“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” by Bill Martin Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle (hardcover, Henry Holt and Company, 1967, 27 pages, $17.99). In this classic offering, children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.
“Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat,” by Philip C. Stead (hardcover, Roaring Brook Press, 2011, unpaged, $16.99). When Jonathan’s parents decide that he has gotten too old to have a stuffed animal, they trade his favorite bear, Frederick, for a toaster, so he sets off aboard a boat to search for his old friend.
“Press Here,” by Hervé Tullet (hardcover, Chronicle Books, 2011, unpaged, $14.99). Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next!
“Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature,” by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes (hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011, unpaged, $16.99). An illustrated exploration of various examples of spirals appearing in nature, looking at snail shells, flower petals, elephant tusks, crashing waves and more.
“City Dog, Country Frog,” by Mo Willems; illustrated by Jon J. Muth (hardcover, Hyperion Books for Children, 2010, unpaged, $17.99).Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both.