These Will Be Your Kids' New Favorite Books

For a kids' book that won't have you nodding off mid-sentence, try these wonderful newbies. They'll remind you of old favorites.

If you love Goodnight Moon
Rich watercolors add to the dreamy feel of Susan Meyers's Rock-a-Bye Room, in which a guitar-strumming mom helps her daughter tuck everything in her room in for the night. You'll find yourself sing-reading this to the tune of your favorite lullaby. (Ages 3 to 5)

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If you love Harold and the Purple Crayon Hear the crayons' point of view in Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit. Pink feels neglected, and blue begs for a break-he's worn to a nub, literally. Some imaginative drawing saves the day, of course. (Ages 3 to 7)

If you love Max and Ruby…
Try Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Sève. It's got charming retro illustrations and a gently-put message for little kids: Playing well with a sibling is all about give and take. (Ages 3 to 5)

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If you love A Wrinkle in Time…
The Time Fetch mixes fantasy with science as Edward and his crew of friends race to save the universe. Amy Herrick has created an adventure suspenseful enough to carry away boys who refuse to pick up Wrinkle, girls who loved it-and you. (Ages 10+)

If you love Beezus and Ramona...
You know that having a little sister whose purpose in life is to annoy you is hard… and hilarious. In Sunny Sweet Is So NOT Sorry, Jennifer Ann Mann balances the characters' worries (being new at school, their parents' divorce) with humor. (Ages 8+)

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If you love The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The vibrant pop-up artwork in Funny Birds by Philippe Ug is every bit as fun as sticking your fingers through those caterpillar holes, and your kid will learn a lot by following a crew of feathered creatures through their day. (Ages 3+)

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