When your child is tiny and not used to handling flimsy paperbacks, board books are a boon and a must-have! If you have baby below 1 to age 3, board books should be a part of their library. Board books, even though costly, are able to survive any kind of handling, biting, throwing…anything! and we have had board books for 5 years which are still read and well-loved!
1. Helen Oxenbury
Who doesn’t LOVE Helen! Here illustrations are adorable and she is the author of many award winning books as well. Tickle Tickle, All Fall Down, I see are just few of her many wonderful board books for the little ones!
Helen is also the illustrator of the widely popular, another must have book “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” which is great for 2+.
2. Annie Kubler
Widely popular rhymes with adorable illustrations, is a trademark of Annie Kubler books. I personally think the illustrations look very similar to Helen’s, but they are great to add to your little one’s library nevertheless.
3. Olivier Dunrea
The widely popular author of Gooseling book Gosie and Peedie has many other board books to his name. I love his books, because they have minimal texts and the illustrations are non-complex. There is no distraction and little ones enjoy the cute story line as well. So if you are looking for a simple story and adorable illustrations, Dunrea books would just be the ones you are looking for.
4. Leslie Patricelli
A little baby in a diaper is the trademark of the widely popular Lealie Patricelli books. And who would not adore them. Bright colors, minimal texts and adorable diapered baby = amazing board book for keeps. The series include * No no yes yes*, * Quiet loud* and many others.
5. Eric Carle
I don’t think I need to say anything about Eric Carle. He is popular and has a wide range of books for wide range of ages. I personally believe that all the books for early years you own should be in board book format. I sadly bought my copy of Brown Bear as paperback, and now it is in a such a sad state that I ordered a board book version for both my 1 year old and 5 year old.
Purchase – The Eric Carle Gift Set
I also highly recommend the add ons like the Hungry Caterpillar puppet book, the mini library, Eric Carle’s first book of motion – they are all amazing additions to your lovely library.
6. Rod Campbell
The 1st lift the flap your child owns should be Dear Zoo, because its Adorable, simple and teaches concepts effortlessly. But Rod also has a number of board books to his name like “This Baby’, lot of touch and feel books.as well. The cute little baby is the one who mkes appearance in each of his books, and is a delight! Also we love ‘Dear Santa’ by Rod Campbell which is a lift the flap book about (you guessed it, right!) Santa and gifts!
7. Debi Gilori
Debi is one of our favourite authors. Her book Dragon loves Penguin was our first book by the author and one of our favourite book. Until recently, though I had no idea that she has written some great early board books too.
Purchase – Penguin Post
Just like Dunrea, Debi’s book follow simple storyline and adorable illustrations in lovely colors. I love her lift-the-flaps the most!
8. Mick Inkpen
Mick Inkpen’s illustrations are gorgeous. He has a number of books and my favorites in board book formats would be Wibbly Pig and the Kipper series! They are just right for the little one’s and have just gorgeous illustrations!
Another book that I absolutely recommend as a bedtime book is Lullabyhullaballoo. The Little rincess is trying to sleep, but outside the castle there is too much noise! There fold out pages and this one is such a fun little bedtime story!
9. Janet and Allan Ahlberg
If you haven’t got this wonderful duo’s board books in your collection, then your collection is definitely incomplete. With Gorgeous Vintage-ish illustrations, this author-illustrator pair has won awards and are a must-have.
I also love and highly recommend these adorable I-Spy types books Peek-a-boo (or Peepo) and Each Peach Pear Plum, which are great from 18months on!
I started reading to my baby when she turned 5 days old. Our first book and the one book I bought before she was born was Row Row your boat by Annie Kubler and to this day, my daughter loves that song and that book. I sing that song at mealtimes, or when she is extremely fussy and most times it works and I get her to calm down. Since then I have bought a number of books for my kids and my son who is 5, still loves when we read the books together. It’s our time to bond, it’s our time to snuggle and it’s our time to have fun!
I hope you enjoyed my post about our favorite Board book authors! Do share yours, love to here from you!