Before we get into the best board books that you probably don’t know about, let’s chat about why reading to babies is important. It may not seem that reading to a newborn is something new moms should focus on, but research shows that it is incredibly important.
Newborns appreciate the sound of your voice and they can pick up on the rhyming tones. The more words they are exposed to, the more they will be prepared when it’s time for them to start reading on their own.
Reading readiness is so important, that we have an entire post series dedicated to how parents can teach language and reading skills from birth to second grade.
The visuals in board books also introduce shapes, colors, and even letters to your little one. There are so many books to choose from and many of you are familiar with the classics, but we want to introduce you to some new favorites. We’ve chosen the best board books you’ve probably never heard of in the list below.
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The Best Board Books You Don’t Know About
This black and white board book is perfect for newborns since they can only see black and white initially. Make it interactive by following the tasks talked about in the book – tickling, hugging, and kissing!
The simple text mixed with Black and White high contrast photos also makes this a great book to read off the bat. My boys use to point and stare at each image as I repeated over and over again what they were seeing.
Babies love to look at other babies! This book shows close-ups of other babies’ faces in various emotional states from stinky, to yucky, to boo-hoo. Silly and fun, this book will ultimately help your own child learn about the different emotional cues.
My husband loved to read this to our little one over and over again. It’s peekaboo in a board book. There are black and white photos of other babies, then the baby goes missing and a mirror appears for your child to find themselves. The giggles this book produced from kids were the best!
A sweet rhyming book about a mother’s love (or fathers if you get that version too.) Featuring mama and baby pairings from the animal kingdom this book allows you to point out new species to your little one.
This adorable eye spy book has wonderful pictures, with nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters. The rhyming makes is memorable and easy to recite.
Gorgeous pictures accompany the words to the famous song. This book is a modern lullaby with a message of peace and love.
An amazing story about two male penguins adopting a penguin. Adorable text and photos will expose your child to this unique and true story while also teaching a lesson that there are many different kinds of families.
An adorable book about the Napping house where everyone is sleeping. There are hilarious pictures and a ton of repetition which is great for growing little minds.
One Berry, Two Berry, Pick me a blueberry… I could recite this silly tale in my sleep. My kids would kick and coo whenever I read this rhyming story about a boy and a bear on a berry picking adventure.
Bright colors and big pictures make this book perfect for little readers as they learn their colors. Hop on board.
A wonderful tale that introduces the concept of seasons. Watch as the field changes through the year and the cow grows too! Beautiful illustrations make this a mommy favorite too.
I like Fruit and I Like Vegetables by Lorena Siminovich
Any book that introduces children to healthy foods from an early age is OK in my book. Add in the lessons about colors in I like Fruit and also the lesson of opposites in I Like Vegetables and you have two winners. Oh! And did I mention these are textured and perfect for babies to explore with their fingers too?
So those are our favorites….and now my uterus hurts. The nostalgia I have for these books and the memories I have of each boy reading them is just too much! Someone give me a baby to hold!