This post is for Nicole, who asked me a million years ago to post some book recommendations. I am always looking for great children's literature for Kate and I to read. I started my search with some of the Caldecott Honor and Caldecott Award books, and included looking for seasonally appropriate ones. I have been really excited about a few finds. My new favorite is called Owl Moon by Jan Yolen. It is such a wonderful book with a wonderful message at the end that says, "Sometimes you don't need words. All you need is hope."
I have really fallen in love with the writing in the Stella books as well, especially Stella: Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay. She has a real wit that kids get, at least mine.. There is a whole series with Sam and Stella as well and we have enjoyed some of the other ones as well. This is nice if you are a little sick of Angelina Ballerina.
My other favorite discovery has been a book called, When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator. I just love the way he writes and tells the story. Great rhyming and cute, cute illustrations.
Some new ones I have also found that are really age appropriate for the 2 year olds are:
A Tree is Nice My Friend Rabbit. This one is quite funny and has great illustrations.
Some other new classics in our house are: Llama Llama Red Pajama A House is a House for Me
Joseph had a Little Overcoat One Fine Day How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.