Although we love GOODNIGHT MOON dearly, these are the pages my parents turned thousands of times for me as they taught me the importance of reading and the power of knowledge.
  1. The Most Wonderful Egg in the World | Helme Heine
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    More than reading this book, I love my mother reading this book out loud.
  2. Many Moons | James Thurber and Louis Slobodkin
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    My dad's first indie princess story for me, before moving on to Princess Hynchatti (see FANTASY BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT HARRY POTTER)
  3. Chrysanthemum | Kevin Henkes
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    Chrysanthemum is a little mouse with a long name and a great family. I always felt connected to her, especially on the days when elementary school was unbearable.
  4. Aki and the Fox | Akiko Hayashi
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    My teddy bear, Bear, and I still travel together like Kon and Aki.
  5. The River Dragon | Darcy Pattison, Mou-Sien Tseng, and Jean Tseng
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    This book both scared me and fascinated me.
  6. The Paper Dragon | Marguerite Davol and Robert Sabuda
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    Mesmerizing art, gorgeous story. I guess I was really into dragons.
  7. The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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    I always identified with the tree, which makes other kids sad, but made me happy.
  8. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie | Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
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    When I wasn't reading this book, I was singing with Cookie Monster, probably.
  9. The Emperor and the Kite | Jane Yolen and Ed Young
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    A princess is a princess, no matter how small.
  10. Yeh-Shen | as retold by Ai-Ling Louie and Ed Young
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    My favorite princess of all is Cinderella, and I loved that I could trace my obsession all the way back to ancient Chinese lore.
  11. Liang and the Magic Paintbrush | Demi
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    When I wasn't singing along with The Lion King, my parents made sure I was educated about power and privilege.
  12. The Seamstress of Salzburg | Anita Lobel
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    A beautifully illustrated story about greed and the value of hard work.
  13. Corduroy | Don Freeman
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    Every bear needs a home.