Sunday, April 14, 2013

8 Essential Board Books for Toddlers for Your Home Library

Board books have become somewhat of a necessity during our daily (and evening) routine.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, I look forward to gathering up a bunch and taking them outside to share on a blanket under a tree.  Erica, from What Do We Do All Day? has put together a wonderful list of Essential Board Books for Toddlers that I know you will love!  After you've read over the list, be sure to drop by Erica's blog for some more inspiration. Not only do I enjoy browsing through her amazing books list like, Haiku Poetry Books for Kids, but I always find awesome bird-watching activities since she has a bird lover in the family, too!  Making and Keeping a Hobby Book and What's in the Field Bags? are two of my favorites!! 

Reading to toddlers is one of the best ways to connect with them on a meaningful level. Kids love to snuggle up and hear their parents voices telling stories. My kids are well-passed the toddler age, but but we still enjoy our snuggle-reading time! These eight books were big hits with them when they were younger (and still are, actually!) and I'm so pleased to be able to share them with readers of Connecting Family and Seoul.

Board books are great to have on hand in every home library. Their sturdy construction will stand up to lots of abuse and the benefit is that parents need not worry about their kids handling books and ripping pages in enthusiastic response to a story. I've chosen board books for this list with engaging, exuberant text. I know you and your kids will love them. Happy Reading!

Trains Go. Toddlers love things that go and hearing their parents make silly sound effects. Trains Go is the perfect combination of the two! If you need a break from Donald Crews' classic book, Freight Train, this colorful board book is a great choice.

Orange Pear Apple Bear. Emily Gravett is one of my favorite author-illustrators and she really hits the mark with this deceptively simple book using only 5 words. Kids will love to see how the arrangement of the words affects the items in the pictures.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt. This is a classic book every parent should read with their child. Kids will love making the sound effects that accompany the family as they traverse different landscapes on their journey to find the bear.

But Not the Hippopotamus. Boyton is a classic author who has loads of popular books under her belt. It's so hard to choose a favorite, but I love this one, not just because "hippopotamus" is such a fun word to say but because it celebrates friendship and ends with a clever twist.

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book. All toddlers love lift-the-flap books and they are great for getting kids interested in books and involved in the storytelling. Dear Zoo keeps kids guessing when the zoo will send the perfect present and they will laugh to see how each animal doesn't quite fit into the box.

I Know a Rhino. For every child who has imagined his beloved toys come to life, swinging rhymes tell the story of the creative ways a young girl engages in pretend play with her stuffed friends.

Good Night, Gorilla. This nearly wordless book has so much going on in every illustration! Kids will love being "in on the joke" as a zookeeper says goodnight to the animals in his care, but the animals follow him to bed instead. Be sure to be on the lookout for the red balloon!

Ten, Nine, Eight. One of the most calming bedtime books ever written. Molly Bang's classic Caldecott honor book counts down backwards as a young girl gets ready for be with her father.

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profile g+250 bw1 125Erica (aka "Mom and Kiddo") is a SAHM to two very rowdy boys who love to read. She blogs at What Do We Do All Day? where she shares a new book list every Monday, like her popular 50+ Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers, easy indoor activities that her kids have tested out in their tiny apartment and fun learning ideas for kids. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest or

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  1. Gina, It was such a pleasure making this list for your readers. I hope everyone finds a new book to enjoy.

  2. What a great list. I hope you'll consider adding this to Look What We Did, a month long link up hosted by HammockTracks. I am new to your site. Stopping by from Tuesday Tots. I am looking forward to learning my way around. -Savannah

  3. I'm always so impressed with Erica's lists. All of these are favorites in our house. :)

    You have a great blog! There are so many great resources here!


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