By Maurice Sendak
You might enjoy this book more than your kids do! Packed with monster mischief, hilarious scariness, and beautiful illustrations; it will captivate imaginations for years to come. (HarperCollins, 1988)
By Dr. Suess
Try as you might, you cannot resist Sam-I-Am and his green eggs and ham. This wacky rhyming classic is as fun now as it was the first time you read it. Now, run out and get it! (Random House, 1960)
By Don Freeman
For any kid who has dreamed of having an empty department store all to himself, Corduroy is a dream come true. This adorable bear has terrific adventures on his way to find his missing button.
By by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon
How about an ocean voyage where no one eats vegetables and bedtimes are for babies? With these lovable pirates, life is grand -- at first. Jeremy Jacob's raucous ocean tour is sure to mesmerize even the most well-behaved children.
(Harcourt Brace, 2003)
By Todd Parr
Adopted families, stepfamilies, one-parent families, and families with two parents of the same sex, along with the traditional family -- are all chronicled here in a funny, silly, and accepting way. A terrific tool for teaching children about differences. (Little, Brown & Company, 2003)
By P.D. Eastman
For the restless toddler who relishes audience participation. Each time the confused young bird asks a strange animal, "Are you my mother?" your kids will knowingly answer, "No!" And they might even explain why not. A wonderful teaching tool with a warm-fuzzy ending.
(Random House, 1960)
By Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss
A hilarious book about the surprisingly intriguing life of a young worm. Written in diary form, our worm observes the differences between being a worm and being a human. He laments that he can't have a dog or chew gum, but is relieved that he doesn't have to visit the dentist. ("No cavities. No teeth either.") We can all relate. (Joanna Cotler, 2003)
By William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, Illustrated by Audrey Colman
If the word "fart" is taboo in your house, this could be the perfect book for you and your family. Author William Kotzwinkle follows Walter through some embarrassing escapades, all to show him that gas might be kind of funny. But in the words of Kotzwinkle's first book, "Everybody poops." (North Atlantic Books, 2001)
By Robert Sabuda
Perhaps best known for his holiday books, Robert Sabuda always produces creative and intriguing books that can make any grown-up wish for childhood again. Plus, this one is about cookies, and who wouldn't want to live in a pastry shop for a little while? (Little Simon, 1997)
By Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, Illustrated by Buddy Jackson and Karinne Caulkins
The authors of the adult best-seller of the same title bring their witty and fun message to children. This book offers encouragement and the kind of inspiration you need to shake off a bad day or just have a darn good time. (Rutledge Hill Press, 2003)
By Willabel Tong
This is a great book for the curious preschooler who is just discovering that learning can be fun. There's plenty to do -- questions to answer, flaps to lift, and unique illustrations to teach children about their first words. (Courage Books, 2003)