The list author says: "After buying boatloads of books for my two kids, a boy and a girl, these are the books we recommend for kids age one to two years old. We look for books that are sturdy, visually bold and have concepts accessible for kids this age with one or two sentences per page. They should also be fun to read for the parents, because let's face it, reading an annoying book again and again can drive you nuts. These books were enjoyed by both my son and daughter, don't let the gender-specific titles fool you. Who says girls aren't interested in trucks? Great for giving as gifts too!"
"A simple concept done right: Vivid photos of common animals along with a one-word label. We read this and make the animal noises (what noise does a fish make?) My kids keep coming back to this book again and again."
"Sturdy cardboard flaps survive the abuse of toddler hands while teaching the names and basic facts about animals (what they eat, animal defenses, what their babies look like, silly things they do, etc.)"
"This book is written in rhyme and includes plastic-inlaid tadpoles (shaped like bright buttons) that count down from 10 to 1. Bright colors and the clever disappearing tadpoles seem to entice my kids."
"This classic translates well to the board book, though the socks are an unnecessary add-on. Something about the pace of the rhyming words and repetitive pictures are enchanting for kids. I won't go so far to say that it will put your toddler to sleep though- wouldn't that be nice!"
"This soft book includes captivating fabrics that come off the page to form butterfly wings and puffy snail shells. It's written in verse that names the creature and what it's doing. I think the popularity owes to the bold and simple graphical style and the fact that each critter has huge eyes which kids this age find intriguing."
"Toddlers enjoy seeing photos of babies and toddlers, and this book illustrates common activities (eating, playing, etc) with bold photographs. Both of my kids were interested to hear about what each child is doing in the pictures, thanks to the captivating expressions that the photographer captured in his subjects."
"This book uses strategically placed cutouts to hint at parts of a monkey hiding that end up being something else. (Is that his tail behind the leaves? No, just some elephants here.) It's fun to look through the cutout hole and be surprised at what is revealed behind it. Even though there is no surprise after the 10th read, somehow my kids wanted to keep reading this book again and again."