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Sandra Boynton and Her Wonderful Board Books

Updated on February 8, 2015

Sandra Boynton

My Favorite Board Books

Sandra Boynton makes some of the cutest board books for kids. We bought a few of her books when my oldest son was born. My wife and I loved her books so much that we have bought numerous others ever since. My 3 boys have loved her books. The pictures are cute and easily grabbed my boys attention. The books seem so simple in their design. But, it is obvious that she chooses her words very wisely to tell a great little story with each one. Her books have such perfect rhyming that my boys always got a kick out of them. I will be honest even though I have 3 boys and have read countless books to them. I am still horrible at trying to use different voices when I read to my kids. Yet with Sandra's books it actually seems to come naturally. She often uses different types of text to represent the different animals speaking. It really adds a lot to the little books. The books are very durable and some have lasted through all three of our boys.  

Sandra Boynton Board Books

About Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton was born on April 3rd, 1953 in Orange New Jersey. Her dad was an English teacher. She went to Yale and studied, "you guessed it English." In 1973 she decided to work designing Christmas and gift cards. She would print and take her cards to various stores to be sold. A few years later she signed with Recycled Paper Greetings to design cards for them. Sandra got married and moved to a farm in the Berkshires. She had four kids. Her husband competed in the Olympics in the Whitewater Canoe Slalom and got the bronze medal.

From Sandra's estimation she has designed about 5,000 different greeting cards. Her most popular card has sold over 10 million copies. The card pictures a few animals with the words Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes. It basically plays on the words"Happy Birthday two you." Sandra wrote her first children's book in 1977 as a project for school. Her first book was Hippos Go Berserk. She has written and illustrated over forty books. Typically her children's books are aimed at very young children. They are just perfect for toddlers. The books are very colorful with lots of cute animals. They are written on strong little board books that stand up to wear and tear.

Hippo Birdie to Ewe

Sandra's most popular card.
Sandra's most popular card.

Sandra was a part of the glee club at Yale. In 1996 she decided to work on that talent again and started creating childrens songs with composer Michael Ford. Sandra was able to get a lot of famous actors and musicians like Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, the Bacon Brothers, B.B. King and numerous others to contribute to her albums. I'm guessing they must have loved her books as much as I do. Her most recent venture has been to create music videos for some of her best songs. The first is set for release in November 2009 and will be called One Shoe Blues.

Sandra has received numerous awards for her work. Sandra was awarded the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal for her books Your Personal Penguin and for Barnyard Dance. She received the National Cartoonists Society Greeting Card Awardin 1992. Her highest achievement was getting the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. It is the highest award for the National Cartoonist Society. Sandra was even nominated for a Grammy for Philadelphia Chickens. It seems like a pretty incredible achievement for a children's book writer that also does greeting cards. She truly is a very creative and talented individual.

Have you read any of Sandra's books?

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      2 years ago

      Wheoevr edits and publishes these articles really knows what they’re doing.

    • Angela_1973 profile image


      8 years ago

      What an excellent hub, we love her books, we read them for years, my children are finally "outgrowing" them. Every now and again we go back to But Not the Hippopotamus, or talk how bunnies like to eat broccoli stew. These books - I can't ever give away.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the writing. She is good writer for kids.

    • Hussains profile image


      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice hub. Very interesting information.Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

    • xunlei profile image


      8 years ago

      it is great ,

      I like,

      I will keep your post!

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      8 years ago

      My boys like the books too. The "Barn Yard Dance" one is memorized:)

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from ma

      The board books are great. Tommy has been wanting us to read that one to him a lot lately along with Horns to Toes.

    • Janet21 profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      We have a lot of Sandra's books as well. One of our favorites is 'Moo Baa La La La'. Nice job on the hub! :)


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