Friday, February 19, 2010

Seven Irresistible Board Books for Young Toddlers

Every young child should have a good collection of board books. They are durable and often short which is a must for busy toddlers. It is hard sometimes to find books that a young toddler will sit still for. They want some books read over and over again and others make them wiggle out of your lap before you finish the first page. Here's a list of seven board books that my three boys loved as young toddlers. These books were literally worn out by so much reading and handling. Any or all of these board books would make a great gift for expectant parents. Board books from this list would also be a pleasing first birthday present or a Christmas gift for a young toddler.


The Counting Farm by Kathy Henderson

This is a short rhyming book that counts farm animals up to 10. Its catchy little rhyme will stick in your head and children love the words and pictures. Be sure to make the animal sounds on each page, this takes the book from enjoyable for your child to an absolute delight.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

This is a Bright and Early Board Book about monkeys making music. It will have you and your child tapping and drumming with the monkeys. This was probably the favorite of my three boys and I never grew tired of reading it to them.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr. and Illustrated by Eric Carle

This book is full of rhyming, repetition and color- three things young children love to hear and see in books. You'll find many other Eric Carle books in board book format.

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises by Dr. Seuss

This is also a Bright and Early Board Book and it is full of funny sounds to make. Anytime you can add sounds to books for young toddlers, they love it and this book makes it so easy and enjoyable. You will be making sounds like lightning splatting and corks popping and so will your toddler.

There's a Wocket in My Pocket! Dr. Seuss's Book of Ridiculous Rhymes
by Dr. Seuss

This is just the right amount of Dr. Seuss for young toddlers. They will love his silly rhymes and colorful pages and you will be reading about animals you have never heard of before like Bofas and Ghairs. This book is also a Bright and Early Board Book , you can't go wrong with books with this endorsement.

Barnyard Dance
by Sandra Boynton

All of her books are great for young toddlers but this is my favorite. You'll feel like you are calling a square dance as you read this and your little one can't help but tap his feet and nod his head to the rhythm.

The Monster at the End of This Book Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover
by Jon Stone

This book will have young toddlers laughing because Grover is scared of getting to the end of the book because a monster awaits and he tries everything to keep you from turning the pages. Of course little hands keep turning the pages and discover the only monster at the end is Grover himself.

I hope some of these books become well loved favorites in your home too.  Feel free to add others great suggestions in the comments for others to read, thanks!

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