Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream -- to meet the Moon. Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl's curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old as her journey offers a gentle reminder to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.
Heard this one at library storytime yesterday and was reminded what a great story it is. A great silly story and a great, "being happy with who you are" story. Note how very similar the some of the illustrations are to Dr. Suess's Daisy Head Maisy. I think this is the better story, though.
"Flotsam" by David Wiesner. While digging for crabs, a wave sweeps the boy off his feet and deposits an underwater camera on the sand in front of him. After he recovers, he has the film developed and is captivated by what he finds. Ultimately, he tosses the camera back into the sea, where it's carried away by various creatures until it again washes ashore for a new child to find.
Unaware that Mrs. Jenkins is polishing up her set of magical tools in the backyard, young Patrick finds himself in a fantastic world of imagination in which he comes face-to-face with such incredible items as a bubble machine and a friendly dragon. When we would read this book, I'd ask my kids what kind of room they would magically make.
"The Hello, Goodbye Window" by Norton Juster. Caldecott Medal Winner 2006. Ages 2-3. A little girl recounts visits to her grandparents' house, which always begin and end with a stop at the Hello, Goodbye Window in their kitchen.