I have a ravenous love of reading. When I was younger in my BC (before children) days, I read several books a month. Let’s be honest, I was a huge dork. In middle school before puberty hit I was a scrawny 12-year-old girl with round-rimmed glasses, and a bag full of books that probably outweighed my measly 80 pounds. I would read all my older brother’s required reading for high school, and I was the editor of our newspaper and later co-editor of the yearbook. I’m telling you huge bookworm, and back when being a nerd wasn’t cool, but painfully awkward.
While I may not be able to read as much as I used to now that I have four little ones running around, the one thing my husband and I really spoil our children with is books.
These are my absolute favorite board books. I’m sure you’re children will love them just as much as mine do!
In Grandma’s Arms by Jayne C. Shelton and Karen Katz
I simply adore the vibrant pictures and rhyming words in this book. Karen Katz is one of my favorite young children’s authors and babies love her colorful books.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon is a bedtime staple with good reason. What child doesn’t love saying goodnight to all the little bunny’s things? The gorgeous illustrations are just as wonderful now as they were when the book was first published over 60 years ago.
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
Snuggle Puppy is one of our family’s favorites. The children love to sing along to fun lyrics and we’re able to give hugs and kisses just like the puppies in the book. Sandra Boynton is another one of our most cherished young children’s authors. Her books are all very musical and playful in tone.
That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt
My oldest son was wild about this little book as a baby and toddler. Our copy is over six years old and it’s held up remarkably well. This sturdy little book is fun for little hands to grasp and touch the textures. The pictures are bright and almost comic like.
Sesame Street Mind Your Manners!: A Pop Up Book by Matt Mitter and Tom Brannon
If you didn’t like Sesame Street before having children, you’ll probably need to get over that. My children really respond to Elmo and the other colorful characters. I especially like this book because they teach manners, as well as being interactive with the pop ups. This book is best for toddlers that have learned not to rip books (or eat them), or else you might wind up with no pop ups (like our copy).
Jane Eyre: (Little Miss Bronte: Babylit) by Jennifer Adams
The illustrations in this baby book are incredible! The book is a counter, and shows the numbers one through ten. If you’re a literature buff like me, you’ll love introducing your child to Mr. Rochester and Jane at an early age. Jennifer Adams has more books in this series, and I would recommend them all.