Jenna’s Top 5 Sandra Boynton Board Books!

Snuggle Puppy!| Sandra Boynton

Summary: A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened. Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun.  (Goodreads)

Gush Sesh: This story about how much love a parent/caregiver has for a child is great.  There’s even a song! (linked here) Ask Alexa and she’ll play it for you, too.

Silly Lullaby| Sandra Boynton

Summary: A number of animals get ready for bed.

Gush Sesh: This lullaby for toddlers is just plain fun.  It’s filled with common themes that are slightly off – which is really silly.  I find myself singing it whenever I put my daughter to sleep. You guessed it — there’s a song to this one, too! (linked here)

The Going to Bed Book| Sandra Boynton

Summary: An assortment of animals on a boat take a bath, put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, and exercise before going to bed.

Gush Sesh: This book is simple and easy to follow.  Your little one will recognize common going-to-bed routines and be surprised by others.

I don’t think this one has a song…

I love you, Little Pookie| Sandra Boynton

Summary: An affectionate and heartfelt celebration–for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Gush Sesh: This book is a sweet love story from a mom to her baby.  I love the phrasing of this book.  The words are so true and make me smile every time I read it to my toddler.

I don’t think this one has a song, either.

Barnyard Dance!| Sandra Boynton

Summary: A bespectacled fiddle-playing cow and a pig twirling a sheep are featured in a barnyard dance.

Gush Sesh: The words in this are upbeat and catchy.  The farm animals are enjoying a barnyard dance, where several styles of music are discussed.  Your toddler will surely want to read it more than once! You’re in luck, this one has a song! (Linked here.)

Programming You Might Be Interested In….

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program at our library to provide a child’s first teachers, their parents, with the tools needed to instill a love of reading, the skills to get ready to read, and an appreciation for the library.  Click here for more information.

Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program is for all ages. Check out the details, and see what prizes you can earn here –

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