Our favorite board books:
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton (gets a special endorsement from Big Friend's ma)
Big Red Barn Board Book by by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book by Eric Carle
Inside Freight Train by Donald Crews
Jamberry by Bruce Degen (the rhythm of this book is really jazzy and the illustrations keep even older children interested)
Touch and Feel: Pets (or any Touch and Feel book) by Nicola Deschamps
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino. "You are right about that: I think your mama must be a bat!"
Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. You know, I have never liked this book, but I am a member of a miniscule minority in this regard.
Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Yummy Yucky (Leslie Patricelli board books) by Leslie Patricelli
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathman. These two books by Peggy Rathman are almost wordless but high on interwoven detail. They both work for a large age range.
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Mr. Brown can moo! Can you? by Dr. Seuss
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw. Very simple but funny and with a great rhythm plus terrific colored pencil illustrations.
Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Stickland and Paul Stickland. The winner and all-time champion favorite little-kid book in our house.
Tails by Matthew Van Fleet. A new entry in the canon. Lots of touchy, wiggly, shiny features.
Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! by Mo Willems