Ten Best Board Books (and why we love them)

A Listmania! list by TK
The list author says: "Here are our family's favorite board books (for ages two and younger) and the reasons we love them. These books hold up to repeated -- and repeated and repeated -- readings."
The Snowy Day Board Book
1.  The Snowy Day Board Book by Ezra Jack Keats
The list author says:
  "This book has beautiful illustrations and the words are just about perfect. There is nothing cloying or babyish about the text, and the language is spare yet evocative. It's easy to see why this won the Caldecott and is still so popular 50 years later."
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Good Night, Gorilla
2.  Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The list author says:
  "This was the first book that made our son laugh out loud (the page where the light clicks back on). The illustrations are simple but nevertheless stuffed with great details you probably won't notice the first time through -- for example, keep your eye on the balloon."
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Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures
3.  Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures by Marla Frazee
The list author says:
  "The illustrations are ingenious, turning this nonsense lullaby into something that actually makes sense. The increasingly exhausted expressions on the parents' faces -- as they try to get their baby to stop crying -- are hilarious. (Other great aspects of the book include a sibling rivalry and a lot of background historical detail.)"
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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Dear Zoo & Friends)
4.  Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Dear Zoo & Friends) by Rod Campbell
The list author says:
  "What a great book. The zoo sends animal after animal in boxes of various sizes, and one animal after another gets rejected as a potential pet. At age one, it's fun to lift the flaps on the boxes.  At age two, it's fun to figure out which animal is hidden in which box, and to memorize the reason each animal is nixed (until the final surprise)."
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Baby Happy Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli board books)
5.  Baby Happy Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli board books) by Leslie Patricelli
The list author says:
  "This book provides a series of amusing takes on what was, for our son, a subject of intense interest -- crying. When reading with toddlers, it's fun to ask why the baby is sad (or happy) in each particular frame."
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Truck Board Book (Caldecott Collection)
6.  Truck Board Book (Caldecott Collection) by Donald Crews
The list author says:
  "I love this book's flat, bright graphic style, which was an immediate hit with our son. There are no words, but there is plenty to talk about as the truck makes a cross-country delivery (from, by the looks of things, New York to San Francisco)."
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Bus Stops
7.  Bus Stops by Taro Gomi
The list author says:
  "Cute pictures and a two-track text. One line describes the bus stop (hospital, junk yard, movie set...); another asks you to spot a particular detail. For a baby, it's enough to find the bus. Later, you can play "I spy" with the book's questions and your own. For city dwellers, it's nice to have a book on an everyday sight (with all due respect to farms and wildlife)."
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Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You : Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright and Early Board Books)
8.  Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You : Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright and Early Board Books) by Dr. Seuss
The list author says:
  "This board book edition has a condensed text, but I think it winds up being better than the original. The full version takes the conceit and beats it to death. This edited version presents just the right number of sounds, with a grand finale that is really fun to read."
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This Little Chick
9.  This Little Chick by John Lawrence
The list author says:
  "The Little Chick turns out to be a foreign language specialist.  The text gives you (and your child) a chance to really ham it up, and the illustrations (vinyl engravings, wood textures, and watercolor) are gorgeous."
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
10.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The list author says:
  "All of Carle's books eventually blur together. Beautiful as they are, it's just one animal after another. But I think "Hungry Caterpillar" stands out as his best -- it features a character who, unlike most Carle animals, has a bit of personality ... a little guy who eats himself sick (for a good cause)."
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The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) (Big Bird's Favorites Board Books)
11.  The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) (Big Bird's Favorites Board Books) by Jon Stone
The list author says:
  "Honorable mention (#11): This book must have been the inspiration for "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."  Both "Monster" and "Pigeon" keep telling your kid to do something, and your kid keeps doing the opposite. A first subtext!"
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