Board Books for Babies… and Parents!

Posted on: 23rd Mar 2016  /   Categorized: Book Love

You guys know that our adoption finalized, right? Because I just realized that I posted about it on Facebook but never here on my blog, so for those who were following our foster-to-adopt journey, the twins became Officially Ours last December.


Twins Delaney and Sloane

Before having babies, I knew very little about the board book and picture book market. Sure, I had fond memories from my childhood of Harold and the Purple Crayon or Where the Wild Things Are and lots and lots of Dr. Seuss, but otherwise this last year has been a crash course in baby books, new and old, as I’m sure it is for all brand-new parents.

Luckily, the twins love being read to, and they certainly have their favorite books that they grab from the shelf time and time again. Mostly, they like anything with farm animals. (Mom and Dad mooing like cows… it just never gets old!)

And then there are the books that appeal not just to the girls, but to us as well, and I have developed an enormous appreciation for these treasures! Those that are still humorous and heartwarming, even on the hundredth reading. Those that have surprisingly detailed pictures, where you can still spot something new in the illustrations even if you’ve seen them dozens of times before.

So today I thought I’d post some of my favorite board books that we’ve discovered since getting the girls, just in case anyone out there has little ones in need of a new Favorite Story.

Love Monster by Rachel Bright
This one was an instant classic in our house. The story quirky and sweet, there’s great voice in the writing, and the illustrations are both adorable and surprisingly complex when you really start to look at them.

Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle 
These are very clever rhyming books that are fun to read out loud, and the stories are paced just perfectly to hold the girls’ attention. Plus they each carry a nice message about kindness and patience, without feeling overly moralistic.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Not only does this one have a great off-the-wall premise (Cows that type? Impossible!), but it also uses unexpectedly mature vocabulary, like ultimatum and neutral party. You know, in addition to all the moo-ing.

Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
There are subtle jokes here that go over the girls’ heads, but I find heartily amusing – like a threatening crocodile turning out to be a big softie, or how all the animals are afraid of bears… until one crawls through the window. (Which is notably Sloane’s favorite moment of any book we own – she knows that bear is coming, but she still gets excited every time it shows up!)


Okay, parents, teachers, and librarians – your turn! What are some of your favorite books to read to the baby and toddler set?


  1. Becky commented on:

    I love this complete collection of Beatrix Potter stories to read to my five month old.

  2. Margarita commented on:


  3. Tessa commented on:

    YAY! Adoption finalized!!!! So happy for them. I loved “Click Clack Moo”. The electric blanket part was hysterical

  4. ~T~ commented on:

    Congratulations! One of our favorites is “Goodnight, Gorilla.” Check it out!

  5. Kate @ Mom's Radius commented on:

    Congrats! Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train Dream Train are two of my favorite books for toddlers. I have a boy, but I think girls would like them as well. Interstellar Cinderella is a good one too for when they get a little older. And it reminds me of Cinder. 🙂

  6. Liliana commented on:

    Ah!!!!! Your twins are so adorable! Congratulations! 🙂

    I currently help out with teaching pre-k, and they are all really big fans of “Vader’s Little Princess.” I’ve read that thing to them so often, I could probably repeat it from memory.

  7. Louise commented on:

    Yay!!!!! Congrats, twins are amazing, considering I am one! We read The Stinky Cheese Man and Doggy Heaven growing up, but at the library I work at, Llama Llama Red Pajama has been quite popular.

  8. Kate commented on:

    Hmm, my six-year-old brother used to like “10 minutes till bedtime” (by Peggy Rathmann), when he was a bit smaller, and now he really likes “Lost and Found” (by Oliver Jeffers). My sister and I used to like “The paper bag princess” (Robert Munsch) a lot when we were kids.

  9. BJ Neary commented on:

    My grandchildren love all the Karen Katz board books where you lift the flaps – especially Where Is My BellyButton!

  10. JSolo commented on:

    The Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale is pretty good according to my sisters.

  11. Shone commented on:

    Any book by Sandra Bounton is great. I used to read them to my little sister and all the kids in the nursery at church like them!

  12. Shone commented on:

    *Sandra Boynton

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  14. Emiliann commented on:

    Congrats!! I’m so excited for y’all!!! And I just wanted to say that I used to LOVE Tumble Bumble when I was little! I’m so glad your daughters are enjoying it <3

  15. Cass commented on:

    My four year old loves Drumheller Dinosaur Dance by Robert Heidbreder and Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies

  16. Morgan commented on:

    As a librarian, I am in love with anything by Mo Willems. Elephant and Piggie are adorable! Cat the Cat is great! The Pigeon books are fantastic! I would recommend Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! It’s one of my favorites!

  17. Meghann commented on:

    So glad to hear about your twins! That’s fabulous! I’m a librarian in Ohio and my favorites to read are “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont and anything by Mo Willems. My kids especially love “Duckling Gets a Cookie”, except you have to read the ducklings voice in a teeny tiny cute voice, because that makes it so much funnier.

  18. Jessie Meyer commented on:

    There are some many amazing books out there right now. Sherman Alexie put out one that is called Thunder Boy Jr and IT IS AMAZING! Love it so hard. The Unimaginary Friend is brilliant as well. The kids at my library love both of those. There are some great ones about mindfulness for kids too…so many. Go to your library and let your librarian have the fun of loading you down. It’s my favorite part of the day when I get moms like that. Or just email me but I bet your have an awesome library near by.

  19. Ruth Staley commented on:

    I’m twelve and I still enjoy Pajama time and Goodnight gorilla.

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