Lastly, all the books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond ("If You Give a Pig a Pancake", "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" etc.)
for babies, pretoddlers, toddlers, and preschoolers
Hop On Pop has been one of the all-time most-read books in our house.
Hug is great because it is a good book for giggling at and older siblings can very easily read it to younger siblings.
I read them to my newborn, my brother read them in 3rd grade. Entertaining for Mom and Dad too and the illustrations are wonderful.
All four volumes of Read Aloud Bible Stories, Volumes 1-4 by Ella Lindvall
Read alouds: The Princess Bride, The Chronicles of Narnia,Little House on the Prairie (we read aloud often to our 6.5 yr old, the 3 yr old sits and plays nearby, listening a bit)
2. Richard Scarry's The Animals of Farmer Jones (Big Little Golden Book) by Scarry
3. Over in the Meadowby Keats
In fact, I memorized it and would recite it to him at night as a 'story' before bed. We don't have a board book version and he was still eating books more than looking at them at that point. Now that he's almost 10 months old, he likes to turn the pages and check out the pictures. The illustrations are stunning! It's cute - he's been gently stroking my eyelashes lately and last night, he reached out and stroked the eyelashes of Mama Llama...so adorable!
Anyhow, it's the best book we own. She has a few other Llama books that I can't wait to read. Uh, I mean that my son can't wait to read. ;)
Those are just a few of the many AMAZING books out there.
(I was a childrens librarian so I'm clearly all about books)
Since then (now 28 months) if I have to pick two: Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day and The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood.
We love books so this was quite hard!
Other big hits are B is for Bear, by Roger Priddy, Where Is Love, Biscuit?: A Pet & Play Book, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, and I Love You Through And Through, by B. Rossetti-Shustak & C.J. Church. We also love Nancy Tillman books for bedtime (On the Night You Were Born and It's Time to Sleep, My Love)
I have to second the Mo Willems pigeon books as well as his "Leonardo the Terrible Monster." My 3 year old has been enjoying these books for well over a year now.
Anything by Sandra Boynton. A lot of here books are also songs. We love her CDs. Often "read" the song books that come with the CDs and "sing" the board books.
My infant son loves "Hello, Animals!" by Smriti Prasadarn. It's a black and white board book.
My daughter just turned three and this is a list of some of her favorite story books:
The Ladybug Girl series
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
Extra Yarn by Mac Bernett
Anything by Oliver Jeffers
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco
And on and on and on!
Another favorite is EVERYWHERE BABIES by Susan Meyers (and has been since about 15 months old).