way too much fun!)
  5. Little Quack’s Bedtime ( Cute way to talk through a child’s fears of unknown noises in the night)
  6. Goodnight Pookie (Sandra Boynton is the silliest author out there and kids LOVE her!)
  7. Pajama Time! (The next 2 books are more silliness before bed with Sandra.)
  8. The Going to Bed Book (Sandra Boynton’s classic bedtime read.)
  9. Tickle Time (Oh so much fun to read this one of Sandra’s with your little one…who doesn’t love a good tickle?)
  10. Yawn (Clever rhyming board book for bed)
  11. Mr Brown can Moo can You? (Not all of Dr Seuss’s material is understood by young children.  This is one perfect.  Mimicking sounds is always fun!)
  12. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? (colors, animals, repetition)
  13. First 100 Words – Priddy (Any of the Priddy books are appropriate & fantastic for this age. They all have large glossy pictures and teach children the basics.)
  14. The Foot Book – ( The other Dr. Seuss must have at this age)
  15. Baby Touch and Feel Animals – (Any touchy-feely books for little kids are much loved, and pulled at and ripped.  Necessary!)
  16. Time for Bed – Mem Fox (A bedtime book that teaches about animal babies)
  17. You are My Sunshine –
  18. Wheels on the Bus –
  19. Old MacDonald Had a Farm –
  20. One Two Buckle My Shoe –

(These last 4 books are all songs.  But they are a necessity in your Baby, Toddler, Preschooler’s library.  Let them have some pictures to sing along with and also, as they turn the pages over & over they see familiar words with familiar pictures that will eventually help them read!)

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