i absolutely loved as a child and read to my ds now, is "Possum Magic" by Mem Fox:)
i just love how Australian it is, its simple yet capturing illustrations and how its almost written as a rhyme.
i think another handy yet practical book to have on any mothers book shelf, is "Birth. conceiving, nurturing and giving birth to your baby" by Cathrine price and Sandra Robinson.
during my pregnancy and after i read quite a few books on it all. im sure im not the only one who did;)and this book had a clear and concise way of explaining what to expect and supported western medicine and alternative medicine, which other books did not. im sure there are a few more.. smile