There is something about reading to babies and toddlers.
Seeing the way they learn from books, react to your voice when you read, and the colorful pictures on the page is just magical.
Our 7 month old squeals with happiness when we read to him then slobbers all over his board books as he learns to turn the pages. It’s really adorable to watch!
What are the best read aloud board books for toddlers?
Here are some of our favorite board books for babies and toddlers.
These fun board books are perfect for starting a home library for your baby at home.
This is a Book of Shapes By Kenneth Kraegel
First comes the circle. Then the square and the triangle. Then the . . . emu pushing a pancake wagon down a hill? What begins as a concept book about everyone’s geometric favorites soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists.
Black Cat, Whit Cat by Silvia Borando
Black Cat—black from the tips of his ears to the tip of his tail—only ever goes out in the day. But White Cat—white from her whiskers to her four furry paws—only ever goes out at night. He picks daisies, while she gazes at the stars. When they both feel the urge to explore a world beyond their own, Black Cat and White Cat go on a journey of discovery and meet for the very first time.
Each page in this book is bursting with unusual creatures from the time of dinosaurs, all united by a common characteristic. From wonderful wings to terrific teeth, from tyrannosaurs to ancient turtles, this eclectic collection celebrates the diversity and similarities of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Guaranteed to fascinate budding paleontologists.
Farm Animals by Ingela P. Arrhenius
A fluffy sheep. A proud rooster. A slithery snake. There are so many farm animals to adore! Adapted from designer Ingela P. Arrhenius’s gigantic showcase picture book Animals—but focusing only on its farm creatures—this bucolic board book presents stylized animals in a smaller, child-friendly format.
Little ones will love meeting all kinds of friendly woodland creatures in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton’s vibrant illustrations bring facts to life with deft humor and memorable comparisons. With big flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the final spread, this book is sure to please young wilderness lovers!
I Thought I Saw a Panda by Lydia Nichols
This silly slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They’ll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the panda hiding in every scene. With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, this interactive novelty series can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud by Anne Dyckman
|Wee Beasties is a new board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much. In this second book in the series about Roary the Lion and his big outside roar, little ones will learn how to use their quiet inside voices.|
The Itsy Bitsy School Bus by Jeffrey Burton
|The itsy bitsy school bus is ready for the first day of school! Whether it’s a first day to Pre-K or back-to-school, little ones are sure to love this classroom twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!|
|New from beloved author Joan Holub, Hello Knights! is a fun, playful board book about unexpected friendship!|
Dia De los Muertos by Hannah Eliot
|At the end of October each year, it’s time to celebrate an ancient tradition: Día de los Muertos! With vibrant illustrations by Golden Globe–winning Mexican illustrator Jorge Gutierrez, this festive board book teaches that Día de los Muertos honors ancestors and loved ones who have passed. From sugar skulls to papel picado, this is a holiday that truly commemorates the cycle of life.|
This Little Scientist by Joan Holub
|In this follow up to This Little President, This Little Explorer, and This Little Trailblazer now even the youngest readers can learn all about great and empowering scientists in history! Highlighting ten memorable scientists who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this discovery primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.|
Mixed-up animal sounds by Laine Falk
|Toddlers will giggle when the cow quacks and the duck meows. Luckily, the animals finally get their sounds right!|
My First Busy Book by Eric Carle
|From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle, this brand-new busy book is filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more—sure to endlessly entertain your little ones!|
Night night, Groot by Deneen, Brendan
|It’s been a long day for baby Groot and he’s ready to be tucked in for bed. Just as his eyes start to close, Rocket Raccoon bursts onto the scene! Groot can’t go to sleep yet, there’s a whole galaxy that needs to be defended and they must work together to save the day! Then maybe, just maybe, Groot will finally get the rest he deserves! Each spread includes a tiny Ant-Man, let’s see if you can find him.|
|Now available as a board book, this endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book!|
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Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch
|Baby Bear’s father helps him feel better after a scary dream in this reissue of a classic picture book from celebrated and award-winning author and illustrator Frank Asch.|
Little green peas : a big book of colors by Keith Baker
|A passel of playful peas keeps it green as they experience the colorful world around them, from red kites to yellow buses to purple mountains and more! Bright and bold illustrations fill the pages of this delightful exploration of color.|
|This sweet and snuggly bedtime book with irresistible illustrations by Joyce Wan is the perfect read-aloud story to prepare little ones for a cozy night’s sleep.|
Good-night, owl! by Pat Hutchins
|Owl couldn’t sleep — not while the bees were buzzing, the crows croaking, the starlings chittering, and the jays creaming. Every time there seemed to be some peace and quite, someone else landed in the hollow tree and woke Owl up again. Would Owl ever get any rest? |
The biggest kiss by Joanna Walsh
|Everyone needs kisses, so what could be better than a book that’s full of them? With darling animals on every page and irresistible text that begs to be read aloud, parents and grandparents will love sharing this collection of affection with the youngest of readers.|
8 Little Planets By: Chris Ferrie
|Travel around the solar system and celebrate what makes each planet unique! From Neptune to Mercury and all the planets in between, each one is different and each one is happy to be what they are.|
The Cow Said Neigh! By: Rory Feek
|From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.|
Where’s the Unicorn? By: Ingela P Arrhenius
|Lift the felt flaps to discover four hidden magical creatures (a mermaid, a dragon, a fairy, and a unicorn), then find the mirror under the fifth and final flap! Parents love these books because they are stylish yet robust, and little readers adore them because they’re fun and easy to play with.|
Construction Cat By: Barbara Odanaka
|It’s time to build! Tail high, Construction Cat kisses her family goodbye and goes to work with the other cats on a construction site. They lug lumber and pound nails, they saw, sand, and sweep the dust, all to build a truly paw-some park that they can’t wait to share with friends and family!|
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night By: Refe Tuma
|You might have noticed weird things happening in your house. Unexplainable messes. Food all over the kitchen floor. Who could the culprits be? Dinosaurs! Boasting bright and hilarious photographs, along with a story written from the point of view of an older, wiser sibling.|
Roald Dahl’s Opposites by Roald Dahl
|Busy little hands can lift the flaps to discover the opposites with iconic illustrations of Dahl’s much loved characters from the one and only, Quentin Blake.|
Mama Loves You So by Terry Pierce
|This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.|
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I like Opposites! I like experiencing new board books too.