Catwings (A Catwings Tale) by Ursula K. Le Guin. I love this book and all its sequels. They are short, sweet stories about cat siblings who were born with wings (probably because their father was a “fly-by-night”).
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder by Kate DiCamillo. Kate DiCamillo is a master storyteller, and none of her books are quite as fun as the Mercy Watson series. They make us laugh every time, and the illustrations by Chris Van Dusen are part of the package for sure.
Angus MacMouse Brings Down the House by Linda Phillips Teitel. Although the story about a small mouse who wishes to be a conductor is relatively simple, the background information about opera and orchestral music makes this little book feel surprisingly rich.
Adèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock. This picture book delivers a lovely route of Paris, a find and seek game for all the items Simon loses along the way, and a charming sibling story (especially for big sisters).
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. I love all the children’s novels from E.B. White, but ‘Trumpet’ is my favorite. I don’t recommend the movie- it forgets everything lovely from the book- but the audio book reading by the author is a treasure.
The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio. It’s a sweet story about a lion in France who leaves the zoo for a day to wander about town.
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen. Rhyming, rhythmic tale about shipwreck and a charming escape.
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. I always tell my kids this is my favorite children’s book, and they grab it as a special kindness to me. Its lyrical portrayal of farm life and gentle domestic scenes reads like a Wendell Berry primer for kids.
A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse) by Bonnie Becker. I love the illustrations in this book and the vocabulary is particularly rich. Everybody needs a friend, even grumpy old Bear.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. Great watercolor illustrations in this fanciful tale of a lion and the people he won over. We never stopped wishing for a big cat to wander into our library.