Discover the Best Board Books for Kids
Board books for kids are best for our youngest growing readers from infant age up to age 4 or 5.
Board books are generally accepted as being for the consumption of our youngest and most immediately impressionable readers. The ideal age range for kids board books is infant or baby to 4 years old. After the age of 4 or 5, children seek greater depth to storytelling and characters, more in line with the types of stories found in picture books. Sound, touch, and visual stimuli are some of the essential elements of board books for kids. The variety of shapes and sizes in the board book spectrum is endless. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, or large enough to overflow a school backpack.
Some of our favorite storybooks come in both board book form and picture book form. Go Dogs Go, by P.D. Eastman, is a classic favorite describing what seems to be a day in the life of dogs, and comes to life in both board book and picture book form. The board book narrative is more or less the same as the picture book version, a day in the life of dogs, but follows a shorter format with differing text in comparison to the picture book. Both the board book and picture book version are great reads and unique in their own ways; however, the sturdiness of the board book makes it more accessible to infants and toddlers.
Great for bedtimes, train rides and plane rides, ideal anywhere and anytime. During travel, parents pack a few board books in their carryon baggage, and accompany families to new and exciting destinations only previously found in books!
For families seeking outdoor inspiration read these nature-inspired board books for kids:
Keep babies and toddlers busy with these must-have board books:
Absolute best board book collections for kids can be found here:
Kids will love these interactive board books for young children and babies:
Snuggle up with these board books when bedtime rolls around:
Inspire your future nature lovers with nature board books for kids:
Board books are also great gifts for the holidays, especially in a stocking. Here are some gift giving ideas:
Board books can be ongoing sources of inspiration for our young and growing readers. Keep them low on the shelf and you just might find your kids will load up their hands with board books to fill an afternoon of reading! If you have any great stories or examples of your little ones reading and finding inspiration in board books for kids, then send us suggestions through Twitter, and share your most distinguished board books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview. In the meantime, let’s keep growing readers one book at a time!
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Baby’s First Love Story is a delightful and heartwarming exploration of parent/child love, perfect for shared reading and new-parent gifting.
In What’s my Amplitude?, author Teju Prasad has created a fun and engaging introduction to sound waves and how they function
The bright colors, rich descriptive words, hands-on cutouts, and fun stories definitely add to the experience of reading these books.
The Middle of the Night Book is a lovely introduction to meditation for young readers and great for bedtime reading routines.
Stef Tousignant shares how her own experiences led her to create The Middle of the Night Book, a lovely introduction to bedtime meditation.
Filled with love and sentimentality, You Were Made For Me would make a beautiful gift for a new baby born from an egg, sperm, or embryo donation.
This newer series is not to be missed if you have small children! These multilingual books introduce various languages to little ones.
We refuse to move onto our round-up of the best board books of 2021 until we shine the light on some of our favorite board books or 2020.
What better way to learn a new concept than with an ABC book? These books attract readers of all ages with their unique take on the alphabet.
Bye-Bye Bully reminds readers that ordinary, individual kids have the power to change group bullying into friendship, support, and togetherness.