Strong Board Books to Finish Up the Year
Things That Go! (Indestructibles) by Amy Pixton, illustrated by Stephan Lomp
Chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof, thee paperlike little books are light weight and indestructible. Learn all about vehicles on the road, in the air, in town, on the construction site, and on the sea. Bright illustrations and interesting information make this the perfect book choice for young readers.
Baby Animals (Indestructibles) by Amy Pixton, illustrated by Stephan Lomp
Introduce children to the animals and names of their babies. A monkey baby is called an infant. A Chipmunk baby is called a pup. Bright colors and charming animal illustrations.
Let’s Go, Bobby! A Trace-the-Path Book by Ruth Wielockx
How fun is this book! Trace your finger on the pages as you ride along with Bobby on different vehicles. Zig-zags over a mountain, wiggle around a go-kart track, loop de loop in the sky, and much more. Even circle the moon! I love that these pages help kids strengthen fine motor skills.
Ditty Bird Children’s Songs
Read and sing along with the songs accompanied by the super cute child singing music for: The Wheels on the Bus, Five little Monkeys jumping on the Bed, If you’re Happy and you know it, B-I-N-G-O, Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, and Five Little Ducks. Very exuberant!
Ditty Bird Classical Music
Children will look at the colorful cartoon animals who introduce six classical music songs. Press the small metallic circles on each page to hear music from Mozart, Beetoven, Chopin, and Vivaldi. My favorite is Butterfly by Chopin. The text reads: “The name “Butterfly was given to this piece because the hands on the piano look like butterflies when playing it. It’s as pretty as a butterfly.” I love that this introduces kids to classical works of music.
Who’s Hatching? by Jennifer Sattler
Two dinosaurs find an egg and wonder what it will look like… big or tiny? red spots or green? smooth or spiky? What sort of dinosaur will come out? Get ready for a fun surprise twist — because it’s not a dinosaur that hatches. Delightful! Perfect for the toddler crowd.
Wheels at Work: EMERGENCY by Cocorette
Lift the flaps to see the emergency vehicles at work. You’ll see an ambulance, police, fire truck, tow truck, and more emergency vehicles. Bright colors and appealing illustrations make this a favorite!
Baby Talk Hablando con Bebé by Stella Blackstone
Sweet short poems are written in both English and Spanish with black and white photographs of babies. “I look at you // And you look at me. // I talk to you // And you talk to me. // “Yo te miro // y tú me miras. // Yo hablo contingo // y uú hablas conmigo.” Babies and toddlers get excited looking at kid photographs like these.
Main Street Magic by Ingela P. Arrhenius
I love this book! Explore the shops on the city’s main street. I love the colors, the illustrations, the shop choices, and the lift-the-flaps. What’s under the baker’s hat? Who is hiding under the Fish Market sign? Look in the salon at what’s under the ladies’ hair dryers. Lots of surprises in this delightful interactive story. It’s thick pages aren’t cardboard so it’s probably better for ages 2 and up.
Big Bear Can’t Fall Asleep by Adeline Ruel
Big Bear can’t fall asleep, he needs a lovey to snuggle up with says Hedgehog. So he asks his animal friends what their lovey is like — and finds a surprising choice.
No More Tantrums by Maria van Lieshout (Big Kid Power)
A little girl shares how she used to throw tantrums but now she’s a big kid so instead of throwing a tantrum, she counts to five or asks for a hug. It’s a simple book that teaches kids strategies for self-control. Black, brown, and neon orange colors plus cartoon like illustrations make this immensely appealing.
Tiny Farm by Suzy Ultman
What an adorable tiny farmhouse shaped book! Swedish looking illustrations show a tiny pigpen with pastel piglets, in the petting park, you’ll see pretty looking llamas, there are pages for a you-pick patch, birds nests, a chicken coop, cornfields, and home.
Tiny Town by Suzy Ultman
Shaped like a tall townhouse and filled with pastel colors, this book welcomes you to explore things in the bakery, pet store, toy store, book store, flower store, grocery store, ice cream store, and home with items labeled.
See my big list of the best board books for babies and toddlers here.