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10 Must-Have Board Books for Babies

10 Must-Have Board Books for Babies

Do you remember a favorite book from childhood? The one you wanted to hear over and over again? What you probably didn’t realize at the time was all the amazing things that read-aloud time was doing for you.

Studies show that when parents and caregivers read to children, especially from birth to age 5, concentration increases, emotional bonds are formed, and vocabulary and reading development soar.

So, whether you are buying for your own baby or a friend, here are 10 sturdy, engaging board books (that you won’t mind reading over and over again)!

#1 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle uses collage art and bright colors to ask each animal in turn what they see. This one has a great use of repetition and rhythm.

#2 First 100 Words by Roger Priddy has bright, colorful pictures of real things a baby sees in everyday life.

#3 Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day is a beautiful book all about the best baby-sitter around, Carl the Rottweiler.

#4 Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman is a hilarious story of Joe the zookeeper trying to lock up the zoo for the night. Everytime you read it, you notice another funny detail. Is this my all-time favorite board book??

#5 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd is a classic story of saying goodnight to everything before going to bed.

#6 Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Suess is another one that uses great rhymes—and fun sound effects. Can you keep up with Mr. Brown?

#7 The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood starts on a rainy day with subdued colors and a room full of sleeping people, animals, and one wakeful flea. By the end the colors, characters, and the bed have all exploded into a fun, sunny day!

#8 Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton features one moose who can’t quite get his outfit right. Oops!

#9 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats tells the story of Peter waking up to a city filled with snow and how he spends his special snowy day.

#10 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle follows a caterpillar from birth as he eats his way through one week and transforms into something very different.



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