My Favorite Children’s Books: Board Book Edition

I was a pretty anxious new mom. Was my daughter eating enough? Was she on a good sleep schedule? Should I be cutting her blueberries up any smaller, or was into quarters sufficient? (That’s a true story, btw.) Was I doing everything I could to help her grow and develop? Even now that she’s seven, I still have lots of questions about the best things I can do to raise her well.

From the beginning, though, I spent lots and lots of time reading to her. I knew the benefits of reading to babies and children were countless, and as someone who’s loved reading for as long as I can remember, this was one thing I felt completely confident doing for and with my daughter.

We had many, many board books in her room, and I enjoyed reading most of them. (I confess that I had a hard time with the Karen Katz books…) Now, several years removed from the board book stage, these stand out as some of my favorites:

Listen, Listen

Hands down, this is my favorite board book. There are so many things I love about it – the gorgeous illustrations, the rhythmic, rhyming text, the depiction of seasonal change and the beauty in every season. I also have an emotional attachment to this book, since my husband and I read it to our daughter quite a bit, and eventually realized that she had learned a lot of her early vocabulary from it.

I Love You, Stinkyface

I received this as a baby shower gift, and loved the cute title. But as we started reading it to our daughter, I also fell in love with the sweet way it shows a mother’s unconditional love for her child – without being too sappy. To this day, both my husband and I will occasionally call our daughter, “Stinkyface.”


This one was another shower gift, and I’ll admit that it took a little time to grow on me. My daughter loved the illustrations, though, and it’s written in rhythmic, rhyming text, which is very helpful for early language development. Plus, I’m a fan of berries, which are celebrated throughout this book.

My First Book of Girl Power

I’ve never been much of a superhero fan, but my daughter developed an early interest in them. Naturally, I was immediately drawn to the title of this book, but what I really like about it is the emphasis on a variety of positive traits, including teamwork, problem-solving, and, of course, strength.

The Hat

I’m a big Jan Brett fan, and this was my introduction to her work. I’m also a sucker for hedgehogs, and this book is about one who gets a sock stuck on his prickly head. What could be more endearing than that?? As someone who struggles a bit with winter’s cold barrenness, I appreciate that the illustrations in this book make it seem almost cozy, in a hygge sort of way.

The Going to Bed Book

I love  routines, and this adorable book walks the reader through a group of animals’ somewhat silly bedtime routine. It’s great for teaching this concept to toddlers, by combining the slightly ridiculous – exercising in the moonlight – with the more practical – brushing teeth.

What are some of your favorite board books?

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

12 thoughts on “My Favorite Children’s Books: Board Book Edition”

  1. Oh, yes – The Going to Bed Book – read it many, many times to my kids when they were little. 🙂 I also loved reading every single day to my kids. Fun times at the library! Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays.

  2. It’s been sooo long since we had the board-book days (our youngest is now 12.) The memories I hold are of reading in funny voices, of my three daughters cozying up to me as I read, of ambitious stacks of books brought to me, and not being able to figure out if they loved my story reading, or were trying to delay bedtime as much as possible.

    To me, it didn’t matter either way! Glad to have found you through the LMM Linkup.

  3. When I worked at a public library, I saw the Girl Power one. It’s so cute! I love it. I used to like The Mitten when I was younger – also by Jan Brett. I’m a big fan of reading/books so I love that you’ve always had books around for your daughter. 🙂


    p.s. I’m a new consultant for Usborne Books if you’re interested in checking out the books or hosting a FB party to earn free ones! Just email me. 🙂 Lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  4. Our board books were a bit more truck centered… and by the third boy missing a few corners where they had been chewed. But I’ll never forget watching my husband read our oldest son his first book when he was too little to even sit up on his own!

  5. I love the Boynton books. I’ve loved Sandra Boynton’s work since she first started selling her greeting cards to a store I worked in. I was delighted when she brought her drawings and sense of humor to her series of board books. I also like any version of The Carrot Seed, including the board book version.

  6. I love reading with my kids, too! We are also big fans of Jan Brett. My son is now getting started with chapter books, but I can still read board books to my daughter. I’ll miss it when she outgrows them.

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