It's about that time where all of my friends or friends of friends seem to be getting pregnant or having children. I believe that the best gift to a new parent is to start their child's library off right. Board books are the best way to start a baby's library as they are sturdier than a picture book. There are several great board book series, as well as individual board books out there. I have to start with my all-time favorite: Sandra Boynton. All her books are whimsical, educational and inventive. There are A to Z books, counting books, color books and opposite books, to name a few. She does have gift box sets that come with more than one board book in them. I think they make the perfect gift.
My personal favorite is Hippos Go Berserk. This wonderful counting book is catchy and the illustrations are fantastic. It has both counting forward and backward in the same book. Adults, if you don't want to miss out, she has a chocolate cookbook with adorable illustrations. While Hippos Go Berserk is my favorite, you really can't go wrong with any of her board books.