Parents should start reading to their children right away (My teenager started reading to my youngest while he was still in the womb!). Within just a few months of age, an infant can focus on the bold and vivid illustrations in board books.  Thankfully, these books are the right size for small hands and  made to endure the handling and teething of our young ‘readers’.

There is an abundance of board books to choose from.  Too many for me to list here.  But if you’re in the market to buy some board books, I’ve chosen a list of some high quality board books for you to choose from.

Good Night Moon - Margaret Wise Brown

Big Red Barn – Margaret Wise Brown

Runaway Bunny – Margaret Wise Brown

Where’s Spot – Eric Hill

Goodnight Gorilla – Peggy Rathman

Little Pookie – Sandra Boynton

What’s Wrong Little Pookie?  - Sandra Boynton

But Not The Hippopotamus – Sandra Boynton (Okay…let me save some room here…EVERY Board Book by Sandra Boynton)

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow

Dr. Seuss’ ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book – Dr. Seuss  * In my opinion this is the best alphabet book in board book form that I have seen.  It’s also the only ‘down-sized’ version of a book that I would recommend.  By ‘down-sized’, I mean that there are books that have been adapted to fit a board book size and does NOT contain all of the original book content.  So be careful to READ any board book you choose before purchasing it…as it may not be all that you thought it was.

This is just a small sampling of many that are out there...but these would be by top picks to start a library for a baby or toddler.  Happy Reading!!

 

For further lists, check out this site!  http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm

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If you are a Sandra Boynton fan, you probably recognized the name in the title above and knew instantly what this post was going to be about.  Little Pookie is probably this household's current favorite character in children's picture books...at least one of the top three....

Somehow, I missed out on Sandra Boynton for my first two children.  I was blessed with a gift at a baby shower for my third child with my first:  The Going To Bed Book....  from there, we were hooked!

 

Our first Pookie book was What's Wrong Little Pookie?

 

This was followed quickly by Night Night Little Pookie, Let's Dance Little Pookie, and Happy Birthday Little Pookie.

We LOVE Little Pookie!!!!!!

Sandra Boynton has written over 50 books for children and adults! Her books for children have had tens of millions of copies in print. I just recently learned she has also written over 4,000 greeting cards and 5 music albums. (I ordered the latest for a Christmas present!) It is easy to see how she is called one of America's best-loved artists!

Reading is the most essential skill for success in school and society.  A child who fails to learn to read will most likely fail to reach his or her full potential.  ~By Karina Richland, M.A., E.T.

Indeed, reading is essential...so why not start your child's love of reading with the wonderfully animated characters of books by Sandra Boynton?  They are sure to bring smiles and giggles that will bring a love of story time to you and your child's heart.

SandraBoynton.com

If you haven't read a book by Sandra Boynton, I suggest you run (well, okay, you can drive) to your nearest book store or library today!! And if you have, well go read another...  🙂