15 Types of Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

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15 Types of Board Books for Babies and Toddlers | Baby & Byeond

We know that board books are great for introducing books to babies because they do not tear tear and can be wiped clean too. But did you know that there are over 15 different types of board books especially intended for our little readers? 


Click on any of the images below for more information on the book.


The Basics:

1. Picture Books

Books with pictures and associated words. You will usually find these books in sets including Alphabets, Numbers, Birds & Animals, Fruits & Vegetables, Colours, Opposites, My First Words, Around the House, My Body etc. Some of these also come in a soft, padded book format for little babies.




2. Picture Story Books

Board books with colourful images and simple stories or nursery rhymes for little readers to follow along


Books with Special Pages:

3. Sparkle Books

Babies love looking at the shiny, sparkly, glittery pictures



4. Books with a Mirror

Babies love looking at themselves in the mirror and its a special treat when you turn the page to the mirror and they are amazed to see themselves feature in the book!


Books that Engage More than One Sense (Sight + Sound / Touch / Smell):

5. Touch-and-feel Books

These books allow babies to explore different textures.



6. Sound Books

These books play either sounds or rhymes and keep kids engaged with the book for longer.



7. Scratch-and-Sniff Books
Introduce baby to different smells.


Books with Hidden Treasures:

8. Lift-the-flap Books

Babies love playing peek-a-boo with the hidden pictures in the books



9. Pop-up Books

Kids are fascinated to see their books come to life with 3D pop-ups



10. Slide-out Books

Similar to lift-the-flap books, these books have hidden pull-out pages or tabs


Play-While-You-Read Books:

11. Puppet Books

These books have puppets attached to really make the characters in the story come to life.



12. Jigsaw Books

The pages come apart and can be put back together as a jigsaw puzzle



13. Googley Eyes Books

Kids really have fun shaking the book around to see the eyes moving


Board Books for Toddlers (Board Books Aren’t Just for Babies!):

14. Magnet Books

They come with a set of magnetic pictures which you can stick on to the pages to complete the story



15. Wipe-Clean Activity Books

Draw / doodle / write, wipe clean and do it all over in these activity board books



Now that you are aware of the variety of books available for your little reader, head on over to my fellow mom-blogger Karuna’s post to know her 10 top tips for reading to your babies and toddlers and Preetjyot’s post on how to make reading fun for kids.


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  1. Aesha Shah said on September 13, 2017 3:51 pm:

    amazing resource for parents of toddlers. My daughter loved pop up books and wipe up activity books.

  2. Anubhuti Seth said on September 13, 2017 4:50 pm:

    And my son’s favourite is the puppet book. We do a lot of pretend and play with that. Infact I enjoy it too 🙂

  3. anupriya said on September 14, 2017 9:55 pm:

    This is an amazing list that you have shared. I use most of these types of books, but never thought that a classification could be created for all these books. Cool!

  4. Cheryl Sterling said on September 16, 2017 5:40 am:

    Thank you for this list. I am the grandmother of four under age four. It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved with small children and I do not always know what to buy as a gift.
    p.s. I recently made a pop-up book for my youngest granddaughter using photos of her from Facebook. She loves it!

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 18, 2017 12:56 pm:

      Oh wow that sounds like a lovely idea. I would love to know how you made it.

  5. Ashima Jain said on September 16, 2017 12:22 pm:

    You have classified so many types of books that I am surprised at the variety available for children. I wonder why thenyoung parents complain that their children are addicted to gadgets.

  6. Hena Jose said on September 16, 2017 12:47 pm:

    Love all kind of Board books compiled by you. Especially the sparkle books. My girls like it.

  7. Sonia said on September 16, 2017 1:59 pm:

    This is a great resource for all young parents trying to raise a reader.

  8. Rashi Mital said on September 16, 2017 3:57 pm:

    Thanks. I’ve used a few types mentioned above. But didn’t exactly know they’re classified like this. So, when m now buying a book for my toddler will definitely keep this post in mind. Bookmarked. Cheers!

  9. Shalu Sharma Rathod said on September 16, 2017 11:41 pm:

    After reading this I realized I have never introduces scratch & sniff books to my daughters. Although we have dont a lot of activities for smell sensory development, but never using books. Thanks for this idea. I will incorporate those books in our library too now.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 18, 2017 12:42 pm:

      I’m sure they’ll enjoy this 🙂

  10. Kuheli Bhattacharya said on September 18, 2017 11:50 am:

    What a fun and informative read! My son is two and we love to read . This resource has been very helpful . Thanks

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 18, 2017 12:39 pm:

      That’s so nice to hear. Thank you!

  11. Danisha Nathyal said on September 25, 2017 11:02 pm:

    Mahak , i cant tell you how crazy i am about meera’s books. and this blog post just made my day. thank you so much for such a detailed post. i have some types of books and remaining few i am going to shop.

  12. Kachy TV said on September 4, 2018 1:11 pm:

    These are amazing board books for young ones. I’m pretty sure children around the world would love this ?
    Thanks for sharing!