Of course, mothers can read these books too. However, I did observe, during a storytime for infants at a public library, that the babies were more attracted to a male voice. They weren’t exactly playing attention – most tend to play with the cushions, their toes, etc – but at least 3 or 4 crawled directly to the storyteller, and one tried to climb into his lap. I think that they prefer male voices because male voices are deeper than female voices. The sonorous timbre of men’s voices (think James Earl Jones) is ideally suited to growly animals, gruff dwarves, or drunken pictsies.
- : All sorts of things live in a man’s hair: tigers, dancers, pools, and waterslides. With bouncing, rhyming text and textured, hairy swirls of colour, this is a slightly menacing tale.
- : Short story collection, including "The Witch’s Headstone", which becamethe Newbery-winning The Graveyard Book.