“It’s such a great story of friendship and sacrifice,” says Ilene Abramson, director of children’s services for the Los Angeles Public Library and a member of a book club that reads only children’s books (HarperCollins, $17, amazon.com).
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By Kay Thompson
Who wouldn’t love to run free inside the Plaza Hotel? (Simon & Schuster, $18, amazon.com)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
By Lemony Snicket
Not your typical kids’ book, it has plot lines similar to those of Charles Dickens, but funnier (HarperCollins, $13, amazon.com).
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By Beatrix Potter
Also starring Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Surprisingly, “a lot of people haven’t read it, and it’s a charming little book,” says Abramson (Warne, $7, amazon.com).
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A Wrinkle in Time
By Madeleine L’Engle
This fast-paced sci-fi novel follows three children on a trip through time in search of their father (Square Fish, $17, amazon.com).
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By James Howe
Whether it’s twilight or the middle of the day, the tale of the vegetarian vampire bunny will brighten your mood (Atheneum, $17, amazon.com).
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The Story of Ferdinand
By Munro Leaf
The lovable bull eats the grain and goes against it. Take a cue from Ferdinand and nap under a tree the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed (Grosset & Dunlap, $18, amazon.com).