Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein LOTS of picture books, especially (repeatedly): The Very Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming, and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
The sad news has come that Russell Hoban, beloved author of many classic children's books, died yesterday. He was 86 years old. Many of us grew up with Frances the Badger, the star of books like Bread and Jam for Frances and Bedtime for Frances.
I remember receiving The Mouse and His Child for one very early Christmas and falling in love with that story; In fact, I hope to read it to Max in a few more years.
I have always believed that the authors we love will live forever, as long as we remember and share their stories. If that is true, Russell Hoban will certainly live forever, as I have no doubt that generations to come will love the Mouse who seeks to become self-winding and will rejoice with Frances eating her favorite meal until she realizes, "What I am, is sick of jam."