I think I have found a good one. I was at the local used book store searching for American Girl books for my older daughter when I came upon a copy of The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury selected by Janet Schulman for three dollars.
Upon glancing through the book, I realized that we actually owned many of the books inside. However, I realize at some point we will have to pass on some of our books to other children. With this book in hand, I will be able to still keep the story, but pass on the separate book.
One note, however, several of the illustrations are left out of this book in the interest of space. For example, we own Stellaluna and won’t be giving up our separate copy because there is so much more to the book if you can see all the illustrations.
Some of the books included are: Curious George, Madeline, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Petunia, Ferdinand, Harry the Dirty Dog, Owen, Babar, Good Night Moon, and Miss Nelson is Missing.
If you need to give a book to a family with a young child, this would be a lovely addition, especially for a family short on space.
I have also discovered in the process of writing this post that the book has its own website.