I now mostly buy books as gifts and I don't necessarily buy those designed for babies to chew the edges. It's lovely to have a shelf of books for a child to grow into.
This is a favourite.
this little tutorial on his blog on how to draw your own bear. I am going to try it but I won't share the result. Too scarred by school art classes.
Another favourite? This...
It's a simple little story about friendship.Here he introduces you to Stanley.
If he looks familiar to Australians (Aaron, not Stanley) it's because he's been on the telly a fair bit in his other life as an actor and won an AFI. (Australian Film Award to the non-Australians...)
According to his publishers, Aaron likes 'old armchairs, lovely sharp pencils, the way trees look when their leaves fall off, mayonnaise, his unfashionable record collection and looking scruffy'. No wonder I like his books...
(Both books published by Penguin. Images from here and here.)