This classic is one of the very best books to read aloud to children. (I’ve been known to read it to babies.) Our edition has gently colorized pictures that gild the lily a bit but please the boys. It called the Signature Edition and is out of print but fairly simple to find.
We also enjoy the (much less beautiful) animated movie now and then (mostly for the songs).
Author: E.B. White
Illustrator: Garth Williams, with watercoloring by Rosemary Wells