I Love You, Stinky Face, by Lisa McCourt, is a sweet book about a mother's love for her son. He's getting ready for bed and asks her repeatedly, "Would you love me if I....". In his questions he is an alligator, an alien, a swamp creature - but she loves him however or whoever he is. It is an awesome example of a mother's unconditional love. The illustrations are funny, his questions are funny, and mom's reassurances are funny. I cannot imagine a child who wouldn't love this book.
I Love You, Stinky Face would be a good book for a classroom library for any child to read. It would also be a perfect fit for a kindergarten or first grade teacher who has a child who has not quite adjusted to school and being away from home. Reading this book with that child, or sending it home for the parent to read with her, could be just the thing to hlep an insecure child get over those insecurities and realize that they are loved - even if they are away from their loved ones each day.
Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3
Grade level Equivalent: 4.2
Guided Reading: N
Accelerated Reader test available