She has an extensive collection of books, thanks to generous family and friends. I love kids' books, too, so it doesn't take much for me to pick them up for her. (Remember, marketers loooove me.)
There are some books that she loves even more than others, and she asks for them again and again. We used to read them to her, but since she's heard them a hundred times, she's starting to read them to us -- well, "read" as well any toddler can "read."
If case you have/know a little one to buy for, here are some of Em's favorites.
Duck Rabbit - This book is a debate between two characters, arguing whether that cartoon on the cover is a duck...or a rabbit. Em can recite about 75% of the book with little prompting.
Little Pea - This is from one of the "Duck! Rabbit!" authors, and it's one in a series of three. It's the story of a pea that doesn't like eating its dinner -- CANDY -- but eventually does so it can have dessert, which is SPINACH. The other books in the series feature a pig that would much rather be clean than messy, and an owl that hates staying awake at night. Reverse psychology at its finest, folks!
So Big! - Em loves Elmo, and she loves the grand finale of this book -- a giant pop-up of Elmo. (Sorry -- should I have given a spoiler alert?) She giggles and demands to give pop-up Elmo a big toddler kiss. "I KISS!!!"
Emily's Balloon - Sweet little Emily gets a balloon, which flies away and gets tangled in a tree. She imagines all the things she and the balloon would've done together had it not gotten away. My Em loves the part where Emily gets super sad over her (hopefully) temporary loss of the balloon. Em watches my face in anticipation of my dramatic reenactment of Emily's mom promising to get the balloon out of the tree in the morning.
What's Wrong, Little Pookie? - In my next life I want to come back as children's author Sandra Boynton. She writes silly short books about silly animals doing silly things. Judging by the dozen or so books of hers we have on our shelves, she's not doing too badly for herself. Anyhow...this particular story is about Pookie, whose mom tries to determine what's wrong with her little one. It's a series of questions, most of which Pookie answers with, "No." Em likes to respond, "YES!" instead.
"Would you mind if I listened to my book on tape? Kind of a bookworm. It is a novelization of the movie Precious, based on the book Push by Sapphire." - Michael, The Office