One of the best gifts you can give your child is a love of reading. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn to love reading when they equate it with loving attention and a happy time of sharing. The best place to start with young children is with board books since they enjoy being able to handle books themselves.
The bright animal illustrations by Eric Carle and the rhyming text by Bill Martin, with repeating phrases, will have your child reciting this story in no time and asking you to read it again and again. This board book also reinforces color and animal recognition. (Henry Holt & Company, 1996. ISBN: 0805047905)
This interactive board book by Edith Kunhardt Davies, with its simple story of the activities of two small children and its charming pastel illustrations by Dorothy Kunhardt, has been popular since it was first published in 1940. (Golden Books, 1976. ISBN: 0307120007)
This classic by Margaret Wise Brown is an excellent bedtime board book. The illustrations by Clement Hurd provide a lot of things to talk about as the story quietly leads both the main character, and your child, towards sleep. (HarperCollins, 1991. ISBN: 0694003611)
A little green caterpillar eats its way through the days of the week on its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly in artist Eric Carle's beautifully designed board book. (Putnam Publishing Group, 1994. ISBN: 0399226907)
Beatrix Potter's gentle watercolors provide a lovely introduction to the tale of the naughty rabbit in this abridged board book version. (Penguin Books Ltd., 1999. ISBN: 0723244324)