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The kids and I love utilizing all the “free” books at our local library — I honestly can’t even begin to count how many thousands of books we have checked out over the past 7 years (our kids are all part of the “1000 books before Kindergarten” program).
Since we check out piles of library books every week, and since I don’t particularly love buying or having lots of extra things around our home, we’ve never really gotten into the habit of BUYING books to keep.
Our children have been gifted books over the years and we’ve picked up a handful from the local thrift stores, but in general, when it comes to children’s books, we borrow instead of buy.
However, I will admit to having a teeny-tiny “soft spot” for toddler board books… so we have a dedicated shelf for those in our living room (inside the end table next to our couch).
We don’t have a huge number of board books, but the ones we have are chosen carefully and have been read, and read, and loved and loved for the last 7+ years, through all 4 of our toddlers.
Dave and I know them by heart, the kids know them by heart, they know when to flip the pages, they know if we skip words, and they know if one book is missing off the shelf.
I realize there are hundreds and thousands of amazing children and toddler board books — in no way do I think my list contains the “best books” or the “right books” — they are simply the books ALL 4 of our kiddos have loved and enjoyed and requested and memorized and talked about and dragged around with them on a daily basis for the last 7 years!
Here they are, in no particular order…
Even though they are board books that are supposed to hold up to rough toddler hands, our books have “been through the wringer”. The covers of some have been completely ripped off and tapped back on, most of the “lift-the-flaps” have been taped back on (multiple times), there are stickers covering many of the covers and marker scribbles inside. The books are covered with stains, water marks, frayed edges, and even a few bite marks.
These might be signs of a lazy parent who doesn’t properly supervise her children while reading… or they might be signs of how much my children have loved these books over the years!
Our beloved board books might be ready for the trash… but we’ll hang onto them for another year or so, until Clara is ready to start reading bigger-kid books with her siblings!
In the meantime, you’ll probably find me reading Blue Hat, Green Hat 27 times every day, just so she can say “oooopssss” in her tiny little voice at the end of every page! 🙂
What are/were your most beloved, well-read toddler board books?