15 Board Books That Will Stand the Test of Time

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There are books that come and books that go, but then there are the books that stay with us.  They are the ones that stand the test of time.  These are the kinds of books that you want in your baby’s library. 

To this day, my son, now four, still runs to the basket of board books when we need something quick before bed and we don’t have much time.

One of his favorites is the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  He can almost retell it from memory. When my daughter was born, I asked him if he wanted to read her a book.  Can you guess which book he ran off to find? Of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As he turned the pages, he relived the book that we’d shared so many times.  It was so cute to hear the inflection in his voice as he mimicked my tone and intonation.

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When we read with our kids we aren’t just making memories, we are creating life long learners and lovers of books! It’s important when planning a library for your baby to think about having a variety of books. I’ve listed some of our favorites below with their key characteristics.  I hope you enjoy many hours with these books.  The memories will last you a lifetime.

Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman

  • problem/solution
  • repeated phrase (Are you my mother?)
  • animal identification

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

  • letter order
  • letter identification
  • repeated phrase (Chicka chicka boom boom, will there be enough room)

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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

  • problem/solution
  • descriptive language
  • animal identification
  • patterned text (They sent me a ___, It was too ___, I sent it back)

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Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman

  • color identification
  • different sizes
  • prepositions (up, down)

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Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

  • wordless
  • read through illustrations
  • animal identification

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

  • rhyming words
  • household identification
  • repeated phrase (goodnight, ___)

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 

  • a parent’s love
  • comparisons

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I Spy by Jean Marzollo

  • rhyming words
  • repetition
  • search & find
  • toy identification

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The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

  • repeated phrase (I’m afraid it won’t come up)
  • determination
  • growth mindset

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The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

  • rhyming
  • animal identification
  • counting (eggs)

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The Napping House by Audrey Wood

  • repetition
  • descriptive words
  • building sequence

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • life cycle
  • counting
  • food identification

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There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss

  • silly rhymes
  • make believe animals

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If you like Dr. Seuss you also might enjoy this

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury 

  • repetition/pattern
  • problem/solution
  • chant

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Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

  • lift & flip book
  • problem/solution

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Are you just starting your baby’s library?

What was your favorite book as a child?

Do you plan to read to your child often?

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