Look for books about real things. Pictures and name labels for infants and toddlers work beautifully, children who are ready to read or just starting enjoy short descriptive books about such topics as the natural world, children in other countries, or things with wheels.
The books you read aloud can range in topic from poems and rhymes to history and and the solar system.
Follow the child. Try not to tell your child to put a book back because it is too hard or won’t be interesting. If either is the case, your child won't read it. But you might just be surprised. Trial and error needs to be encouraged, because we want to help nurture intellectual creativity and the ability to think outside the box.