- A sweet board book for bedtime: You Are My I Love You
- A bedtime classic (already memorized, but nice to see the pictures sometimes too): Goodnight Moon
- You clever mouse you!: The Gruffalo. The repetition, rhythm, and rhyme are good for early literacy, too.
- Sing it: Baby Beluga
- Fun every time: Oh No, George!
- For the modern child who is more familiar with a computer mouse than the cute rodent: It’s A Book and It’s a Little Book (plus, in the former, you get to say “jackass.” Twice!)
- And who should be there but Goose?: Goose and Goose Goes to School are great fun, though children who are more inclined to make friends with animals than other children should be warned that geese are not actually all that friendly. The simple illustrations are on brightly colored backgrounds, which seem to hold Lyra’s attention more than some other books.
- Wordless picture books that encourage imaginative storytelling, with flat-out gorgeous illustrations: Aaron Becker’s Journey and Quest
- From childhood: Paul Zelinsky’s Rumpelstiltskin and One Woolly Wombat
- Folklore, jungle-style: Oh, No! has a slightly different rhythm and lends itself to sound effects, voices for the different animals, and clapping or tapping. Bold illustrations and comeuppance for the greedy tiger.
- Good introduction to the subject of vigilante justice and the verb “to infer”: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (see photo below).
And now…baby pictures! Four months and counting…