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Building Blocks of Learning: Top Board Books for 0-2 Year Olds

Updated: Apr 9

  1. "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown

  • Summary: A calming bedtime classic that captures the poetic and peaceful say-goodnight process in a great green room.

  • Parent Tip: Use a soft, soothing voice to read aloud, emphasizing the rhyming words. After reading, ask your child to say goodnight to objects in their room, reinforcing language and observational skills.

  1. "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen

  • Summary: This adventurous tale invites children on an imaginary bear hunt, engaging them through a sensory exploration of various landscapes.

  • Parent Tip: Encourage your child to mimic the actions and sounds from the story, like swishing through grass or splashing in water, to enhance their sensory experience and motor skills.

  1. "The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown

  • Summary: A reassuring story of a mother’s unwavering love and determination to find her runaway bunny no matter where he decides to hide.

  • Parent Tip: Discuss the concept of home and safety with your child, using the mother bunny's actions as examples of parental love and care. You can also play a gentle “hide and seek” game inspired by the book.

  1. "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

  • Summary: A delightful, repetitive pattern book that introduces colors and animals through Eric Carle’s iconic colorful illustrations.

  • Parent Tip: After reading, play a game of “What do you see?” with your child, asking them to identify colors and objects around them. This reinforces color recognition and memory.

  1. "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell

  • Summary: This lift-the-flap book tells the story of a child writing to the zoo to send them a pet, leading to a series of unexpected animal deliveries.

  • Parent Tip: Use the flaps to create anticipation and surprise. Ask your child to guess what animal might be behind each flap to develop prediction skills.

  1. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

  • Summary: Follows the journey of a caterpillar as it eats its way through various foods before transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

  • Parent Tip: Teach your child about the days of the week, counting, and the lifecycle of a butterfly through the caterpillar’s journey. Encourage them to pretend to be a hungry caterpillar or a transforming butterfly.

  1. "Peek-A Who?" by Nina Laden

  • Summary: A simple, engaging book that uses rhymes and colorful illustrations with a surprise mirror at the end to capture the delight of the classic game peek-a-boo.

  • Parent Tip: Play peek-a-boo with the book, encouraging your child to guess the rhyming word. Use the mirror at the end to talk about reflections and self-recognition.

  1. "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

  • Summary: A rhythmic alphabet chant that follows the letters up a coconut tree and their colorful adventure.

  • Parent Tip: Sing the story rhythmically to your child and then find letters in the book together. This can be an early introduction to the alphabet in a fun and musical way.

  1. "Press Here" by Hervé Tullet

  • Summary: An interactive book that invites readers to press, shake, and tilt the pages to embark on a magical journey filled with colorful dots.

  • Parent Tip: Follow the book’s instructions together with your child, turning the reading into a playful and interactive experience. Discuss cause and effect as you see the pages change.

  1. "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney

  • Summary: A tender story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare as they express their love for each other.

  • Parent Tip: After reading, have a conversation about love and affection with your child, asking them to express how much they love different family members or pets.

  1. "Where’s Spot?" by Eric Hill

  • Summary: The first in the Spot series, this book invites children to lift the flaps in search of the playful puppy named Spot.

  • Parent Tip: Encourage your child to predict where Spot might be hiding and celebrate when they find him. Discuss the concept of hiding and finding, enhancing cognitive skills.

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