Dear Santa: A Baby Board Book Wish List

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I love reading books to my son! I try to mix it up — reading characters in different voices, underlining the words with a finger as I read, describing different things about the pictures, etc. “They” say it's one of the best things you can do to help your baby learn, so you might as well have fun with it!

I have quite the library on the Amazon wishlist I've created for my boy. I hope you enjoy the list I've put together, too!

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First 100 Words – Roger Priddy

My son seems to really dig this one. I point at each image, read the word, and say a little something about it like, “Pears are a fruit”. This is also one I've used during tummy time for him to look at and “flip” (smack) the pages with his hands. (It's the book he's “reading” in the previous photo!)

good night, teddy
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Good Night, Teddy – Francesca Ferri

A soft book with a little teddy who can slip into pockets on each page makes this a cuddly and interactive choice for a calming reading time.

on the night you were born
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On the Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman

It's a sweet little story with pretty images. Mama probably likes it more than him, but I do think he enjoys hearing his name in the story.

little blue truck
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Little Blue Truck – Jill McElmurry

I'm excited to read this one, it has great reviews!

giraffes
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Giraffes Can't Dance – Guy Parker-Rees

We love this book. It's sing-songy with bright, fun images and it has a sweet message.

we love each other
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We Love Each Other – Yusuke Yonezu

This author was recommended to me through a Montessori group I'm a member of. She seems to have a lot of neat stories I'm excited to read!

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bottoms up
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Bottoms Up! – Yusuke Yonezu

A kid's book about bottoms? Sounds like a winner!

 

touchy feely
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Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book – Stella Baggott

There's something stimulating and soothing about running fingers over the different animals in this book.

how do i love you
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How Do I Love You? – Caroline Jayne Church

Confession: This book has made me cry on multiple occasions. It's a heart melter.

harold
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Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson

This is a throwback that I remember reading when I was little. It's imaginative and fun!

shapes
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Shapes, Shapes, Shapes – Tana Hoban

Learning from your environment! This seems like it would provide some inspiration to look at every day things a bit differently and learn from it.

everywhere babies
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Everywhere Babies – Marla Frazee

We haven't read this one yet, but I get the impression that it's providing readers with the message that no matter where you're from, we all start out as babies doing the same things.

 

baby love
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Baby Love: A Board Book Gift Set – Helen Oxenbury

Probably best known for her We're Going on a Bear Hunt, this set of books from Helen Oxenbury covers the basics that babies love.

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Where is Baby's Belly Button? – Karen Klatz

I love the lift-the-flap style books; it seems like it would provide a similar excitement to peek-a-boo for littles. And one that helps you learn about your body is even better!

 

little library
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Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library – Gyo Fujikawa

A set of four little books full of charming illustrations.

bunny
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I Am a Bunny – Ole Risom, Richard Scarry

A Little Golden Book classic that is likely to charm parents and baby alike.

 

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Head Shoulders Knees Toes – Annie Kubler

You're singing the song to yourself right now, aren't you?

moo
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Moo, Baa, La La La – Sandra Boynton

You can't go wrong with a Boynton book. This one introduces adorable animals and their sounds.

dear zoo
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Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

Lift the flap to help find the perfect pet as different animals are introduced.

 

goodnight co
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Good Night Colorado (Good Night Our World) – Adam Gamble, Bill Mackey

This series is cute. They have written these for most major cities in the US, and then some. I think it's a sweet gift idea for an out of town baby!

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Dear Santa: A Baby Board Book Wish List

I have a constant craving for adventure and love to pack as much fun into life as I can. Becoming a mom to one sweet boy has caused me to slow down - a little, and provided me with a wonderful new way to find joy in life. I try my darndest to soak it all in, as I have already found life to move a lot quicker since welcoming this little hunk of love into it. I am married to an amazing man, and I'm still trying to figure out how to embrace the changes in our relationship that have come with new pa ... More

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