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10 best picture books for children

In "100 Best Books for Children," Anita Silvey recommends picture books for children ages 2 to 8. Some of these titles have excited the eye for decades, while others are more recent additions to the canon. But all make excellent bedtime reading. 

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1. 'Miss Nelson is Missing,' by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall

When the children of Miss Nelson's classroom can't learn to behave, they receive a shock. Their sweet instructor is suddenly replaced by a nightmarish substitute. This sneaky switch promotes a lesson: Don't take your teacher's good nature for granted. 


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