My 10 Favorite Board Books To Read Aloud

My 10 Favorite Read-Aloud Board Books

I’ll let you in on a secret. I hate to read aloud. Always have, probably always will. But the benefits of reading aloud to young children are so enormous and life-changing (PDF) that I do it anyway, day in and day out.

Naturally, reading aloud is most enjoyable for me when it’s a book that I like myself. Read aloud books that are most fun for me have lots of scope for expression – elements such as silly voices, animal noises, dialogue, rhyming text, etc. Good illustrations are also a must – I especially like detailed illustrations with lots of stuff going on in the background that offers lots of opportunities to build and reinforce vocabulary. These types of elements make it less monotonous to read the same book 1,000 times, which inevitably happens when a toddler starts picking favorites.

Here are the top ten kid AND mom approved books from our personal library of board books:

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Moo, Baa, La La La! Board Book Review



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Review:

This short board book was one of my daughter’s favorite read-aloud books as a young toddler. The funny, rhyming text and cute illustrations are a fun way to help teach simple animal noises, and toddlers absolutely LOVE the opportunity to “correct” the silly singing pigs.

My rating: (4 / 5)

The Going To Bed Book Review



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Review:

A perfect choice for a bedtime read, with rhyming, relatable text and cute illustrations. My only gripe is that the animals make the mystifying choice to take a bath, get in their pajamas, and THEN run upstairs to exercise. Who takes a bath and then runs out and immediately gets all sweaty again? Not to mention you’d then have to try and fall asleep in sweaty pajamas. Anyway, that’s a little weird, but I guess Boynton just couldn’t think of any word but exercise to rhyme with “when the moon is on the rise.”

On the other hand, the final line – “The moon is high, the sea is deep, they rock and rock and rock to sleep” – is perfect, especially when accompanied by actual rocking. 🙂

My rating: (4 / 5)

Chicka Chicka ABC Board Book Review

Review:



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This is an abridged board book version of the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. My kids like the “chicka chicka boom boom” parts, but except for that, it’s a very boring read aloud. The text starts off rhyming, but by the end, it just becomes a list of letters. It reads like the author lost interest halfway through. For example:

A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.”

But:

Look who’s coming! L M N O P! And Q R S! And T U V!

Whoop de doo. Four exclamation points in a row doesn’t make a boring list of letters any more exciting. If I wanted that, I’d just go with the alphabet song.

It stops shortly thereafter with the letters all falling to the ground, leaving off the second half of the original book.

My rating: (2 / 5)

I recommend getting the full version instead, as it contains more rhyming in the second half.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Paperback)
by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault

Price: $5.29
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4.7 out of 5 stars (2554 customer reviews)

Your Personal Penguin Board Book Review



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Review:

A cute sing-along book about a penguin who wants to be best friends with a somewhat befuddled-looking hippo. The song, performed by Davy Jones, is available as a free download.

My rating: (4 / 5)

Sheep in a Jeep Board Book Review



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Review:

A favorite read-aloud book of both my kids thanks to its funny, rhyming text and cute illustrations.

My rating: (5 / 5)

Bear Snores On Board Book Review



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Review:

This was given to me as a gift when my daughter was a baby. It’s great fun to read aloud because of the rhyming cadence, repeated refrains, and onomatopoeia, plus the illustrations are adorable. A bedtime favorite in our house!

My rating: (5 / 5)

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