Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.
For the pre-school set:
I have given the first four books in the Henry and Mudge series as birthday/Christmas presents at least half-a-dozen times. Cynthia Rylant's series about a boy and his dog is utterly charming and delightful, and was beloved by both of my kids.
The Gift of Fear is not a book that is fun to read, but in my work and in my life I often come across people whom I believe will find it comforting. I highly recommend it, and try to keep a copy on hand to loan/give to people who need to read it.