We are big readers at our house. Even baby sister (who is almost 2 already - holy cow!) won't go to bed without a story. And a perennial favorite at our house has always been I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak.
As you can tell, this book has been well loved, oft read, and even occasionally chewed on. My children have taken it to bed with them, toted it in the car, and snuggled it closely. In fact, we've loved this book so much we're on our second copy (the first met an unfortunate end at the hands of a leaky sippy cup).
Not only does this book feature a tender story of how much a parent loves his/her child, but the pictures are darling and engaging. The story is simple and easy for even an 18 month old to remember and follow along. And it helps a child to learn about opposites (happy and sad, top and bottom, inside and outside) as well as body parts (eyes and ears, fingers and toes, nose and hair). We like to mimic the emotions or point to the body parts as they are each named in the book - it's become a fun little bedtime game!
My daughter asks for this book before bed every single night and I am absolutely happy to oblige. Unlike most of their stories, this is one book I never ever tire of.
If you're looking for a good story to share with your young child, or if you need a great gift for a friend, be sure to check out I Love You Through and Through!