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Books for Kids (Preschool - Age 5)



By Salina Yoon

 (Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

When Bear goes walking one day, he finds the most special thing ever – a lost toy bunny.  Bear knows that someone has to be missing such a great toy, so he sets out to find the bunny’s owner, having a great time with the bunny along the way.  The message here is sweet and simple: Bear has a good heart, does the right thing, and is rewarded in the end.  The surprise twist at the conclusion also offers a glimpse into growing up and letting go, without overwhelming the story.  The artwork is simple, beautiful, and funny.  An excellent story with a message that doesn’t preach. (Format: Print)




When Elephant Met Giraffe

By Paul Gude

 (Picture Book; ages 3-5 years)

It is inevitable that, someday, a preschooler will encounter a child completely unlike his or herself.  That is the premise of this delightfully brief picture book.  In three short vignettes, Elephant (who is rather loud, messy, and bossy) meets Giraffe (who is basically the opposite), and the two learn how to get along.  The artwork is simple in style, and works very well with the text.  Overall the book is funny in an understated way that will appeal to adults as much as kids. (Format: Print)





Some Bugs

By Angela DiTerlizzi; illus. by Brendan Wenzel

 (Picture Book; ages 3-5 years)

This picture book about bugs is a simple read for the very young, but it includes a page that names all the various bugs depicted in the book. This will be a popular bedtime read for little ones. (Format: Print)




 The Sweetest Fig

By Chris Van Allsburg

(Picture Book)

An unkind man acquires two magic figs and the poetic justice that happens when someone else’s wish is granted. (Format: Print) 




The Year of Billy Miller

By Kevin Henkes

(Juvenile Fiction; Grades 1-3)

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. A 2014 Newbery Honor Book.  (Format: Print)




Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book 

By Jane Yolen; illus. by Jane Dyer

(Poetry; ages 0-3 years)

Not only are rhymes fun to say and read, but they are also an important element in the development of early literacy skills.  In this sweetly illustrated book, original poems by prolific author Jane Yolen are interspersed with classic nursery rhymes.   (Format: Print)




 Perfectly Percy

By Paul Schmid

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

Percy loves balloons… but there’s a big problem.  Percy is a porcupine… and porcupines playing with balloons usually do not have a happy ending.  Percy is not going to be content unless he can think of a way that he can play with balloons.  Will Percy come up with a way to play with his favorite toy?  Or will all his plans be a bust?   (Format: Print)




 Count the Monkeys

By Mac Barnett; illus. Kevin Cornell

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

This lively, interactive book invites kids to count the monkeys… but they’ve been scared off!  You spend the rest of the book trying to get to the monkeys, but increasingly large numbers of ridiculous creatures get in your way, like lumberjacks and bee swarms.  The book invites children to roar at, hide from, high-five, and otherwise interact with the creatures at each page turn.  The ending is a bit of a surprise, and it adds to the fun.  Share this book one-on-one or with a group, and then try to count the smiles! (Format: Print)




The Watermelon Seed

By Greg Pizzoli

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

Our unnamed crocodile protagonist absolutely loves watermelon. He’d eat nothing BUT watermelon if he could.  Then, he swallows a seed and begins to panic. He envisions it growing in his “guts” and vines coming out of his ears.  He seems to think that he might turn into watermelon himself! The vocabulary is simple but clever, and the illustrations have a retro vibe and coloration that are extremely appealing. The silly premise and the crocodile’s reactions will make giggling readers come back for seconds. This book just won the Geisel Medal, given to the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.  (Format: Print)




Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

By Eric Litwin; illlus. James Dean

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

When Santa gets sick he calls Pete to help him out.  Pete heads up to the North Pole where he hooks the reindeer up to his red minibus: “Then the minibus flew, just like in a movie.  Pete the Cat cried, ‘This is totally groovy!’”  A hip holiday read-aloud.  (Format: Print)



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