Starting The Day: Board Books For Kids

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As you can see, this list of kids books about starting the day is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about starting the day, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

Sunrise, Moonrise book
#1
Sunrise, Moonrise
Written and illustrated by Betsy Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Day turns into night and some animals drift to sleep while others spring to life in this beautiful high-contrast board book.

Sun rises. Bird sings.

And so the day begins in this beautifully simple board book with bold artwork and lyrical text that shows us the passing of time in the day. Fish swim under a blue sky, squirrels dream as the sun sets, the moon rises as stars blink, and an owl hoots when night falls. With word repetition and a single tree that houses both the bird who sings as the sun rises and the owl who hoots after the moon rises, little ones can begin to understand that the day begins and ends in the same way.

My First Day book
#2
My First Day
Written by Leilani Sparrow and illustrated by Dan Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Get ready for the first day of school with this sweet, reassuring board book. Follow one little boy as he experiences all the firsts a first day of school brings, from his first story to his first friend. When it’s time to leave, he can’t wait for another day at school!

Llama Llama Wakey-Wake book
#3
Llama Llama Wakey-Wake
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Start a brand-new day the Llama way with this new board book by Anna Dewdney. A good day starts with breakfast and brushing, kissing and hugging.

Good Morning - Buenos Días book
#4
Good Morning - Buenos Días
Written by Meritzell Marti and illustrated by Xavier Salomó
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A bilingual slide-the-tab board book, with text in English and Spanish. Cleverly introduce basic ideas about what happens in the morning when you wake up, including a rooster crowing, an alarm clock ringing, Dad shaving, and neighbors making coffee. The tabs add fun and unexpected movement for illustrator Xavier Salomó’s simple but engaging art. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He’s worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.

Pigs in a Blanket book
#5
Pigs in a Blanket
Written by Hans Wilhelm and illustrated by Erica Salcedo
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Three little piglets are all bundled up and as cozy as can be. Open the “blanket” flaps of this novelty board book and help the piglets start their day! Young readers will follow their wacky antics and ever-changing wardrobes as these energetic pigs jump, prance, and dance through a fun-filled day before finally climbing back into bed again. A delightful rhyme reinforces key daily rituals and the importance of winding down the day and going to sleep.

  1. Hey! Wake Up! - The perfect partner to Pajama Time!, Hey! Wake Up! is a good-morning book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create. Yawn. Stretch. Touch your toes. Shimmy shimmy shimmy, Wiggle your nose. Just watch out for the broccoli stew. (Ew.)

  2. Good Morning, Farm Friends - Rise and shine! This charming board book about farm animals waking up and getting ready for a busy day is perfect for the youngest readers. As the sun rises, the animals on a bustling farm get ready for the day. Pigs roll around in the mud, cows wait at the milking stall, and horses run through pastures. But is everyone awake? The rooster will make sure of it! The fun rhyming text and colorful illustrations in this delightful book will help little ones start their day off just right.

  3. Have You Seen My Lunch Box? - As a little boy gets ready for school, he asks for help in finding his socks, lunch box, and other items he needs to start his day.

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