Ten excellent board books for kids under 3 are entertaining, fun to read, and educational. The following board books are continually being replaced or requested by parents, teachers, and children. Reading is an excellent way to increase your child’s vocabulary. For more tips on how to help your child learn everyday.
It is always interesting to discover which books the kids reach for time and again, and those books that sit untouched on the shelf. Undoubtedly, the books you think are going to be attractive and amusing are the ones sitting on the shelf!
My list is representative of the books that children reached for first from the bookshelves during my ten years spent in the field of early childhood These books were read multiple times at one sitting, were lovingly chewed on, and were stashed in purses and bags to be carried around throughout the day.
Ten Excellent Board Books For Kids Under 3
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – This board book is a favorite among generations. The very hungry caterpillar happily eats his way through the pages of the book in vibrant, eye-catching images. You can teach kids about numbers, colors, and the basic science phenomenon of caterpillars turning into butterflies!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. (Author), John Archambault (Author), and Lois Ehlert (Illustrator) – This is an excellent board book to help your kids learn the letters of the alphabet. With its rhyming words and fun images, your children will ask you to read it over and over.
A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.”
Baby Beluga by Raffi – This delightful board book is a fun story to read or sing aloud with your kids. A heartwarming story about a baby white whale that swims in the deep blue sea. Children love to sing, and you will be amazed at how quickly they learn the words!
Freight Train by Donald Crews – This board book has vivid, clear illustrations that show all the train cars traveling through day and night, country and city. This train brings the reader the excitement of going through a dark tunnel. The kids love when the pages go black! This is an easy and fun way to learn about colors!
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill – This is a fun lift-the-flap book that your kids will love! They will anticipate Spot’s hiding places and will delight in answering the question of is spot hiding in the ___? Flap books require gentle hands. This is an excellent way to teach your children about using soft hands when they lift the flaps and turn the pages.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle – What does an elephant do? It stomps its foot! Can you? This is an interactive story that invites kids to imitate animal movements. Children are encouraged to join the Giraffes bending their necks and monkeys waving their arms. From their heads down to their toes, kids will be wriggling, jiggling, and giggling as they try to keep up with these animals! As they play, they will learn valuable skills such as careful listening, and focusing attention.
Moo Baa La La La! by Sandra Boynton – This raucous story about the sounds animals make—including three pigs who say “la la la!”—is just right for reading aloud. Kids love to make animal sounds and pretend to be different animals. This board book is an excellent way to teach about different animals and the sounds they make.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Author) – In this classic board book, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. Read at nap time or bed time to establish a routine before going to sleep. Also, a great way to build your child’s vocabulary.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle – A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to the bold and vibrantly colored collages. This board book creates unforgettable images of these charming animals. A fun way to teach vocabulary and colors.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell – Dear Zoo, a lift-the-flap board book is twenty-five years old and still as popular as ever! Moreover, with an updated look, this classic children’s storybook about a youngster looking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers! Teach your child about the different animals you might see at the zoo.
Grab a book and sit down and read with your child. Studies have shown that reading to your child helps build their vocabulary and gives you a chance to bond and form strong attachments with your child. It is never too early to instill the love of reading in your child.
Honorable mentions also go out to any touch and feel book that provides a sensory experience while learning, and the following board books: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen, Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle and Jill McElmurry, Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed by Ellen Christelow, and Wheels On The Bus by Jerry Smath.