Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Our 8 Favourite Board Books

Some time ago, I shared about Our Favourite Books to Read Aloud, and recently, I shared about Little Lady's current favourite, Overboard!  The problem with regular books is that little hands can cause damage!  I have books with torn pages, folded pages, missing pages...

A good solution to all that rough handling is reading board books.  An additional advantage of board books is that it helps to work those fine motor skills!

The following are 8 of our favourite board books.

1) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Eric Carle's illustration rocks!  They are bright, colorful and so cheerful!  This is essentially a picture book that introduces animals beautifully.  The repetition of the animal name and the question 'what do you see?' are great for toddlers and young children.

Buy on Amazon: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Buy on Book Depository: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

2) Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
A follow-up on Brown Bear above, this is also great!  This time, animal sounds are introduced too!  Little Lady loves to roar whenever she sees the lion.

Buy on Amazon: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

3) Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann

My favourite of all our board books.  This is a really simple story of a zoo keeper saying good night to his charges who follow him home, thanks to the cheeky gorilla.  My Little Ones love Mrs Zoo Keeper's surprise when she first discovers them.  In addition to the humour, what makes this book is the details in the illustration.  From the toys in the animals' cages, the colour of the keys (they match the cages), the recurring balloon and the running gag of the banana, there is so much to discover at every reading.  Little Man was still noticing new details when I dug it out to read to Little Lady.

Buy on Amazon: Good Night, Gorilla
Buy on Book Depository: Good Night, Gorilla

4) The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

A classic that needs no introduction (but I'm going to anyway :P).  A wonderful little tale about an insatiable caterpillar.  When he's finally full, he made a cocoon and transforms into a butterfly.  In addition to the central story of metamorphosis, this book introduces fruit, different types of food as well as days of the week.   Illustrated with Eric Carle's signature style.  Win-win!

Buy on Amazon: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Buy on Book Depository: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

5) Tumble Bumble
by Felicia Bond

A fun lively book about meeting new friends.  This book has a lovely rhythm and flow.

Get on Amazon: Tumble Bumble
Get on Book Depository: Tumble Bumble

6) The Very Hungry Caterpillar Little Learning Library
by Eric Carle

This is basically a set of mini picture books that introduces numbers, words, animal sounds and colours to the little ones.  What I love about it is that they are so convenient to bring around.  I usually had one or two popped in my bag, so that I would have something to amuse them with when we were out and about.
Buy on Amazon: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Little Learning Library
Buy on Book Depository: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Little Learning Library

7)My First Gruffalo Little Library
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Another set of mini picture books, this time by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, based on their award winning The Gruffalo.  Again, they are seldom in their box, and can be found in different bags.
Buy on Amazon: My First Gruffalo Little Library
Buy on Book Depository: My First Gruffalo Little Library

8) Usborne Look and Say: Home
by Jo Litchfield and Francesca Allen

In addition to showing and naming objects as traditional picture books do, this picture book also shows the objects where they can be found, in this case, the home.  
Buy on Book Depository: Usborne Look and Say: Home

What are you your favourite board books to read with your little ones?


Little Lady: 19 months
Little Man: 3 years 8 months


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  1. There are some books on your list that we haven't read yet, so thanks so much for recommending them! Will look out for them next time we're at the library. I love Julia Donaldson and Eric Carle :)

  2. We love the Very Hungry Caterpillar, too. Haven't seen the Gruffalo books before, they look interesting!

    1. It such a fun book, isn't it! Be warned, the Gruffalo books are really tiny.

  3. Eric Carle is one of my favourites anytime. Great list .

    1. Thanks! I agree, his books are always so enjoyable.

  4. We love Julia Donaldson and Eric Carle here. My daughter and I disagree on whether The Gruffalo is in fact better than Room On The Broom. An illustrator we adore who works with different authors is Charles Fuge. His pictures are delightful and Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball with Little Wombat has been done in a boardbook. High recommend! #teamIBOT

    1. Yes! He's a favourite here too! We have the entire wombat series, but in paperback. Sadly, they're not in the best condition.

  5. I love Julia Donaldson, and so do the kids. Eric Carle was one of my fav as a kids and my daughter used to be obsessed with The Hungry Caterpillar, all that yummy food!

    1. I know! The foods on Saturday really tempt me! But then I do not want to get a tummy ache like the little caterpillar, so I refrain. :D



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