OK, this one literally makes Micah go "Moo!" He has loved it since he was a baby. Now we say the rhymes, he provides animal noises. We all have it memorized. Fun!
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton (Workman, $6.95)
Baby Micah loved this book. Toddler Micah claps, stomps, bows, and otherwise dances along to the swinging verses.
Machines at Work by Byron Barton (HarperCollins, $7.99)
Micah loves trucks. His feminist mothers love that some of the truck drivers are clearly female. This book is almost as mesmerizing as an actual construction site. I predict that he will own many Byron Barton books before he outgrows his fascination with all things vehicular.
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illustrations by Judy Horacek (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99)
This one is new to us. The rhymes are catchy, the pictures are lots of fun. I predict that we will memorize it without getting bored. This is high praise!
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, pictures by Marla Frazee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.95)
Most of the babies depicted are younger than Micah, but he loves looking at pictures of babies. The text is sweet, the pictures full of subtle messages about diverse families. The grownups in our house invariably become sentimental while reading the last pages.
Jennifer Woodfin, September 2012