2016 Best Children’s Board Books

Woman and little girl reading board bookBoard books have become one of the most searched-for categories of reading for small children due to the fact that they are generally easier to handle for small hands – also having fun colors, shapes and themes, making reading more fun.

About this page: On this page is a list of the ten best board books for kids for the spring and summer of 2016, based on two factors – consumer popularity and overall higher than average ratings. Books for young children of various ages are included.

Recommended shopping: For each of the board books on this page, one or more merchants are provided to purchase the book online – merchants are hand-picked based on low pricing, product availability and having trusted reputations for safe, easy shopping. Links to reader reviews are also provided, where possible.

What’s Here:

1. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
3. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
4. Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson
5. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Bookby Rod Campbell
6. Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney
7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
9. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
10. Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

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1. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

Ages: 1 – 3

The #1 pick in 2016 of the top 10 board books for kids is First 100 Words by Roger Priddy.

Word association is one of the most important parts of learning how to read. First 100 Words is exactly what the title suggests. There are 100 basic words, each accompanied by a colorful photograph, like apple, bear, and sippy cup.

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First 100 Words by Roger Priddy Board Books Book (English)

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First 100 Words Bilingual [Board book] by Roger Priddy.

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First 100 Words Sticker Book (Play and Learn) by Roger Priddy.

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2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Ages: 1 – 3

Always a favorite for little ones – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle makes it to the second spot of the ten best board books in 2016.

This childhood favorite of mine is one I read to my little boy on a daily basis. The edges are curled a bit from his slobbery teething efforts, but he loves the colorful pictures of the caterpillar and beautiful butterfly.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Finger Puppet Book by Eric Carle (2011, Board...

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Pop-up Playmat by Eric Carle (New Board Book)

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3. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Ages: 3 – 6

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae hits #3 on the list.

When Gerald the Giraffe is bullied by the other animals for dancing, he feels a little bad. However, an unlikely friend tells Gerald that he merely dances to the beat of a “different song.” This boosts his confidence and he dances his heart out. Heartwarming, thought-provoking, and unique.

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GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE by Giles Andreae NEW children's BOARD BOOK dancing animals

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Giraffes Can't Dance by Andreae, Giles/ Parker-Rees, Guy [Board Books]

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4. Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson

Ages: 2 and up

Love this! Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson marks the 4th spot of the top kids’ board books this year.

I have always wanted to travel to Paris…and with this book, I feel like I can. From the amazing Hello World series, this book is an introduction to different shapes and colors, from the Eiffel Tower to beautiful Parisian evenings.

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Hello, World: Paris : A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson (2015, Board Book)

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5. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Bookby Rod Campbell

Ages: 1 – 4

Another classic favorite makes it to #5 of the top children’s board books for 2016 – Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell.

As of 2016, Dear Zoo is an astounding 25 years in the making. That is a quarter of a century of must-read awesomeness. In this book, a little boy asks the zoo to send him the perfect pet. Surprises ensue.

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Dear Zoo A Lift the Flap Children's Book Board book by Rod Campbell

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NEW Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

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6. Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney

Ages: 3 – 5

Next up on the list is a perfect kids’ board book for spring and summer – Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney.

Llama Llama is a classic, loveable character—but this book is a tinge different from his other must-reads. Playing on the sandy seashore with Mama Llama, Llama Llama touches everything—the sand, the ocean water, and his bouncy beach ball.

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Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney Board Books Book (English)

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7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Ages: 1 – 4

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown arrives next on the list.

Little Bunny is so sleepy, but he needs to say goodnight to everything he sees, including the moon, the room, the chair, his momma bunny, and even his socks. As he gets sleepier with his goodnights, the pictures grow dimmer.

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Goodnight Moon ABC Padded Board Book: An Alphabet Book by Margaret Wise Brown Bo

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Goodnight Moon Board book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (2001, Board Book)

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8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Ages: 2 – 5

One of my personal favorites for little ones – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle comes in at #8 of the top board books this year.

Another Eric Carle favorite. This book is about a big, brown bear with a unique perspective. He sees yellow ducks, green frogs, blue horses, purple cats, and bunches of other colorful animals. I love the vivid illustrations and whimsical text.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Slide and Find by Eric Carle Board Book

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9. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Ages: 2 – 5

Yawn! 🙂 The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton comes in at #9 on the list.

Scrub a dub, then time for a snooze. These animals are going through their usual nightly routine before heading to dreamland. With bold, silly illustrations, kiddos can follow along with singsong rhymes that finally put these cute critters to bed.

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3 Sandra Boynton Children's Board Book Lot The Going To Bed Book Pokie

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The Going To Bed Children Toddler Kids Early Learning Bedtime Funny Board Book

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The Going-To-Bed Book Childrens Board Book

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10. Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Ages: 2 – 5

The final item on the list of the top ten kids’ board books in 2016 – Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper.

When Little Green comes to town and shouts GO, all of the vehicles go, go, go…but they never stop going. Talk about exhaustion! These busy, hardworking cars and trucks need a way to stop and relax, like a Red Light.

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Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper Board Books Book (English)

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Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper (2015, Board Book)

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Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper (2015, Board Book)

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/19/16.

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