Best Board Books for Babies

** Guest-edited by Emily Jenkins, 2013 Chair of the National Book Awards Committee on Young People’s Literature and author of Toys Go Out and more

First come my board-book standards. Your baby should have them. All babies should have them. All of them are properly interesting to someone who still wants to chew on books. 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illus Clement Hurd

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illus Felicia Bond

books by Sandra Boynton (my favorite is Snuggle Puppy)

books by Eric Carle (my favorite is From Head to Toe)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, illus Eric Carle

books by Dr. Seuss, shortened into board books (my favorite is Hop on Pop)

books by Karen Katz (my favorite is Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?)

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells (my favorite is Max’s Breakfast)

The Duck and Goose board books by Tad Hills (my favorite is Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin)

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

All the fun baby-centered books by Leslie Patricelli

Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

If you’re a book lover, or on your second baby, chances are you already know the books above. You want to buy your baby (or your friend’s baby) something that’s beautiful and worth reading over and over and that might be a little under the radar.  Below are my go-to board book gifts for literary folk who have all the others. 

I Kissed the Baby! By Mary Murphy

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illus Helen Oxenbury

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tufari

Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion 

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, illus. Marla Frazee

Ten Little Babies by Gyo Fujikowa

Peek-a-Boo by Alan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

Also check out nine new board books from the American Baby Editors.

Remember that your local bookstore can order any of these books, and you can also find many board books in our

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