A Few Favorite Board Book Series

As you folks probably know, I'm a huge children's book nerd. I love reading to my kids and I cannot overstate how awesome it is for your kids and for you to read to them early and often! Finding good board books for babies and toddlers, however, can be a little overwhelming. There are so many board book choices out there and narrowing down some Montessori friendly choices takes some work. 

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers
But, if you look, there are a bunch of really great choices. Many of them are part of a series of books perfect for Montessori babies and toddlers. Here are a few of my favorites: 

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Andrew Zuckerman Creature Series -- This series is so awesome and features simple text and stunning real pictures of animals. It was one of Gus' very favorites from babyhood and he will still happily read these at 20-months. 

Series includes: Creature Colors; Creature Baby Animals; Creature Sounds; Creature Numbers

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

Helen Oxenbury "I..." Series -- This sweet series features very simple text and the sweet illustrations that Helen Oxenbury is known for! I love these books, and babies and toddlers are very attracted to the simple and realistic topics. 

Series includes: I Can; I See; I Hear; I Touch

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

My First {Sport} Book Series -- This series is newer to me now that Gus loves all things sports and ball related. The series features real pictures and simple words describing different aspects of a particular sport. I love the diversity featured in the pictures and that the books feature children playing the games.

Series includes: Baseball; Basketball; Tennis; Soccer; Football; Hockey

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

Roberta Grobel Intrater Baby Faces Series -- This is my ABSOLUTE favorite series of books for babies. It features simple real pictures of babies doing a variety of activities. The pictures feature a diverse range of adorable babies and simple rhyming text. They have been some of my children's favorites well into the preschool years. 

Series includes: Smile; Peek-a-boo; Splash!; Hugs & Kisses; Sleep

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

Helen Oxenbury Action Series -- Another sweet series from Helen Oxenbury. These feature simple rhymes instead of just words. The illustrations also include a variety of babies and adults playing together. Again, it's in that charming Oxenbury style that is so appealing. 

Series includes: All Fall Down; Clap Hands; Tickle, Tickle; Say Goodnight

This series also comes in a mini-set which is perfect for the car or diaper bag.

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

Roger Priddy My Big Board Book Series -- These are a little busier than the other series that I typically recommend, but for toddlers that love language and want to hear words over and over again, these are great! They feature tons of real pictures. 

Series includes: My Big Animal Book; My Big Truck Book; My Big Word Book; My Big Farm Book; My Big Train Book

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

Elizabeth Spurr "In the..." Series -- These lovely books feature simple rhyming stories about children out in the world being independent. They often feature children doing practical tasks which is so relate-able for Montessori toddlers. The prose is very simple and the illustrations are fantastic. They are a great young toddler book with the realistic and simple scenes. 

Series includes: In the Rain; In the Garden; In the Woods; In the Wind; At the Beach; In the Snow

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

Tana Hoban Black and White Series -- This series is perfect for the youngest babies, featuring only black and white shapes. 

Series includes: Black and White; Black on White; White on Black

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

I am sure there are other series that deserve a mention here, but these are some really great choices! If you are looking for Montessori friendly baby and young toddler books, any of these would be a great place to start.

Do you have a favorite board book series? 

A look at some favorite Montessori friendly board book series for babies and young toddlers

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Comments

Meggan said…
I agree with so many of your recommendations, and have made note of a number of others to add to our collection. I thank you especially for your recommendations for creature series. My animal-obsessed almost-2-year-old is going to love these! I will probably pick up the ones about numbers and colors since those are concepts I'm looking to expose him to right now. He's a pro at animal sounds, haha!
Shirley said…
I see these at the public library and the early years drop in centres all the time! The kids definitely love them. Thanks!
Anonymous said…
We also love the I Spy Little Books! https://www.amazon.com/Spy-Little-Book-Jean-Marzollo/dp/0590341294/ref=nodl_ They have been fascinating as my little one has become so interested in language.
Allyson Burgin said…
Wonderful! Just what we needed, thank you!
Rhian said…
This list is so timely for us, seriously, it's like you read my search history! Hahaha. Thank-you for sharing. Love your blog by the way.

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