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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10 Favorite Board Books

by Marcy Collier

Last fall, I was going through my boys’ toys and books and had decided to give away or sell some of their old board books. At the very last second, I pulled the books from the pile. Even though my two boys were finished with their “baby” books, I couldn’t part with them. And it’s a good thing too because 6 weeks ago, my third son, Luke was born.

So I thought it was appropriate that I list 10 of our favorite board books that we are so excited to read to our new addition. Drum roll please!

1. Cheep! Cheep! And of course Merry Christmas, Cheeps!

by Julie Stiegemeyer and Carol Baicker-McKee

If you haven’t read the Cheep Cheep books illustrated by our very own Carol Baicker-Mckee, you MUST go get your young one a copy of each. You will fall in love with the chicks and their story told through Julie’s words and Carol’s 3D art. In the original Cheeps book, the three chicks are asleep until a strange sound wakes them. They explore only to find a great big surprise!

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In Merry Christmas, Cheeps! the chicks are busy getting ready for Christmas making snow angels, baking yummy gingerbread cookies, and getting ready for Christmas day.

2. Let’s Make Rabbits by Leo Lionni

My children and my husband love to read this book together. I’m usually the reader, but they will all curl up together and enjoy the sweet story of two rabbits wondering if they are real!

3. Pajama Time! and Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

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We have a ton of Boynton’s books. It was too hard to choose, so I had to pick two. Pajama Time! is a romping tale of the animals getting ready for bed and in Barnyard Dance! the lively characters have a blast singing and dancing in this rhyming tale.

4. Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book) by by Dorothy Kunhardt

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This was one of those books that we read over and over again. The oversized book format makes it great for touching and feeling Daddy’s scratchy beard or smelling the scented flowers. This book originally published in 1940 is a tradition passed from one generation to another.

5. Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz

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This lift-the-flap book is great o read with your little one. Discovering all the peek-a-boo surprises are so much fun.

6. We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books) by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen
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This is a board book that can be enjoyed by all ages with a family going on an adventurous bear hunt.  It’s a fantastic adventure for the entire family to enjoy together.

7. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

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Again - another toss up. I couldn’t decide which Margaret Wise-Brown book, so I chose both. There is a reason that these two books have not been out of print since originally being published in the 1940s. What is really cool is I have a Margaret Wise-Brown book that belonged to my mom from her childhood. It is unbelievable to me that Brown was only 42 when she died but left a legacy with her books.

8. That's Not My Bunny: Its Tail Is Too Fluffy (Usborne Touchy Feely) by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

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My boys adored the touch-and-feel books. This one about a fluffy bunny was one we read over and over.

9. Time for Bed Board Book by Mem Fox (Author), Jane Dyer (Illustrator)

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Your little one will be lulled to sleep with the repetitive rhythms, as the parent sheep, cat, snake, and fish try to get their babies to sleepl

10. Tomie’s Three Bears and Other Tales Board book by Tomie de Paola

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The beautiful artwork coupled with this retelling of the The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen will hold your child’s interest over and over again.

These are just some of our favorites, but I would love to hear your favorite board books to add to my collection for baby Luke!

And if you're looking for a great Italian cookie recipe, check out the end of my post from 2010 for my Grandma's pizzelle recipe and Aunt Lee's biscotti recipe. Aunt Lee is 93 now and STILL making awesome biscotti for the family. 

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