What's one of your favorite new books for children?
My favorite new books for young children are Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books. These books are funny and smart, and they encourage my youngest son to read on his own. Each page has just a few words, so emerging readers can master the books without frustration:
"Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends."
The pictures are hilarious, and my son laughs out loud at Elephant and Piggie's antics. The characters are expressive and lovable as they navigate through Mo Willems' zany world. Not only do these books encourage my son to read, but through Elephant and Piggie's struggles, he learns about friendship and problem solving. These books are also great discussion starters and help kids understand difficult feelings.