12 Classic Board Books You Need to Buy Before Your Kid Is Born

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It’s never too early to start reading to kids, or for kids to start handling books — honing manual dexterity by opening covers and turning pages, and exploring all the colorful complexity of board books designed for the youngest readers. The best baby board books serve a couple of purposes. Not only do board books provide easy and educational entertainment for babies, they’re also incredibly durable. Considering most infants’ interest in books largely centers on their chewability, board books will fare much better than their paper counterparts. Whether you’re looking for a board book for a baby boy or girl (hint: there’s no difference), baby board books make great gifts and registry items. These dozen board books offer timeless tales that parents won’t mind reading over and over again, or at least for the first 100 times.

The Best Board Books for Every Baby’s Library

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