Emory picked out Rhinoceros's Bathtime (Let's Go To The Zoo!) at a library book sale, and still picks it off the shelf fairly frequently. It's a board book, so it's short and great for bedtime readings. However, the vivid photography and simple text make it absolutely perfect for toddlers. Certainly it would be good to read before a trip to the zoo!
The boys love Dr. Seuss books so I gave in (don't hate, but I'm only a mediocre Seuss "fan" if you could even call me that) and let them have a Seuss themed week, complete with Seuss inspired meals! I just told myself it was about Read Across America Day. ;-)
If I had to choose, Horton Hatches the Egg is one of my "favorite" Seuss books. It actually tells a story, and teaches perseverance and patience. It's also a good lesson on laziness and abandoning your responsibility. It's one I don't mind reading.
We just read The Sneetches from The Sneetches and Other Stories for the first time over lunch one day, and I didn't mind it too much since it had a clear story line. The first time the Sneetches without stars received their Stars, Elliott thought they would be allowed to play! It's a simple little story about both accepting others and accepting yourself which was clear to my five year old.
We read Yertle the Turtle from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories before playing a game of Topsy Turtle. This is another of Seuss's "moral" stories that I don't mind reading. Elliott liked watching the turtle tower get taller and wanted to know when the mean king was going to fall. Like some of the others, I think the message in this book is obvious enough for young children, without being too pushy.
Green Eggs and Ham is one of those borderline books for me, but Elliott loves it, and it makes a great breakfast read while the kids enjoy some green eggs!