Quirk’s Pop Classics have darling illustrations and cute stories. Obviously Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t appropriate for a toddler, but this picture book lets me have a little thrill every time my two year old asks to read “Buffy book!”

In this alternative history, Buffy goes to elementary school with Willow and Xander. She has a secret: she’s afraid of the dark. During a sleepover, the friends are frightened by noises coming from the closet, so they go to school librarian Giles for help. The illustrations are packed with fun details for the Buffy fan and still manage to be appealing to toddlers. The message about facing your fears and sticking together is lovely and well-executed. My toddler and I both love this one.

Source disclosure: I purchased this book.