When considering books to read with your little ones, parents, mix fiction, nonfiction and poetry – but consider also sing-and-read storybooks, based on familiar songs, nursery rhymes or fingerplays learned in school.

Those inclined to instantly disallow any potential connection between art and whimsy likely will find the starch in their collars (and elsewhere) especially discomforting on contemplating the works of Creve Coeur’s Jim Winnerman, like Tastes Like Cat, shown here.

In more halcyon times, a major childhood joy involved watching the sun set, anticipating the “magical” lights (fireflies) that appeared, and dancing and darting around the yard.

Perhaps no art form more adroitly embodies the ancient Greeks’ elemental earth, water, air and fire than ceramic sculpture, as illustrated by the untitled piece by St. Louisan Susan Zimmerman shown here.

The alabaster expanse of the average canvas or art board might tempt unwary viewers to forget that foregrounds, no matter how cunningly crafted, can never shed backgrounds – of which structural, conceptual and aesthetic fact M. Burford’s Wonders of the Forest serves as a forceful reminder.