My kids, nearly two and four, love to be read to and I love to read to them as long as the books are lyrically written and creatively illustrated — and they don’t encourage harming animals (original Curious George, anyone?), or feature name-calling or cranky parents (too many to list).
Extra points go to books with female main characters, especially those that break gender stereotypes (no Skippy Jon Jones, please), because the overwhelming majority of children’s book characters are male.
Some of our current favorites are City Dog, Country Frog, Tumford the Terrible, Bear Snores on, and Love is You & Me. These are all delightful enough for me and my kids both that I don’t mind reading them again and again, but I want more.
Offbeat Families readers, what are your favorites? — Aly