It was so difficult to limit myself to 10 Twaddle-Free Books for Preschoolers that I feel I have to mention these titles as well. Consider them the runner's-up.
by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
Kristen Stewart from Birmingham, AL says:
Harry the Dirty Dog is a sweet and classic story that has been beloved for many years. The story and illustrations are simple, and can be followed by children as young as 2 or 3, but are nonetheless interesting enough to grip an early reader. Who doesn't love dogs going on adventures and getting dirty?
illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Erin Brenner from Haverhill, MA says:
My kids love this book. We have a great time rolling our "terrible eyes," showing our "terrible teeth," and the like. More important is the point of what home is.
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Mardi VanEgomd from Austin, TX says:
I read this as a little girl and remember it as my favorite. I remembered that pile of caps on that monkey's head. I wanted one just like it.
written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
Leah Smith from Burtonsville, MD says:
If you haven't read this adorable book then you are probably wondering why I included it on a list about cool female characters in children's books. It's because the steam shovel's name is Mary Ann. If you haven't read this charming story, what are you waiting for?
by Virginia Lee Burton
Heather Lawrence says:
Though a well-built house may possibly stay the same over many years, its surroundings most certainly do not. What started out as a happy little house way out in the country became a little house in a bustling city, where it couldn't see the sun anymore because the skyscrapers were so close to it. Yes, houses have feelings too, evidently (and it's quite believable with the charming illustrations by the author). When the descendants of the family who build the little house find it again, they move it back to its original setting... if not quite its original location.
by Mercer Mayer
by Molly Leach, Dr. Seuss
Peter from Brooklyn, NY says:
On the plus side, this many-in-one edition seems to have many of the all-time greats like Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax. On the downside, I think combining these books into one edition is a mistake — there's nothing more appealing than looking at a bookshelf full of Seuss titles.
by Eric Hill
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Tsh Oxenreider is a writer, a graphic designer, a wife and mama, and a home manager extraordinaire. Her far-off fantasy is to take a cooking class from Ina Garten and build an eco-home from scratch with her hubby. In the meantime, she'll settle for making some killer brownies and doing her best to frugally decorate her high-rise urban apartment. You can find Tsh writing about life hacks for home managers on her blog, Simple Mom.
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