25+ BEST Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

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When I found out we were expecting our first baby, the very first thing I bought was a board book.  I love to read, and I couldn’t wait to read to my own little one.  Over the years we’ve added kids and books to our family, and I’m excited to share our best board books with you!

25+ Best Board Books | simplykierste.comI love board books because they are so much heartier than other types of books. They get dragged around the house, tossed in the diaper bag, are brought on trips, stuffed in backpacks, read, and re-read thousands of times.  They might get scuffed up over the years, but it’s much more difficult to tear out a page. We’ve read these books so many times I have the words memorized to most of them, and so do my kids.  I love hearing them say the words before I even start reading, and it makes me smile to think how much they enjoy them.  The love of reading starts very young, and these books are sure to please any baby, toddler, or child!

Looking for a baby gift or birthday present?  Books are perfect!

Many of these books come in different forms, including paperback and hardback, and they are appropriate for ages older than babies and toddlers.  All of my kids enjoy the stories in these books, and Pajama Time is a nightly ritual at our house!  When I read Barnyard Dance,
they can’t sit still–they stand up in a circle and act out all the words.  Books carry memories, and some of my most treasured memories revolve around reading to my children.  These books are our favorites, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Skip to My Lou

Sheep in a Jeep

Tumble Bumble

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Barnyard Dance!

Pajama Time!

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

Goodnight Moon

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Little Blue Truck 

Moo Baa La La La

Good Night, Gorilla

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You 

Are You My Mother?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The Napping House

From Head to Toe 

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Big Red Barn

A Mother for Choco

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb 

Go, Dog. Go!

The Runaway Bunny

Guess How Much I Love You

The Carrot Seed

What’s Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites ( and the entire Duck & Goose series!!!)


These are our favorites…what are yours? Please share!!!

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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

10 thoughts on “25+ BEST Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

  1. We have a few of those and love them, but our family favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

  2. I love this list! All are such terrific books, but I didn’t know all of them could be found in board book form. So excited to try a few in that more baby friendly format! Some of these have been favorites since I was the little one. My newest friend from your list is Head to Toe – what a riot to get my whole crew involved in that one!!!

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