alphabeasties. a smorgasbord of beautiful typography in an alphabetic setting--with animals! i think this book will find its way under our christmas tree this year.
charley harper's abcs. vivid, graphic illustrations of animals and birds. we love charley harper.
iggy peck architect. poetic, fun, and more beautiful illustrations.
pippi longstocking. a new edition of the classic swedish tale with illustrations by lauren child of charlie and lola fame.
follow the line. and anything by laura ljunkgvist, really. we love her version of snow white.
babar. the original stories by laurent de brunhoff are whimsical and beautiful.
mary blair. her beautiful storyboards for walt disney classics such as alice in wonderland, peter pan, and cinderella have been reinvented as illustrations for children's books by renown author such as jon scieszka and cynthia rylant. you can buy alice in wonderland on amazon right now for a steal--this is another book you'll find under our christmas tree (i know there's no images on amazon, so either trust me on this one or google "mary blair alice in wonderland" to see what i mean.)
this is the short list--so many books! what children's books are on your short list?