Last year I bought I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, illustrated by Jon Klassen. I enjoyed looking at the textured artwork as much as my daughter loves the story. I often wonder how much an illustrative style can make an influence on a child.

If I look back to my childhood, I think of books like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are , Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad, and Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals. Perhaps they lead me on the creative path.

Since then, I’ve purchased The Dark, This is Not My Hat and Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett. Extra Yarn is probably my favorite and something I really enjoy reading to my daughter. It speaks to kindness and generosity and making the world colorful.

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