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Recommended Board Books for Infants and Toddlers: Part 1

6th Dec 2021

Recently, I've been asked for many baby book and toy recommendations. I absolutely love to share all of the learning tools I have actually purchased and used. In this post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite board books.

What are board books?

Board books are my choice for children's books. They are the books with the thick pages (usually cardboard) that can withstand all of the biting and things babies typically do. They're very colorful with simple concepts. I purchase them at quite a few different stores, depending on the price. I personally prefer to buy all baby books new for sanitary reasons. But, you can get them used from a great number of local and online retailers.

These book recommendations will not be in any specific order, but there is a mixture of books for both babies and toddlers. Let me know if you have any of these and your thoughts.


1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This book is an all-time favorite. The alphabet rhyme is so catching and enjoyable. I guarantee you you will have to read this over and over again.

2. Alphaprints ABC

This was one of the first books I purchased for my oldest who is 3. She was a few months at the time. I love the different illustrations, color, and overall quality of the book. It is one of best books we own in terms of quality. Each page has a raised finger print design that babies and toddlers love.

3. TouchThinkLearn: ABC

This book is one that I personally love. The design is simple yet effective. There are raised letters and die cuts that allow your child to explore letters in a different way. This is also a recommended Montessori book. It is an absolutely great gift for both babies and preschoolers.


4. 5 Wild Shapes

Even before my girls knew what shapes were, they enjoyed this book. Each page has bright beautiful illustrations that includes a different shape and animal/animal habitat. Inside the shape is a sliding disc where children can trace along the shape. This is another Montessori recommendation. It is also perfect for interactive learning and developing motor skills.

5.Baby Touch and Feel: Colors and Shapes:

I think this is the first sensory book I ever purchased for my daughters. Each page has a different texture or shiny object that babies/toddlers can recognize. The pages are easy to turn and can withstand the chews, bending, and everything else babies do. While I bought my for infants at the time, it also makes an excellent book for toddlers who are learning colors, shapes, etc.

6.Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See

A classic. An easy to follow book that follows a pattern. It doesn't have to many words and the images are eye-catching. This is one book your child will eventually memorize and absolutely love. My 2 and 3 year old's love it. We use this book for color and animal review/recognition.


7. Dear Zoo

This book is always in rotation. The lift the flap pages are an interactive way to discover animals.

8. The Very Busy Spider

I recently purchased this one since The Very Hungry Caterpillar became a fave. This book is a good review of animal sounds. The perfect story line to be dramatic when you read it.

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Another classic board book with interactive pages. Good for counting and going over days of the week.


10. See Touch and Feel

11. Hey Black Child

My favorite. Representation is so important. The illustrations and message in this book is beautiful. After reading it a few times, my girls memorized the words. A great gift for babies and children. Toddlerhood is a perfect time to really instill that they can do anything. Around that age, they want to do everything by themselves and are learning to be proud of the things they can do.

12. Eating the Rainbow

The cover is misleading. I was going for representation for my daughters of course, but I still like the book. It features children from all over with different foods of different. Have fun teaching your children the different names and encourage them to try new foods as they learn.

13. First 100 Words:

Last but not least. A great introduction to 100 words for your little one.

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