You know you’re going to be reading them over and over (and over!), so you’d do well to make sure they’re fairly enjoyable to read, right?

By the time you have your first two-year-old, chances are good you’ve got a couple of these memorized line by line.

Everybody’s taste varies, but these are my very favorite board books to read aloud with my toddlers- the ones we never tire of. (Well, let’s be honest… the ones they never tire of…)

I’m generally looking for nice pictures, compelling text (or at least text that is not so dumbed down, I can barely tolerate it).

Some of these are works of art (Goodnight Gorilla– such a great book), others are just funny as heck (I laugh at Yummy Yucky every single time).

Some are beautiful (Mr. Gumpy, of course), and others are old standbys that everyone knows and loves.

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The best board books for toddlers:

Best Board Books
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

$7.95

FROM SARAH

A timeless classic told in sing-style rhyme, illustrated with Eric Carle’s famous flat collage artwork. My toddlers love chanting along while we read.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

FROM SARAH

When a child asks the zoo for a pet, they keep sending animals, but none of them seem just right. Well, maybe until the end? Kids love lifting the flaps to reveal the animals!

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain, and a whole host of favorite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child’s bookshelf.

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Hello Ninja

Hello Ninja

FROM SARAH

A silly, lighthearted board book this is sure to get your little one giggling.

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Are you longing for adventure? Mischief? What about sandwiches?

Tag along with one sneaky ninja who is happy to share his busy day (but not his lunch) with curious kids everywhere in this rhyming picture book perfect for fans of The Three Ninja Pigs and 10 Little Ninjas.

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Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla

FROM SARAH

Follow the zoo’s night watchman as he tucks in all the animals for the night. But, uh-oh...did that gorilla just nab his keys?

FROM THE PUBLISHER

It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

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Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

FROM SARAH

Soothing words and charming illustrations have made this Margaret Wise Brown book a classic. Say goodnight with Bunny to the great green room, the light and the red balloon

FROM THE PUBLISHER

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

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The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Child’s Play Library)

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Child’s Play Library)

$6.99

FROM SARAH

How will a hungry little mouse manage to guard his strawberry from the big, hungry bear? From the wonderful husband/wife team, Don and Audrey Wood.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the big hungry bear. . . How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red ripe strawberry? This classic story is beloved for its humor, expressive illustrations, and surprise ending—pure read-aloud fun!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

$10.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Perhaps Eric Carle’s best-known picture book, a very hungry caterpillar eats his way through the pages and makes the grandest transformation of all.

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Corduroy

Corduroy

$6.99

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2018 marks Corduroy’s 50th anniversary, and Don Freeman’s classic character is even more popular today than he was when he first came on the scene. Now his original story is available in an unabridged, sturdy board book format, perfect for even the youngest readers.

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Yummy Yucky (Leslie Patricelli board books)

Yummy Yucky (Leslie Patricelli board books)

FROM SARAH

Funny and down-to-earth, your child may very likely read this one to you after you've read it together once or twice!

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Learning about opposites has never been more fun — or funny — than with this winning board book. Yummy!

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Bear Snores On

Bear Snores On

$7.99

FROM SARAH

An absolute delight to read aloud, this rollicking tale of that sleepy bear and his friends is sure to please your small reader. Karma Wilson's text is just perfect!

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Bears's cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

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Each Peach Pear Plum board book

Each Peach Pear Plum board book

$6.99

FROM SARAH

A fun combination of Mother Goose and I Spy, this book is one your child won't tire of hearing you read time and time again.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo! Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character.

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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books)

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books)

$4.99

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A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

$7.99

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Beloved for more than 30 years, this award-winning classic from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury celebrates the joys of an afternoon outdoors with family.

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Peek-A Who?

Peek-A Who?

$6.95

FROM SARAH

Who is peeking through the pages of this book? Die-cut windows and rhyming texts will help kids figure it out.

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Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what's peeking through the die cut windows in these two fun board books. The anticipation of what's hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep youngsters guessing and giggling all the way to the suprise endings.

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Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat

$5.99

FROM SARAH

This board book is a silly good time...and kids will love the “oops!” moments.

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Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic.

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Ten, Nine, Eight Board Book

Ten, Nine, Eight Board Book

FROM SARAH

It's time for bed, but not a moment before we absolutely have to go. A wonderful bedtime book.

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Acclaimed author Molly Bang shares the going-to-bed countdown in a loving family. “Ten small toes all washed and warm,” begins the story, and then young readers journey toward tuck-in time, counting down along with the story’s African-American father and daughter.

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Whose Knees are These?

Whose Knees are These?

$6.99

FROM SARAH

Takes a loving look at knees from the vantage point of a mother's lap.

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A vibrant, playful verse that celebrates a beautiful brown baby's sweet little knees, for fans of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

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Kitten’s First Full Moon Board Book

Kitten’s First Full Moon Board Book

$8.99

FROM SARAH

All kitten wants is a bowl of milk. But why is that round, white bowl of milk so hard to get to? Stunning black-and-white illustrations will entrance your small readers.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Kitten's First Full Moon is an acclaimed modern classic, from one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today. This memorable character and her suspenseful adventure are just right for the very youngest child.

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Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book

Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book

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Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.

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