There are some authors whose names hold special meaning – J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, and Sandra Boynton. Ask anyone who has had a child in the last thirty years if they are familiar with Sandra Boynton’s board books, and you will hear an enthusiastic “Yes!” Years after their kids have outgrown board books, parents can still fondly recite entire Sandra Boynton books – especially Moo, Baa, La La La.
With comic style and sing-song rhythms, Boynton board books are often the go-to picks for a child’s first library. Both the words and the illustrations are designed to captivate even the youngest listeners. With a minimal amount of words and pages, Boynton manages to weave a delightful story that makes children (and adults) giggle. From the animals’ silly antics to the random lines meant to be sung aloud, these books are favored by kids and are commonly found on their shelves.
Moo, Baa, La La La was originally published in 1982 with the original selling more than 3 million copies. In the thirty plus years since its original publication, this board book is continuing to delight little ones and grow in popularity. For example, it is listed in School Library Journal’s Top 100 Picture Books list and remains one of America’s bestselling picture books.
Not only does it have rave reviews from parents, but it is also widely recognized as a great teaching tool for even the littlest learners. Common Sense Media says, “Exuberant verses will have youngsters oinking, mooing, and baaing before you know it […] It’s entirely functional, introducing tots to animals and teaching them the creatures’ sounds.”
Around 12 months, babies begin to build their vocabulary. Their earliest vocabulary is often composed of sounds, such as animal sounds. Moo, Baa, La La La is a terrific way to teach these animal sounds. By using the colorful animal illustrations and having the animals share the sounds they make with the reader, it is both a visual and auditory learning tool.
For those new to this classic board book, one thing to know upfront is that this is not a boring educational book. In the middle of the book where animals are sharing what they say, “The cow says Moo, the sheep says Baa,” there is a silly shift to singing and dancing pigs who say “La La La!” followed by the child’s correction (No, No, that isn’t right! Pigs say Oink all day and night!).
However, while you may think you are just reading your child a silly book at bedtime, you are actually helping your child develop skills for future academic success. As Scholastic explains, “Phrases like ‘A piggy goes oink oink!’ actually help your child learn new words.”
Here’s where it gets even more fun. Pint Size Productions offers a customizable edition of Moo, Baa, La La La! This is perfect for the ultimate Sandra Boynton fan, as a unique baby gift, or for a first birthday. By adding your child’s photo to the board book and his/her name, this book becomes even more delightful.
In our unique personalized edition, parents can add their child’s name and a special note to the front dedication page. Then, their child’s name is also inserted into the final page of the classic that reads, “It’s quiet now. What does ______ say?” Seeing and hearing their name inserted into their favorite book will make them smile every time.
Finally, on the back of the book is a comic strip composite of all the animals from the book along with a photo of your little one! At the top of this fun page, it reads, “What does each one say?” giving your child an extra opportunity to practice those animal sounds and create his or her own silly sound.
Pint Size Productions has printed many millions of copies of classic Boynton Books, and we are delighted to offer not only a personalized version of Moo, Baa, La La La, but also a customizable version of Are You a Cow? We also offer several plush animals of the most popular Boynton characters to make story time even more exciting.
Embrace the silly and create a personalized version of Moo, Baa, La La La today! For even more ideas about personalized board books from Pint Size Productions, be sure to check out our Pint Size Board Book Library for ideas on how to create a custom board book.
Does this post give you a great new idea for your next board book?