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 Stars (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 Stars (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 Stars (5 / 5)

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