It's never to early to start reading to your baby. Reading to your baby is a great way to bond with your child and can boost your baby's development. When you are choosing baby books look for books that have bright colors, interesting pictures and simply rhyming words. You also want to make sure you choose sturdy books that can't be easily damaged. As soon as you baby is old enough to get his or her hands on their books they will want to chew, tear and throw them. Board books are a perfect choice to start reading to your baby. Below I have listed some of my favorite board books for baby to get your started.
For a little one who is reluctant to go to bed, sometimes a silly book is just the ticket. And when it comes to silly books, Sandra Boynton is the undisputed queen. In The Going to Bed Book, an ark full of animals watches the sun go down and then prepares for bed. They take a bath ("in one big tub"), find pajamas, brush their teeth, do exercises up on deck (imagine an elephant jumping rope, a moose lifting weights, and a pig doing handstands), and finally say good night.
This lift-the-flap adventure is an introduction to various body parts, with fingers behind mittens, toes inside boots, two ears under a hat, etc. A multicultural crew of children with playful expressions on their faces is dressed in jeans, a coat, even sunglasses decorated in bright polka-dotted, striped, and flowery patterns; colors include hot pink, sunshine yellow, spring green, and ruby red.
The Foot Book is a delightful tribute to the diverse and multifaceted world of feet. Not merely a realm of ankles, arches, and toes, as this self-proclaimed "Wacky Book of Opposites" attests, the podiatry province welcomes all kinds: "Slow feet/Quick feet/Well feet/Sick feet." Dr. Seuss has put his best foot forward here, in a whimsical approach to showcasing opposites. Wet feet contrast dry feet, and low feet contrast high feet. Though hot feet and cold feet aren't specifically referenced, we get the sense that those are okay too. As usual, the rhymes are quick and quirky, and Seuss's illustrations will knock kids' socks off.
Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.
Featuring a beachful of bare-bellied hippos, including one tiny baby who can only say "Bee Bo", the Belly Button Book is the latest quirky addition to the phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series, which has 5.5 million copies in print. Every page captivates with Sandra Boynton's inimitable illustrations and joyful rhyming text: Soon after dark, upon the beach, we sing a hippo song, and if you're feeling in the mood, we hope you'll sing along: "Belly Belly Button, you're oh so fine. Ooo, Belly Button, I'm so happy you're mine."
The popular illustrator and greeting-card artist brings oddball humor and plenty of sassy energy to Boynton on Board, a quartet of concept board books. Each volume features a die-cut front cover framing a picture of its ebullient cartoon stars. A zany sensibility gives an extra bounce to the otherwise conventional counting book One, Two, Three! A similar silliness suffuses Dinosaurs, which explores opposites. In Barnyard, farm animals dance a boisterous, breathless, knee-slapping reel called, with great panache, by a fiddle-playing cow: "Bow to the horse. / Bow to the cow. / Twirl with the pig if you know how." The rowdy crew in Monsters bursts in upon a mild-mannered hippo and makes "the mess that monsters make," but returns to make amends. Fresh and buoyant, these books are good, clean fun.