I'm going to recommend a classic today. Usually, as picture book writers, we are told to go see what is current and selling now. Get a feel for today's market. This is excellent advice, but it is important to educate yourself on the "classics" as well. I am woefully uneducated when it comes to picture book classics. I don't know why. I've been an avid picture book reader my whole life. But for some reason, I've just never picked up many "classics."
So, this week I went to the Caldecott section of our children's room at the library. The very first one I picked up was such a beautiful story, I have to recommend it. It is The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, copyright 1942. This book is one of those timeless classics. I have been a long time fan of her book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, but I had never even seen this one. Pick it up!