Goodnight Moon
Author - Margaret Wise Brown
Publisher -
Year - 1991
Pages -
ISBN - 0694003611

Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author - Eric Carle
Publisher -
Year - 1994
Pages -
ISBN - 0399226907

Without question, this is one of the best children's books you will ever read - it is the perfect bedtime book and no family should be without it. The story is about a young rabbit that says goodnight to every object in sight in an effort to stay awake longer. The lyrical text is perfectly complemented by the simple, but highly effective illustrations, and by the end, your child (and you) will be very relaxed.

If you do not have kids, you may not understand the magic of this book, but once you read it to a young child you will immediately get it. There is a certain comfort that kids get from the rhythmic text and cute pictures of kittens and mittens, clocks and socks, three little bears sitting on chairs, and many more including a bowl full of mush, and a quiet old lady who is whispering "hush." Although my child has dozens of books and gets new ones fairly regularly, Goodnight Moon" has been a favorite since we got it about 16 months ago - how many things can you say that about for a two year old!?

Another book we recommend is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book has sold more than 12 million copies and has been translated into 20 different languages. It is a classic story of a ravenous caterpillar eating through a variety of foods. The text flows nicely and are complemented by illustrations that look like watercolor paintings. While the original, full-sized edition is nice, I recommend the 5X4 inch hardback. It is perfect for tiny hands and small kids always love to stick their fingers in the holes that go through the caterpillar's menu items (swiss cheese, lollipop, sausage, various fruits, etc.). Not only do kids learn the names of different foods, numbers, and the days of the week, but they also get the climactic payoff of a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly. Kids love this book and you will too. It will be one of your child's favorite books for years.

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