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Best Baby Board Books
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Baby Board Books

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Best Baby Board Books

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby (they’d love to hear your voice if you read to them while they’re in the womb!), and the sooner you introduce books into their daily routine, the more likely they are to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.

While you can probably get away with reading just about any book to a baby to help them develop language skills, the one’s they’ll be the most interested in are visually eye-catching (high-contrast for the first few months, then highly colorful afterward) and introduce basic concepts in a simple, baby-friendly way. That’s where board books come in.

What makes board books different from regular books? First, they’re smaller and have thicker pages, making them easier for little hands to grasp and turn. Second, their construction is sturdier, so they’ll hold up to teething babies, energetic toddlers and trips to the park.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite board books to help spark curiosity, inspire giggles and cultivate a love of reading and learning in babies and toddlers.

Babylist Baby Starter Library Book Gift Box - $39.99.

The Babylist Starter Library Box features five well-loved board books all in one collection: 100 First Words, Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, See, Touch, Feel ABC and If You Were Spaghetti. While a few are classics you’re sure to recognize for your own childhood, a couple are new favorites your little one is sure to cherish for years to come.

Babylist Baby Starter Library Book Gift Box

Look! Look! High-Contrast Board Book - $10.99.

The high-contrast black-and-white images in this book stimulate baby’s eyes and brain, helping their developing vision learn to recognize basic shapes and patterns. Be prepared for your little one to stare at this book for hours on end!

Look! Look! High-Contrast Board Book

Baby Touch and Feel Animals - $4.29.

As your baby’s senses develop over those early months, the best way to encourage their sense of touch is to provide a variety of interesting textures for them to explore. And what better things to touch than baby animals? But no need for the petting zoo, here—this book lets baby feel soft bunnies, velvety horses and scratchy pigs all within the sturdy pages.

Baby Touch and Feel Animals

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book - $10.99.

This Eric Carle classic, complete with iconic illustrations, is a fun way to begin teaching your kiddo counting, the days of the week and, of course, food! From apples and oranges to chocolate cake and pickles, the treats in this story have been entertaining children (and feeding the hungry caterpillar) for over 50 years.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book

Toes, Ears, & Nose! - $5.68.

Lift-the-flap books are always a delight for little ones, and this one makes learning about body parts intriguing and fun. Elbows and bellies, fingers and toes—point to each on your baby and on yourself as you uncover it from the flap and help your baby become more aware of their own body.

Toes, Ears, & Nose!

Little Feminist Celebrating Differences Book Set - Families, Hair And How We Eat - $29.97.

This board book set is new on the scene, but it makes a big impact. Teaching your baby about people’s differences early on is crucial to limiting prejudice as they grow up, and it’s equally important for children from marginalized communities to feel seen in their books. This set includes books on all different kinds of hair, families and physical abilities to help your little one get to know more about what makes people special.

Little Feminist Celebrating Differences Book Set - Families, Hair And How We Eat

Global Babies - $6.95.

Babies love looking at other babies. And since babies exist all over the world, why not bring them into your home in the form of this simple, sweet book that showcases babies of all different cultures right in their element.

Global Babies

Lucy Darling Gotta Go, Buffalo Lift-the-Flap Board Book - $14.99.

Sometimes books are for learning, and other times they’re just for fun. The silly rhymes and exciting lift-the-flap surprises in this board book will keep baby giggling even after the 500th time you’ve read it.

Lucy Darling Gotta Go, Buffalo Lift-the-Flap Board Book

Little Blue Truck Board Book - $1.25.

Beep beep! This little blue truck is everybody’s friend. And alongside the joy of hearing you make your best barnyard animal impressions (start practicing your “baa” and “quack” now), your baby will quickly learn that friendship really does make the world go ‘round.

Little Blue Truck Board Book


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