My favourite book as a child was "The Cow and the Elephant." It is a Little Golden Book that is very likely out of print now. I have my childhood copy still and it is one of my son's favourite books as well. This book doesn't have an important message, it's sing-songy and silly, but I remember my Mum would read and re-read and re-re-read it to me. Reading together creates a special bond.
Read to your kids. Read them sweet, silly, sing - song, stories. Read often.
56th British Columbia