Board books for babies and toddlers
Board books review
Reading to babies improves their communicatiom skills and it’s never too early to start. Make sure to choose sturdy board books instead of fancy delicate ones because your baby will drool, bite and gnaw on them. So if you see your baby or toddler trying to “digest the content” of a book don’t worry too much, it’s part of the learning process.
When my wife bought several board books while she was still pregnant, I had high hopes that our son will be just like her and love to read books. I don’t hate books, it’s just that I pass out when I read them. If I finish the first chapter, without passing out then I really like that book. It’s a good thing children’s books are only a few pages long! I get to read to my son without passing out and hopefully he’ll love books when he grows up.
I would like to share a short review of some of my son’s board books, maybe this’ll help you decide which books to get for your child on your next visit to the bookstore. We got all the books below on sale or from a used books store but I’ve linked the images to Amazon just in case.
Daddy hugs by Karen Katz tells a nice story how a dad takes care of his baby. It is a counting book, so it is also good for bigger kids learning to count. You and your child can count the different hugs you can do!
My son and I really like this book even if we read it for only 1 or 2 minutes. By the time he turned 1, his favourite was the peekaboo hugs and he wanted to get to that page as quickly as possible. I tried to mimic the hugs as much as I can but I have a tough audience.
The book is also colorful with lots of patterns like you see on the cover so try to notice if younger infants get overstimulated (you can still do the hugs without showing the book!). I think this is a good book to have for dads who have small children, I recommend that you get one for bonding time.
Hug by Jez Alborough is an animal story book about a baby chimpanzee walking alone who sees baby & mommy animals hugging. Apparently, this guy is lost and soon realizes that he wants a hug from his mom.
My son seems to like the chimps and probably thinks they’re funny but his favorite page is when Mommy chimp finds the baby and calls his name. They are in big, bold letters so I also read it in exclamation, “BOBO!”
This book is great for small toddlers when showing mother-offspring animal pairs and also reinforcing the concept of hug. I think it’s a funny book to have, just don’t keep it too long because you’ll have to answer why prey and predator are hugging on the last pages.
Are you a Dinosaur?
Are you a Dinosaur? Touch & Learn is my son’s first book. It is a textured animal book which is great for babies and infants to feel different textures. The board book is about a baby dinosaur asking different animals if they are dinosaurs but instead of just answering directly, they give a description of themselves. The animals are paired in contrasts, like a fast cheetah and a slow turtle to teach opposites to small kids.
I guess the last page where the dinosaur finally meets his kind is my son’s favourite page but overall he just likes touching the textures. I also like the textures for babies but I just saw a warning at the back that it’s for 3+, I guess that explains why the boad book is trying to teach opposites. If you do plan on letting your baby read this book or any textured book, make sure to watch them closely. There’s really nothing special about this book, you can just get some other textured book for your baby.
This is the first book my son chose in the bookstore. We were looking for a book for him when he grabbed it and didn’t let go, so we bought it even if I didn’t totally agree with his choice. It is currently his favorite book, and he even drags me to go and read with him.
I guess the board book has a lot of likable features like:
- easy to turn tabs on pages
- numbers on tabs
- nice colors
- bear’s big googly eyes
I have since decided to let my son keep this book but I can’t really recommend it to anyone else, it is up to you to decide if you would like to get it for your little one. Here’s why: the book is about a bear following clues of where several underwears are hidden, which leads the bear to an underwear party. (gasp!) And the animals at the party are wearing the underwears that bear found! What were they wearing before bear arrived? And why would they wear underwear? It is really hard for me to wrap my mind around it.
I think the book is trying to teach toddlers about wearing underwear or that’s what I want to believe, either way my son is currently happy reading this book, and I’ll just try to be ready if he has questions later.
What board books do you recommend for babies or toddlers? Share with us in the comments!