This book, which is gorgeous despite its lack of pictures, never fails to make even the most serious little folks laugh. (I dare you to read it without laughing yourself.)
Press Here by Herve Tullet (Chronicle, $15.99)
This is more of a one-on-one read. Press Here encourages small readers to press pages, shake dots to one side, and more. If the interactivity weren't enough, it's also visually stunning.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess (Random House 8.99)
Thing 1 and Thing 2 are the best parts of this book, obviously. The rhythm of the words makes memorization fun and easy. Dr. Suess has written so many beloved books, but none more so than this one.
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems (Disney, $16.99)
I chose this book as a close second to the Elephant and Piggie books because they're all so fun and they prompt a call-and-response from your tiny audience. And, yeah, because sometimes bathtime is hard.
Curious George by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 7.99)
What will that cheeky monkey get up to next?
Sarah Rose, January 2015