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Posted: June 01 2007 at 5:47pm | IP Logged Quote Angie Mc

I think this toddler activity deserves its own topic!

Currently, we are reading three board books, over and over again (gotta love mastery!) at my 2yo ds' request.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? becomes "John Paul Bear, what will you wear?" He calls it "Daddy book" because his favorite part of the book is in the middle when Daddy comes home.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is fun to do with simple sign language for each animal name (although we don't know sheep or frog yet.) When we get to the "Teacher" page, I change the word to "Mama."

I Can is full of action words to be acted out. Our favorite is "slide." It shows a boy in winter clothes sliding in the snow. But we know that it is really a baseball player sliding safely into home! Ds has quite a routine for this book and he likes to include his brothers in it..."dance" gets pretty silly .

The first two books we have had for years. They are so well-loved that they are held together by lots of tape. It is so sweet to remember, Devin Bear and Aiden Bear and Ian Bear...

What are your favorite board books?

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Posted: June 02 2007 at 12:16pm | IP Logged Quote mellyrose

Some of our favorites are:

HUG which only has one word, but my kids LOVE it!

Peek-A-Who

Counting Kisses

Good Night Gorilla

Sorry for the lack of additional info - Lydia is fussing and I'm struggling to type :)

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Posted: June 02 2007 at 5:31pm | IP Logged Quote missionfamily

Evan will not allow me the time to link these, but these have been favorites at our house for various kids...
Clap Your Hands...full of silly actions to have fun with!
Dr. Seuss' THe Shape of Me and Other Stuff
The Very Lonely Firefly
Silly Sally
The Napping House
My kids all love the DK type board books with photos of real objects as well as lift the flap board books. I found a preciou board book today at our local Catholic bookstore called What Did Baby Jesus Do..all about how baby Jesus spent his days...sweet!
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Posted: June 04 2007 at 12:27am | IP Logged Quote DominaCaeli

Finally getting a chance to respond to this...

A few that we enjoy that haven't yet been mentioned:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - I had to mention this one because my 11-month-old son ADORES this book. I think the small flaps when the caterpillar goes through the days of the week really help little ones learn to turn pages on their own. And the colors and rhythm are lovely, of course.

Lois Ehlert's Planting a Rainbow - Great for early nature study!

Dr. Seuss's ABC - this one is silly but fun.

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Posted: June 04 2007 at 12:29am | IP Logged Quote DominaCaeli

Angie Mc wrote:
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? becomes "John Paul Bear, what will you wear?" He calls it "Daddy book" because his favorite part of the book is in the middle when Daddy comes home.


Oh, and I wanted to add: I love this idea--very sweet. And when Daddy comes home is my favorite part of the book too.

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Posted: June 05 2007 at 5:03pm | IP Logged Quote Jordan

A few of our favorites:

I Kissed the Baby

Picture This

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

A You're Adorable

Bless Me

Bunny's Noisy Book

Bunny My Honey

Who Says Quack?

The Baby's Catalogue Series by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

Go to Sleep, Daisy

I've noticed with a few of these favorites that it isn't always the book itself that we especially like but we develop our own little ways of reading that make the books special, like having inside jokes. For example my babies both giggled like crazy when we sneezed (over and over again) with bunny in Bunny's Noisy Book. I loved getting that totally predictable reaction.

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Posted: June 05 2007 at 11:47pm | IP Logged Quote teachingmom

My very favorite board book is We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

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Posted: June 06 2007 at 1:22pm | IP Logged Quote Angie Mc

Amazon is running a 4-for-3 book sale. Here's a link to their board books search.

Any more favorites? Thanks, all, for sharing.

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Posted: June 07 2007 at 6:19am | IP Logged Quote KellyJ

Favorites here are:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (Eric Carle)
The George Brundage Catholic board books
Corduroy's Day
Mouse Paint
Mouse Count
Jerry Pallota's Icky Bug books
There's a Wocket in my Pocket (Dr. Seuss -- our oldest loved that one so much I had it memorized)

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Posted: Nov 19 2009 at 7:18am | IP Logged Quote Olivia

Great list. I was actually looking for Catholic board books. I've looked at The George Brundage Catholic board books. They look wonderful. I wanted to have something like this but with flaps for my daughter to use at Mass to keep her quiet. She currently has a small board book with flaps which keeps her attention but it's not Catholic/christian. It needs to be small so she can handle it easily. Any ideas?
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Posted: Nov 23 2009 at 10:57pm | IP Logged Quote Barbara C.

A favorite here that my 18-month-old discovered tonight is

Moo, Baa, La, La, La by Sandra Boynton...actually several of hers are favorites (Horns to Toes, Barnyard Dance, Blue Hat Green Hat, But Not the Hippopotamus).



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Posted: Nov 23 2009 at 11:39pm | IP Logged Quote organiclilac

We always loved Sandra Boynton also - I think Blue Hat Green Hat was the first "joke" that Samuel really got as a toddler.

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Posted: Jan 29 2010 at 6:00pm | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

recommendations for a 6 month old
More Board Books

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Posted: March 23 2011 at 11:21am | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

I wanted to add some delightful board book treasures! I was reminded to add these since I'm putting our board books away for now to make room for other books.

These are all simple, delightful titles in the First-Look Nature Book series. Each of them is authored/illustrated by Hargrave Hands.

The titles in the series:

:: Bunny Sees
:: Little Goat Sees
:: Little Lamb Sees
:: Duckling Sees
:: Puppy Sees

Each little board book follows the curious little animal as it explores near its home. The illustrations are realistic and quite charming!

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Posted: March 23 2011 at 4:21pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

We are visiting my sister right now and they have one of the new "Turn and Learn" board books from Catholic Book Publishing Corp. (St. Joseph Kids' Books). My two year old niece loves it - turning the wheel gives her something to interact with and find.

Turn and Learn Saints
Turn and Learn Angels

They have other new board books that don't have moving parts.

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Posted: March 23 2011 at 7:46pm | IP Logged Quote knowloveserve

I heart board books!

The most read one currently around here is

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z.

It's brilliant.

Regarding Catholic board books, the best one EVER is produced by Bethlehem books (part of a 3 part series yet to be released I think)... I'm sure it's made it into discussion around here???

The Saving Name of God the Son


FINALLY someone has made a glorious toddler book without insipid artwork! This book includes true masterpieces... and beautiful language... I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the others...

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Posted: March 24 2011 at 12:49pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

knowloveserve wrote:
Regarding Catholic board books, the best one EVER is produced by Bethlehem books (part of a 3 part series yet to be released I think)... I'm sure it's made it into discussion around here???

The Saving Name of God the Son


FINALLY someone has made a glorious toddler book without insipid artwork! This book includes true masterpieces... and beautiful language... I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the others...


Oh, yes, it is lovely. I saw that one last summer at our conference - very nicely done, as Ellie mentioned it really is pictorially superior to most of the Catholic boardbook counterparts.

The Saving Name of God the Son

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MaryM wrote:
Oh, yes, it is lovely. I saw that one last summer at our conference - very nicely done, as Ellie mentioned it really is pictorially superior to most of the Catholic boardbook counterparts.

The Saving Name of God the Son


We love it! After all the board books we have that incorporate the beautiful art, so glad the Catholics finally decided to do something. I'm hoping the other ones in the series come out and it's not a dead project.

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