Sandra Boynton’s board books are a must have for babies and toddlers (seriously, if you’re ever not sure what to get for a baby shower gift, pick up a few Boynton books and you can’t go wrong). Boynton’s books feature cute illustrated animals and silly, sing-song stories. We own several of her board books and are always on the hunt for more when we are at the library. Besides Moo, Baa, La La La, we also love Barnyard Dance, The Going to Bed Book, Opuestos (Spanish translation of Opposites), Snuggle Puppy, and Fifteen Animals.
Moo, Baa, La La La! is appropriately titled, as it begins, “A cow says MOO. A sheep says BAA. Three singing pigs say La La La!” The author amends that pigs say oink, and then continues by explaining more animal noises. The final page asks, “It’s quiet now. What do you say?”
Baby is so smart and already knows a few of the animal noises, so I love pausing as I read the book to see if she can fill in the right sound. I’m sure this will be one of the first books she’ll be able to read on her own. I know I’ve already got it memorized (along with most of Boynton’s other books – they’re so catchy!). If you’ve got a little one and you haven’t read any Boynton books yet, get yourself to the library immediately!
This Week’s Honorable Mention:
- Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Here’s another book that I’ve got memorized! Baby loves to hear this one over and over again. In case you’re unfamiliar with this story, the letters of the alphabet climb up a coconut tree…and then BOOM! BOOM! – they all tumble out of the tree. In the board book version, this is where the story ends. If you get the picture book version (titled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), the alphabet letters encounter more mayhem around the coconut tree. The pictures in the book are bright and colorful: orange, pink, green; the book is happy and joyful. I think your little one will love this one just as much as mine does.