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What’s In Her Book Case: Board Books for the First Year

Check out these great board books to read to your little one. Perfect for bonding and building vocabulary.

Reading to your baby has many benefits. According to, these include introduction to communication and vocabulary, listening and memory skills, and knowledge of the world around them. Reading also helps introduce children to basic concepts such as colors, shapes, and letters. Another great benefit to reading is that  it is perfect bonding time between you and your baby.


I started reading to my baby before she was born. It was mostly books that I was reading, but I read them out loud non the less. As my belly grew, however, I knew she would need some books of her own. Some she could sit with, stare at the pictures as she turned their pages. I started her little library, with the help of friends and family, and have aquired some great reading material. For her first year, we picked the board books that would be easy for her to explore on her own.

After a year, here are some of her favorites:

Nancy Tillman Books

These are by far my favorite children’s’ books. For lovers of words and descriptive writing, Nancy Tillman paints a beautiful picture of love. These books are special for sure.

Celebrate your baby’s uniqueness with On The Night You Were Born.

On the night you were born, the moon shined with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, “Life will never be the same.”  

~ Nancy Tillman, On The Night You Were Born


Express how deep your love goes with, Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You.

So climb any mountain… climb up to the sky! My love will find you. My love can fly!

~Nancy Tillman, Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

Sunshine With Pictures

Let your little one know that your sun will always shine a light to brighten up their days. Will You Be My Sunshine is a perfect little book for reading time that also includes beautiful illustrations for your little one to gaze over. This is my daughter’s favorite book.


Will you be my sunshine on a cold and frosty day? Yes I’ll be your sunshine on a cold and frosty day. With warm smiles and great big hugs I’ll chase the clouds away.

~Julia Labo, Will You Be My Sunshine

A Story Of Courage

Bravery is as strong as a King and as gentle as a cub. Join Rory the Lion Cub, in The Very Brave Lion, as he learns what it takes to be a Brave King of the Jungle, even if he is a teensy bit afraid.


You’re clever and brave and you always play fair. Kings should be bold, but they still have to care.

~Wendy Ravenhill and Cee Biscoe, The Very Brave Lion

A Holiday Tradition

Bring the history of Christmas to life with a book you little one can interact with, The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy the board book version of a Christmas Classic.


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. 

~Clement C. Moore, The Night Before Christmas





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