'Curious George' by H.A. Rey
Curious George
By H.A. Rey

When I was a girl, I always reached for these books. I so preferred the crazy adventures of this little monkey to princess stories. As an adult, I found out that when the author and his wife fled from France in 1940, they left with only a few of their possessions and the original Curious George manuscript. I love the idea that they weren't going to leave without it. Whenever someone I know is expecting a baby, I always give her the whole collection—seven books in all.