I actually don't necessarily think my DS is "gifted" but he is "advanced" when compared to other LOs I know his age. I guess I'm just not sure where else to post this (the regular toddler board didn't seem appropriate... and you all seem to have great collective knowledge for not just gifted kids but developmental stuff generally!...).
OK, so here it goes. DS seems to me & DH to be quite advanced in his language skills. He's almost 2. It's pretty clear that his brain moves 100 miles a minute & his ability to share through language is quickly catching up to his thoughts. He grasps pretty complex concepts (for example, the other day without any prompting he asked me if "people" pump air in his bouncing balls... I think he put it together from our air pump that we use to pump our bicycle tires). His imagination is also extremely vivid (he will sit on his toy airplane & tell me he's going on a trip... or he insists on being carried like an airplane so he can see the clouds & imagine himself flying through them).
My problem is that I'm woefully disappointed in most children's books. We have a couple of wordless picture books that are delightful for coming up with stories in imaginative ways (e.g. Richard Scarry). But the library's pickings of age-appropriate books are extremely dull & his grandparents (as much as we love them) send him awful books (about manners or counting or stories that are half-written). So I admit that this is my problem just as it is his (as in, I recognize that I am bored with & critical of the books while DS may be perfectly happy with them). But I really want to foster his curiosity & imagination with interesting, creative books. I'm really not interested in "teaching" him things with picture books or alphabet or counting books... I think I can do all those things with other books.
Any suggestions for books or authors or publishers to check out? Other creative activities to pursue? Thanks!