12 Must-Read Board Books

Are you looking for a new board book to spruce up your collection or to give as a gift? Board books are wonderful for young children because they do not tear or rip the way books with paper pages do, while introducing children to literacy and important concepts such as the ABCs or transportation.

I have compiled a list of 12 must-read board books that our family has enjoyed reading. 🙂

Please leave a comment to share other board books that you and your loved ones have enjoyed!

Best Ages: 0-3 years

 Board Books for Learning

  1. My First Busy Book by Eric Carle. The bright, beautiful illustrations we all know and love from the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar accompany touch-and-feel learning in this large size board book. My preschooler still likes this one!
  2. Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder. A charming book to expose children to poetry and literature at a level they can understand! Sweet pictures highlight the lessons on seasons and weather, too.
  3. Montessori: Map Work by Bobby and June George. I absolutely love this book! It provides a great introduction to geography skills in an engaging way. The Georges are Montessori educators who founded an accredited school in South Dakota.

Board Books with Unique Illustrations

4. Busy Little Mouse by Eugenie Fernandes. Very bright and lovely 3D illustrations of clay scenes. This book also teaches animal sounds in a fun way. I found it touching that the book is written and illustrated by a mother-daughter duo.

5. Love my Shoes! by Eileen Spinelli. Multimedia illustrations show the many ways we use shoes. This would be a great book for any kids or parents who really love shoes!

6. Sally at the Farm by Stephen Hughes. My daughters both love dogs, so Sally was a big hit with them. I liked the distinct illustrations that made an otherwise simple story stand out.

Multicultural Board Books

7. Cradle Me by Debby Slier. A board book featuring baby faces and expressions is nothing new, but this one stands out because of the photographs on each page of Native American babies from numerous tribes. There is also cultural information in the back regarding cradle boarding.

8. Quiero a mi mamá porque… by Laurel Porter-Gaylord. (I Love My Mommy Because…) This is one of my favorite board books. It is bilingual, with text in English and Spanish, and accompanied by lovely illustrations of mother and baby animals.

9. Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney. A husband and wife team up to create a book with poetic text and beautiful photographs. This is an excellent read-aloud for young children.

Faith-Based Board Books

10. Really Wooly Little Bedtime Prayers by Bonnie Rickner Jensen. My husband and I appreciate the Really Wooly series because it goes beyond the well-known Bible stories commonly seen in children’s Bibles. It contains verses along with poems and prayers to explain and explore each verse… With adorable illustrations!

11. I’m Thankful Each Day! by P.K. Hallinan. This book has profound and heartfelt text. In my opinion, the illustrations are a bit wanting, but the message of the book is what made it land on this list (and what keeps it on our bookshelf at home).

12. God Made You Nose to Toes by Leslie Parrott. Although I don’t love the style of illustration in this book, I included it on this list because it engages young children with its rhymes and brightly colored pictures. My children enjoy reading this one often.





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