20+ Board Book Classics 

These are some of our most treasured classic board books, that in my opinion every child should know!

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton, 1982

A great silly read aloud about the sound’s animals make- including three little dancing pigs singing la la la. Sandra is a talented author/illustrator who’s created many hilarious children’s books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; Illustrated by Clement Hurd, 1947

With tender illustrations and soft poetry this is the perfect bedtime book for little readers. The little bunny says goodnight to all its familiar things.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle, 1967

A bold red bird, a smiling green frog, and a silly white dog are a few of the animals sighted in these pages. Each animal looks upon the next with the famous line “What do you see?” Children will be drawn to Carle’s vibrant 2-dimensional illustrations and will enjoy reciting Martin’s predictable singsong text.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, 1969

Children will find this classic tale amusing. It’s about a very hungry caterpillar who just cannot eat enough until he eats chocolate cake, ice-cream, a pickle, swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, sausage, a cupcake, and watermelon all in one day and gets a stomach ache. In the end he transitions to a beautiful butterfly.

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; Illustrated by Dan Hanna, 2008

This book follows the Pout Pout fish as he spreads the “dreary wearies” wherever he goes. He thinks this is his destiny until he meets another creature that shows him different. Children will love this fun rhyming book and its colorful illustrations.

Corduroy by Don Freeman, 1968

This is a favorite childhood story who follows a little teddy bear who sits in a toy store waiting for a place to call home. A sweet story about friendship and finding a place of belonging.

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton, 1982

A story about a shy Hippopotamus who watches the other animals playing and having fun. Once invited in the hippopotamus opens up and joins the fun.

Richard Scarry’s Books on the Go by Richard Scarry, 2006

Featuring speeding cars, honking trucks, cruising boats, and soaring airplanes. This box set is perfect for little lovers of all things that go.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney; Illustrated Anita Jeram, 1994

A cherished tale about Little Nutbrown Hare and his daddy’s endless love for one another. This is the perfect bedtime snuggle story.

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton, 1993

Another great book from Sandra Boynton. A silly high energy animal dance party. Kids will love the fun rhyming text and won’t be able to resist joining in with their own dance moves.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault; Illustrated by Lois Ehlert, 1989

This is the most fun Alphabet book around. Join the whole alphabet in this classic book as they race to the top of the coconut tree.

Look Look by Peter Linenthal, 1998

Look, Look is the perfect book for developing eyes. The high contrast black and white images are specifically designed for the youngest eyes. The short descriptions and simple sentences keep it engaging for older babies as well.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle; Illustrated by Jill McElmurry, 2008

Follow Little Blue on his adventure down a country road, meeting all kinds of animal friends. Kids will love the animal and truck sounds in this book. A story about true friendship.

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman, 2005

A tender and sentimental children’s book celebrating each baby’s uniqueness and special contribution to this world. A warm book that caregivers will absolutely adore too.

Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae; Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, 1999

The thing Gerald the Giraffe wants most is to dance but he’s embarrassed because of his crooked knees and wobbly legs. When Gerald finds encouragement from a friend, he realizes it’s okay to dance to the beat of his own drum. A touching tale about embracing what makes you special.

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert, 1997

This book is a bold and bright introduction to shapes, colors, and animals. Visually pleasing for very young babies but complex enough to grow with your developing toddler.

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak; Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church, 2005

A heartfelt rhyming story of the unconditional love a little boy feels for his teddy bear. This sweet book is great for helping littles recognize different emotions.

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown; Illustrated by Clement Hurd, 1942

A precious game of hide and seek with a little bunny and his mother. A comforting story of a devoted mama bunny who finds her baby every time.

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt; Illustrated by Cyd Moore, 1997

A story about a very creative child who has many what if questions like “What if I were a stinky skunk?” As his mama is tucking him into bed, she has an ingenious answer for each one. A creative and hilarious display of unconditional love.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, 2005

A silly relatable story of a baby llama who’s in bed and desperately wants him mama. What if mama llama is gone!? As she rushes to him frantically, she lovingly explains even when he can’t see her, she always near. A touching story of the bond between a baby and mama.

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton, 1982

In this Sandra Boynton classic littles will learn about colors and clothing articles with a group of silly animals.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox; Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, 2008

An ode to darling little baby’s finger, toes, and all the joy they bring. This nursery rhyme is the perfect bedtime read aloud.