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  1. My Bike (2015)

    My Bike

    Byron Barton has written many of my favorite titles for young children, and this book is no exception. The illustrations are bright and bold, and the story both straightforward and surprising. Tom is riding his bicycle to work. The reader/listener is introduced to Tom and to the different parts of Tom’s bike. As Tom bikes to work he describes some of the people and things he bikes past. Younger listeners will enjoy the pictures and trying to name the objects while older listeners might be able to guess what Tom’s job is even before he arrives.

  2. Night Owl (2015)

    He settles on a branch and turns his head all the way around. Where is his mother? When he doesn’t see her he begins to listen very carefully. The reader/listener is invited to listen along and together Night Owl and his reader/listener explore the sounds of the night. Some sounds are too short, some too long, some too high and some too low. Then the sky itself beings to make noises, and Night Owl flies bravely home through the raindrops. At home he listens again and before long he hears, “The nicest sound of all.”

  3. Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

    Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

    This adaptation of a traditional children’s song features a little boy singing as he searches the house for his dog, in order to give him a walk.  (The boy, with his orange hair and circular glasses frames, reminds me a bit of Sherman of “Mr.

  4. One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

    One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

     

    This mostly wordless, brightly illustrated picture book was originally published in German in 1973.  It asks the question, "One, two, where's my shoe?", and every spread thereafter features shoes hidden in unlikely places. The footwear generally isn't too difficult to spot, making this more appropriate for younger readers, although it may give older students ideas for hiding objects in their own drawings. 

  5. Smile, Pout-Pout Fish

    Smile, Pout-Pout Fish

     

    This simple board book stars a sad looking fish and a pink sea creature who tells him not to be worried, not to be sad, not to be scared and not to be mad. It turns out all the fish needed was a little smooch, and he becomes a smiley fish again.  This basic book is perfect for babies and toddlers, and teaches that smiles can be found with just a little encouragement. 

  6. It's Not Yours, It's Mine! (2013)

    It's Not Yours, It's Mine

     

    In this book about sharing, Blieka loves her new, red ball and doesn’t want anyone else to use it. Soon this fear takes over her days and she cannot go anywhere without bringing her toy. One day the ball deflates.  Blieka’s friends help her re-inflate it and she begins to understand the importance of sharing. It is still hard to do, but her persistence is rewarded when others begin to share their toys as well.

     

  7. The House that Santa Built

    The House that Santa Built

    A traditional nursery rhyme is given a cute Christmas twist with a little help from Santa Claus, and a lot from de Las Casas and Stone-Barker.  Based on “The House that Jack Built,” and similar to the team's Halloween version, The House that Witchy Built, The House that Santa Built is a rollicking romp of rhythm, with elves and reindeer and snow  and—of course—children taking part of the arctic antics in and out of Santa’s castle.   The cut-paper collage illustrations are fun and fanciful.   There are plenty of sound effects that make this a p

  8. Tap the Magic Tree

    Tap the Magic Tree

     

    This interactive picture book is nothing but fun from beginning to end.

  9. Hide and Seek

    Hide and Seek

     

    Japanese author/illustrator Taro Gomi has hidden all sorts of normal objects such as gloves, hearts, socks, scooters, and flags inside pictures for a look and find experience for the very young.  The pictures are challenging but not too challenging for a young toddler or preschool child.  A wonderful book to share as a lap book, or during storytime to see who can spot the item first.

     

  10. Never Too Young for Jane Austen!

     

     Part of the BabyLit® series, these adorable board books are fun for Austen fans of all ages.

    Pride and Prejudice

  11. Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights

    Jane Eyre
    Wuthering Heights

     

    The Little Miss Bronte series, part of the BabyLit book series published by Gibbs Smith, are an elegant way to introduce the youngest child to the world of classical literature.  Jane Eyre is a counting primer, and counts drawings, trees, pearls, and books, with quotes interspersed, such as "this book I had again and again perused with delight".

    Wuthering Heights is a weather primer, so for breezy, the quote is "the weather was sweet and warm" and for stormy we read, "the storm came rattling over the Heights in full fury." 

  12. Love is in the Air

    Love is in the Air

     

    This adorable Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Early Reader about a red balloon and a yellow kite who fall in love is delightful.  The simple, brightly colored illustrations will attract young readers, and the story will soften the hardest of hearts.  The ending makes this librarian hope for some kind of sequel, either with kite and balloon again, or with another set of similar objects falling in love. 

  13. Around the Neighborhood:

    Around the Neighborhood:

     

    Around the Neighborhood: a Counting Lullaby is an adaptation of "Over in the Meadow", the classic folk song that was first written down in 1870.  A mother and her baby baby set off for a walk around the neighborhood, and see numerous animals that a child might normally see in their neighborhood, such as cats, crows, bees, or ladybugs.  The illustrations were produced digitally, and are easy to recognize, with bright colors galore.

  14. Are You a Cow?

    Are You a Cow?

     

    "HEY! I'm a chicken. Yes, it's true. Tell me!  Tell me!  What are you?"

    And so begins Are you a Cow? by Sandra Boynton, a fun call and response board book for the very youngest toddlers to enjoy.  Children will love answering the silly questions posed by the silly chicken with one of their favorite words (no).  And the book ends with the best message of all, that you are you.  This book deservedly received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, and receives high praise from this librarian.  For ages 1-3.   

  15. The Swing

    The Swing

    "How do you like to go up in a swing, up in the air so blue?

    Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!"

  16. Animals Talk

    Animals Talk

    Part of the Touch, Look, and Learn! series, Animals Talk features wonderful single, textured illustrations of animals that make noise. Very young children will enjoy cuddling up to share this book while they feel the raised surfaces in the illustrations and make the fun animals sounds on each page. Try others in this series including Animals Go, Colors, and Counting.

    Ages 6 months to 3

  17. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

    Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

    The popular English language lyrics to a traditional Yiddish folksong provide the text for this picture book, illustrated by a talented husband-and-wife artist team. The song is enhanced by the colors, the movement, and the joy on the faces of a family in full Hanukkah celebration: decorating, dancing, eating, playing, exchanging presents, honoring the holiday. Everyone joins in the fun, including the dog! The book begins with the musical notation of the folksong; it ends with an author’s note on its history. 

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