My son loves his books. I mean loves them! For over a year now, we have had our story time routines in place. Yes, you read that right. Routines. Plural. In any given day we read a minimum of six books, but sometimes we read every single book is his book basket.
I have decided to do a short blog series about our sixteen-month-old son’s favorite books. I would argue that most of the books in this first series are appropriate for babies ages six months to three years, although this will vary based on your little one’s interests, attention span, etc. In this first post, I want to share my son’s ten favorite board books. Board books tend to be shorter, simpler stories. They are a bit more baby-friendly, allowing tiny hands to turn pages without tearing them out!
Our Ten Favorite Board Books
Rocky Mountain Babies! (Babies! (Farcountry Press)) by Bob Rozinsky
This is a fun, short picture book that my mom picked up at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings gift shop. It shows pictures of baby animals from the Rocky Mountain region. Little man loves looking at the pictures of baby animals, especially the baby owl! And, it is fun to learn about the animals that are indigenous to where we live!
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (2001-09-01) by Giles Andreae
This is a sweet story, about a giraffe that overcomes his awkwardness, and inability to dance. The story is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, and a sweet message, that every one can dance in their own special way. My son loves to thumb through this book and examine the detailed, brightly colored illustrations, too!
Time for School, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff
This is a short, small board book, from the author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We follow little mouse, as he tries to find his homework in his tiny but very messy backpack! This book is a bit silly, but my son enjoys the pictures, and little mouse’s antics!
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
This is such a fun and silly book! It tells the story of a little pea who has to eat candy every night, but he hates it! The fun surprise is when they reveal little pea’s favorite food! This is another short book that is fun to read aloud. And, it’s a fun twist on the dreaded dinnertime struggle!
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) By P. D. Eastman
Yes, this book that was originally published in 1966 is still a huge hit! This story about a baby bird trying to find his momma is short, and fun! Our little guy picked up a few phrases as he read, too, like, “down, down, down…plop!” And, as we read about the little bird’s journey, the little guy often has an emotional response to what the bird is experiencing (worried, sad, happy, etc).
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
This book is short, sweet, and fun. It’s a silly story about a crocodile that loves watermelon, but freaks out after he swallows a seed. My son loves the bright colors, and the short sentence. And, after we read the book once, he had a new word: gulp!
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
This is one of our newest books, but it has quickly become the favorite. In this story, we learn about the Pout Pout fish, who has no choice to be grumpy and sulky. Or does he? I love the message from the book, about choosing how you feel. And it is super fun to read aloud. I can’t help but read the story in silly voices, “Blub, bluuub, bluuuuuuub.”
We actually have three different books from the Little Blue Truck series and he loves them all. The books are beautifully illustrated, and teach important lessons about being a good person, lending a helping hand, and being fair. Little guy loves these books because there are animals and cars, and more importantly, animal and car noises! I find these books especially fun to read aloud!
Does a Cow Say Boo? by Judy Hindley
This book was actually a hand-me-down from my niece. It has proven to be one of my son’s absolute favorite books and, surprisingly, he has learned so much from reading it. The story has helped the little guy to not only identify new animals, but also the sounds that they make! So, when we read this one aloud, together, I pause and he tells me the correct animal sounds!
What books do you and your little ones love the most? What should we be adding to our repetoire? Comment below to share your favorites!
And stay tuned for the next blog in our book series, where I’ll share our ten favorite bedtime books!