After looking at all of the board books lined up on my kids' bookshelves, I'm amazed that I never had this idea myself. When Laura Miranti's youngest child was undergoing early learning therapy, her therapist suggested creating a photo album of the people and objects her daughter saw on a daily basis. From there, the Texas-based mom of three hatched an idea for Board Book Albums. ($20) - photo albums reminiscent of her tot's every day reads that can hold standard 4x6-inch snapshots.

The great thing about the books is that they can be updated as the child grows, or reused for younger siblings with appropriate images. According to Miranti, "Studies have shown that young children only have object recognition with photos. This means that before the age of two, they can not relate a drawing of an object with the actual object, but they can relate a photo of the object with the actual object." With that in mind, it is no wonder that teachers and therapists are recommending similar book concepts for their students.