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Parenting: Board Books For Kids

Parenting books are great for the young readers, but they can be helpful to parents as well. It can be comforting to read about crazy lives, wild schedules, and parenting mistakes that we all make. These are fun reads that let our little ones get a feel for the life that we try to live as their mentors and protectors, and the craziness we experience along the way. Most of all, these books offer a reminder that we love our little readers, no matter the mistakes we make.

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#1
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this beautiful book! The illustrations are fantastic, and I love the concept. The loving mom talks about all the baby's traits and likens them to animals and shares how she cares for and loves her baby. Such a sweet read!

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

When the World Was Waiting for You book
#2
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Anna Currey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is such a great book about welcoming a new baby, talking about the before and after. The illustrations are amazingly sweet and pair perfectly with the rhyming text.

What could be more heartwarming than the arrival of a new little one? The bunny family in this charming picture book celebrates all the events surrounding a birth, from readying the baby's crib to the very first visit from friends and family This padded board book edition is a perfect baby shower gift, and the round edges and sturdy pages make it just right for big siblings with little hands.

Littles book
#3
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo--perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a "little"--peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles--and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#4
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

No! book
#5
No!
Written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Tim Warnes, Tracey Corderoy
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great book for the "No!" stage, which seems to be a fairly universal thing for toddlers, unfortunately. May you be the lucky one who is spared! ;) The message that, while it's initially pretty fun and powerful to say no, you actually miss out on some pretty fun stuff if you don't actually vary your vocabulary is important... there are natural consequences to always saying No! The illustrations are cute and the facial expressions are extremely expressive, making this a book you can read with your emotions as well as your words.

Everyone thinks Otto is adorable. But then Otto learns the word no -- and now he says it all the time! At first, it's fun to refuse to eat, take a bath, and go to bed. But when Otto has a bad day at school, Daddy has the perfect solution.

  1. Charlie Rides - Charlie loves things that go planes, trains, bicycles, scooters, and even spaceships! He also loves to share in the fun of each mode of transportation with his dad. But, for Charlie, the best ride of all is when his dad swoops him up onto his shoulders for a piggyback ride! The first in a fresh, new board-book series takes the evergreen concept of transportation and gives it a tender, loving twist. Perfect for new dads and Father s Day promotions, "Charlie Rides" captures a child s love for transportation while also affirming that the quality time shared between father and son is what means the most. "

  2. On the Night You Were Born - On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

  3. Always In My Heart - A sweet story about love that is a wonderful gift for new parents and new babies to share A precious love poem written from parent to child, Always in My Heart is a sweetly illustrated board book that will melt hearts. Parents will enjoy sharing these reminders of the special moments they share throughout the day with their little ones. Always in My Heart includes space on the inside cover to write a personal message in this keepsake book that is a gift to be treasured.

  4. Baby Penguins Everywhere! - Grammy - I love how this book explores the spectrum from peaceful solitude to loneliness to exuberant chaos and back. The adorable little penguins are so lively and spirited in their games, it is easy to see why the Mama might need a rest, why, even the babies might benefit from just a moment of peace and quiet. This is a charming book about the joy of a large and loving family.

All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
#10
All of Baby, Nose to Toes
Written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, Victoria Adler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

From eyes to ears, tummy to nose, legs to toes, there’s a lot for baby to discover – and even more for a family to love. Bright, buoyant art and a roly-poly little baby are sure to inspire plenty of giggling and grabbing and feet-in-the-air-ing. For every baby – and every parent who loves that baby to bits – here’s the perfect first book.

I Love My Daddy book
#11
I Love My Daddy
Written and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Sebastien Braun’s celebrated I Love My Daddy is now in board book format—perfect for little hands in strollers and highchairs! Sometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they are always loving. Sebastien Braun's appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

You Are My Kiss Goodnight book
#12
You Are My Kiss Goodnight
Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

A twist on classic Marianne Richmond books like You Are My Heart, You Are My Kiss Good Night offers parents a way to wind down the day with a little one, reminding everyone of the love and care that they share. With Marianne’s trademark feel-good writing and beautiful illustrations, You Are My Kiss Good Night is a new addition to the nighttime category that delivers a way for parents to express their love to children in a sweet and memorable way.

Pete's a Pizza book
#13
Pete's a Pizza
Written and illustrated by William Steig
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Pete's father starts kneading the dough. Next, some oil is generously applied. (Its really water.) And then some tomatoes. (They're really checkers.) When the dough gets tickled, it laughs like crazy.

These Words I Shaped for You book
#14
These Words I Shaped for You
Written by Megan Merchant and illustrated by Basak Agaoglu
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A loving, lyrical ode to the bond shared between mother and child in the tradition of You Are My I Love You and On the Night You Were Born. Before you were born, you fit into the round fullness of my belly and when I dreamt I sent words like love to keep you safe. And when I first touched your tiny hand to mine, I drew a heart inside your palm for you to hold. There is no love more beautiful, more pure, than the deep-rooted love shared between parent and child. Told with vivid, poetic language, and accompanied by Basak Agaoglu's adorable, child-friendly art, Megan Merchant infuses genuine warmth and compassion in this celebration of a mother's heartfelt affection for her child. Whether it's Mother's day, Valentine's Day, graduation, or just an ordinary day, this is the perfect book to share with the people in our lives we cherish most.

  1. Welcome Little One - Welcome Your Little One to the World! On the day you were born, it was love at first sight. We welcomed you, little one, and held you so tight. For parents, the arrival of a newborn child is an event that offers the promise of never-ending love. Filled with lively illustrations and heartfelt rhyming text, Welcome Little One allows parents and children to celebrate and cherish their bond

  2. If I Could Keep You Little - IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE exemplifies Marianne's real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.If I could keep you little,I'd decide on matching clothes.But then I'd miss you choosingdots on top and stripes belowIf I could keep you littleI'd cut your bread in shapes.But then I'd miss you finding"Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!"

  3. Hug a Bull - Take a look, my dad's a Gander. Take a nap, our dads are Boars. From baby geese to kangaroos to humans, every mom and dad is known by his or her own special name. Bouncing texts full of fun wordplay and adorable illustrations feature animal parents of every shape and size, and encourage little readers to express big love. Go ahead and hug a bull!

  4. Spot Loves His Daddy - Whether playing ball in the park, feeding the ducks, or reading bedtime stories, Spot and his Daddy are great buddies. Perfect for Father’s Day, as well as all year long, this happy and heartwarming book is great for sharing.

Bear of My Heart book
#19
Bear of My Heart
Written by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Margie Moore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

There are so many bears in the world dear, but there's no other one that will do. You are the bear of my heart, dear, and I am the one who lives you. Every mother makes promises to share the joys and wonders of the world with her children and Mother Bear is no exception. As Mother Bear introduces her child to the hills, lakes, caves and starry nights, she reminds Baby that no matter what, he will always remain the bear of her heart and she will always be there for him. With Joanne Ryder's heartfelt lyrical text and adorable illustrations by Margie Moore, this beautiful hardcover is now available in board book and is perfect book for sharing on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any day of the year!

I'll Never Let You Go book
#20
I'll Never Let You Go
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Alison Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

When you love someone, you stand by them no matter what happens. In good times . . . When you're excited, the world joins with you, You bounce all about--look, I'm bouncing, too! In bad times . . . When you are sad and troubled with fears, I hold you close and dry all your tears. And all the times in between. When you are high and when you are low, I'll be holding your hand . . . and I'll never let go. Share this beautiful celebration of unconditional love with someone special in your life.

What's Wrong, Little Pookie? book
#21
What's Wrong, Little Pookie?
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Uh-oh, Pookie is NOT happy in this kind-of-cranky board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton. Oh, sweet little Pookie! Your bright eyes are wet. Come over and tell me why you are upset. When Pookie feels down, Pookie’s mom can always guess what’s wrong with her little one. Or can she? With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this turn-that-frown-upside-down story proves that every Little Pookie loves a reason to smile.

Take Heart, My Child book
#22
Take Heart, My Child
Written by Ainsley Earhardt and illustrated by Jaime Kim, Ainsley Earhardt
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Now available as a giftable board book, popular FOX news anchor Ainsley Earhardt’s New York Times bestseller Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby that inspires children to follow their dreams and passions. FOX and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt shares precious life lessons parents can pass onto their children so that they can follow their hearts, dreams, and passions. Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby in which Ainsley shares her own hopes and dreams and lets her child know that whatever challenges life brings, “Take heart, my child, I will—or, my love will—always be there for you.” It’s a universal message, one that all readers will relate to.

Potty  book
#23
Potty
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement. There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: "Should I go in my potty?" With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud--"I did it!"

  1. My Dad Is Amazing - My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are.

  2. Little Cub - B is for Bookworm - I love how Old Bear and little cub compliment each other and bring each other joy, and I love how Old Bear is a loving father figure who can take care of little cub. This book would also be great for adoptive fathers!

  3. Is That Your Dad? (a Changing Faces Book) - Who is Froggy's dad? Froggy knows who his dad is not--he's not the roaring lion or the squawking parrot or the growling bear. And with the turn of each page, Froggy gets one step closer to finding him!

  4. I Love Dad - Show Dad how much you care with this delightful board book from the creators of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss. From his stubbly kisses to his sky high piggyback rides to his bedtime stories, no one is quite like Dad. This charming Classic Board Book is a celebration of dads everywhere!

My New Shoes book
#28
My New Shoes
Written by Leilani Sparrow and illustrated by Dan Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Get ready to buy some new shoes in this fun follow-up to My First Day, now available as a board book! My feet are growing. What great news! It's time to buy a pair of shoes. In this simple introduction to buying a new pair of shoes, a little bear shops for shoes with his dad. He gets his feet measured and imagines all the different sorts of shoes people buy, such as sneakers, high heels, rain boots, sandals, light-up shoes, even shoes that look like sharks! This follow-up to the well-received My First Day is filled with short, fun, and rhyming text with lots of rhythm and adorable animal characters to share in the experience.

And Tango Makes Three book
#29
And Tango Makes Three
Written by Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Daddy and Me book
#30
Daddy and Me
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Daddy is making a special project. Help him find the tools he needs by looking under the oversized flaps. Working with Daddy is so much fun!

Superhero Dad book
#31
Superhero Dad
Written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Joe Berger
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

"Blazing with energy and saturated with love." -- Booklist Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime! This vibrant, humorous, and warmhearted celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do is a fun tribute to the specialness of dads (and their superhero children!).

Everybody Potties book
#32
Everybody Potties
Written by Cottage Door Press, Cheri Vogel and illustrated by Belinda Strong
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Learning to use the potty is something to celebrate! This shaped board book is perfect for little ones who are ready to try potty training. The light and lively story is encouraging and reassuring. These potty-time buddies will turn fears into cheers!

  1. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too - Drawing. Reading. Building. Painting. These are things Nelly loves to do…but they’re always better with Daddy Gnu! With fun-to-read rhyme, a little silliness, and a lot of warmth, Anna Dewdney—the creator of the beloved llama llama books—tells the story of a daughter and her daddy and their wonderful day together.

  2. Ladybug Girl and Her Papa - Perfect for Father’s Day or any day, this board book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series celebrates Lulu’s bond with her dad and pairs perfectly with Ladybug Girl and her Mama Join Lulu and her papa as they spend a perfect day together. They take a hike complete with rock-skipping at the stream, make a delicious pancake breakfast, and build a birdhouse. Even hanging the laundry to dry is an adventure when Ladybug Girl is with Papa. This sweet story captures the everyday magic of the love between a little girl and her dad.

  3. With My Daddy - Days with my daddy are always the best. So full of adventures, there's no time to rest. From breakfast time at the zoo to bathtime out at sea, every moment of the day with Daddy is an adventure. A touching celebration of the special relationship between father and child. Warmly told in gentle rhyme by James Brown and brought to life with charming illustrations by Cally Johnson-Isaacs. With My Daddy is a heartwarming picture book and the perfect gift to share time and time again.Also available: With My Mummy

  4. Tiny Potty - Potty training board book

Potty Superhero book
#37
Potty Superhero
Written and illustrated by Parragon Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Every little superhero needs to use a potty, he just needs to know how to go!

Love You Forever book
#38
Love You Forever
Written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Booksellers have sold more than 30 million copies of Love You Forever in paperback and hardcover. Now we have a board version, printed on light, crisp whiteboard and slightly reduced for child-sized hands. Yet it contains every word of the original, which is much-loved by grandparents and parents everywhere. Watch for major promotion this fall. A young mother holds her baby, and while she sings to it she rocks it back and forth. And through her life, and the stages of his life, she holds her son and rocks him back and forth as she tells him that she will love him forever.

Growing Vegetable Soup book
#39
Growing Vegetable Soup
Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

My Two Dads and Me book
#40
My Two Dads and Me
Written by Michael Joosten and illustrated by Izak Zenou
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An adorable board book for the babies and toddlers of gay fathers, featuring a variety of diverse loving families with two dads. Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy dads and their kids throughout their day--eating breakfast, getting dressed, heading out to the park, and settling back in at night with a bubble bath and a good-night lullaby. LGBTQ+ parents and their friends and families will welcome this diverse and cheerful book that reflects their own lives and family makeup. It's an ideal baby-shower and first-birthday gift in a children's book market where gay parents are still greatly underrepresented. With artwork by acclaimed and much-followed fashion illustrator Izak Zenou, this is a stylish, smart, humorous, family-focused book that will have babies and their two dads giggling as they enjoy it together. And look for its companion board book, My Two Moms and Me.

P Is for Potty! book
#41
P Is for Potty!
Written by Naomi Kleinberg and illustrated by Christopher Moroney
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In this interactive book with lift flaps, Elmo helps his little cousin Albie learn to use the potty.

  1. Once Upon a Potty (Girl) - Prudence learns how to use a real potty with the help of her mother.

  2. On Our Way Home - This heartfelt picture book celebrates the love between a father and his child. Together, Daddy Bear and Baby Bear walk through the forest, racing and resting and gazing at wonderful things along the way. When they arrive home, Daddy tucks his sleepy little bear into bed with a kiss and a cuddle. With its gentle, simple text and lovely art, On Our Way Home is the perfect bedtime story.

  3. Once Upon a Potty (Boy) - Joshua learns how to use a real potty with the help of his mother.

  4. Daddies Are Awesome - Daddies are awesome! They're warm and delicious. They tickle and hug you and shower you with kisses. Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring--daddies are awesome. This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child. Adorable doggy daddy and pup illustrations make this perfect for sharing!

From Father to Father book
#46
From Father to Father
Written and illustrated by Émilie Vast
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Looking back at Baby's ancestors, Father describes how long, long, long, long ago, his father's father's father's father welcomed to the family his father's father's father. And so it goes, describing Baby's lineage through to present day. Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) illustrated on each spread get smaller with each page turn, and each is a different color decorated with animals, flowers, and other nature-based items"--

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