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our favorite board books

March 5, 2012

I love books and I love lists.  I love books of lists and lists of books.  While talking with a friend the other day, she asked me to name some my favorite books for children, I happily said, “I’ll make a list!”

I’ll start first with board books.

Below is our go-to list of tried and true books for the very young.  Who knows how many times we’ve read and re-read these classics to Sam and now to Peter.  Over the past three years, it seems as though these stories and their characters have made themselves at home in our little family.  And through this, we’ve realized that as much as we have read these books for the enjoyment of our children, we’ve been reading them for ours as well.

  1. Ahlberg, Janet & Allan.  Each Peach Pear Plum
  2. Ahlberg, Janet & Allan.  Peek-A-Boo
  3. Boynton, SandraBarnyard Dance
  4. Boynton, Sandra.  But Not the Hippopotamus
  5. Boynton, Sandra.  Moo, Baa, La La La!
  6. Brown, Margaret Wise.  Goodnight Moon
  7. Brown, Margaret Wise.  The Red Barn
  8. Campbell, Rod.  Dear Zoo
  9. Carle, Eric.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  10. dePaola, Tomie.  Tomie’s Little Mother Goose
  11. Degen, BruceJamberry
  12. Dunrea, Oliver.  Gossie
  13. Fox, Mem.  Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
  14. Fox, Mem.  Time for Bed
  15. Guarina, DeborahIs Your Mama a Llama?
  16. Kunhardt, Dorothy.  Pat the Bunny
  17. Lluch, Alex A.  Animal Alphabet ( a wonderful book for long trips in the car or plane)
  18. MacPherson, Elizabeth H.  A Tale of Tails
  19. Martin, Bill Jr.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  20. Meyers, Susan.  Everywhere Babies
  21. Perkins, Al.  Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  22. Rathmann, Peggy.  Goodnight, Gorilla
  23. Schertle, Alice.  Little Blue Truck
  24. Seuss, Dr.  The Foot Book
  25. Seuss, Dr.  Hop on Pop
  26. Seuss, Dr. Dr. Seuss’s ABC
  27. Seuss, Dr.  There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
  28. Shaw, Nancy.  Sheep in a Jeep
  29. Sutton, Sally.  Roadwork
  30. Wood, Don & Audrey.  The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

If you were to add one or two to this list, what would they be?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenn A permalink
    March 5, 2012 12:40 pm

    I love your list! Need to get me some of those. Here are some that we like:

    There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, Dr. Seuss
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Eric Carle
    The Fire Engine Book, Little Golden Book illustrated by Tibor Gergely
    Blue Hat, Green Hat, Sandra Boynton

  2. March 5, 2012 3:00 pm

    Thank you! You are awesome. Our favorite are the Goodnight… series. We have Goodnight Minnesota, Goodnight Lake, and Goodnight Farm.

  3. Liz permalink
    March 5, 2012 3:51 pm

    Not a single book by Karma Wilson??I have failed you as a friend…Check out “Bear Snores On”…”Bear Wants More”… there are several. Also, Lisa Wheeler has become a “must have” author on our bookshelves; “Sailor Moo” is probably our favorite by her. And of course….there are many, many more….

    From one book lover, to another! :)

  4. March 6, 2012 7:46 am

    We love board books! Here are a few to add.
    Mem Fox, “Time for Bed”
    Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff, “Who Is Coming to Our House?”
    Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”
    Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”

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