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================================================================== Misc.kids Frequently Asked Questions Children's Books ================================================================== Collection maintained by: Hilary Morrison, morrison@evol1.mbl.edu (Originally compiled by Laura Dolson, dolson@crl.ucsd.edu) Last updated: March 14, 1995 To contribute to this collection, please send e-mail to the address given above, and ask me to add your comments to the FAQ file on Children's Books. Please try to be as concise as possible, as these FAQ files tend to be quite long as it is. And, unless otherwise requested, your first name and last initial will remain in the file. Longer, essay-style contributions will include full name e-mail address, and copyright notice if desired. For a list of other FAQ topics and how to get the archived discussions, tune in to misc.kids or misc.kids.info. ================================================================== Copyright 1994, Laura Dolson. Use and copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact. ================================================================== 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 ================================================================== .........Children's Books Suggested by misc.kids parents ================================================================== [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] ================================================================== [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 ================================================================== [End of Part One] ==================================================================