Who loves board books? We do!
If you have ever read to a baby or toddler, we’re sure you understand how valuable board books can be; they are much sturdier than picture books, but can be just as compelling in both story and illustration. This week, we decided to be a little creative in our board book recommendations. Presenting: the board book RAINBOW!
We’ve chosen one excellent board book for every color of the rainbow (plus a few extras). Some of them are concept books involving colors, but most just have a color in the title. You can read them individually, or you can build your own rainbow of board books to make story time a little more colorful. How many of the following have you read?
Big RED Barn by Margaret Wise Brown & Felicia Bond
A standout in children’s books, Brown (her name even goes with our theme!) will win your heart all over again with this sweet story about animals on a farm, and how they spend their day while the farmer is away. The rhythms of the text may sound familiar (Goodnight Moon, anyone?), but the story stands on its own.
ORANGE Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Orange. Pear. Apple. Bear. Gravett creates an entertaining read with only these four words. Through a combination of clever punctuation and word placement, she manipulates the text and illustrations before your very eyes. An orange apple becomes a pear bear becomes a… You get the idea! Simple yet silly, kids will be amazed at how the same four words can mean so many different things.
Little Blue and Little YELLOW by Leo Lionni
A lovely story with charming abstract illustrations, about two little blobs of color—Little Blue and Little Yellow—who are best friends. One day they hug and find they’ve become green! Will they ever be Blue and Yellow again? The story works on a number of levels, from basic color concepts to lessons about friendship, so even if you have older children in the house, they may want to listen in as well.
Blue Hat GREEN Hat by Sandra Boynton
Get ready to get silly with this double whammy of a concept book! Help your kids learn colors and clothing, laughing all the while at the poor turkey who doesn’t know how to put on his clothes. Your kids will be delighted at what the turkey does once he figures it all out.
Little BLUE Truck by Alice Schertle & Jill McElmurry
A modern classic, Little Blue Truck combines two children’s book standbys: trucks and animal sounds. When Little Blue Truck gets stuck in the mud, can his animal friends help him out? If you haven’t read it yet, check it out!
Harold and the PURPLE Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Yes, yes, we know—this was a picture book first. But it’s available in board book format, and it’s a classic story, so we’re counting it. Allow your children’s imaginations to take flight with Harold and his purple crayon, and all of the wonderful adventures they have. The board book version is perfect for your youngest readers!
Mr. BROWN Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
Warm up your vocal cords for this one—this book is all about animal sounds! From a cow to a bee to a rooster and beyond, this is a fun, interactive book that kids will want to read again and again. We would expect nothing less from Dr. Seuss!
BLACK & WHITE Nighty-Night by Sarah Jones
High contrast books are great for babies, and this one is no exception. The black-and-white illustrations are (in addition to being adorable) much easier for babies’ eyes to process, and it’s a sweet bedtime story on top of that.
BONUS BOOKS (because like all good bibliophiles, we had more favorites than we could fit on this list):
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle
- Orange Triangle Fox by Sarah Jones
- Black On White and White On Black by Tana Hoban
- Redbird: Friends Come in Different Sizes by Barney Saltzberg
- Spotted Yellow Frogs by Matthew Van Fleet
- Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!