Top 10 Board Books 2017


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2017 Best Children’s Board Books

 

Woman and little girl reading board bookBoard books make reading fun for little ‘uns for many reasons. They are easy to handle and do not risk the ripping of pages by small hands. Such books also feature bright colors, interesting shapes, and fun themes. The Top 10 Best Children’s Board Books for 2017 offers everything you could possibly want in board book excellence.

From saying goodnight to the moon to learning about why the hungry caterpillar is so very hungry, the 2017 Best Children’s Board Books make it easy for young minds to get lost in worlds of wonder. This premier collection also includes options about llamas, giraffes, and a very curious brown bear, as well as a book about shapes set in Paris and another about getting ready for bed.

Create a household of voracious readers by starting with board books and eventually graduating to picture books with -gasp–thin paper pages! Make reading a fun, shared experience your child will cherish…and thank you for years later. Reading, after all, is key in not only acquiring knowledge, but learning new words and how to form sentences among other benefits.

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About this page: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best children’s board books for the spring and summer months of 2017 was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.

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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017

 

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

Top 10 Board Books:

 

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1. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

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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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2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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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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3. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

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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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4. Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson

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

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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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6. Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney

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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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7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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

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

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

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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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Update note: This Top 10 Board Books 2017  page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.