I’ll Catch You If You Fall by Mark Sperring and Layn Marlow

As the cover states, no matter who you are, it’s always nice to know that someone is looking out for you. This comforting and concise book indirectly shows us how myriad elements in the universe are all interconnected, and reminds us that rather than leave someone to feel adrift at sea, we all have a duty to look out for one another — to keep each other safe.

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Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky

Readers who are familiar with the Toys series by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky, will be pleased to know that the three wacky toy characters — “a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray and a book-loving rubber ball” — now star in their first standalone picture book. But you needn’t have read the other books in order to enjoy this sweet, quirky story about the curious toys venturing out of the house and learning about — as well as having fun with — snow for the very first time.

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Jon Muth’s Zen Picture Books

While nowhere as amusing or exciting as the average picturebook fare, I think there’s something grounding about the wisdom offered up by old-fashioned fables and parables that everyone can benefit from, even — or especially — impressionable children. And if there’s anyone who can communicate zen philosophy to children effectively, it’s Stillwater, the gentle parable-spouting anthropomorphised giant panda who stars in Jon J. Muth’s beautifully rendered and unique Zen picture books.

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