by Don Freeman
In this simple story, an engaging teddy bear in the toy department of a department store wishes for a home, has adventures wandering the store at night, and finally gets what he was wishing for. There's something about this story — I think it's the toys coming to life at night — that makes kids want to hear it over and over.
illustrated by Bruce Degen
This book blends nonsense, rhyme, rhythm, a bear and berries perfectly. It should be in every toddler's library.
by Elsa Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Kristen Stewart from Birmingham, AL says:
These are absolute classic books (there are a few) for beginning readers that have helped thousands of kids to catch the reading bug. They are worthy additions to any family library. Incidentally, they inspired a sweet television series, shown on Noggin, so your children may already be familiar with the characters.
by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrated by Bruce Degen
Rachel from Boston, MA says:
This is a wonderfully comforting book. The pictures are warm and cheerful, Jesse Bear is mischievous but loving, and it all ends up with Jesse in bed, which is where you probably want your kid after you've read it.
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About Karen Kennedy
Karen lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her husband and two sons. She's a lawyer by vocation, a reader by avocation and she's spent years finding the best children's books on various topics with the help of her sons and the New York Public Library.
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