The Best High-Contrast Board Books for Babies

The Best High-Contrast Board Books for Babies

High-contrast board books are a great option for babies from newborn to six months old. Since their eyesight is still developing, the images in these books gives baby’s eyes something to focus on in their blurry little world.

Make Tummy Time Last Longer

You can just read these books to baby and talk about the pictures, but I really liked using these books during tummy time. Babies find them very engaging to look at and they tend to really hold their interest. Plus, since they’re board books, they’re sturdy enough to prop up on an activity mat.

For more information on tummy time, how to do it correctly, and its benefits, check out this article over on Nemours KidsHealth.

Gift A High-Contrast Book

This style of board book would make a great gift for a first-time mom. It wasn’t something I ever thought to put on my baby registry, but I wish I had discovered them sooner.

So, here are my favourite, and in my opinion, the best high-contrast board books for babies.

Spots and Dots

Author: Chez Picthall

Cover of Art Baby Spots and Dots  featuring black and white patterns and shapes. The Best High-Contrast Board Books for Babies.

From Amazon: “Designed for babies 6 weeks to 6 months, these books use high-contrast images to provide visual stimulation as babies begin to make visual connections with the world around them. These wordless picture books for the youngest of readers are sure to capture the interest and attention of babies everywhere. The use of black and white shapes with bold colors creates stimulating patterns that babies love. Sturdy board books with rounded corners.”

Hello, My World

Author: Duopress Labs, Illustrator: Jannie Ho

Book cover of Hello, My World with flowers and sun. The Best High-Contrast Board Books for Babies.

From Amazon: “Hello, sun. Good to see you, puppy. What’s going on, butterfly? Hello, My World… Making connections between images on a page and the real world is an important building block for your baby’s communication skills―and this charming introduction to simple objects found around a baby’s world, paired with friendly text and bold, basic patterns, provides an important high-contrast experience for young developing eyes.”

High Contrast: Cluck and Moo

Author: Frida Bing

Cover of Cluck and Moo with a black and white cow and chicken. The Best High-Contrast Board Books for Babies.

From Biblio: “Bold, fun illustrations, in bold high contrast black-and-white images, to read to baby while pointing to animals. Joyful first steps on the road towards learning introducing “chickens cluck, cows moo & ducks quack”.”

Hello Baby: Faces

Author: Roger Priddy

Cover of Hello Baby Faces with a red background and a baby.

From Amazon: “Roger Priddy’s Hello Baby: Faces is a high-contrast board book with lots of different faces for little eyes to discover! Babies love to look at faces – looking at and learning the different types of faces and their expressions forms the cornerstone for the development of later social skills. From a happy face to a sad face, all of the pictures in this high-contrast board book are designed simply so that they are easy for baby to focus on, and are illustrated in strongly contrasting black and white with splashes of color to stimulate baby’s developing sight.”

Hello: Ocean Friends

Author: Violet Lemay

Cover of Hello, Ocean Friends with fish in black and white.

From Amazon: “Hello, fish. Howdy, seahorse! What’s up, turtle? Hello, Ocean Friends… Making connections between images on a page and the real world is an important building block for your baby’s communication skills―and this charming introduction to ocean creatures, paired with friendly text and bold, basic patterns, provides an important high-contrast experience for young developing eyes. Using simple greetings like “Hi there, starfish” and “Hola, jellyfish” alongside black-and-white art by Julissa Mora, Hello, Ocean Friends is the perfect building block for babies just beginning to look around and learn about their world.”

More Engaging Books for Babies

If you’re looking for more board books for your baby, check this out: 10 Board Books With Photos of Baby Faces.

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