Oh baby! There’s nothing like a baby’s big, shiny eyes, round cheeks, and chubby little hands that love to touch, feel, and explore the world. When you find a board book that your baby loves, you’ll be rewarded by coos, giggles, and the knowledge and confidence that you’re helping create a life-long reader by sharing books that help little ones learn about the world.
We know parents and caregivers want to read with their kids and we’re here to help you select the right books for your baby or toddler. Here are some tips on why board books are the ones to pick for the 0-3 age set from Maria Russo, co-author of How To Raise A Reader and Editorial Director of mineditionUS/Astra Books for Young Readers:
Curl up together with a bedtime story, or gather a group of toddlers for a storytime at playgroup—each board book on our list is perfect for readers and will speak to lovers of the Little Golden Books series, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., and children’s authors Sandra Boynton and Eric Carle.
Learning to share is a significant part of social development and getting along with others. Yusuke Yonezu’s board book Sharing is an adorable and interactive book that shows young children the importance of sharing—both the things they crave and the time of others.
Birds, elephants, rabbits, and turtles—love is not an emotion reserved just for humans. Using clever cut-outs to make cute shapes featuring an array of animals, love and togetherness is depicted on every page.
The very best way to introduce your toddler to shapes. This perfect concept book teaches not only shapes, but also colors, numbers, and words—all in one bright and colorful package. All the circles in this book—big, small, and in numerous different colors—transform into a surprising array of objects when the page is turned.
A peekaboo book and a primer on empathy, PEEK-A-MOOD invites children to open the flaps and explore our many emotions. This clever board book uses shaped flaps to help children guess what each animal is feeling before revealing the answers. A final mirror spread allows them to show off how they feel, too.
Walls become bridges in this touching wordless board book that opens with a little mouse innocently plucking a flower from an old wall. In doing so, a brick comes loose, beginning a journey alongside other animals that results in the discovery of another group of animals on the other side. Giuliano Ferri’s Brick by Brick is a hopeful message that all children should see.
“Who says ‘Woof! Woof!’?” Elsa Mroziewicz’s quaint, triangular-shaped lift-the-flap book Peek-a-Who? offers a fun, interactive take on the discovery of different animal and their sounds.
A follow-up to the terrific lift-the-flap book Peek-a-Who?, Peek-a-Who Too? features an all-new set of animals and sounds for young readers to guess and discover. The animals in Peek-a-Who Too? are a bit more challenging, so it’s the perfect step up after Peek-a-Who? has been mastered.
Called “[a] fun, new take on droppings,” by Kirkus Reviews, Agnese Baruzzi’s Where Do You Poop? features tabs to pull, funny rhymes, plus facts about animals’ excretion, to defuse anxiety about using the potty. This hilarious board book will have your toddler giggling and learning about the potty.