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Every parent loves it when their kid wants to read. Who doesn’t want an ambitious little bookworm who’s seemingly eager to learn — or at least turn the pages and demand you read the story (again, and again … and again)? Of course, when they use those adorable little fingers to rip out the pages of that pricey new picture book you just purchased … well, that’s a different story.
Hence, the beauty of board books. They’re sturdy enough for tiny hands to explore (aka yank on with all their might), and therefore sure to last for more than one reading session. But we all know kids’ books can get repetitive after a while; so here are nine unique board books that go beyond the standard Goodnight Moons and Make Way for Ducklings. Each one is perfect for bedtime (or anytime!).
1. DK Braille: Counting
This special little book teaches counting in a unique and revolutionary way. Inside, you’ll find colorful images and words on each page, accompanied by braille so little ones can learn to read in more than one way. This book is perfect for blind children with sighted parents or sighted children with blind parents, allowing everyone to get in on the fun of reading together.
2. All Aboard New York
Planning a trip to a big city? BabyLit has you covered. Get your tot excited about visiting somewhere new with this “All Aboard” series — whether you’re heading there soon, or just looking to educate them about places near and far.
3. Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies
Sing your heart out while teaching your little one some Spanish with this adorable, bilingual book! Written by Susie Jaramillo, it features the popular Spanish song, “Los Politios Dicen” (or “Little Chickies Squeal”) for both of you to sing along. So whether your family speaks more than one language already, or you want your kid to get a jumpstart on their Spanish skills, story time will be fun for both of you.
4. Les Petits Fairytales: Beauty and the Beast
This modern retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale has been created with little readers in mind, through unique and colorful illustrations. If your kids are already fans of the classic Disney Princess films, they’ll love seeing the original versions reimagined in storybook form. You can also find the tales of Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, and more in this collection.
5. My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet’s Guide
Let’s be honest, these days our kids are all mini foodies-in-training. Start them off on their food-loving journey early, with the ultimate read: a language primer that takes you through the letters of the alphabet with yummy food illustrations. In My Foodie ABC, “B” is for bento box and “K” is for kobe beef. Amazingly delicious — and educational!
6. Pride & Prejudice
It’s never too soon to turn your little one
into a Jane Austen nut a classic lit lover! OK, so maybe this doesn’t exactly count as classic lit — author Jennifer Adams doesn’t get too deep into the Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet love story in this counting primer — but they can work on their counting skills alongside the 5 Bennet sisters and their 4 marriage proposals. Not into Austen? You can treat your kids to some time-honored Shakespeare or Mark Twain instead.
7. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA
So you want to get your newborn into to reading ASAP, while simultaneously campaigning for their first word to be “Dada?” Well dads, this is the book for you. This board book is silly in all the right ways — but that may come as no surprise, considering it was written by the hilarious Jimmy Fallon.
8. Andy Warhol So Many Stars
If you’re secretly hoping your toddler will turn their scribbles into actual works of art someday, then you’re going to be all over this Andy Warhol-illustrated board book. While he may be best known for his images of celebrities and soup cans, Warhol also completed an explanation of the concept of “So,” which can be playfully seen in this book for kids. But the best part? The end features a distorted mirror for little ones to make silly faces in. (Fun!)
9. Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!
Forget about bedtime and give your tyke a lesson on Greek history! (Just kidding, that’s totally a joke — we’re all about bedtime.) This kid-friendly version will both inform little ones and teach them a nice lesson at the same time. Other picks from this collection you may want to check out: Play Nice, Hercules and Brush Your Hair, Medusa.