Diapers and clothing definitely came in handy but some of the most rousing gifts we received when we had the baby were books. And now that he's old enough to flip through the pages, (and not just munch on the corner although he still does that), his favorite by far is the Pantone: Colors book. It introduces just a few of the color swatches that this company researches, forecasts and produces products in.
Art for Baby board book is filled with black and white images from contemporary artists. From shapes to faces to representative art, each page is full of contrast to keep babies curious. There's also a wonderful set of friezes in the back of the book, twelve panels to put up around the nursery of the same renderings of works by Takashi Murakami, Josef Albers, Bridget Riley and more.
Recently when we were at the library, we discovered that they've made a second version of this book full of faces for baby to stare at and learn - so important for their development.
Based on the studies and invention of the motion picture machine called a zoopraxiscope, Eadweard Muybridge is given credit in the children's book Gallop, an engaging collection of animals that trot, swing and hop across the page as you turn it. I just saw that there's a Santa one too - a great gift for the holidays.
What are your favorite children's books?