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10 Awesome Board Books!

August 12, 2017


If there’s one thing I want to instill into my children — it’s the love of reading. It can open up so many windows of opportunity like imagination, knowledge, passion and confidence. My son Fallou is just over a year old and (from what I can tell) loves to sit and read with somebody. He will often pick out a book, come hand throw at me the book and climb into my lap. Sometimes it is at an inconvenient time, but I still stop what I’m doing and read the book. I want to enjoy these moments while I can.

What’s unique in my family’s situation is that my daughter Fota (who came to the US last March with no English language skills) was also learning to read over the last year, so it was often a family event of reading. I really loved when Fota started building up her confidence and taking over bed time reading. Watching Fallou follow along with her was pure joy.

So without further ado, I’d like to share some of his most recent and all-time favorites.


The Biggest Kiss 

by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot

We’ve read this book since Fallou was an infant. I know it by heart and I think he does too. We read this several times a week and I just think it’s one of the cutest little board books. It’s short, sweet and a perfect quick story great for a “one more book” request.

Five Little Monkeys – Jumping on the Bed

by Eileen Christelow

I’m sure this on many family’s favorite books list. Fota often gravitated to this book to read to us – I think mostly because she knew the song and would sing it while she read. Regardless, it’s still a cute book and we often get a little silly when reading it.

Pajama Time!

by Sandra Boynton

I absolutely LOVE all of Sandra Boynton’s books. We have several of them and they are all such great little stories of easy reading and adorable illustrations. We like Pajama Time because it’s a fun book to read for bed time. It sets the mood that bed time is fun and now we’ve started to have Fallou pick out pajamas when we read this book.

On the Night You Were Born

by Nancy Tillman

I love the message behind this book – you are unique and only you are you. It has you say your child’s name several times and marvel at it. This is often a book we read at bed time when Fallou is feeling a little restless and needs a longer book to wind down with.

Planting a Rainbow

by Lois Ehlert

This is such a beautiful little book. The illustrations are bold and colorful. There’s also extra words to practice with identifying all the different plants pictured in the book. I love gardening and flowers so this was a perfect little book for our family. Fallou often wants to hold the book while we read and brush his hand over all the colorful illustrations. It’s a great book for learning colors too!

Welcome Little One

by Sandra Magsamen

This book has a special place in my heart because I remember a few nights before I gave birth to Fallou, I read this book while laying in bed and sobbed. I was just so overwhelmed with emotion about the impending birth of my child I had fought so hard for. I also love that you can write your child’s birth specs in it and it’s part of the first couple pages. I haven’t written his in there, I just tell him. It’s a very sweet and inspirational book to show your child how much you love them and will always support them.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA

by Jimmy Fallon

I’m always skeptical when celebrities start writing books, especially kids books. But I will say I think this one is adorable. It’s simple, so it was a good fit to help Fota gain confidence in her reading as well. It’s a great book to teach about animals and the sounds they make too. And of course my son’s first word was Dada!


by Leslie Patricelli

This is another author we LOVE in this house. I first came across Leslie Patricelli when we bought a used book at a consignment bazaar called Yucky, Yummy (which is another favorite too). The pictures of the baby doing things was hilarious and the reading was easy for Fota to practice and simple for Fallou to follow along and not get bored. We love tickle because it’s a fun little book about tickling and being silly. I love to hear Fallou giggle. He’s now started to ‘tickle’ everyone and it’s really cute.

Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown

Another classic. I like the rhyming of this book and how it helps the story flow. The illustrations are beautiful and it was a great vocabulary book for Fota as well.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

by Dr. Seuss

I grew up on Dr. Seuss books, so it was only natural I’d pass that along to my children. This little book is another great option for those times you need a longer story. It was a bit challenging for Fota in the beginning since there’s a lot of ‘Seuss’ words. But she loves it now and Fallou likes all the silly pictures. I think it’s also a great way to learn the sounds of the alphabet.

To be honest, it was hard to pick just a handful. I’m a full blown book addict. But surprisingly I still haven’t bought a big enough bookcase for all of MY books. Our previous home had built-ins so I never had to think about it — I just kept filling them up. I have no doubt that Fallou’s bedroom will be overcome with a giant bookshelf full of wonderous adventures as he grows.

What are some of your family’s favorite books and authors?


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  • Reply Amanda August 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Love all these books! I’m a huge local author Mo Willems fan! Also love Dallas Clayton. #Bookworm4life

  • Reply Becca August 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

    We love Sandra Boynton! I’ll second Mo Willems too. The Little Blue Truck books are some of our favorites too.

  • Reply Melissa Javan August 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    We’re reading about the Alphabets, it’s about animals, teaching letters and words. It’s a series I got as a kid. My kid is 19 months old.

  • Reply Kelsey August 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Love these! My son LOVES DaDa, of course! Goodnight Moon is an all time favorite too!

  • Reply Aryn Hinton August 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    On the night you were born is a favorite here too, I’ve read to my son since he was itty-bitty. His current favorite is a book called Superdog

  • Reply Erin August 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Such a great list! Saw some of our faves, too! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Juli August 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Hello, fellow book addict!

    We love Sandra Boynton here, too, and so many others from your list! Five Little Monkeys actually gets brought up a lot, when my kids try something dangerous. Life lessons!

  • Reply April Kitchens August 15, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    These are some of my daughter’s favorite books too! She loves Pajama Time.

  • Reply Edwin Prasetio August 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Kids love us to read them story books for bedtime. The mind experience adds, and so does the bonding between parents and their kids (y)

  • Reply Heather September 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    These look so cute! I’m putting some of them on our Christmas list.

  • Reply Julia September 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

    My oldest daughter LOVES her books and I haven’t heard of a few of these… so thank you for the suggestions!! 😊

  • Reply Rachael September 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    We have a lot of these! Right now, my little girl’s favorite (and mine too!) is the Pout Pout Fish. The rhyming is great and the story is clever!!

  • Reply Emily @ The Southern Belle Blogs September 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    What great ideas! We aren’t expecting our first until December but I’m already gathering ideas!

  • Reply Brittany Ferrell September 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    This lists includes so many of my favorites! My toddler would add anything by Eric Carle to this list. Brown Bear, Brown Bear for sure! I would add “I’ll Love You Forever”. That one is a tear jerker every time!

  • Reply Nicole September 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    My toddler’s favorite board books right now are moo baa, lalala and little blue truck!! This is such a good list!!

  • Reply Laura September 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    We have a five little monkeys book that is a favourite too! And I’ve always been partial to good night moon. I will admit I did not know that Jimmy Fallon wrote a book, I might have to check that out!

  • Reply Anne | onedeterminedlife September 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    We love lots of these books. Sadly we are slowly growing out of board books 🙁

  • Reply chris September 22, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I miss the board book days with my little ones. You posted a lot of our favorites, and gave me a few more to get for future grandkids!

  • Reply Amanda Elize September 23, 2017 at 12:20 am

    We loved board books at that age! Such fond memories of reading dr.suess board books with our oldest before bed ☺️

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