Don and Audrey Wood make a dynamite combo. We have a few of their picture books, but I think The Napping House is my favorite. It’s one of those books where the text builds, like This-is-the-House-that-Jack-Built, which seems to be a no-fail way to engage children in the story.

The text is charming, but the illustrations are amazing. The details are clever and the light in each illustration changes and brightens as the story progresses. The whole book is sweet and gentle and makes you smile. Really, really well done.

P.S. — More favorite picture book picks.