One of my very favorite children's authors is Charlotte Zolotow. I remember my mother reading her to me when I was a little girl. Zolotow captures childhood so acutely that I am transported, with each reading, back to my own. Her books are both heartfelt and sincere - and completely in tune with the rhythm of children, the simplicity of life to a child.
I Like to Be Little (pictured).
This book is a conversation between a little girl and her mother. The little girl is explaining to her mother why she likes to be little. And Mammas? If you were once a little girl who loved crayons, birthday cakes, skipping through leaves, catching snowflakes on your tongue, and pretending your dining room table was your own tiny house...this book will break your heart. In the best possible way.
I love the illustrations. It shows a little girl being a little girl. A little girl without glitter. Without princess dresses or shirts that say "Lil' Fashionista". A little girl with messy hair and sneakers who runs and jumps and thinks and plays. And her outfits? Totally adorable, yet completely practical.
If I ever had my own little girl, this is how I would dress her. (For at least as long as she'd let me.)