I was invited to read the National Simultaneous Storytime book, Hickory Dickory Dash, to some children at a local daycare and preschool centre. They also asked me to read my own books to the children.
I read five books in total and the kids sat still throughout, which was quite amazing. I think it's because kids love rhyming books - they can guess what's coming and predict words.
Also, having a diverse range of names in books is a chance for them to see their own name up in lights, so to speak. I remember the days of Romper Room with Miss Helena and her magic mirror. She always said my sister's name - Danielle - but mine was a rare treat.