I’m as Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Detailed illustrations accompany a child who explores many different sides of himself. Actively shows children that they don’t have to fit only one mold. Kids can be both calm and wild. Use it to battle against labels on your kids (and us, adults too)!
But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
Explores what it feels like for a hippo to be left out (or maybe, shy?). The tables turn for an ending that kids just love (and gets older children and adults thinking). The book is pregnant with meaning that may go over a young child’s head, but makes for thought-provoking conversation for 4-6 year olds. All this bang with delightful rhyming, it was explored in an interesting New Yorker Article.