Zoe has a vast library for a three-year-old, or really for any child if you want to count volumes. Mostly thanks to Fuzzy (her grandmother) and the Treasure Trove (the consignment shop where Fuzzy volunteers). And we go to the library at least once a week and bring home a giant bag stuffed full of books, cds, and dvds. So we read a lot, but there are definitely a few books and authors who stand out.

Mo Willems, author of (among others) Time to Pee, Time to Say Please, and the great Knuffle Bunny trilogy: Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, and Knuffle Bunny Free. Willems is funny and clever and charming and all of us enjoy his books.

Vera B. Williams, author of many books about a girl named Rosa, her family, and their big chair, as described in A Chair for My Mother. We have read all of these books many times. They are long-ish compared to many of Zoe’s books but her attention never wavers. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor paintings. I often cry when reading these books.

Kevin Henkes, author of many books about a mouse named Lily, her brother Julian, and various other mouse and animal characters who share struggles, fears, and passions with some children I know.

Zoe and I highly recommend these writers and illustrators. Hope you’ll enjoy them too.