What I look for in books for this age: Reality! I don't read books to young children that teach them inaccurate things about the world--like that dogs talk or wear clothes or that people have magical powers.
Here are the books Henrik currently loves at the age of 18 months:
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Baby Faces by DK
Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Baby’s First Book of Birds and Colors by Phyllis Tildes
Bathwater’s Hot by Shirley Hughes
Big and Little by Margaret Miller
Brush, Brush, Brush by Rookie Toddler
Colors by Pantone
Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
First 100 Machines by Bright Baby
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Montessori Work 1, 2, 3 by Bobby and June George
Moo Moo What Are You by Begin Smart
My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
My Big Train Book by Roger Priddy
My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy
My Five Senses by Margaret Miller
See, Touch, Feel by Piddy Books
Truck Driver Tom by Monica Wellington
Henrik's favorite book around 9 months was Moo Moo What Are You.
Henrik's favorite book around 12 months was Baby Faces.
His favorite book around 15 months was Freight Train and Big and Little.
His favorite books now, at 18 months, are Truck Driver Tom, Bathwater's Hot, and My Five Senses.