On a trip to Buy Buy Baby I showed him this "Words" book, and because the cat pictured looks exactly like our gray cat, he immediately leaned in and kissed the page. I bought the book - not just because once my child's slobber is on something I feel obligated to purchase it - and he loves to bring it over to me during playtime so I can read it with him.
Bonus: It has sliding windows so he can see the word "ball" and listen to me say it as he slides it over. Buy it here.
If you have any great toys your child loves, please share them in the Comments section!
*Good to know we're not alone, isn't it? I choose to believe he is advanced, of course.
**Little Blue Truck is easily my son's favorite book of all time. It has it all: narrative, animal noises, different voices, and you can act out what's going on as your child gets older (swerve when the dump truck swerves, etc.) Buy it here.