Matthias Media, the buddies I used to work for, have some new kids books out. They are well worth a look.
Here's the Rag Doll by Stephanie Carmichael, and here's Over the Fence, also by Stephanie.
I would have definitely bought both of these for my 3 girls when they were younger. They were supposed to stay the same forever, but they never did. So now I look at books like these and think wistful thoughts.
I also think 'aha! who do I know with little kids?' Christmas approaches...