Top 20 Board Books for Babies

You’re smart, I know you are, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you the thousands of facts related to the importance of reading to your baby.  In my mind, reading is one of those parenting non negotiables…. like feeding your baby, changing their diaper, and drinking wine after bed time.

When you read to your baby you are connecting with them, exposing them to new language, displaying key early literacy skills (like how to hold a book, or turn the pages), and showing your child that reading is fun!

There’s about a million children’s books out there- and lets be honest, some of them are just atrocious. When choosing a book for your baby, look for the following:

  1. Does the book have bold illustrations? (Colorful, clear, and large enough for your baby to see)
  2. Do the pictures match the words? (You’d be shocked at how often they don’t)
  3. Is the language simple? Bonus if it has repetitive or catchy phrases!
  4. Does it include things to touch and feel? This is not necessary, but can help your child in comprehending new words.
  5. Does it contain familiar characters and animals?

The following is a list of books that not only meet the above criteria, but are big hits in our house.  Enjoy!

Goodnight Moon

gn moon

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book

belly button

On the Night You Were Born 

night born

Peek-A Who?

peek a who

The Going-To-Bed Book

bed book

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

brown bear

Dear Zoo

dear zoo

Chicka Chicka Boom Boomccbb

Little Blue Truck

little blue truck

The Very Busy Spider


The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Guess How Much I Love You


Little Duck: Finger Puppet Book (Any book in this series- little ones loves the finger puppets!)

little duck

Guess Who!


Llama Llama Series


Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)

pat the bunny

Good Night, Gorilla




Barnyard Dance!

barnyard dance

*Bonus Book: Forever Young (This was given to us as a gift when Layla was born, and is a great alternative to “I’ll Love You Forever  (which is amazing and still makes me cry, but you know everyone gets like 5 copies of it when they’re expecting). 

forever young

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