Board Books: Just Right for Small Hands


Board Books: Just Right for Small Hands


Books are for everyone, starting with infants. But when infants get to be big enough to hold their own books, sturdy books that can stand up to a little chewing can be a good idea. Here are a dozen to check out.


 1 2 3 Little Bugs: A Cool Counting Book by Puck

1 ladybug, 2 grasshoppers, 3 caterpillars… The illustrations are bold and the last pages have ten conversation starters.


 My First Book of Baby Animals by National Wildlife Federation

Kits, cubs, calves, cygnet, fawn… The photos are gorgeous and many show the baby with its parent.


 Ladybug Girl Says Good Night by David Somar and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl goes through her bedtime routine: taking a bath, brushing teeth, bedtime books… This is one of a series of board books about Ladybug Girl.


 Little Elephant Listens by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

When Little Elephant listens to his papa, brother, and mama, it leads to fun. Then they listen to him. This book is part of the Hello Genius series of board books.


 Peek-a Zoo!  by Nina Laden

Readers peek through cut-outs to guess what animal is hiding. The last page(mirror) is sure to be the favorite.


 Who Can Swim?  by Sebastien Braun

Readers lift the flaps to find the swimming animals hiding behind them. Complete sentences are nicely modeled.


 Buzz, Buzz, Baby! by Karen Katz

In this lift-the-flap book, different babies (nicely diverse) find bugs behind curtains, leaves, flowers, and other hiding places. The bugs provide lots of counting modeling and practice.


 Who? by Leo Lionni

Excellent similes describe animals, such as As fluffy as a squirrel and As slow as a turtle. You can never go wrong with Leo Lionni.


 Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Christian Slade

All sorts of trucks—dump trucks, garbage trucks, snow plows… are imagined at night after their work is done. The rhyming text and nighttime illustrations make this a good bedtime book.


Wrapping Paper Romp by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (sorry, no link)

The baby demonstrates the glories of a box and a mess of tissue paper. This is a fun book!


 My Book of Opposites by Britta Teckentrup

Big/small, loud/quiet, open/close, high/low… The illustrations nicely show what each pair of opposites mean. A good book to act out!


 Shapes are Everywhere! by Charles Ghigna, illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

Colorful illustrations clearly show shapes all around us: table, kite, watermelon slice, smile… This could lead to a fun scavenger hunt!


What are some of your favorite board books?


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