20 board books you need for your baby's library - Baby LibrariansThe lists begin! However, I do like to distinguish between my age groups when I present this list. Never let them get you down, Karen Katz. Those of us with babies know all too well the power your large-headed children wield. I once had about ten Katz books going in continuous rotation as my children circled through them again and again. Any kid would want to gum its corners and play with its elements. Katz, now and forever.
20 board books you need for your baby’s library
But how do you choose the best ones? Consider both how a board book looks and how it sounds. Many board books originate as full-sized picture books, but not every picture book has art that downsizes well into the board book format. Here are nine great-looking board books — some new, some old — that can help babies on the road to talking. Attractively illustrated in strong, simple color combinations, this solid-feeling book has 10 signs. Lately these have been getting more visually pleasing and design-conscious, a welcome trend. This new one features whimsical art and a recurring character, a sprightly spotted dog making its way through its day; when two children appear toward the end, one is dark-skinned, one light-skinned, also a needed update for this kind of book.
Board books really are excellent for babies. Buying a handful of them as a birth present for any new arrival will bring real delight. Board books are genuinely easy for babies to hold even when they are very young. And their study production means that they can withstand very active handling, being dropped, bent, bitten, smeared with jam and squished with raisins. Both classics and new titles are produced as board books; sometimes they have a slightly reduced text compared with the original and other times they are the complete text. A beautiful board book version of the classic picture book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd has just been published to celebrate 65 years of the original. It is a book that will be read over and over again.
If I could gift every child in the world a stack of books to start their own little home library I would. I think all children should have a collection of beautiful books to treasure, to enjoy, and to help them get the right start in life. When my kids were younger I used to enjoy watching their interactions with books. Once they got past the phase of chewing on them, they began helping me turn the pages and lift the flaps. I chose board books because they are more durable and can withstand all the wear and tear better than hardcover books. There he plays peek-a-boo; sings the rolly song, the happy song, and the name song; plays with animals; and meets new friends.
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Studies show it's never too early to start reading to infants. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that reading out loud to your kids starting from birth strengthens your parent-child bond and gets your baby started on important language and literacy skills. Add these books to your child's home library, and get ready for snuggly storytime. Yusuke Yonezu's clever lift-the-flap illustrations offer surprises on every page — what looks like a lollipop turns into a chameleon, or a hard-candy wrapper transforms into the tail of a fish. Newborns only see black, white, and gray at first, which makes these high-contrast, black-and-white illustrations all the more engaging to young eyes. When Leo goes to the library for "baby time," he gets to do exciting activities, like singing a happy song or playing peek-a-boo with scarves — things you can play at home, too!
Join Tiny and Small on another space-tastic adventure as they try to find Mother Clanger. Little readers can explore the blue planet with these loveable pink mice in this sweet little board book. Using games and clues hidden behind flaps, children will delight at helping to find Mother Clanger again and again in this classic lift-the-flap read. Little ones can get involved in the search too, pulling up flaps and turning pages to help Igglepiggle and friends. This beautiful, chunky board book introduces young children to the letters of the alphabet, helping to teach both the letter shapes and the names of objects.
Some are traditional favorites. Others are modern classics. Many fall into classic board book categories, teaching shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and feelings. Animals, transportation, community, and nature are all popular themes, along with nerdy topics like quarks and chemistry. There are also more literary titles that include song lyrics, rhyming text, or characters that early readers will fall in love with. Add to Bag.