Board Books for Storytime

As a follow-up to my last post, I wanted to let you guys know what board books I ended up ordering for my storytimes. I polled my esteemed colleagues on the ALSC listserv and got some great ideas!

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sharon Boynton
Sharon Boynton is seriously one of the best children’s authors out there for storytime books. Her stuff is engaging and her illustrations are charming. Moo, Baa, La La La is one of my favorite board books in general, because of the easily identifiable farm animals and the way it encourages kids to interact with the reader by making the different animal sounds.

Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers
This was one of the recommendations that came up a lot, because babies really love books about other babies – seeing themselves in the illustrations makes it much easier to engage them with the book! Everywhere Babies also features babies doing recognizable things and simple rhyming text that I think will work very well as a readaloud.

Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim
Who doesn’t love This Little Piggy? One of my goals for this activity is to encourage interaction between the babies, their caretakers, and the books, and setting something like This Little Piggy to illustration accomplishes that handily. And also, again, babies love books about babies.

In My Tree, by Sarah Gillingham
This one is a bit of an experiment – In My Tree features a little finger puppet owl, which will either be a fun thing for the babies to play with as the pages turn OR I will find myself with a bunch of torn-out finger puppets. We’ll see!

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Storytime Development

I floated the idea of incorporating guided read-alongs into my storytimes – basically, the idea is that every baby would get their own copy of the same board book, so they could interact with it and follow along with their caretaker while I read it outloud – and my boss LOVED it. Not only did I get a mega confidence boost from that (plus, I just love how my boss is not only super accepting of our ideas and input, but actively encourages us to contribute), but I get to pick out and order books, which is quickly becoming my favorite part of my job. There’s something so exciting about being trusted to handle library resources, and to know that I’m having an impact on the library’s collection, which will have an impact on how our patrons interact with the collection and with us. That’s pretty thrilling to me.

What are your favorite board books to read out loud? Do you have any tried and true favorites in your own collections? I’m thinking we should get a counting book, an animal book, and a family-oriented book, but I’m still combing through title lists. Any recommendations?