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14 Super Fun Books for Sandra Boynton Fans
by Janssen Bradshaw
Photography by Seana Williamson
In her pre-child life, Janssen was an elementary school librarian. Now she stays home with her four little girls and is constantly maxing out her library card with picture books, cookbooks, and young adult novels. She’s anxiously counting down the days until her girls are old enough to read the Little House on the Prairie books. You can find Janssen over on her blog, Everyday Reading, where she celebrates modern motherhood with a practical twist.
Until I had children, I had never even heard Sandra Boynton’s name.
Six months into motherhood and I could recite many of her books from memory.
Four children later, my love affair with her is still going strong — she just creates the most delightful books with catchy rhythms and hilarious illustrations.
If your household holds some Sandra Boynton fans as well (and I can’t imagine that it doesn’t!), here are 14 other titles that will tickle your funny bone and imagination in the same way!
by Anna Dewdney
I love this little llama who struggles with all the normal childhood issues (in this case, going to bed), and his mama who is kind and loving but also can get a little fed up with his antics.
by Elsa Mroziewicz
Toddlers who love Sandra Boynton’s zany sense of humor will also enjoy this hilarious board book from the author of Peek-a-Who? Using the giggle-worthy clues on each page, toddlers will guess what animal left them behind.
by Dr. Seuss
One of the best things about Sandra Boynton’s books is that they invite little ones to get in on the action. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? does that very same thing, encouraging kiddos to make all kinds of silly sounds, from the familiar hoo hoo of an owl to the outrageously fun grum grum of a hippo chewing gum.
by Rekha S. Rajan, illustrated by Tania Yakunova
This interactive book about musical horns is perfect for tiny Sandra Boynton fans. Toddlers will learn about instruments like the trumpet and less well-known horns like the nadaswaram from South India and paper towel rolls from the kitchen.
by Al Perkins, illustrated by Eric Gurney
Follow a band of monkeys as they introduce little ones to hands, fingers, and thumbs! You and your toddler will drum and hum with each page of this board book while teaching little ones the joy of making music.
by Peggy Rathman
This one doesn’t have many words, but the story of the nighttime antics of a mischievous gorilla and his zoo animal friends is packed with humor and plenty of opportunities for fun ad-libbing, parent-child interaction, and giggles.
by Danielle McLean, illustrated by Anna Su¨ßbauer
Rhyme, poop, and a mystery combine into a hilarious board book toddlers will find irresistible. When a dung beetle finds a mysterious pile of glittery, rainbow-colored poop, he wants to find its owner. The bright colors, squishy poop, and silly story make this the perfect addition to any tiny reader’s library.
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by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown
You’ll be chanting this one all day long, guaranteed. And probably tapping your toes as well.
by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang
One of the best things about Sandra Boynton’s books is that you can sing along with them. Babies and toddlers also love singing along with nursery rhymes, and this brightly illustrated board book is an excellent way to engage your little one. Scan the included QR code to listen and sing along with the music.
by Leslie Patricelli
This wonderful padded board book beautifully showcases all the ways that parents show love to their adorable baby. From hugs to kisses on the tummy, there are so many ways to show your family that you care. This lovely book may even inspire some snuggles between you and your adorable child!
by Tad Hills, lyrics by Lauren Savage
This story fits perfectly in a collection of books for Boynton fans — it’s upbeat, full of amusing language, includes a musical number, and it’s a toss-up if parents or children like it more. So honk, quack, and sing along!
by Eric Carle
Round out your sing-along board book collection with this essential nursery rhyme book from Eric Carle. Featuring Carle’s signature cut-paper collage artwork, flaps to lift, and five popular nursery rhymes, this book will quickly become a storytime favorite.
by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Maggie Swanson
Featuring favorite characters from Sesame Street and tongue twisters that will keep kids in stitches (and parents on their toes), this one is tons of fun.
by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell
If you love Sandra Boynton’s unconventional song lyrics, you’ll adore this book of modern nursery rhymes. Bouncy, rhythmic verse paired with colorful illustrations make this board book a must-read for young children.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2022.
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