Librarian: Sarah Allerton, children's librarian, St. Albans Free Library
Book: Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes
Age range: birth to 4
Allerton's summary: Kitten sees her first full moon and thinks that it's a saucer of milk in the sky. She tries and tries to get to it, falling down, climbing trees and getting all wet in a pond in the process. When she finally makes it back home, a bowl of milk is waiting for her.
Why it's a great read: This book won the 2005 Caldecott Medal for its outstanding illustrations. The black-and-white drawings are beautiful and perfectly complement the text, conveying the kitten's excitement, confusion, fear and joy. The story captures the feelings of wonder that small children experience as they explore their sometimes-puzzling worlds. Deceptively simple, funny and poetic, the tale of the white kitten in the dark night will captivate children.
Why Allerton recommends the author: Kevin Henkes has written and illustrated more than 40 books for children, from picture books to young-adult novels (including the Newbery Honor book Olive's Ocean). He understands the important feelings of small children and inspires kids to use their budding imaginations.