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Ages 3 to 5


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If You’re Happy and You Know it! A sing-along action book

Illustrated by Jane Cabrera

Holiday House 0000

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Songs to Sing Together

Come join the monkey, the giraffe, the elephant and the little mouse in singing this happy song. Repetitive rhyming phrases –“ If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” will invite your toddler to jump in and join you in clapping and singing. MORE...


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Wake Up, Big Barn

Illustrated by Suzanne Chitwood

Cartwheel 2002

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Colors

Rich colors and torn paper collages sing out with onomatopoeic sounds and be-bop rhythm. Even the end papers will take your breath away. A fine introduction to a life on the farm. MORE...


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Freight Train

Illustrated by Donald Crews

Greenwillow 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Colors

A Caldecott honor book, this train will roar through the hearts of all those of us that have counted freight cars. The colorful box cars including the caboose will stream through your minds as they pass through the pages. This is one book you will visit again and again. MORE...


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The Turn-Around, Upside-down Alphabet Book

Illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: ABC Books

This intriguing concept book will fascinate readers young and old. With bold paper cut illustrations, you can play with the visuals on each page. For example, an X can be a railroad crossing, but if you turn the book it can change into a treasure map or if you turn it again, you’ll see a ballerina’s shoe ribbons. MORE...


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Lunch

Illustrated by Denise Fleming

Henry Holt & Co. 1998

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Colors

A hungry mouse nibbles and crunches his way through a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. This book purposefully stimulates a guessing or prediction game, as pages hint at the foods to come. MORE...


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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

0688128971 1996

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about School

Lovable Lily loves school and her super cool teacher Mr. Slinger until she brings her purple plastic purse to school. This is a story about character development, about parent support, about wonderful teachers, about admitting mistakes and about a fanbulous story with much depth which your whole family will enjoy. MORE...


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Kitten’s First Moon

Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Greenwillow 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

“What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky… then lucky! What a night!” Thus begins this magical tale of a hungry kitten, who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. The shimmering black and white illustrations reminiscent of moon beams with circles and pleasing curves, yet with swiftly changing expressions compliment the rhythmic text as well as the kittens irresistible spirit. MORE...


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10 Minutos y a la cama?

Illustrated by Peggy Rathman

Putnam 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books in Spanish

This Spanish translation of 10 Minutes to Bed will become your child’s favorite count down book in any language. So get ready now… I am counting already. Are you under those covers yet? MORE...


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Owen

Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Greenwillow 1993

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Owen loves Fuzzy, his blanket, and takes it wherever he goes, until one day, before he starts school, everyone tries to have him leave his beloved blanket at home. MORE...


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A Visitor for Bear

by Bonny Becker

Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Bear tries to keep out visitors to his house, but his efforts are undermined by a very persistent mouse. This is a comedy about how the mouse just won't let Bear eat his breakfast in peace. MORE...


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A Splendid Friend, Indeed!

by Suzanne Bloom

Boyds Mills Press 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Bear is trying to spend a quiet day reading, writing and thinking, but this plan is soon interrupted by the arrival of Goose, who can’t help but talk about how exciting these activities are. MORE...


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The Umbrella Queen

by Shirin Bridges

Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Greenwillow Books 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Life in Other Countries

In a village in Thailand where everyone makes umbrellas, Noot wants her design to win for the king. But her unusual design gets much criticism from her family and villagers, until the king chooses her design because "she paints from her heart." MORE...


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I Like Books

by Anthony Browne

Candlewick Press 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Especially for your Beginning Readers

This super sturdy picture book with repetitive sentences features a monkey telling us about the books he likes (books about dinosaurs and books about monsters…)It will send a clear message to kids that all books are important. MORE...


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I Love You, Good Night

by Jon BullerSusan Schade

Illustrated by Bernadette Pons

Little Simon 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Bedtime Reading

As a child gets ready for bed, this rhyming book tells all the ways that parents love their child. Some are funny, others heartfelt, but they all are a good ways to greet this bedtime ritual and to rock your child to sleep. MORE...


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Philomel 1994

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about Days of the Week

This classic book translated in almost all languages of the world tells the story of a very hungry caterpillar who eats through all different foods that kids love until he turns into a beautiful butterfly. On each day of the week he eats something new until, on Saturday, he gets an enormous stomach and has to eat a leaf for comfort. On Sunday he becomes a beautiful butterfly. MORE...


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Today is Monday

by Eric Carle

Putnam Juvenile 1993

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about Days of the Week

This smorgasbord of food is presented each day of the week to birds and animals through this cumulative rhyme and familiar song. Eric Carle’s bold and colorful collages add dazzling images to this well known song, but a surprise ending shows multi cultural children munching on various foods at a banquet while the animals observe them from paintings on the wall. MORE...


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Yummy, Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

by Lucy Cousins

Illustrated by Lucy Cousins

Candlewick Press 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This wonderful collection of classic stories is boldly illustrated by the author, Lucy Cousins. Yummy is easy to read aloud and best suited for listeners age four or five. This book is a must have for families wanting to acquaint their young ones with widely read fairy-tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and Three Little Pigs. MORE...


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Red Eyed Tree Frog

by Joy Cowley

Illustrated by Nic Bishop

Scholastic Press 1999

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Especially for your Beginning Readers

Sharp, close up photographs from the rain forests of Central America taken by an award winning photographer intertwines perfectly with Joy Cowley’s simple, engaging text. ”Here is an iguana. Frogs do not eat iguanas. Do iguanas eat frogs? The red eyed tree frog does not wait to find out.” MORE...


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Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure

by Doreen Cronin

Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Atheneum 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Counting Books

As farmer Brown falls asleep, his funny farm animals venture out on a fishing expedition. A joyful, first adventure in counting and rhyme. MORE...


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Shapes

by Robert Crowther

2002

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Counting Books

This is a book filled with more than 30 flaps, tabs and hidden pictures For example, a circle can turn into a balloon with a string or a steering wheel, and even a clock! An oval, by pulling a tab, can turn into a fish or by lifting a flap, it becomes a football. MORE...


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Llama Llama Misses Mama

by Anna Dewdney

Penguin Young Readers Group 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

It's the first day of nursery school, and Llama experiences separation anxiety from her mother. This is the perfect book to help a child bridge the transition between home and school. MORE...


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Planting A Rainbow

by Lois Ehlert

Harcourt Children's Books 1988

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Colors

“Every fall, Mom and I plant a rainbow. They plant bulbs in the fall, seeds in the spring and then watch the rainbow begin to grow. The flowers bloom in glowing brilliant colors and each flower is labeled with a garden marker. MORE...


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Color Zoo

by Lois Ehlert

HarperCollins 1989

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Counting Books

In bold designs and bright primary colors, this unique book reveals different animals through stacked cutouts of shapes. Children will delight in identifying the animals and you will exclaim in awe at this clever mesmerizing design. MORE...


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Feathers for Lunch

by Lois Ehlert

Voyager Books 1996

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

One of my favorite read aloud books, this story begins with “Oh, Oh. door’s open just a crack…” and Caldecott artist and designer has just drawn a long tale on the first page. Already, the children wonder whose tail is that? What is the lunch that got away? MORE...


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Go Away, Big Green Monster

by Ed Emberley

LB Kids 1993

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Colors

This exciting book starts with two big yellow eyes starring at you from a black page and each time you turn the page, you add something like a long bluish greenish nose or scraggy purple hair until you build a monster. Then the next page “You don’t scare me.. “Go away scraggly purple hair “ and you begin to take away each piece of the monster as you turn each page until you have an entirely black page again. Then you can shout “And don’t come back until I say so!” MORE...


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Cat

by Matthew Van Fleet

Illustrated by Brian Stanton

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

For cat lovers everywhere, brilliantly photographed with simple descriptions and moveable parts. A book all kids will enjoy. MORE...


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The Magic Hat

by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

A charming read-aloud with a repetitive verse, this tale of a magic wizard’s hat that blows into town and changes people into animals will have your children repeating the verses at top volume. This is a great interactive story that will delight all your children. Why not make or buy a wizard’s hat to go with it? MORE...


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Moon Bear

by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Illustrated by Ed Young

Henry Holt and Company 2010

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

"Who scratches the birch tree and licks oozing sap? Hungry moon bear." Exquisite illustrations of moon bear follow his moods throughout the book, like sleepy, hungry, curious, and grumpy. The ending provides pictures of real moon bears in danger of becoming extinct, with notes on how to help these beautiful bears. MORE...


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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You : Very Short Stories to Read Together

by Mary Ann Hoberman

Illustrated by Michael Emberley

Megan Tingley 2001

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Especially for your Beginning Readers

Written in two voices, which are differentiated on the printed page in two different colors, this book encourages adults to read one part out loud with the child chimes in on the other part. It is a great way to share reading on the couch together. MORE...


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The Llama who had No Pajama - 100 Favorite Poems

by Mary Ann Hoberman

Illustrated by Betty Fraser

Browndeer Press 1998

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

What a marvelous collection of poems for young children! This book is enchanting and the poems catch the essence of childhood from eating applesauce to climbing trees and observing animals at the zoo. MORE...


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Silly Suzy Goose

by Petr Horacek

Candlewick 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This delightful Suzy Goose who ventures from her flock because she wants to be “different”, tries to jump like a kangaroo, stretch high like a giraffe, and swim under water like a seal until she roars like a lion and he chases her back to the others, just in time. Full of action and beautiful graphics, this new picture book by a Czech illustrator will be a winner. MORE...


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Give the Dog a Bone

by Steven Kellogg

SeaStar Books 2000

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Songs to Sing Together

Steven Kellogg takes this old song in a new direction by including hens, chicks, bees and even actions and motions as you sing along. This song is a wonderful way to look at numbers and to begin counting skills, especially with these magical illustrations. MORE...


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Fish and Frog Brand New Readers

by Michelle Knudsen

Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Candlewick 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Especially for your Beginning Readers

Just like training wheels on a first bike, this series of new readers give the right support for those starting to recognize words. The stories are short, the illustrations support the text and best of all, the last page is always funny!. Kids love these books and parents will too! MORE...


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Whose Mouse Are You?

by Robert Kraus

Illustrated by Jose Aruego

Aladdin; 1st Aladdin Books ed edition 1986

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

An endearing story of a little mouse who feels the need for attention when a new baby brother arrives at his home, is a classic story that no one should miss. MORE...


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Yellow Elephant : A Bright Bestiary

by Julie Larios

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

All the colors, turquoise lizard, pink kitty and yellow elephant to name a few, are depicted in poems about animals, encouraging children to use their imaginations and to see the familiar in surprising new ways. MORE...


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Animal Antics: A to Z

by Anita Lobel

Greenwillow 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: ABC Books

Adoring alligators, charming camels and elated elephants are joined by impish ibexes and unlikely unicorns in this circus themed alphabet book. The rich elegant paintings and especially the clowns that bend in shapes of letters will entice children to this cheerful alphabet book. MORE...


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Meet Me at the Moon

by Gianna Marino

Viking Juvenile 2012

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

A heartwarming love story between mother and child When Mama Elephant must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain, the young elephant is worried. Who will care for Little One? Who will sing Mama's special songs? When will she return? Mama is very reassuring - Little One will hear her song on the wind and feel her love in the warmth of the sun, and, after the rains come, they will meet where the moon sets. MORE...


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Chika Chika Boom Boom

by Bill Martin Jr.John Archambault

Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Aladdin 2000

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: ABC Books

“ A told B and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” As all the letters race up the tree in this lively rhythmic rhyme, the tree begins to groan and bend with all the weight and the letters begin to tumble. MORE...


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Guess How Much I love You?

by Sam McBratney

Illustrated by Anita Jeram

Candlewick Press 1996

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

This is an endearing story about the immeasurable bond of love between a hare and his baby son. Searching for ways to tell his dad how much he loves him, little hare says,“ I love you all the way to my toes! His dad replies, as he swings him in the air over his head, “And I love you all the way up to your toes!” This engaging dialogue about unconditional love continues until little Nutbrown Hare settles in his bed and whispers, “I love you right up to the moon and back”. The watercolor illustrations enrich this story. The book can be bought with a stuffed little animal as well as in a Big Book format to read aloud at storyhours. MORE...


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There's Always Pooh and Me

by A.A. Milne

Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

Dutton 2003

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

This elegant collection brings together 23 of the best loved poems of A.A. Milne. With the original illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard, the page layout is distinguished and the gold end papers make this a “must” for gift giving and this edition should be in every home library. MORE...


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Posy

by Linda Newbery

Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

Atheneum Books for Young Children 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Posy, a "sofa scratcher," "ice-cream guzzler," and "cushion crawler," carefully pounces and bounces through this book in intriguing watercolors. MORE...


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Blueberries for the Queen

by John PatersonKatherine Paterson

Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

HarperCollins 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Based on a true family story when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands came for the summer to New England to escape the hardships of World War II, William picks some fresh blueberries from his farm and presents it to her. In reaching out to his neighbor, he, at such a young age, begins to make his own “peace effort”. MORE...


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Peter Rabbit's Hide and Seek ABC

by Beatrix Potter

Warne 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: ABC Books

In this interactive book, you can pull the tabs on the 26 changing pictures from Beatrix Potter’s tales and you will find an object for every letter of the alphabet. MORE...


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10 Minutes till Bedtime

by Peggy Rathmann

Putnam 2001

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Bedtime Reading

With few words and plenty of action, this Caldecott artist breathes life into the familiar bedtime ritual. Each countdown number explodes with countless details including hamsters darting everywhere. These illustrations will appeal and delight children until they get that final good night kiss. MORE...


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Ham and Pickles: First Day of School

by Nicole Ruble

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about School

Pickles is nervous on her first day of school and so she asks her big brother Ham for advice His wacky advice is not exactly what she was hoping for, but in the end, when she forgets her lunch, she is comforted when Ham shows his kind heart by sharing his lunch with her. MORE...


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The Snow Day

by Komako Sakai

Arthur A. Levine Books 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Reminiscent of Keats' The Snowy Day, Japanese artist Komako Sakai paints a snow day when a little rabbit stays home from kindergarten to make snow monsters and play with his mother while he waits for his father to get home. MORE...


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Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

by Barney Saltzberg

Candlewick Press 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Cornelius P. Mud is introduced to his new baby brother who can't do anything that Cornelius likes. The book touches on sibling rivalry at the arrival of a new baby: "I wish we could send him back." It has a lovely ending, though. Especially good for the new arrival of a baby brother. MORE...


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One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab

by April Pulley Sayre

Illustrated by Randy Cecil

Candlewick 2003

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Counting Books

Follow the sign to the beach and start counting feet, both big and small, on people, animals, dogs, insects and spiders all the way to 100! MORE...


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Nutshell Library

by Maurice Sendak

HarperCollins 1962

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about Months

These 4 tiny books will fit into your child’s hands and will be dearly loved! Chicken Soup with Rice features the months of the year. The others are: Alligarors All Around, Pierre, and One Was Johnny. MORE...


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White is for Blueberry

by George Shannon

Illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Greenwillow 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Colors

Through distinct bold and bright acrylic paintings, perfect for the very young, George Shannon helps children look at colors in nature in a new way. “Orange is for sky… when the sun has nearly set” and “White is for blueberry… when the berry is still too young to pick”. MORE...


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One Monday Morning

by Uri Shulevitz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2003

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about Days of the Week

Caldecott illustrator Uri Shulevitz breathes life into a deck of cards and helps them come alive on a rainy day as a royal entourage visits a young boy in inner city. Everything about this book is marvelous. MORE...


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Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC

by June Sobel

Illustrated by Henry Cole

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: ABC Books

A crew of swashbuckling pirates and their parrot try to capture all the letters of the alphabet. A good introduction to letters with an engaging story. Your child will “yo-ho-ho” with you when all the letters are captured. MORE...


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B is for Bulldozer : A construction ABC

by June Sobel

Illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Gulliver Books 2003

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: ABC Books

This is a perfect book for those kids who love trucks! There’s a big yellow bulldozer, a tall shiny crane and a rusty dump truck. So what are they building at this construction site? You won’t find out until you get to the letter Z but on the way you’ll learn all the tools that are used at a construction site. MORE...


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Always

by Ann Stott

Illustrated by Matt Phelan

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This story shows the everyday range of a child's behavior and the unconditional quality of a parent's love. MORE...


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Elizabeti's Doll

by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Illustrated by Christy Hale

Lee & Low 1998

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Life in Other Countries

When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she longs to have a doll to hug too. So she finds an oval shaped rock, feeds it, burps it, and ties it to her back just like her mother. When her sister accidentally uses the rock to start a fire, Elizabeti rescues it in time to sing it to sleep. MORE...


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God's Dream

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This book introduces readers to Archbishop Tutu's message of forgiveness and empathy, and welcomes them to a pathway toward joy. MORE...


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Cookie's Week

by Cindy WardTomie dePaola

Putnam Juvenile 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Books about Days of the Week

“On Monday, Cookie (the cat) fell in the toilet.” So what happens? You’ll have to read this charming book and follow the cat’s escapades throughout the whole week to find out! What fun! What a gem of a book for learning the days of the week! MORE...