1. Jumanji (1981) by Chris Van Allsburg
Does this name sound familiar to you? Of course it is! It is the story book from which the movie "Jumanji" originates from. In fact, this book is a 1982 Caldecott Medal winner. It is a story of two kids who are left alone at home by their parents. Because they are so bored, they go to the park and find a board game which they bring home. Much to their surprise when they play the games, things come to life such as a lion, monkeys, rhinoceros, a volcano and more. It is a thrilling and exciting book to read to your kids and one they would love to read again and again. Aside from the story line, the pencil drawing illustrations look very real. Your kids will think they are inside the story book.