For the Youngest Readers [2-4 years]
A Year Full of Stories: 366 Days of Story and Rhyme by Georgie Adams, illustrated by Selina Young (Doubleday, $24.95 through December, $29.95 thereafter) Dauntless Dr. Dog to pixilated billy goats, a ravishingly original anthology of short selections, for children from age 2 to 6 or so.
The Mice of Mousehole written and illustrated by Michelle Cartlidge (Candlewick, $14.99) Another entrancing installment in the author's chronicle of the venturesome Mouse family, and an inventive lift-the-flap book that will offer toddlers hours of absorbing fantasy.
Good Times with Teddy Bear written and illustrated by Jacqueline Mc-Quade (Dial, $12.99) Scuffling in crisp leaves, playing checkers, snuggling into bed, a reprise of a toddler's day that is certain to become a favorite.
Beep! Beep! Oink! Oink! Animals in the City written and illustrated by Patricia Casey (Candlewick, $16.99) On crowded sidewalks, in backyards and on rooftops, pigeons and dogs, foxes and bats, share our space. This witty walking tour should engage even the squirmiest listener.
A Child's Seasonal Treasury compiled and written by Betty Jones (Tricycle Press, Berkeley, California, $22.95) Constructing paper lanterns to baking hot-cross buns, a cornucopia of songs, poems, recipes and crafts conjures up a simpler time for children as young as 2, all the way up to 7 or beyond.
Nocturne by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Anne Hunter (Harcourt Brace, $15) In the moonlit hours of "owls with deep feathers," dozing dogs and children "tucked up under eiderdown," the sleep spirits reign. Hunter's paintings are dreamy and delectable.
For Middle Readers [4-10]
The Big Katie Morag Storybook written and illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick (Bodley Head/Trafalgar Square, North Pomfret, Vermont, $19.95) An irresistible reintroduction to the be-loved Katie tales, this collection of stories and poems offers passage to the fictional Scottish isle of Struay. The author has drawn on the years she lived on isolated Coll to create a winning evocation of sea, sky and close-knit village life.
The Summer of Stanley by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, illustrated by Donald Gates (Cobblehill, $14.99) Stanley is (you'll never guess) a goat and a first-class nuisance, too. (It's 1945 and the victory garden is a goner.) Yet he manages to prove his mettle in a winsome tale from home-front America.