Both classic and new, these books are sure to be beloved and remembered by generations of children. Special picture and reading books provide a lasting educational gift. Here are some of our favorites; we hope you agree.
Newborns and Babies
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown:
What small child wouldn’t want to be assured that no matter where they go, mommy or daddy will follow, “for you are my little bunny.” Written by the author of Goodnight Moon, this classic first appeared in 1942.
Miss Spider’s Tea Party Counting Book, by David Kirk:
The illustrations are not only breathtaking but packed with enough detail to occupy the “reader” for some time.
Ha Ha!, by Guido Van Genechten:
From the big laughing bunny head on the cover to the last picture of a boy with cherries on his ears it’s clear why this is one of the year’s National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) winners.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle:
No children’s book list would feel complete without Carle’s books. His unique illustrations and fun touches (the cricket makes sounds in the “Lonely Cricket”) are just icing on the delightful stories. The caterpillar teaches the days of the week as well as what overeating can do to you.
The Jolly Pocket Postman, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg:
Readers will think it great fun to pull letters, magnifying lenses and little books from each real envelope in the book.
Mr. Jolly’s Sidewalk Market, by Laura Jean Allen:
(No relation to the above). Each turn of the 12 double pages opens to an illustration of the produce and weather at the market for each month of the year. Since there is no text, the reader can make up her own dialogue.