I know you have oodles and bundles of suggestions already, but I can’t help myself.
As a little girl, one of my all-time favorites was a “Little Critter’s” book called “This Is [name_f]My[/name_f] Friend” by [name_u]Mercer[/name_u] [name_m]Mayer[/name_m]. It’s pretty cute. And “The [name_m]Little[/name_m] Mouse, the [name_u]Red[/name_u] Ripe [name_f]Strawberry[/name_f], and the Big Hungry Bear” by [name_m]Don[/name_m] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] [name_m]Wood[/name_m].
For babies and toddlers I really like BabyLit board books. https://www.babylit.com/classic-lit?p=2 They have “primers”, like books about colors, counting, animals and opposites. They’re on Amazon for probably cheaper than their site.
When they’re a little older, some really funny ones:
“The Book With No Pictures” by BJ [name_m]Novak[/name_m] (who played [name_u]Ryan[/name_u] on the US version of The Office).
“I Want [name_f]My[/name_f] [name_f]Hat[/name_f] Back”, “This Is Not [name_f]My[/name_f] Hat”, and “We Found A Hat” by [name_m]Jon[/name_m] Klassen (I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy those ones)
This last one I think is really for adults who need a hug in the form of a book, but it’s a picture book called “The Rabbit Listened” by [name_f]Cori[/name_f] Doerrfeld.
You asked about experience reading with children. For my kids, I sing to them at bedtime every night, and read to them if they’re in bed early enough (good motivation). Other than that, for the most part, I let them enjoy their books on their own.