Top Ten Tuesday: Great Board Books According to Our Toddlers


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Great Board Books According to Our Toddlers

Our boys have moved on to reading picture books, primarily, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to share their favorite board books of all time (their two years of life) with you!


1. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

bear snores on

We’ve read this book a few hundred times (if not more). The rhythm of the book is undeniable, and it will be a forever favorite for both of us.

2. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

ten little fingers

When Henry was a baby, I read this book to him over and over again. Recently, we’ve been pulling it out to read more often. He loves when I kiss his little nose three times at the end of the book.

3. Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle

little blue truck books

I absolutely adore the first book, and Henry loves the second book. I’ve memorized both of them, and he loves to read them over and over again!

4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

It’s no secret that I love this book. I didn’t like this book very much as a child, but Henry’s insistence that I read it almost every night until he was about 20 months old made me fall in love with it. This was the theme of his first birthday party!

5. Birthday Monsters by Sandra Boynton

birthday monsters

There is something truly special about Sandra Boynton’s books. He also loves The Bunny Rabbit Show, which comes with a high-energy, hysterical song that is free on the internet.


1. Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton

fifteen animals

Sometimes I think I may like this one more than Trent, but I love the song, and the book is hilarious!
Check out the song at:

2. Llama Llama Zippity-Zoon by Anna Dewdney

llama llama zippity

This is one of the first books that Trent could read from front cover to back on his own.

3. The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems

the pigeon has feelings

Trent loves the Pigeon, and it is one of the only voices I do when reading aloud, and this is our favorite of the board books.

4. Friends by Eric Carle

friends carle

I think the premise of this book is pretty sweet and Carle’s illustrations are as pretty as always!
(Though I do have trepidations that it promotes running away and the last line is super weird, but Trent loves it!)

5. Big Friend, Little Friend from the world of Eric Carle

big friend little friend

Although Trent doesn’t read this one to us yet, he knows exactly when to push each button.

6. Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

steam train

This is a new favorite of Trent’s. I didn’t want to put it in the top ten because it may not stick as a favorite, but right now, he loves the train, sleepy, and monkey noises.

7. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter

don't push the button

This one I am just breaking the rules on. I had just finished the post and was saving it, and I could not believe I forgot to put this one on there, so here it is. Trent and I love this book! It is interactive and funny, and I think Larry is one of my favorite monsters out there.

To see Trent’s favorite books, most of which are board books, from birth to two-years-old, check out my Trent’s Favorite Books posts: 
One to Two Years Old
A First Year Full of Books
Nine to Twelve Months
Six to Nine Months
Three to Six Months
First Three Months

What board books do you, or your children, love?

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