Wen It's Time For A New Bedtime Tale

By now, my 2 1/2-year-old son Will and I have re-read all the illustrated books he received for Christmas more times than we can count. It's time to head off to the bookstore to freshen up the stock. As every parent knows, though, shopping for kids' books isn't what it used to be: The vast selection--from lavishly illustrated classics to hollow spinoffs of cartoon characters to realistic depictions of alternative lifestyles--can make choosing the right books as bewildering as it is exciting.

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