The list author says: "I spent hours on the internet trying to find suggestions for the best books for my daughter. This list is our favorites at the moment, roughly covering 12-24 months. I find the most popular books at present are the ones with strong rhymes, nice pictures, and the right amount of text per page - too much writing and she wants to skip ahead. We don't have TV, so none of them are books of syndicated characters (Dora, etc). For now I prefer she learn "blue train", rather than "Thomas the Tank Engine" Hope this is helpful to someone."
"For some reason Duck and Goose are very appealling, and this is so well read, she can now "read" it to me. We also love the other Tad Hills - Opposites and What's up Duck, and have just ordered the new one "Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin""
"This is a board book with a lovely, drifting poem for going to bed. Delightful soft pictures, with a parent reassuring a child with things like "the night is just a blanket that helps the earth to sleep". We read this most nights, and have done for 6 months now. Just the right amount of text per page too."
"This one should really be a bit young for her now - it is quite simple, but she still loves it and picks it out. She loves that she knows what the next page is, and when I say "peek-a" she adds the "zoo" or "choo choo", etc."
"For some reason, the My First series are very appealing. We have four, and almost every day I find her "reading" one of them to herself. Must be something about the style of the pictures that grabs her attention."
"We were given this series - First Words, Colours and Animals, and again they are all ridulously popular with her. (I had great hopes of using them to teach her some spanish words, but my own Spanish is noon existent, so that was a bit of a failure!)"
"We travel a LOT, more than 40 flights since she was born, and it is really hard to carry enough fat board books to keep her happy on a 14 hour flight. This book is great for that - lots and lots of pictures. We have the paperback, not the stickerbook, but it is the same idea. And there is a duck hidden on each page, so she gets to play a little game too."
"A little known Dr Seuss, a bit less crazy than most. This one associates emotions with colours, and has the loveliest pictures of animals to go with the emotion, so "on purple days I'm sad, I groan, I drag my tail, I walk alone" - with a dinosaur. Wonderful rhymes, and helps a toddler name the feeling"
"An overlooked classic - lovely intricate pictures, wonderful rhyming text, and the child gets to search each picture for the character, eg "Each peach pear plum, I spy Tom Thumb". Next page then features that character, plus the next character hiding, eg "Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard"."
"We started with How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten" and it was an immediate success, much to my surprise. So when I found this little set of four Dinosaur books perfectly sized for little hands, I bought it. They have been read over and over, and it is a great size for travel so gets taken everywhere."
"We borrowed this from a library in Ireland, and ended up renewing it for the entire 6 weeks. She loved the repetition, and the slight variation in the pictures. I am thinking of buying it at home now."
"There are dozens in this series - Teddy, Penguin, Plane, Bunny, etc etc. By all rights they are for babies not toddlers, but my daughter still flicks through them. It's a pretty quick flick now! so I wouldn't recommend buying them if your child is closer to 2, but for a younger child they are great."
"We have the normal edition ABC's (not the skinny) and the 123's, both have gorgeous drawings that adults won't mind seeing again and again. And some less usual animals for the letters, eg C is for Crab"
"ok, this one is more that I like introducing her to the concepts. The eco babies in the book do lots of things - recycle, carpool, turn off the lights. No rhymes, but modern looking pictures, cute babies, and repetition. There is a whole series now - Urban Babies wear Black, etc, all cute."