Good Night Moon is a classic bedtime story.
I remember my mother reading Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb to me as a child. When I saw it in board book format I had to buy it. It has lots of rhyme and repetition as it follows a group of instrument playing monkey's.
Barnyard Dance is extra fun if you read it with the voice of a square dance caller.
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton, was a quick favorite at our home. It's a quick read and a good introduction to a few animal sounds. Bad opera voices are a must for the singing pigs.
Animals (Baby Touch and Feel) There is an entire series of Baby Touch and Feel books. I would make a few improvements and changes if I were in the publisher. However, my son has always enjoyed feeling the various textures on the pages of the books.
That's Not My Dinosaur [THATS NOT MY DINOSAUR-BOARD] [Board Books] This is another touch and feel series my son enjoyed.
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? The Karen Katz books are a hit at my home. My son did rip off a few of the flaps but they were easily hot glued back on.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has a singsong quality and introduces animals and colors. There are other books in this series but this is my favorite.
The Napping House is chock full of repetition and great illustrations.
These next few books are ones we do not personally own but are on our list to purchase because they consistently receive great reviews.
Pat the Bunny
Peek a Who
Guess How Much I Love You
Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman's Book of Things That Go
What are your favorite books for babies and younger toddlers?