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Fun Books for Kids : Sandra Boynton's Board Books

Updated on May 17, 2015
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Sandra Boynton's Books

Sandra Boynton's Books
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Sandra Boynton Books

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Sandra Boynton Books: Great Books for Kids!

From the time my son was just a few months old, my husband and I decided to start reading to him. Most of the time it was part of his bedtime routine, but we enjoyed reading with him any time of day.

Two of our favorite books to read are written by Sandra Boynton: Moo, Baa, La La La! and But Not the Hippopotamus . They are fun to read and after a while, easy to memorize! I can still recite Moo, Baa, La La La when we are playing or I need to divert my son’s attention. We also enjoy the adorable cartoony illustrations.


Moo, Baa, La La La

A well worn Moo, Baa, La La La
A well worn Moo, Baa, La La La | Source

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

Boynton teaches onomatopoeia and makes learning animal sounds fun for kids in Moo, Baa, La La La!. It starts with basic animals and their sounds in a rhyme, then says “Three singing pigs say la, la, la! ‘No, no!’ you say, ‘that isn’t right. The pigs say OINK all day and night.’”. That has to be my favorite line, and one that has been repeated in this house on numerous silly occasions.

After reviewing some other sounds, the book ends with an illustration of all the animals looking at the reader and “(It’s quiet now. What doyou say?)”, with the parenthesis indicating a whispering voice. My son would make his own silly sound at that point.

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But Not the Hippopotamus

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But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

In But Not the Hippopotamus, Boynton touches on how some children might feel left out when they see others engaging in activities, the politeness that comes with inviting everyone to participate, and the gratitude felt when the person who is left out is finally invited to join the group (at least that’s what I gather from reading it!). There is rhyming with the animals’ names and their activities, but the resounding line is “But not the hippopotamus”. The illustrations show the other animals enjoying themselves while the hippopotamus watches them nearby with sadness in its eyes.

The hippopotamus is finally invited by the others to join them but faces the dilemma of whether or not to join. Of course the hippopotamus says yes, but then the books ends with “But not the armadillo” suggesting that the basis behind the storyline would begin again.

'But Not the Hippopotamus' Song

Other books by Sandra Boynton
Other books by Sandra Boynton | Source

Sandra Boynton's books are fun to read!

As the back covers of the books suggest, they are truly "serious silliness for all ages!". We will continue to enjoy these awesome children's books for a long time. Happy reading!


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      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      msviolets, I bet they are more fun to read than traditional level readers! Thanks for sharing that idea and for commenting. :)

      justateacher, they're great for the parents, too! ;)

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      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      My grandson loves these books! They are fun for toddlers and older children, as well!

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      msviolets 

      6 years ago

      We loved Sandra Boynton's books, too!

      We read them over and over when the kids were toddlers, and then pulled them out again for helping to sound out words. Much more fun to read than the traditional level readers!

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      thebookmom, that's cool that your girls still enjoy Sandra Boynton as they get older! I hope my children will do the same. :) Thanks for reading!

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      thebookmom 

      7 years ago from Nebraska

      We love her, she is one of my favorite authors. The Going to Bed Book is Our Favorite! My big girls still sing her songs :)

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      Phil Plasma, I bet my kids would love those two books. Thanks for sharing and commenting!

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I read Barnyard Dance and Birthday Monsters to my two year old and she loves them.

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      RTalloni, I'm glad you liked the books. "Mama Do You Love Me?" sounds like a great book! I'll have to find a copy to read. Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Love these selections! Thanks so much for sharing.

      One of my special ones is, "Mama Do You Love Me?" by Barbara M. Joose, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee. The personality of the characters, the opportunity to learn about the culture represented, the persistent questions that every mother's heart beats with, besides the fabulous art all work together to make this book just delightful. The book has a simplicity that is thought provoking. It includes a dictionary for the new and interesting words.

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      Neakin, we have quite a collection of books too. :) You'll really enjoy the Boynton books. I'm really glad you enjoy my hubs! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      neakin 

      7 years ago

      We are all about some books in this house! I have not ever heard of these though and we have a library like you would not believe. I will absolutely have to add these to the collection! Awesome Hub PracticalMommy! Keep up the great work - I love reading your Hubs!

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      denise.w.anderson, you're right that children love to rhyme and learn ideas from rhyming verses. That was something I taught my 8th grade students as we were exploring the world of poetry and nursery rhymes--they were amazed when we considered how many concepts they had actually learned as children through rhymes! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      Matt in Jax, I'm glad you're thinking of getting these books for when you have children. They certainly are fun to read and enjoyable! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      Denise Handlon, glad you enjoyed the video! I've been watching it a few times a day now since my son saw it and loved it as well...He holds the book and sings along to it! :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      Maggie.L , I hadn't heard of them either until they were received as gifts. I'm glad the gift giver chose these books. Thanks for reading and for the vote!

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      Marissa 

      7 years ago from United States

      Cari Jean, I'll have to check out Barnyard Dance--we don't have that one yet! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Young children readily respond to rhyming words and verses. It is one of the best ways to teach so that they will remember! Thanks for sharing!

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      Matt in Jax 

      7 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Never read or seen either of these books before, but will definitely have to look into that author when I have children.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cute ! Loved the added video. Fun. :)

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      Maggie.L 

      7 years ago from UK

      I haven't heard of these books. They sound perfect for little ones. Nicely reviewed - voted up and useful.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      When my in-laws were looking for a book for their granddaughter (my daughter) the Barnes & Noble salesperson pointed them to the Sandra Boynton books. They chose "Barnyard Dance" - it is a book that's lots of fun to read!

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