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 ladybug, 2 grasshoppers, 3 caterpillars… The illustrations are bold and the last pages have ten conversation starters.
Kits, cubs, calves, cygnet, fawn… The photos are gorgeous and many show the baby with its parent.
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.
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.
Readers peek through cut-outs to guess what animal is hiding. The last page(mirror) is sure to be the favorite.
Readers lift the flaps to find the swimming animals hiding behind them. Complete sentences are nicely modeled.
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.
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.
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!
Big/small, loud/quiet, open/close, high/low… The illustrations nicely show what each pair of opposites mean. A good book to act out!
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?