A good part of who I am was shaped by the books my parents read to me as a child. I have fond memories of picture books, and even when I was past the age where I could read to myself, I would go into my younger sister's room to listen as my mother read to her. My world view, values, and sense of humor were all shaped both by these books and the shared experience of being together with my family.
When I had my own children, I wanted to find books that would pass along what's important to me. Some great books, like "The Monster At the End of This Book" by Jon Stone, were a part of my own childhood. Others, like "Where Is the Green Sheep?" by Mem Fox, are wonderful new discoveries. But there aren't enough good books out there. We need more funny, interesting books that engage not only the child being read to, but the adult reader as well.
"Kitties are Not Good to Eat" is a board book I originally wrote for my kids. It's a tongue-in-cheek poem about what not to do to cats. It is kid-friendly, but the engaging writing style is appealing to adults, and the humor and accompanying cat photographs make it entertaining to read to a child. The rhythm and rhyme of the text makes reading aloud easy and fun.