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	       Misc.kids Frequently Asked Questions
                         Children's Books

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Collection maintained by: Hilary Morrison, morrison@evol1.mbl.edu
(Originally compiled by Laura Dolson, dolson@crl.ucsd.edu)
Last updated: March 14, 1995

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There are many books listed without authors.  If you know the 
author's name, PLEASE send me e-mail with book and author and I 
will add it to the list.  If you have additional comments about 
certain books, think a book belongs in a different category or 
want to add to this list, send me e-mail.  Also there is a list of 
books that do not have age recommendations, on which I would like 
advice.  Please remember that the ages are approximate in any 
case.  For example, one contributor's 2 yr old really liked Just 
So Stories, which are usually recommended for older children.  If 
your child is quite verbal, or just loves books, don't hesitate to 
try out some of the "older" ones, especially if they are well-
written classics.  Many 2 and 3 year olds will sit through Pooh 
stories, especially the illustrated versions.

Note: near the end of the list is a list of children's books on 
certain topics.  I am interested in contributions to this list, 
particularly books that have helped your children to deal with 
difficult issues or help them through transitions.  

Send submissions, changes, etc to morrison@evol1.mbl.edu
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.........Children's Books Suggested by misc.kids parents
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[Picture Books/2 years and under]

  #1 for the younger end of this group is books with large, clear
      photographs of familiar objects and babies/toddlers doing
      familiar things.  Also flap books and baby board books.

Aardema, Verna:What's so funny, Ketu? (featuring our household 
catchphrase "Fat, juicy people", which is a thought of a mosquito 
in the book.  Ketu gets a gift of understanding animals thoughts 
but can't tell, and his wife thinks he's laughing at her.); Why 
Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears (a Caldecott medal winner.  
Mosquito sets off a chain of events which makes everyone mad at 
him); Rabbit Makes a Monkey out of Lion (Rabbit outsmarts Lion); 
Anansi Finds a Fool (A lazy guy wants to find a partner who will 
do all the work while he reaps all the rewards, and his partner 
tricks him at his own game) (African folktale picture 
books...There are a few other books by this author) [Cici] 

Ahlberg, Janet and Allan:The Baby's Catalogue (this was one of his 
favorites before he turned 2. [Rec. unknown]); Peepo!; Peek A 
Boo!; Each Peach Pear Plum (rhyme [Peggy R.])

Amery, Heather:The First Hundred Words (Also available in Spanish 
and French...I would never have bought something that sounded like 
a vocabulary wedding book, but this was recommended to me and it's 
great.  Each open double-page shows a "typical" hectic family 
scene with a mother, father and three kids.  In each one, the 
author has paid some attention to showing the father being very 
involved with the kids.  So in the living room scene, for example, 
mom is hanging a picture with the help of her daughter, dad is 
about to give a crying baby a bottle, little boy is stacking up 
some cups, dog is watching a TV commercial for dog food, cat is 
about to leap on the baby, etc.  It's all chaotic and fun.  Other 
scenes show getting dressed, eating breakfast, washing dishes, 
swimming, playing in the park, etc.  This book has been a favorite 
of my daughter from 14 months through now (20 months) [Tina Van 
R.]).

Base, Graeme:Animalia (a really beautiful and colorful alphabet 
book by an Australian artist; "the best alphabet book in the 
world" There's only one problem with the book - it's far too good 
to give to a toddler.  Contains a Waldo-esque stripe-shirted child 
hiding out in the background.  He's on every page - the problem is 
to find him!  Graeme Base invented and drew the type-face for each 
page, because he couldn't find type-faces which complemented each 
drawing. [Jane P.])

Baum, Susan:Gear Bear's Busy Farm; Gear Bear's Busy Town

Berenstain, Jan & Stan: The Bears' Picnic (all the picnic spots 
that Papa Bear find turn hilariously bad); The Bike Lesson (Papa 
Bear teaches Small Bear to ride a bike with examples of what NOT 
to do); The Bears' Vacation (Papa Bear teaches Small Bear about 
safety at the beach by demonstrating what NOT to do)  (these books 
belong to the same category as Horton - I remembered them from my 
childhood [Cici])

Bess, Clayton:The Truth about the Moon (boy is fascinated with the 
moon and is frustrated by the many different folk stories everyone 
tells him about it [Cici])

Boynton, Sandra: various titles.

Brett, Jan (Well liked illustrator [Rec. unknown])

Briggs, Raymond:The Snowman

Brown, Margaret Wise:Big Red Barn (illustrated by Felicia Bond. 
The illustrations really complement the signature style of Wise 
Brown.  I especially love the butterfly which appears on most (but 
not all) pages--Dylan loves to point it out. [Diane L.]); 
Goodnight Moon; Runaway Bunny; Little Fur Family (My daughter is 
only marginally interested in the story of this book; its charm is 
that is is covered in fur!  It's a tiny book that she loves to 
carry around. [Kathleen R.]); Wait Till the Moon is Full (One of 
my favorites from my own childhood.  I always loved the Garth 
Williams illustrations and the haunting songs that the mother 
racoon sings to her son.[Mimi W.])

Brown, Mark: Hand Rhymes

Cameron, Polly:I Can't Said the Ant  (Rhymes.  I found 
this to be just "ok" [Bruce G.])

Carle, Eric:The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Very Busy Spider; The 
Very Quiet Cricket

Cartlidge, Michelle:Mouse in the House

Degan, Bruce:Jamberry [Peggy R.]

Dijs, Carla:Who Sees you at the (ZOO, FARM, FOREST, OCEAN) (Pop-up 
Books)

Dobbs, Norah?:Everybody Eats Rice (A young girls mother sends her 
out into the neighborhood to look for her little brother at dinner 
time and as she stops at each neighbor's house (in a wonderful 
multi-cultural neighborhood) every family is cooking an ethnic 
rice dish and she is offered a taste of each one (Barbadan, Puerto 
Rican, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, and Haitian) When the girl 
finally arrives home she is too full to eat her mother's *risi e 
bisi*--Italian rice with peas.  AND at the end of the book the 
recipes for all the dishes are included.  [Nola Van V.])

Dodd, Lynley:Hairy Maclary series (from New Zealand. They're about 
a rambunctious little shaggy dog and his adventures around the 
neighborhood. Great rhyming books, and not dummied down for tots. 
[Caren F.])

Eastman, P.D.:Are You My Mother? (classic about hatchling 
desperately trying to find his mother [Cici]); Go Dog, Go (NOTE: 
this book gets mixed reviews;some parents like it; others (e.g. 
Paula B.) think it's terrible (sexist))

Edens, Cooper:The Glorious Mother Goose

Geisel, Theodore (Dr. Seuss):Horton Hears a Who (a favorite of 
mine as a kid, and now a favorite of my son's - in case any of you 
don't know, an Elephant discovers a microscopic community on a 
dustball, vows to protect them [Cici]);Oh, The Thinks You Can 
Think [Mike F.]; The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins;Bartholomew 
and the Oobleck (Normally, Jamie has little time for Seuss books, 
but these are a hit! [Nancy J.N.])

Hadithi, Mwenye and Adrienne Kennaway: Lazy Lion (Bossy Lion tries 
to order the other animals to build him a house, but he's not 
satisfied with any of them, so he doesn't have a shelter & has to 
sit out in the rain); Crafty Chameleon (Chameleon tricks Leopard & 
Crocodile into leaving him alone) (African animal tales with great 
illustrations - there are several more in the series, but these 
are our favorites [Cici])

Herriot, James:The Christmas Day Kitten; The Market Square Dog 
etc. [Nancy J.N.]

Hill, Eric:Where's Spot? (a lift the flap book)

Hoban, Tana:White on Black (big pictures with lots of contrast).

Hoberman, Marry Ann:A House is a House for Me (not really a story, 
but a fun, rolicking rhyme) [Peggy R.]

Hughes, Shirley:Alphie Gives a Hand; Dogger (a favorite); Alphie 
and Annie Rose; Up and Up; The Alphie and Annie Rose Story Book; 
The Concrete Lorry (another favorite) [Nancy J.N.]

Johnson & Johnson:Where is Baby Bunny

Jonas, Ann:When You Were A Baby 

Kunhardt, Dorothy:Pat the Bunny; Pat the Cat

Larche, Doug:Father Gander NURSERY RHYMES, rewritten by Father 
Gander (aka Doug Larche). (Since young ones love the simple rhymes 
of Mother Goose, this is a perfect introduction to rhymes, 
rewritten to be non-violent, non-sexist, and multiethnic--
LOVELY!!! [Diane L.])

Lear, Edward:The Owl and the Pussycat (illustrated by Jan 
Brett...this is an unusual interpretation, in that the 
illustrations (which are lovely) are set in the Caribbean.)

Lester (?), Alison:Imagine

Margolies, Barbara Anne:Rehema's Journey:  A Visit to Tanzania 
(photos and story about a young Tanzanian girl who goes on a trip 
with her father from her village to the Ngorongoro Crater [Cici])

Martin, Bill Jr.:Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

McCloskey, Robert:Blueberries for Sal; One Morning in Maine; Time 
of Wonder [Rec. unknown]

Merrill, Susan:Washday (Probably out of print; the copy we've 
borrowed twice from the library is about to fall apart.  A simple, 
lovely book about a family doing the wash together.  Good for 
toddlers. [Mimi W.])

Meryl, Debra:Baby's Peek-a-Boo Album (illustrated by True Kelley.  
This book allows you to paste in photos of your own baby, which is 
pretty neat.  However, Dylan never really got a big kick out of 
seeing himself hiding.  Indeed, he was too engrossed in finding 
the little mouse that was always in the picture (except for the 
bathroom scene), or finding the hummingbird. [Diane L.])

Munsch, Robert:Love You Forever [Rec. unknown] (Mixed reviews)

Mwalimu & Adrienne Kennaway: Awful Aardvark (how it came to be 
that aardvarks sleep in the day and eat termites at night [Cici])

Myer, Mercer:There's a Nightmare in My Closet (delightful drawings 
[Judy L. T.]); Just for You (actually, I haven't seen a MM book I 
haven't loved [Judy L. T.])

Numeroff, Laura:If You Give A Moose A Muffin 

Oxenbury, Helen and Michael Rosen:We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Oxenbury, Helen:Good Night, Good Morning; Mother's Helper; 
Shopping Trip; Say Goodnight; Tickle Tickle (We accompanied the 
reading of "Say Goodnight" and "Tickle Tickle" with suitable 
actions, eg: Up, Down, Up in the Sky - lift and lower baby/ Swing 
Low, Swing High - swing baby as if on a swing/ Buppity, Hold on 
Tight  - bounce baby on leg/ Hush Little Babies, Say Goodnight! - 
hold finger to mouth and say "shhh" [Drew C.])

Peet, Bill:Buford, the Big Horn Sheep; Chester the Worldly Pig; 
Cyrus the Unseaworthy Sea Serpent; Encore for Elenore; Hubert's 
Hair Raising Adventure; Huge Harold; Jethro and Joel Were a Troll; 
Jennifer and Josephine; Kermit the Hermit Crab; Merle, the High-
Flying Squirrel; The Wing Ding Dilly; Wump World; Zella, Zack, and 
Zodiac; Bill Peet's autobiography [Nancy J.N.]

Pfister, Marcus:The Rainbow Fish (A very good story about sharing.  
Unfortunately it cost 16 dollars (due to fancy sequins glued on 
the pages which were needed for the story).  The rainbow fish 
finds happiness and belonging by giving one sequin to each other 
fish so that they all became rainbow fish. [Bruce G.])

Pienkowski, Jan:Various board books

Poluskin, Maria:Mama's Secret; Mother, Mother, I Want Another; Who 
Said Meow?

Potter, Beatrix:Peter Rabbit, etc. series (mixed reviews [Rec. 
unknown])

Provensen, Alice and Martin:Peaceable Kingdom--A Shaker 
Abecedarius (rhyme [Arti N.])

Rey, Margret and H.A.:Curious George series [Bruce G.]

Ricklin, Neil: Baby's Book of Colors series of photo books 
("Baby's Book 
of Toys", "Daddy and Me", "Mommy and Me", etc)

Sadler, Marilyn:PJ.Funnybunny [Mike F.]

Scarry, Richard (?):I am a Bunny

Sendak, Maurice:Chicken Soup With Rice; Where the Wild Things Are; 
In the Night Kitchen; Outside Over There

Shapiro, Richard:Jonathan & the Dragon (a dragon comes to town, 
and the mayor tries futilely to get him to leave, ignoring a small 
boy who ultimately solves the problem by politely asking the 
dragon to go away...this one may be out of print - it was saved 
from my childhood.  I actually memorized the entire rhyming text 
of this book and occasionally recite it to my son at the grocery 
store! [Cici])

Shaw, Nancy:Sheep in a Jeep (also sequels:Sheep in a Ship, Shop, 
out to Eat) (rhyme) [Peggy R.]

Spier, Peter:Gobble Growl Grunt(I hesitate to include this book 
because I get so tired of reading it!  It is a favorite of my 
daughter's however.  It's just a bunch of animals, reptiles, etc 
and their respective animal sounds [Kathleen R.])

Steig, William:Shrek! and other books [Rec. unknown]

Stevenson, Robert Louis:A Child's Garden of Verses 

Stone, Jon:There's a Monster at the End of This Book (Little 
Golden/Sesame Street Book)

Tafuri, Nancy:Junglewalk (this has no words, but terrific 
illustrations that tell a story of a boy and his cat's dream of 
their walk through the jungle [Cici])

Taylor, Barbara:The Animal Atlas (illustrated by Kenneth Lilly, 
published by Knopf.  This is clearly not *intended* for toddlers, 
but when we realized that Dylan was hooked on animals, we bought 
him this book which had realistic drawings of animals.  This 
was/is a favorite, and Dylan loves to turn pages and point to all 
the birds or cats on the page, or have us name the animals that he 
points to. [Diane L.])

Theobalds, Prue (Illustrator):Old MacDonald Had a Farm (This is 
the traditional nursery song, wonderfully illustrated, showing the 
old Scottish farmer and his charges.  Of course, one has to sing 
the text, which delights babies no end. [Diane L.])

Unknown:Ballerina Bess (rhyme [Arti N.])

Unknown:Fun with Babysitter (board book)

Unknown:The Little Learner's Library for children under 3 (sets of 
bright, appealing board books and some related items (puzzles, 
etc.) that form a series in beginning geography and nature 
studies)

Unknown:Willie and the Whale (rhyme [Arti N.])

Van Allsburg, Chris:The Polar Express; Jumungi; The Stranger; Just 
a Dream [Nancy J.N.]

Van Laan, Nancy:Possum Come a-Knockin' (rhyme) [Peggy R.]

Various:Pudgy Pal Board Books (Grosset and Dunlap, publishers)

Weiss, Nicki:Where Does the Brown Bear Go?

Wells, Rosemary:Max's Ride; Max's Bath (there are at least 8 board 
books about Max. [Graeme W.])

Williams, Jay:Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like [Rec. 
unknown]

Williams, Vera:More More More Said the Baby (Wonderful book 
featuring multi-cultural and interracial families [Wendy B.])

Wood, Audrey and Don:The Napping House [Rec. unknown]

Yolen, Jane:Owl Moon [Rec. unknown]

Ziefert, Harriet:Nicky's Picnic (lift-the-flap series.  This 
series is a little more mature than Spot - a little more narrative 
[Graeme W.])

Zion, Gene and Margaret Bloy Graham:Harry the Dirty Dog (dog hates 
bathes, runs away & gets so dirty his owners don't recognize him 
until they give him a bath); No Roses for Harry (dog hates the 
roses on his sweater so he tries to lose it and eventually a bird 
unravels it for him); Harry By the Sea (dog gets separated from 
family at the beach, gets covered with seaweed, and frightens all 
the beachgoers while he tries to find his owners); The Plant 
Sitter (boy looks after neighbors plants over summer vacation, 
turns his house into a jungle, and researches how to trim and make 
new plants from the cuttings); Dear Garbageman (new garbageman 
doesn't want to throw anything away, so instead he gives it all 
away to eager patrons, but the next day is disappointed to find 
that all the things are back in the trash with a note); The Sugar 
Mouse Cake (baker creates a spectacularly decorated cake, but then 
has his pet mouse stand in for a broken sugar-mouse and many 
mishaps ensue) [Cici]

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[2 to 6 years]

Ahlberg, Janet and Allen:The Jolly Postman or Other People's 
Letters (2 to 7 years.  Get this book!  It's fun! - Kathleen R.)

Alborough, Jez:Where's My Teddy? (This is a cute book about a 
small boy and a BIG bear who both lose their teddy bears in the 
woods.  It's a good one for really getting into animating the 
character's lines.  It's an oversized book with great 
illustrations.  I first noticed it in Chinaberry's catalog.(Erin 
H.)

Aliki:Feelings (Great for toddlers and slightly older.  Good for 
exploring many feelings - Mimi W.) 

Allard, Harry:Stupids Family series (And of course, let's not 
forget the series of books about the Stupids family, such as The 
Stupids Step Out; The Stupids Die [Bruce G.])

Anderson, Clarence William:Billy and Blaze series (It is about a 
medium-sized boy, probably from California and almost certainly a 
Republican, finding mountain lions, alerting the slow-witted 
townspeople when a fire threatens, and generally galloping about 
doing heroic deeds on his horse, Blaze.  These are the only books 
that my wife and I have to regularly censor when we read them 
aloud, mostly for sexism, I think. [Graeme W.])

Bang, Molly:The Paper Crane

Barker, Marjorie:The Magical Hands

Barrett, Judy:Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Brett, Jan:Annie and the Wild Animals; Mother's Day Mice; 
Goldilocks; The Mitten (I LOVE her illustrations, but sometimes 
the text lets me down [Tina Van R.])

Burton, Virginia Lee:Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel; The 
Little House

Cole, Joanna:The Magic Schoolbus series  (lots of interesting 
science facts [Rec. unknown])

Cooney, Barbara:Hattie and the Wild Waves;Miss Rumphius

de Beer, Hans:Little Polar Bear

de Paola, Tomie:Strega Nona (having to remedy our mistakes)

Demi:Thumbelina 

Duvoisin, Roger:Petunia (Petunia is a goose)

Edens, Cooper:Caretakers of Wonder

Ehlert, Lois:Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf; Fish Eyes

Flack, Marjorie:The Story About Ping

Freeman, Don:Corduroy 

Gannett, Ruth Stiles:My Father's Dragon Trilogy (consists of My 
Father's Dragon, Elmer & the Dragon and Dragons of Blueland )

Gay, Marie-Louise:Angel and the Polar Bear

Guarino, Deborah:Is Your Mama A Llama? (illustrated by Steven 
Kellogg. (Paperback, ISBN #: 0-590-44725-4)  Great for any animal 
lover, with nice drawings and simple rhymes. [Diane L.])

Henkes, Kevin:Chrysanthemum

Heyward, DuBose:The Country Bunny and the Golden Shoes (Easter)

Hines, Anna Grossnickle:Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti (anti-
stereotyping [Rec. unknown]); also It's Just Me, Emily; Bethany 
for Real and many others

Hoban, Russell:Frances books (Russell Hoban has written books for 
both adults and children.  Both show his amazing ear for 
dialogue.)

Hughes, Shirley:The Alfie books (Alfie is a pre-schooler)

Jennings, Sharon:Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming [Rec. unknown]

Joosse, Barbara M.:Mama, Do You Love Me? (..Inuit woman who tells 
her daughter she would love her no matter what she did. I like the 
idea, but felt the concept was beyond the age group the book is 
targeted to...4-6. [Deantha M.])

Joyce, William:A Day at Wilbur Robinson's (I doubt it can be 
described.  Go buy it; you'll see. [Robert P.]) 

Keats, Ezra Jack:The Snowy Day (Caldecott award winner)

Kipling, Rudyard:Just So Stories (illustrated by Safaya Salter.  
(Hardback, ISBN #: 0-8050-0439-4)  We were pleasantly surprised 
when our son took to these short stories, because some are quite 
long and have no illustrations at all.  If you had told me that a 
2-year old would sit through three pages of uninterrupted text  
with no illustrations, I wouldn't have believed it (unless said 
child was asleep at the time :-0).  But, I take that as testimony 
to Kipling's marvelous style and fanciful imagination.  Wonderful 
reading right before a visit to the zoo! [Diane L.])

LeSieg, Thoe:The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice ( aka Theodore Seuss 
Geisel)

Lindbergh, ?:The Midnight Farm (lovely book with illustrations by  
Susan Jeffers); Benjamin's Barn (about a boy with a very large 
barn It's so big that he could fit all sorts of interesting things 
in it--pirate ships, elephants, pterodactyls, a princess (because 
it's enormously soft), a part for the king and queen (because it's 
enormously clean), etc.  It has beautiful color illustrations and 
rhymes on each page about what could fit in the barn.  I would 
recommend it for toddlers (2 - ?). [Judy L.T.])

Lobel, Arnold:Fables (Paperback, ISBN #: 0-06-443046-4.  An 
updated, 20th century version of Aesop's Fables, though I prefer 
Lobel's morals, I think (e.g. "All's well that ends with a good 
meal." [Diane L.])

McCloskey, Robert:Blueberries for Sal; One Morning in Maine; Make 
Way for Ducklings (McCloskey's books have old-fashioned, less 
colorful illustrations, but are still very nice [Graeme W.])

Minarik, Else Homelund:Little Bear (Written as a reader for 
beginning readers, it's enjoyable for toddlers, too. - MW); Little 
Bear's Visit; A Kiss for Little Bear (series; these books seem 
old-fashioned. [Graeme W.]) 

Monro, Roxie:Inside Outside Book of London (Paris, New York, 
etc.).  I've posted before about Graham's desperate love of the 
"Inside Outside Book of London".  Since the book has no words save 
the descriptions of the sights, (British Museum, Tower Bridge, St 
Pauls, Tower of London, House of Commons, Big Ben...) it must
be the graphics that have him so enraptured.  If you've never seen 
these books, they are truly wonderful. Beautiful drawings, and 
filled with fun things to look at and count. There's one
on Washington DC too.  [Marjorie P.]

Munsch, Robert:The Dark; Mud Puddle; The Paper Bag Princess (in 
which a princess rescues her fiance who was stolen by a dragon, 
This one is GREAT!!); The Boy in the Drawer; Jonathon Cleaned Up, 
Then He Heard a Sound or Blackberry Subway Jam; Murmel Murmel 
Murmel; Millicent and the Wind; The Fire Station; Mortimer; 
Angela's Airplane; David's Father; Thomas' Snowsuit; 50 Below 
Zero; I Have To Go!; Moira's Birthday; A Promise Is A Promise; 
Pigs; Giant or Waiting For The Thursday Boat; Something Good; Show 
and Tell; Love You Forever (in which a young boy grows to 
adulthood with a strong sense of his mother's love for him (just 
try to read this one without getting a lump in your throat or a 
tear in your eye...Although my 2 year old loves it, my husband and 
many friends REFUSE to read it.  It deals with death, pretty scary 
to those of us past 30! [Amy U.])

Numeroff, Laura:If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (2 to 6 years)

Ormerod, Jan:Various titles

Paterson, Katherine:The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

Peet, Bill:Nice Families Don't; other titles (Bill Peet has 
written a lot of books about cute animals doing cute vaguely human 
things.  I can tolerate about one a week, but our three year old 
son loves then. [Graeme W.]) 

Perlman, Janet:Cinderella Penguin (there is also a video by the 
National Film Board of Canada, it's very funny)

Pomerantz, Charlotte:The Piggy and the Puddle

Prelutsky and Trelease, Eds:Read Aloud Poems for the Very Young

Rey, H.A. and Margret:Curious George series

Sciezka, Jon:The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales 
(I also found a book that was voted the best book by the kids in 
my son's school...contains satires of fairy tales and interactions 
with the narrator and the book itself.  In The Really Ugly 
Duckling, the ugly duckling grows up to be just a really ugly 
duck. [Bruce G.]

Seeger, Pete:Abiyoyo--Pete Seeger's Story Song (illustrated by 
Michael Hays)

Sendak, Maurice:Where the Wild Things Are; In the Night Kitchen; 
Pierre

Seuss, Dr. (Theodore Geisel):All books by Dr. Seuss 

Shalev, Meir:My Father Always Embarasses Me

Silverstein, Shel:The Giving Tree (this is controversial-some hate 
it. [Judy L.T.]); The Missing Piece; The Missing Piece and the Big 
O

Thornhill, Jan:The Wildlife ABC; The Wildlife 123

Thurber, James:Many Moons 

Unknown:Disney Read-Aloud books (this is a series you get by mail)

Unknown:National Geographic Action Books for children over 3 
(beautiful books with pop-ups and pull-tabs on a variety of 
animals and ecosystems. These are my daughter's favorite books. I 
think there are 6 sets of 2 books each, for about $20 a set.)

Unknown:The Smell Stealer (great if you don't have morning 
sickness! A scratch and sniff book about smells that have been 
switched [Mylene M.])

Various:Sesame Street growing up books--No Red Monsters Allowed; 
It's No Fun to be Sick; Just Like Ernie; I'm Angry, etc. (these 
are wonderful because they deal with real problems children face  
[Judy L.T.]) 

Viorst, Judith:Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very 
Bad Day

Waber, Benard:Ira books; Lyle the Crocodile books

Ward, Lynd:The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge 
(For older toddlers.  A nifty book about how size doesn't dictate 
importance [Mimi W.]) 

Williams, Margery:The Velveteen Rabbit: or How Toys Become Real

Wood, Don and Audrey:The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, 
and The Big Hungry Bear (2 to 5 years, but try it on a younger 
baby, also)

Yolen, Jane:Owl Moon

Yorinks, Arthur:Louis the Fish (Think of it as Kafka's 
_Metamorphosis_ for kiddies.  Your classmates will love it. 
(you'll need to be able to manage a passable Flatbush accent, 
tho)); (Great suggestion!  I love Yorinks.  Also highly 
recommended is _It Happened in Pinsk_ which allows you to do a 
great Yiddish accent.  It is also somewhat Kafka-esque, but 
hilariously funny.)

Zion, Gene:Harry the Dirty Dog and other Harry books

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