Reading to your baby can be a great way to bond, but once your little one starts grabbing for the books, you could end up with a lot of wrinkled and torn pages. One great way to introduce your baby to your love of reading is with board books. The inexpensive books (many are less than $5!) have thick pages that are made to stand up to the roughest wear and tear. Here’s a list of the 20 best board books for you and baby.
20 Moo, Baa, La La La
This silly book is great fun to read out loud and work on your animal sounds.
19 Guess How Much I Love You
This is a great book to read to your baby to tell them that you love them to the moon and back.
18 First Words
This book has brightly colored photographs of familiar objects and easy to read words your little one is sure to recognize.
17 Baby Signs
This book introduces you and baby to 14 basic baby signs, including milk, more, sleepy, and diaper.
16 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Baby Lit series introduces little ones to a whole collection of classic literature; everything from Huck Finn to Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina to Moby Dick.
15 Goodnight, Moon
This classic story is the perfect way to end the day with your little one.
14 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
You’ll have this classic memorized in no time as you repeat the colors and animals to your baby.
13 The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This popular story follows a little caterpillar on his journey to becoming a butterfly while teaching numbers and days of the week.
12 Love You Forever
“As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” It’s hard not to get sentimental reading this book to your baby.
11 Flip, Flap, Fly
This book’s tongue-twisting rhymes make it a great read-aloud for “babies everywhere.”
10 The Pout-Pout Fish
This great book shows little ones how to turn their bad day around.
9 Good Night, America
The “Good Night” series of books has titles for everywhere imaginable, including different states, countries, and environments. There are also books like Good Night Mommy and Good Night Dinosaur, so you can say good night to everyone.
Elmer is an elephant who is different from everyone else in the herd. He soon learns to embrace his differences because they make him special.
7 Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes
Babies learn their body parts in this book. It depicts little kids stretching out their arms, falling on their bottoms, and using their arms to hug.
6 Counting Kisses
Starting with ten kisses and counting down to one, this fussy baby eventually drifts off to sleep after receiving kisses from everybody, including mama, grandma, and even the dog!
5 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Colors, counting, rhymes, and riddles—this classic belongs in every little one’s library.
You can use this bestselling book to introduce the potty to your little one. Cute illustrations and silly sound effects will make the wait on the potty a little more fun.
3 Dear Zoo
While searching for the perfect pet, visit the zoo, lift the flaps, and learn about different zoo animals.
2 The Going to Bed Book
This book walks you and your little one through the animals’ bedtime routine: scrub, scrub, scrub in the tub, brush, brush, brush your teeth, and rock, rock, rock to sleep.
1 You Are My Sunshine
Whether you read it or sing it, this one is a favorite for kids and parents alike.