Board Books are great for babies and young toddler’s– …we learned the hard way that we probably should have saved “Where the Wild Things are” until Rosie was a bit older… she ended up tearing apart many pages of that book and other non-board book versions.
I consider myself pretty old-school when it comes to preferring the physical copy of a book as opposed to the kindle. I also believe that nothing really compares to making a trip to your local bookstore with your child and personally selecting the books that you are going to bring home together… but for the times when you are looking to save a few bucks you really can’t beat the Amazon’s Children’s Book selection. You can find the section sorted by age and development stage: here
TOP 20 STORY-TIME FAVORITES:
- My Very Own Name, Maia Haag: I highlighted this book in a previous post here It’s a great personalized gift option and is so cute to help your child learn to spell and pronounce their name
- Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans: This was a classic I grew up reading, Rosie loves this Christmas version and continues to make me read it way past Christmas time)
- The JellyCat Series: These are perfect for infants and they even come with the matching stuffed animals. We had this Elephant Book & Corresponding Stuffed Animal.
- New York Baby, Ward Jenkins: An NYC inspired story…Board Book version: here)
- On the Night You Were Born, Nancy Tillman (3 book collection) This book and books #5 and #6 were some of the first books we started to read to Rosie after she was born
- Guess how much I love you? Sam McBratney
- Goodnight I Love you, Caroline Jayna Church
- Strega Nonna, Tomie de Paolo
- The Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister: a classic that highlights the importance of sharing & friendship
- The Wheels on The Bus,Paul O. Zelinsky: A great singalong read!
- Love You Forever, Roberta Muhsch (a sweet read about a mother and child’s love over the years)
- Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell: Also a flap book, Rosie really gravitates towards animal stories and she loves to see what animal is behind each page of this book
- Peak A Baby, Karen Katz: (A Lift the Flap book) Rosie loved these types of interactive books..she took delight in lifting and finding out what was behind the various flaps)
- Any of the “Good Night Series” – we love “Good Night Beach” & the Classic “Good Night Moon” you can also purchase one that is specific to your location (another good gift option) like “Good Night New York City“
- Moo Baa, La La La, Sandra Boynton: Rosie loved making all of the animal sounds and this was one of the first books that she really enjoyed
- Elmo Book Set: Rosie loves Elmo (this board Book box set) has all of the Sesame Street classics and she loves carrying it around like a little purse before story time
- Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak (a favorite of mine)
- The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein (another favorite classic highlighting the gift of giving)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle (a generational picture book)
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, Eric Carle (beautifully illustrated animal classic)
**If you are looking for a free, educational and fun activity in NYC look no further! Living on the Upper West Side our go to story-time spot has become Book Culture. They offer a complimentary story time on weekdays and weekends and if you can’t make story time, don’t fret the “Children’s Room” hours are open every day of the week from 10 AM- 8 PM and it’s a great place for the little one’s to read & explore!
Other story time options can be found at your local book stores & public libraries. Check out the NYPL website to search which public libraries offer children related activities in your area.