I am not sure what I was thinking when I did not include baby books as a suggestion for The Best Baby Gifts in my last post.
Board books are a great newborn baby and first birthday gift. The heavier page is sturdy and stands up to the wear and tear of a baby or toddler. They are specifically made to protect against drool damage. They are a good price point and wrap very well.
Many classic children’s picture books that were originally published in traditional hardback with paper pages are now available in a board book version too. Board books are typically not longer than 30 pages, so you may get an abridged version of the original book in the board book style. If you want to get your money’s worth, go for the board book version as a first book.
What books have you given as a baby or toddler gift?
- Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Baby Faces and others by DK Publishing
- The Cheerios Play Book by Lee Wade
- Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
- Jamberry by Bruce Deegan
- Moo, Ba, La La La! and Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
- My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk
- The Napping House by Audrey Wood
- 1 is One by Tasha Tudor
- Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- Sheep in a Jeep and Sheep in a Shop by Nancy E. Shaw
- Time for Bed by Mem Fox
- Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and others by Eric Carle
Board books are my favorite baby gift. I love your list. I would add My Many Colored Days to it by Dr. Seuss. Goodnight Moon and Time for Bed were also favorites.
Time For Bed is one of my top 3! There is something so sweet about it.
In addition to the great titles you listed above, we really love Cleo the Cat and Come Here Cleo, by Caroline Mockford, One Duck Stuck, and Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes.
Good additions! Thanks, Sarah. Is Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse in board book form? Another good Kevin Henkes book.
My new favorite baby gift are these delightful board books based on classics, such as Moby Dick, Alice in Wonderland, and Romeo and Juliet. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is tongue-in-cheek fun for parents. I’m particularly partial to the Pride and Prejudice counting book that begins “1 English village, 2 rich gentleman…” And ends with “10,000 pounds a year”. Brilliant!
Those are the cutest things! I did not know about them.
We loved A Good Day by Kevin Henkes and my girls just reminded me of Peedie, by Olivier Dunrea!
I love Kevin Henkes’ drawings. I had not heard of Peedie!
Peedie is a series. They’re cute!
I Am Bunny by Richard Scarry, Roadwork and Little Blue Truck are current favorites at my house.