Moose, Goose, and Mouse by Mordicai Gerstein and Jeff MackWhat it's about: Housemates Moose, Goose, and Mouse want to ditch their old, cold, and moldy abode in favor of something sunny, funny, and with a bunny. But when they board a train to go house-hunting, things quickly go off the rails.
Why kids might like it: It's hard to resist the playful rhymes, silly slapstick, and winsome animal trio at the heart of this easy reader.
About the creators: Before his death in 2019, author/illustrator Mordecai Gerstein asked illustrator Jeff Mack to finish the artwork in this book, and Mack did so with madcap aplomb.
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho; illustrated by Dung HoWhat it's about: After noticing how her appearance differs from her peers', a Chinese American girl finds comfort and confidence in recognizing how her eyes are beautiful just like Mama's, Amah's, and Mei-Mei's.
Read it for: poetic, affirming words, as well as sumptuous illustrations teeming with visual references to Chinese culture and mythology.
Try this next: Minh Lê's Drawn Together, another warm, fanciful story celebrating Asian identity and intergenerational bonds.
Homes in the Wild: Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live by Lita JudgeWhat it is: an overview of 26 different mammals and the dwellings they create to raise their babies.
Who it's for: Very young children can admire the expressive animal illustrations, while older picture book readers may relish the facts and examples provided in the more detailed spreads.
Further reading: Little ones who want additional cozy reads about animal homes may also enjoy Jennifer Ward's Mama Dug a Little Den or Mary Murphy's Good Night Like This.
A Baby Like You by Catherine ThimmeshWhat it is: a compare-and-contrast collection of milestones -- such as eating, bathing, playing, and walking -- achieved by animal and human babies.
What's inside: Minimal text takes a backseat to adorable, diverse, up-close photographs of human infants, as well as baby foxes, hippos, lions, penguins, zebras, polar bears, and more.
Who it's for: babies who love to see themselves on the page, as well as preschoolers who can recognize the developmental stages they've already experienced.
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