When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, written by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small, contains all the elements of the perfect children’s book: a storyline that intrigues and entertains both children and adults, expressive illustrations, and a surprise ending. It’s a current favorite at our house.
In Footprints on the Moon, Mark Haddon relates his own childhood fascination with the moon. I really enjoyed the story, as well as Christian Birmingham’s illustrations. I do think, however, that this is a book that appeals to parents more than children.
Me Baby, You Baby, written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff, features adorable pictures of two toddlers visiting all the baby animals at the zoo with their parents. Emma loved the illustrations, and she quickly memorized the simple text.
I love the cut paper decorations in Susan L. Roth’s My Love for You All Year Round. This could be a good book to introduce the idea of months and/or seasons (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere).