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Boynton’s World


We introduced books to Eva at a young age, and she has continued to enjoy them. I’ve talked about some of her early favorites, and those have changed over time. Her bedtime book is Heads, and she must read it before bed. Gone are the one word a page books, they have been replaced by one or two line a page books. That, and any book that has the thick pages that are easier for her to turn.

One author has a giant foothold in this market of books. We have nine million of her books, and there are still another nine million that we haven’t yet read. Eva loves her books, so much that I’m starting to worry that one day Eva will begin to suspect that every book starts with [Title] by Sandra Boynton.


Eva is nearly 15 months old and these board books are a perfect fit for her hands. They are easy to carry to mom and dad, and she can grab the pages and turn them with minimal assistance. The pages are colorful, and most of the text is written in a comfortable pattern that can be turned into song (like mom has done with Fifteen Animals) or read like a poem.

Boynton has even invaded bath time with her soft cover book Barnyard Bath. On those pages, Eva can wash the animals (she’s not interested in that yet, just enjoys the pictures.)

My personal favorite is But Not the Hippopotamus. Eva doesn’t yet have a favorite one, but she does enjoy a whole lot of them including Happy Hippo, Angry Duck and Opposites.

Boynton books have brought us two different cute moments with Eva. In the classic “Are You a Cow?“, there is a page where Boynton asks “Are you a chicken upside down”, accompanied by a picture of an upside down chicken. Eva gets to this page, and flips the book around, because that chicken is upside down and needs to be right side up.

The book Moo, Baa, La La La teaches a little bit on the sounds that animals make. The second animal is a sheep, and now Eva knows what a sheep says(video).


3 thoughts on “Boynton’s World

  1. Olivia also loves Sandra Boynton’s books. Her current favorite is “Pajama Time.” Bryan, on the other hand, begins all Sandra Boyntons’ books with [Title] by “the worst author ever.” Mostly he hates “Tickle Time,” and this antipathy has spilled over on the other books. All the Boynton books in our house have songs that I made up to go with them. πŸ™‚

  2. We have “The Going to Bed Book,” which Little Man seems to like. Lately, he’s cast his books aside in favor of the iPad but he’ll occasionally read with me. It’s a stage he’s going through. He also loves the TV and music. Oh, and coloring.

  3. I was thrilled to read that Eva enjoys Moo Baa La La La. I pretty much had it memorized when Bree and Joe were little. I even had to buy a second copy because we wore out the first one. I still the book in Joe’s memory bag. πŸ™‚ Boynton does write some great books. πŸ™‚

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