Great Board Books
Baby Pets, by Margaret Miller. Every page features clear, colorful photos of lots of babies and animals, along with a short, simple phrase.
Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy! by Sandra Boynton. Each wacky illustration has something to touch, like a cow's smooth snout or a turkey's bumpy wattle.
Gaspard and Lisa's Ready for School Words, by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben. Warm watercolor illustrations introduce your baby to everyday words.
Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert. Little ones will love the vibrant pictures of planting seeds and preparing food.
Toes, Ears, and Nose! by Karen Katz. Lift-up flaps give a peekaboo surprise to help your baby identify different body parts.
Originally published in the December 2004 issue of Parents magazine.