Am I the only one who struggles reading some of the crappy books that are published for toddlers? I have bought and received dozens of books as gifts for our boys and I read to them every night at bed time.
The problem is that I found some of them nearly impossible to read just because of the way they are written. Either they are too wordy (kids get bored when pages don’t turn fast enough), or the choice of words is lousy (not enough rhyming). In these cases I actually rewrite the books on the fly in my head and choose words that work better, and/or edit out chunks of text.
Here are my criteria:
- Short and sweet sentences.
- Illustrations that my kids like.
- Flowing rhymes, catchy phrasing, fun to read.
- Somewhat educational.
Byron Barton is the man when it comes to simple board books that are educational, and Dad/Son friendly. They are so short and sweet that it makes me chuckle. Example: “Here is a train…. with people inside.”
We have several of these and plan on getting them all:
Byron Barton Board Books on Amazon
Margaret Wise Brown is second runner up for me and my boys – she hits the nail on the head with all of the books we have from her. Good morals, easy to read, nice artwork.
Here is Margaret Wise Brown’s author profile on Amazon
Sandra Boynton is probably the most popular author for this genre, but some of her books are definitely better than others. These may be better for Moms & Daughters.
This one is not Boynton, but is definately one of my favorites, and it is water and tooth proof. Most of the paper board books end up chewed on and destroyed eventually.
Baby Einstein: What Floats?
I got a bunch of titles from this series and they have proven to be very educational for my 3 year old:
My First Abc Board Book (My 1st Board Books)
They are a bit exhausting to read since they are soo packed full of pictures and words, but my boy has learned his entire alphabet and knows what words start with certain letters and what not. Good to have on the bookshelf for sure.
What are your favorite toddler board books?