so CC said in the Anticipated Movies 2008 tangent.
It's probably too early for me to start a "recommend good childrens books" thread, so I'll post this here. This thing is awesome:
Nonsense. Think about it NOW. Scour the used books stores and garage sales when the weather gets nice. Get the things you remember fondly from your childhood. Pester your relatives to hand-me-down their grownup kids' lit.
Get Shel Silverstein, for starters. Get The Golden Books (we got Disney's Mother Goose, The Monster At the End of This Book, The poky Little Puppy).
Get those thick "board books". Danny loves a 5-page book we got from Target for a $1 featuring a squeaking Snowman embedded on the back page. (watch for the holiday sales)
Get Maurice Sendak.
Get the ball rolling with bigger books from Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, etc.--they'll grow into 'em.
If you don't have the kid yet, just pop the books into a milk crate or a handy box and shove them over to the side. Then, when you do have your new beloved, read to him/her once a day, for up to 15 minutes or until they get bored (we have not been able to do this once a day thing YET, but we do it when we can). And when you narrate the book to them, use your most excited voice, even if it's the most pussiest claptrap in the world or dull as the Wall Street Journal.