List of Best Board Books for Babies in 2019
When it comes to baby’s first books, most parents stock up on board books. Not only are board books compact, but they also feature short, brightly coloured and engaging stories. Here’s the problem—there are about a million different titles from which to choose, which can make the task daunting. If you want the absolute best for your child (and of course, what parent doesn’t), check out what Lillypost has to offer through their monthly book subscriptions of popular titles. Below are some top picks.
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- Pride Colors by: Robin Stevenson
Why you should own it: Now more than ever, it’s important to impart to our children that it is okay to be who you want to be, and that love knows no boundaries. Pride Colors, not only teaches love and tolerance for others, it also teaches children the meaning behind each of the colors used in the pride flag, from the red used to celebrate life, to the blue that emphasizes peace and harmony.
- All Kids Are Good Kids by: Judy Carey Nevin
Why you should own it: At its core, this story teaches children that no matter how different they might look from their friends or if they come from a land far away, they have one important thing in common: each and every child in the world is good and unique in their own right.
- The Big Book of First Words by: Tiger Tales
Why you should own it: If you want a beautifully illustrated book that will keep your child’s attention, this is it! Each page is jam-packed with everyday items and is designed to help them assign words with the objects they’ve likely seen in their home environment. Best of all, the pages contain prompts that will help them to enunciate their first words and continue to build their vocabulary.
- On the Night You Were Born by: Nancy Tillman
Why you should own it: This beautifully illustrated board book is a heartwarming way to tell your child just how special they are to you.
- First 100 Words by: Roger Priddy
Why you should own it: Simple, but written with a purpose, First 100 Words is exactly what you would expect—a brightly coloured book filled with images and their accompanying word. This book is the ideal addition to any toddler’s library, who is either on the cusp of learning their first words, or is eager to learn more!
My Dreams illustrated by: Xavier Deneux
Why you should own it: A perfect bedtime companion, My Dreams follows a little boy as he explores his very own dreamscape. The high contrast illustrations and glow in the dark elements make for a perfect board book for newborns.
- Potty by: Leslie Patricelli
Why you should own it: If the title doesn’t give it away, Potty aims to bridge the gap between diapers and potty with light-hearted humour and charming drawings. Its ultimate goal is teaching your child that when it comes to potty time, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
- I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by: Rachel Isadora
Why you should own it: As much as you might want to provide your child with the tools to learn new words, it’s equally important to teach your child all about their five senses and how they’ll help them to experience the world. The whimsical drawings clearly communicate what each of your child’s senses does.
- Baby Faces by: Margaret Miller
Why you should own it: Why are babies enamoured by the pictures of other babies? Who knows! Baby Faces is full of pictures of other babies’ faces featuring the many, many moods associated with babies. This book is also part of the Indestructibles series of books, meaning that it can stand up to just about anything your baby can put it through. In fact, the book is machine washable if it gets dirty!
- Dinoblocks by: Christopher Franceschelli
Why you should own it: Chances are, your toddler will eventually become obsessed with dinosaurs. Not only will Dinoblocks help them identify some of the more common, the pages themselves have been cut into the silhouette of different dinosaurs for additional interactivity. For context, these dinos are juxtaposed against contemporary objects your child is likely used to seeing on a daily basis. A legend of the dinosaurs within the book provides the child with the opportunity to guess the name of the dinosaur as they turn the pages.
- Goodnight Songs by: Margaret Wise Brown
Why you should own it: Looking for something a little different to incorporate into your bedtime routine? Goodnight Songs features a collection of children songs (on CD) that are the perfect note on which to end your child’s day. Each song is accompanied by a beautiful illustration to help tell the story.
- Baby Loves Quarks! By: Ruth Spiro
Why you should own it: Babies and physics? Why not! Babies and toddlers are naturally curious, so there’s no better time to introduce them to the invisible world. By reading this book to your little one just might unlock a lifelong passion for the physical sciences that govern the world.
- Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals By: Mo Willems
Why you should own it: Structurally, this book reads like an instruction manual but it is one that is geared towards babies as they begin to navigate through the world. Not only does it act as a wonderful introduction to life in general, it offers a few wit-inspired chuckles to the adult reader, making it enjoyable for all.
- Feminist Baby by: Loryn Brantz
Why you should own it: A baby book that that’s highly topical, it follows the journey of a little girl who isn’t about to let the status quo keep her down. Valuable lessons such as these can never be taught too early!
- I Wish You More by: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Why you should own it: If you could only own one book about selflessness and love, it should be this one. I Wish You More is an inspirational book about wishes of all sorts; from wishes of friendship, to those of love and peace, this book can be defined with just one word: touching.
So there you have it: 15 of the best board books for babies and toddlers that you can pick up this year. Remember though, this list is far from exhaustive; there are many other great books that are waiting to be discovered! If you’re hard-pressed on choosing just one, or two, why not try a monthly book subscription from Lillypost that will deliver a new box of children’s books to your door every month.