Egg Drop by Mini Grey

Egg Drop is a quirky and original twist on Humpty Dumpty, but instead of sitting on a wall, the unnamed egg in the story has a literally flighty dream — that of soaring in the skies. Of course, if you recall the plight of Humpty Dumpty, you’ll know that this egg doesn’t have a very happy ending.

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Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

It’s a rare children’s book that not only manages to put a trying situation into perspective for both children as well as parents, leaving everyone nodding in recognition and giving them something to take away from it, but that is also written so well that both camps enjoy reading it. But that’s exactly what you’ll get from the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney.

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The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson

The Carrot Seed is a classic book (first published in 1945!) about a boy who tries to grow a carrot by planting a seed.

Even though everyone around him tells him repeatedly that he would fail, the boy pays them no heed and continues to weed and water his little plot of land.

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Eventually, of course, his patience, perseverance and hard work are rewarded.

Thanks to the book’s very clean, simple text and artwork, even very young toddlers will be able to enjoy this timeless tale.

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky

There are many alphabet books out there, but none that we’ve read so far have incorporated a credible storyline nor been as funny as this one. The premise of Z Is for Moose is an alphabet theatrical production run by the zebra, who seems to double up as both an actor and the stage manager of sorts. Thus, the animal/person/object representing each letter is introduced alphabetically onstage.

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