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Blueberries For Sal (Viking, 1948)

The block-printed illustrations show just how similar families of different species can be, as child Sal and a baby bear covet Maine blueberries on a berry hunt with their respective mothers. It’s an instructive read for any kid who’s ever felt a bit like a wild animal, or parents who’ve ever felt like they’re raising one.

Blueberries for Sal was written by Robert McCloskey and was awarded a Caldecott Medal in 1949. In 1967, the book was adapted into a short film.