In this classic story, Max dons his wolf suit to make mischief--and ends up being sent to bed without supper. While stuck in his room, he sets out on an imaginative journey to the land of the Wild Things, where they make him King. He rules over the Wild Rumpus, but then returns home to his very own room, where his dinner is waiting for him--and it’s still warm. Age 4 and up.
- by Arnold Lobel
The 4 Frog and Toad books provide charming tales of friendship--with a hefty dose of “silly” mixed in. The journey begins with Frog and Toad Are Friends, which includes the stories “Spring,” “The Story,” “A Lost Button,” “The Letter,” and my personal favorite, “A Swim.” Wise enough for an adult to appreciate; simple enough for a child. Age 3 and up.
Alexander goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair and when he gets out of bed he trips on his skateboard and it just gets worse from there. This so-bad- it’s-good description of Alexander’s horrible day helps kids understand that everybody has bad days...even in Australia. Age 4 and up.
- by Eric Carle
This whimsical story begins, “One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and--pop!--out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.” This charming book is full of the repetitions kids love--and Carle’s iconic collage illustrations of the hungry caterpillar and the beautiful butterfly be becomes. For the youngest child.
This classic bedtime story walks the reader through a young child’s bedtime ritual, as he says good night to everything around: “Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon...” Parents everywhere have this story memorized, for good reason. For the youngest child.