As a soon to be second time parent and with lots of people i know having babies I thought it was about time I did a list of what I think are great board books. I have also noticed that a lot of people are giving books instead of cards for baby showers. So if you’re in a stitch and need to find a good one check out this list.
There are books you wouldn’t normally think of but are gems in themselves. I know the classics are always good go to’s but these are also good choices 😀
Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin
This is a cute little book. It’s not too long and not so short you’re looking for another one. It’s good for both boys and girls and the illustrations are very beautiful. It’s about the different animals that take you to your dreams and how you get there. It’s one of the favourites I read with my son nightly. If you’re looking for a good bedtime book this is my pick. It’s beautiful in both words and pictures and would be a great addition to your bedtime routine.
Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter
This is a book that first came out as a 3-5 book but was turned in to a board book and its super cute. It’s part of the interaction books where it get’s your wee ones involved and they will have just as much fun as you. It’s not long book and the illustrations are simple but it’s still great. My son loves this one and will push the “button” and shake the book when needed. If you likes these books that get’s this involved this is one for you as it will start them on the path to these kinds of books and when they are older, and a bit more gentle on their books you can bring in some of the 3-5.
Corduroy’s Day by Don Freeman
This is a great counting book and not one you can find in most book stores, so it might have to be ordered online. It’ counts up to 10 with things like what Corduroy has for breakfast, playing with trucks and having cupcakes with friends. It’s short and sweet and the illustrations are rich and full of color. It’s a take on a classic and a great way to start counting things with the little ones.
My First ABC, a DK Book
There are a lot of books like this out there and we have most of them but this one is great. ABC books are fun but I find the best ones are the ones with actual pictures. This helps them connect the letters with real life items and with great wonderful pictures this is my big book. There are a few items per letter which also helps. I find the best pictures are the animals and they are clear and precise.
Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein
This one is a super funny book. A Dinosaur that just wants a kiss but some things turn out bad…like you accidentally eat a bug you were trying to kiss. It’s one you can enjoy reading out loud because of the different voices you can use and get the kids involved as well. It’s a short but fun book and the illustrations are fun as well with the main dinosaur being super cute. This one is great for both boys and girls and one you won’t find is being given by a lot of other people.
Another Monster At The End Of This Book by Jon Stone
This is just like the first classic Monster at the End of the Book but this time with Elmo included. It’s funny and stays true to the classic. Simple illustrations and a comic book form of writing. If you little one liked the first one make sure to pick up the 2nd. I also recommend this as a “book as a card” gift as it’s cute and can be again used for both boys and girls.
THe Babies and Doggies Book by John and Molly
Last and not least is this little gem. This was given to my son as a gift and he loves it. I have heard, and don’t quote me on this, but it’s good to have books with real life pictures of babies as it makes it more interesting for the wee ones. this is a book that compares babies and doggies and what they do…like eating and playing and sleeping. There are all kinds of dogs and different babies of all kinds of ages and backgrounds. It’s fun and it rhymes and it’s a great little story. Especially if you’re a dog lover this one has to be in your library.
So these are my choices for books and I hope they help you in some way. I am in love with board books and I have so many but it’s totally worth it when you help a kid read. I am also a big fan of them for gifts and think you can pair a book with any gift to make it magical.
If you have any to add let me know 😀 I’d love to hear your opinion on what your favourite board book might be 😀