When it comes to books. . .my kids know that we, Mom and Dad, will never say no to buying books. Reading and learning about what is out there in the world is just too precious. And what a better way to start than with books - whether they are all visual, or with some words. My current favorite to give for gifts is Little 1 by Ann and Paul Rand.
Best to start them young, Modernseed has lots of great book choices for the little ones. The perfect combination of letters, numbers and smart graphics.