We're looking for some recommendations!
Maybe I'm just too picky, but I'm finding that most of the picture books we've found lately are too reliant for storytelling on clever illustrations (which means that we have to talk through the book and explain what's happening) or too word-heavy (our toddler gets bored if we're on the same page too long, and often she doesn't understand all the words in this case). Which books out there have a good balance of words-to-illustrations, that don't require a lot of adjustment by me to make it understandable/enjoyable for my toddler?
Also, I'm not a fan of children's storybooks that rhyme -- usually the story suffers in comprehensibility when the author is trying too hard to come up with verse, and the rhyming meter is usually sporadic at best. Ugh. (The notable exception to this is Sandra Boynton, whose rhyming books are excellent IMO, quite musical.)
So here's a few of our favorites, to give you an idea of what I'm looking for:
When you Give a Mouse a Cookie (and its spinoffs)
all the Curious George titles
Guess How Much I Love You
the Gossie books by Olivier Dunrea
Any others in this vein that you might recommend?