The recently deceased Maurice Sendak famously said that he wrote books about childhood, not books for children. At our house, we love his books, but it certainly doesn't pay to think too hard about the things he gets right about childhood: the strange and wild fears, the loneliness, the comfortless absurdity that we must endure.
As a connoisseur of children's books, I've lately become fascinated with books that depict childhood accurately, but gently. Here are some of my favorites:
101 Things to To with a Baby written and illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Hands down, the most tenderly perceptive depiction of babyhood and childhood (with extra points for making the adults seem real, too,...READ MORE