8 Soon-to-Be-Classic Children’s Books
As you may know from his droll Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Willems is unfailingly hilarious. But in this heartfelt tale of a canine-amphibian bond, he shows his depth as a writer. Muth’s soft watercolors set the mood for a tearjerker about friendship and change—with a finale that’s far more sweet than bitter.
Best for: 3- to 6-year-olds.
To buy: $18, Hyperion, amazon.com.