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Subject: Board Books
Date Posted: 12/20/2008 3:40 PM ET
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My friend has a 10 month old and pretty much since birth I've been waiting til he likes books! I've spent hours :-) flipping through board books since I figure those will hold up the best at this age (he likes to toss them around, pull them off the shelf, taste them(ick!), but she'll read to him some and certain ones he seems to like because of the 'beat' (he likes to 'dance' to the words) or look at something 'interesting'. also important(in case Aunt Suzy gets the honors or reading!) is that the book not be too annoying! :-)

some 'winners' from my vote, his vote, and my friend's vote are:

Little Spider (my friend has had a few run-ins with spiders and is sorta known in our quilting group as 'spider') so this one has a finger puppet that you can wiggle and she says he loves that book, esp when she tickles him with the 'spider'

Barnyard Dance - I liked this one and it reads like the square dance song and he'll  move up and down to the words

Goodnight Gorilla - I liked this one!

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - a cousin's blog had a link to another blog where the mother was reading this one and the little girl kept going 'oh no!'and touching her cheeks! was so cute and since that kid liked it and I liked it I found the board book version for him.

I picked up Dr Seuss' ABC boardbook(sentimental since I had a different binding as a kid) and also 2 clearance sale packs of sesame street books for counting, colors, shapes and such...so far those aren't faves but I just gave them to him along with the 5 monkeys book..oh and  a while back I got him 'are you my mother' by eastman I think is the author. my friend liked this story I think so got him the boardbook version.

any other favorites out there?? now that he's getting older I'm thinking of  aiming for a book each month and for bday/christmas. but just want stuff I like or I think  he'd like..they make so many books and after flipping through a whole bunch I wonder why they bothered with some! I'm debating Pat the Bunny..also saw 2 books that went together back on my first shopping trip and wish I'd written down the titles..I remember a duck swimming and wanting to play with the other pond animals and not fitting in...sigh...

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 4:32 AM ET
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no favorite board books?! :-) I need to go find some more for little dude..guess a trip to border's or half price books is in store this weekend...he has a b-day coming up too...

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 10:28 AM ET
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My kids, in general, liked the lift a flap books.

Little Critter's Where's Kitty by Mercer Mayer. It is a lift a flap board book and you look all over the farm for Kitty.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle is available in board book format. the spider web on each page is raised and the kids can feel it.

Owl Babies is a cute board book.

Goodnight Moon is also available in board book format. The rhythm of this book is very appealing to kids. Also, on each page that shows the room there is a mouse somewhere. My kids used to love to look for the mouse.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 4:07 PM ET
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I liked books with a rhyme when my son was that age - fun for him & me.  Some good ones:

Sheep In A Jeep  by Nancy Shaw - there are a whole series of these I later found out

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss (may be under Theodore LeSeig, I forget)

Belly Button Book! by Sandra Boynton

Noisy Farm, a DK book, has a big flap on each page, our copy is held together by tape it was so loved

A couple of other ones, my mom found are called Look at Me! one is vehicles and one is animals.  You put a picture of the child in the back so they are on every page.  By Lynn Chang

Also, we have a book called At the Farm by Hinkler Studio.  It has a touch thing on every page as well as a button that makes the animal noise.

There are so many good books out there!




Date Posted: 1/16/2009 5:21 AM ET
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see is a fun book available in board book format.

I second Goodnight Moon. For years when we left the house we'd say, Goodbye house, good bye mouse, good bye bowl or mush, and goodbye to the old lady who whispered hush, lol.

Usborne books has some cute board books, I think Find the Duck by Stephen Cartwright was really fun. Youngest almost 17 so I'm stretching me brain to remember.


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Date Posted: 1/18/2009 4:46 PM ET
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Anything with pictures (photos) of other kids and babies!  My 2 year old loves these still even though she's mostly moved on to "real' books.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2009 12:36 AM ET
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Some of our favorites over the years that I am holding on to for grandkids (if my kids don't destroy them first) are:

1) DK Touch and Feel books. My kids LOVE touch and feel books.  My now 6 year old still enjoys them when I'm reading them to my baby. 

2) Sandra Boyton books. They're silly, easy to read, have great illustrations, and teach something.

3) Matthew Van Fleet books have touch and feel and teach something.  A favorite is "One Yellow Lion" that is a fold-out book with numbers, colors, and animals.

4) Baby Einstein books.  I especially like the one on art.

5) Eric Carle books.  "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a classic as is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear?"

6) I Spy Little Books

7) Holiday books by Nancy J. Skarmeas (like The Story of Valentine's Day)


By the way, I have a bunch of board books listed and am offering a 3 for 2 deal.


Date Posted: 1/20/2009 1:17 PM ET
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thanks these sound good! I'll have to check them out!

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 9:41 AM ET
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I found the coolest board book at walmart! kinda pricey and I think the adults were more in awe of it than the kiddo but it's called 'Gallop' and is a scanimation book where when you turn the page it moves something behind the next page and makes it appear the horse is galloping, monkey swinging, dog running, butterfly, turtle, etc. really neat! sorta like the holographs but you dont' move the book back and forth just the page. I think the same guy has a sports one as well but only saw that one on amazon.

also found a cool barn book that has the words to 'old mcdonald had a farm' and has each animal.

also got him Goodnight, Moon and a Baby Einstein book..think I had  fun in the book section!

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:30 PM ET
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Subject: Board Books
Date Posted: 1/30/2009 11:27 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/31/2009 9:16 PM ET
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Here are some I can think of off the top of my head that we had as board books that my boys liked:

(you are right you can have a bunch like we did that they never seem to open)

Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?

The Foot Book

I Love You Stinky Face

Barney Plays Nose to Toes

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

What Makes a Rainbow?

Some I Spy books come in Board Book form

The Very Busy Spider

Ten Apples Up On Top

The Going To Bed Book

Some Curious George books come in Board Book form

Subject: fav board books
Date Posted: 2/7/2009 3:33 PM ET
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My daughter is 8 months old and LOVES the DK soft to touch books. They are just the right size to fit into her hands comfortably, and the ones with photos of babies (Baby Faces, Baby 123, etc) are especially good since she "talks" to them. LOL, she actually "reads" one of these as I change her diapers, keeps her amused and non fussy.

We are also big fans of the Bath Books by Baby Einstein. She can chew on them, mangle them, wrestle with them, drool on them, and hold them when she's eating and they still wipe clean easily thanks to their beign made of vinyl. After mealtime, I toss them right into the dishwater to clean, no sweat.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 9:39 PM ET
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thanks! I think I saw the brown bear and polar bear books at walmart..might have togo ahead and get them since I gave him one of his books early(the scanimation one all the adults were playing with)

It's just hard to tell what a kid will like! I pick some up that look interesting to me but dont know if he'd lik ethem..then some he has that I pass over he keeps grabbing like he wants to look at it...my friend(his mom) got him this box of books..he likes to open the box and pull them out.they teeny tiny 'books' with 1 letter on each and a few words and a picture. they're cute but I can never read them 'cause he keeps grabbing them and playing with them!

I love reading The Barnyard Dance and Five Little Monkeys to him...my friend reads those and Goodnight Gorilla and Little Spider since he likes the spider...gotta  make sure the kid grows up reading!

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 2:53 PM ET
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I just remembered another couple of books my son loves,  Barnyard Banter and Beetle Bop, both by Denise Flemming.  They don't have too many words on each page and are fun to read.

Subject: Board Books
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 6:46 PM ET
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Anything by Sandra Boynton. Brown Bear,Brown Bear and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom are must haves. We (the grndkids and I also like the Where's the Kitten (D0g) titles.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 4:46 PM ET
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"Guess how much I love you" was a favorite in our house. Ann Geddes has some board books of actual babies in costume etc. that are cute.
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Subject: Board Books
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 12:36 AM ET
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Max and his sister Ruby...white rabbits in cartoon. Possible Rosemary Wells. My kids loved them. We still say "And Max could not relax without his red rubber elephant. Relax, Max! said Ruby" in our house. And the kids are 17, 20 and 22!!


Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:26 PM ET
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I have Guess how much I love you (in board book form) on my shelf now-just trying to help. thanks
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 10:42 PM ET
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** no longer offering board book deal **

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Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:01 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I've been back to Border's and flipped through more books than I ever thought existed! checked out a lot of the titles ya'll have suggested and have deteremined that I'm gonna have to order through here for what I can! The only reason I've held off on this is because I keep thinking of the germs...sigh...the kid puts everything  in his mouth. For those here who order board books through here or buy them used, how do you clean  them? do you just wipe them off and hope for the best? I know in stores brand new I'm sure a kit has handled/mouthed the book(since they're so quick) but somehow my mind tends to ignore that little fact! I've just ordered a few books through here and one is a board book(the other 3 are just hardbacks I'l lkeep for later or for my own collection) but his 6 yr old cousin'accidentally' tore a page out of  his favorite bedtime boardbook-goodnight gorilla. still now sure how you 'accidentally' tear a page out and suspect it was done on purpose :-(

but anyways, I've had many pm me with offers/deals and I appreciate that..just trying to buy what I've seen/know looks interesting then plan to fill in with others, esp once I figure out  how to be sure they're safe for the kkiddo...

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 11:04 PM ET
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If you put them in a zip lock storage bag and freeze them for a few hours, that should kill any germs.  I've sprayed them with Lysol before from a distance and it hasn't hurt them but you don't want to get them wet.

My grandkids LOVE and I mean LOVE the Disney Baby books.  They're board books that are pretty easy to come by and there's a whole set.  I have four grandkids so the true test around here is if they ALL like a book.  Then you know it's a winner.  The most popular of the Disney Board books is The Big Storm.  They love it when you make the sounds of thunder, lightening and wind and the favorite part of the book is the page that says, "Ooops, there goes a man's umbrella!" 

Another book they all love is the elmo books.  One has a hand puppet of elmo that you can work from the back of the book and the story is actually the song, "if you're happy and you know it".  Another Elmo book is the "How Big is Elmo" book.  At the last page, there's a pop up of elmo throwing his arms up to say "soooooo big!"  They LOVE that stuff!

Miss Spider's Tea Party was also a favorite.  Because of that book, they counted to ten by the time they were 18 months old.

When he gets older, the Berenstain Bears make a whole series of awsome books!

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Date Posted: 3/25/2009 12:49 PM ET
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thanks Tammy! ETA I found some on ebay..think 32 or so and it  includes the storm book you were talking about! can't wait to get them! I have a box coming from a deal in the bazaar last week or week before and it has some for Little Dude as well as his 6 yr old cousin(girl) I got her 2 nice children's dictionaries on here..her mom couldnt' believe I could get stuff like that on here!

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Date Posted: 4/4/2009 10:19 AM ET
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"we're going on a bear hunt" is always a favortie, and there is a whole line of 5 little monkey board books, my son loves them!