When I was reading through the picture books last semester, Eric Carle was a nice surprise.
I knew the famous books, Hungry Caterpillar and Grouchy Ladybug, etc, but I had no idea they were ALL good! This Animals, Animals has lovely little quotes and tiny poems for each animal.
These stories are written in a nice, straightforward version, great for those middle readers, I think, who don't want to read a giant chapter book yet, but are ready for more than a simple picture book.
This one is so cool! It plays with what your eyes will do who when you look at one color and then at a blank page.
I recommend reading all of the Eric Carle you can find. :)