Beloved Board Books


What makes for a great board book?

eye-catching images . . .

repetition . . .

rhyme . . .

a delightful story . . .

it interacts with the senses  . . .

a soothing quality . . .

it teaches basic concepts or introduces the arts . . .

Which board books have fallen apart in our home from overuse? The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pat the Bunny (Honestly, who’s copy of Pat the Bunny hasn’t fallen apart? The teeth comb: WHY?) and Moo, Baa, La La La!

What board books do we read at bedtime? Good Night, Gorilla, The House in the Night, and Goodnight Moon

Which board books are always good for a laugh? Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, The Napping House, Diggers Go, and Moo, Baa, La La La!

What are the most beautifully-illustrated board books we own? The House in the Night, 1 is One, and I am a Bunny

What board books would I purchase as a gift for a baby shower? The House in the Night, I am a Bunny, or My First Winnie-the-Pooh, which is a small collection of A. A. Milne’s magnificent poetry

Beloved Board Books

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

Diggers Go by Steve Light

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss

My First Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (poetry)

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

The Napping House by Audrey & Don Wood

1 is One by Tasha Tudor

Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book) by Dorothy Kunhardt

A Picnic with Monet by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, and others in the “Mini Masters” series

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Are any of these board books beloved in your home? What are your family’s favorites? Please share in the comments below!

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One thought on “Beloved Board Books

  1. So many of these beloved books still grace our bookshelf . My favorite moments are a toddler grandchild on my lap with a good board book to entertain and then them reading them on their own as they grow. Life is good.


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