Inch by Inch. For some reason, I had the idea that all of the Leo Lionni books were rather lengthy. I only owned An Extraordinary Egg before Baby A was born, and I knew it would be years before he'd be able to enjoy it. I could not have been more wrong, and I could not be more in love with the simple titles I have lately discovered. Inch by Inch is rapidly becoming a new favorite.
Little Gorilla. I had my eye on this little board book for months before finally succumbing to its 1970's charm. It's incredibly simple, just a story about a beloved baby gorilla and the jungle animals that watch him grow up. It felt appropriate, considering Baby A's momentous first birthday was July 5 (tear).
Boy + Bot. I found this at our local bookstore a few months ago and snatched it up for A's first birthday. Its greatest features are the illustrations, which are brightly colored but almost vintage in style. A doesn't appreciate the electronic voice effects SH and I both use for the bot, but some day he'll find them quite humorous.
The Odd Egg. My love affair with Emily Gravett continues. This particular book is probably more notable for its illustrations than the story, which is merely the progression of an assortment of birds waiting for their eggs to hatch. I'm sure Baby A will howl with glee at the surprise ending when he's a bit older. For now, I think he enjoys the "flipboard" effect of the pages as each egg hatches.