Ok, I kind of get where people are coming from with the hate-on for "Love You Forever" but I also have kind of a sneaking suspicion that maybe this is a by-product of our society's emphasis on *independence* and some intimacy issues. Personally, I like the book, but I don't know if I'll ever get it for DD because frankly I can't read it without crying. As a teenager babysitting kids I usually refused to read it to them for that reason
ITA with the "Guess How Much I Love You" sucks crowd though. Poor little rabbit.
I like "Go Dog Go", although DD was never really into it because none of the dogs look like our dog.
And I LOVE "Goodnight Moon". There's so much going on - the little mouse that's on every one of the full-room pages, the moon that rises through the story, the kittens, the lamp that dims... it's great. That author has another book that we really like called "Big Red Barn" which is a lovely story in which nothing actually happens, there's just a bunch of farm animals having a nice day.
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with Beatrix Potter though. Some of the books gave me nightmares as a child - "The Tale of Mr. Todd" and a squirrel one (I think "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"). But others, like "The Tailor of Gloucester" and the flopsy bunnies one are lovely. They're totally from another culture though. I didn't see it as much when I was a child, because my mom and my grandmother were both still almost a part of that culture, but now - whoa, crazy stuff.
Currently my least favourite is "Clifford Goes to the Hospital", which DD picked up at a garage sale last weekend. Where to start - stereotyped female nurses and male doctors, babies in a hospital nursery looking at parents through the window... and, at one point, the nurse gives Grandma a needle and Clifford runs off because "Clifford hates needles!". Like, way to give kids a good fear of nurses. The worst part is my DD, who is all of 19 months old, always says "Yeah!" at that part.
:. (no, this isn't a good time to get on my case about vaxing.