One of the essentials to build a love for reading is to have a library of quality children's books. Whether you're researching books for your own child's library or looking for gift ideas, here are some great board books for children under two.
What book could possibly be good for a baby? Check out Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden. The simple text and awesome illustrations are a guaranteed hit with infants.
If you can't get enough of Peek-A Who?, then you can also peruse Ready, Set, Go! by Nina Laden. This is another great book with more simple rhymes and pictures.
I Know a Rhino is a great book that cleverly illustrates the imagination of one little girl.
Books can be used to introduce emotional concepts to young children. We especially like A Good Day Board Book. Kevin Henkes illustrates how big and little things could make a day good or bad.
Eric Carle has some excellent children's books but one of our favourites is The Very Hungry Caterpillar [VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR] [Board Books]. In this story, you follow a week in the life of a very hungry caterpillar.
In our household, we also love We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books). In this story, you follow a family as they go on a bear hunt adventure. The book presents lots of opportunities to make great sound effects and to get your child re-enact the story.
Another classic "bear" book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? [BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR-BOARD BK]. This is a great book that introduces the concept of colours.
A fantastic book that utilizes classic children's rhymes to tell a story is Each Peach Pear Plum board book (Viking Kestrel Picture Books).
No children's board book library is complete without a few Sandra Boynton books. You can't go wrong with any of her books but our all-time household favourite is Fifteen Animals! [15 ANIMALS-BOARD]. The simple, repetitive text and cute, clever ending makes this book a hit with children and their parents.
A fantastic bedtime book by Sandra Boynton is Pajama Time! [PAJAMA TIME-BOARD] [Board Books]. The rhymes and characters in the book make it a great evening read.
Speaking of bedtime books, Goodnight Moon Board Book is a before bed essential! Perhaps you, yourself, remember having it read to you before bedtime?
Speaking of bedtime books, Mommy Hugs (Classic Board Book), is a great book for mothers to share with their children before bed.
Don't forget about Daddy either! Daddy Hugs (Classic Board Book) is another great Karen Katz bedtime book.
Another favourite bedtime book is Counting Kisses by Karen Katz. In our house we follow along and give our daughter kisses just like in the book (on her toes, feet, belly button, etc.).
I trust that with these titles, your child's imagination and enjoyment of reading will flourish. I would love to hear your list of must-have board books. What do you recommend?