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Pre-Schoolers Booklist: The Library
  • *Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline’s Rescue, 1981.
  • *DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona: Her Story, 1996.
  • *Dr. Seuss. The Cat In the Hat, 1957.
  • Dr. Seuss. The Lorax, 1971.
  • Dr. Seuss. My Many Colored Days, 1996.
  • *Ehlert, Lois. Snowballs, 1995.
  • *Hughes, Shirley. The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook, 1989.
  • *McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings, 1969.
  • *Marshall, James. George and Martha, 2007.
  • Marshall, James. Space Case, 1980.
  • *Martin, Bill. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, 1989.
  • Numeroff, Laura. If You Take a Mouse to School, 2000.
  • Numeroff, Laura. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, 2000.
  • *Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, 2001.
  • Wood, Audrey & Don. King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub, 2005.
  • Wood, Audrey & Don. The Napping House, 1984.
  • *Yolen, Jane. Piggins, 1987.
  • Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon, 1987.
  • Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog, 1956.

Adventure

  • *Calhoun, Mary. Cross-Country Cat, 1979.
  • Cannon, Jonelle. Stellaluna (k-2), 1993.
  • Charlip, Remy. Fortunately, 1986.
  • *Jonas, Ann. The Trek, 1991.
  • Jonas, Ann. Round Trip, 1983.
  • Joyce, William. Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures..., 1995.
  • Joyce, William. George Shrinks, 1985.
  • McCully, Helen. Mirette on the High Wire, 1992.
  • *McKissack, Patricia. Flossie and the Fox, 1986
  • *Sendak, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen, 1970.
  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are, 1988.
  • *Steig, William. Dr. DeSoto, 1997.
  • *Steig, William. Brave Irene, 1986.
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Polar Express, 1985.
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji, 1981.
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Two Bad Ants, 1988.

Imagination

  • Barrett, Judy. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 1978.
  • Burningham, John. Would You Rather, 1978.
  • Carrick, Carol & Donald. What Happened to Patrick’s Dinosaurs?, 1986.
  • Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, 2000.
  • Day, Alexandra. Frank and Ernest (2-3), 1992.
  • Falconer, Ian. Olivia (k-2), 2001.
  • Falconer, Ian. Olivia Saves the Circus (k-2), 2001.
  • Gwynne, Fred. The King Who Rained (wordplay), 1980.
  • Hort, Lenny. Seals on the Bus, 2000.
  • Hoberman, MaryAnn. The Seven Silly Eaters, 1997.
  • Laden, Nina. When Pigasso Met Mootisse, 1998.
  • *London, Jonathan. Froggy Gets Dressed, 1992.
  • *McPhail, David. Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore, 1993.
  • *Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks, 1992.
  • Moss, Lloyd. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, 1995.
  • Priceman, Marjorie. Emeline at the Circus, 1999.
  • Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, 1994.
  • *Shannon, David. No, David, 1998.
  • Small, David. Bunny Cakes
  • Steig, William. Pete’s a Pizza, 1998.
  • Steiner, Joan. Look-Alikes Jr. (wordless), 1999.
  • *Wells, Rosemary. Hazel’s Amazing Mother, 1985.

Learning About Life

  • *Aliki. Feelings, 1984.
  • * Brown, Marc. Dinosaurs, Beware! A Safety Guide, 1982.
  • Brown, Marc. D.W.‘s Library Card, 2001.
  • Brown, Marc. Perfect Pigs: An Introduction to Manners, 1983.
  • Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius (a life well lived), 1982.
  • *Curtis, Jamie Lee. Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, 1998.
  • Curtis, Jamie Lee. When I Was Little: A Four-Year Old’s Memoir of HerYouth, 1993.
  • Everitt, Betsy. Mean Soup (bad moods), 1992.
  • Freymann, Saxon. How Are You Peeling? Food with Moods, 1999.
  • *Henkes, Kevin. Chester’s Way (friendship), 1988.
  • Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum (feeling different), 1991.
  • Henkes, Kevin. Wemberley Worried, 2000.
  • Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace, 1991.
  • *Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer, 1971.
  • *Lionni, Leo. Swimmy, 1968.
  • Lovell, Patty. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, 2001.
  • Mayer, Mercer. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, 1968.
  • Mellonie, Bryan. Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, 1983.
  • Mills, Lauren. The Rag Coat (facing ridicule), 1991.
  • Parr, Todd. It’s Okay to Be Different, 2001.
  • Parr, Todd. This Is My Hair, 1999.
  • Pfister, Marcus. The Rainbow Fish (sharing), 1992.
  • *Polacco, Patricia. Thunder Cake (fear), 1990.
  • Schwartz, Amy. A Teeny Tiny Baby (new baby), 2006.
  • Sharmat, Mitchell. Gregory the Terrible Eater (nutrition), 1980.
  • Spier, Peter. People, 1980.
  • Stewart, Sarah. The Library, 1995.
  • Varley, Susan. Badger’s Parting Gifts (death), 1984.
  • Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,Very Bad Day, 1972.
  • Viorst, Judith. The Tenth Good Thing about Barney (death of a pet), 1971.
  • Wells, Rosemary. Noisy Nora (misbehaving to get attention), 1973.
  • Wells, Rosemary. Yoko (Cultural differences), 1998.
  • Williams, Vera. A Chair for My Mother, 1982.
  • Wood, Audrey. Elbert’s Bad Word, 1988.
  • Yacowitz, Caryn. Pumpkin Fiesta (k-2), 1998.

Concept Books- Colors, Shapes, etc.

  • Blackstone, Stella. Bear In a Square, 1998.
  • Blackstone, Stella. Ship Shapes, 2006.
  • Cousins, Lucy. Maisy Big, Maisy Small: a Book of Maisy Opposites, 2007.
  • Dodd, Emma. Dog’s Colorful Day, 2001.
  • Dodds, Dayle Ann. The Shape of Things, 1994.
  • Emberley, Ed. The Wing on a Flea, 2001.
  • Falwell, Cathryn. Shape Capers, 2007.
  • Falwell, Cathryn. Turtle Splash! Countdown at the Pond, 2001.
  • Fleming, Denise. The Everything Book, 2000.
  • *Fox, Mem. Where Is the Green Sheep?, 2004.
  • *Hoban, Tana. Is It Red? Is It Blue? Is It Yellow?, 1978.
  • Hoban, Tana. Is It Rough? Is It Smooth? Is It Shiny?
  • Hoban, Tana. 26 Letters & 99 Cents, 1987.
  • Jenkins, Steve. Actual Size, 2004.
  • Miller, Margaret. Big and Little, 1998.
  • Spanyol, Jessica. Carlo Likes Colors, 2003.
  • Spanyol, Jessica. Carlo Likes Reading, 2001.
  • Stickland, Paul. Dinosaur Roar!, 1994.
  • Thong, Roseanne. Round Is a Mooncake: a Book of Shapes, 2000.
  • Walsh, Ellen. Mouse Paint, 1989.
  • Wood, Audrey. The Deep Blue Sea: a Book of Colors, 2005.

Easy Reader Format and Pre-Reading Skills

  • Byars, Betsy. The Golly Sisters Go West
  • Cole, Joanna. Bug in a Rug: Reading Fun for Just Beginners, 1996.
  • Cole, Joanna. Ready... Set... Read! The Beginning Reader’s Treasury, 1988.
  • Cole, Joanna. Ready... Set... Read And Laugh! A Funny Treasury for Beginning Readers, 1995.
  • *Coxe, Molly. Big Egg, 2003.
  • *Gregorich, Barbara. Jog, Frog, Jog (Start to Read Series).
  • Gregorich, Barbara. The Gum on the Drum, 1984.
  • Karlin, Nurit. Fat Cat Sat on the Mat
  • *Lobel, Arnold. Frog & Toad are Friends, 1970.
  • Marzollo, Jean. The Rebus Treasury, 1986.
  • *Minarik, Else. Little Bear series
  • Rockwell, Anne. Sweet Potato Pie (Early Step Into Reading series) 
  • *Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge series
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby series
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Poppleton series
  • *Schade, Susan. Toad on the Road, 1992

Picture Books for Early Readers

  • Anno. Anno’s Journey (wordless), 1997.
  • Carle, Eric. Have You Seen My Cat?, 1987.
  • De Paola, Tomie. Pancakes for Breakfast (wordless), 1978.
  • Hutchins, Pat. Rosie’s Walk (wordless), 1968.
  • uss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed, 1945.
  • Martin, Bill. Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1992.
  • *Mayer, Mercer. Frog Goes to Dinner (wordless), 1977.
  • Shaw, Charles. It Looked Like Spilt Milk, 1947.
  • Tafuri, Nancy. Have You Seen My Duckling?, 2005.
  • Williams, Sue. I Went Walking, 1990.

Non-Fiction

  • *Aliki. My Visit to the Aquarium, 1993.
  • Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built, 2002.
  • Barner, Bob. Dem Bones (human skeletal system), 1995.
  • Barner, Bob. Dinosaur Bones, 2001.
  • Bourke, Linda. A Show of Hands
  • Brown, Marc. Visiting the Art Museum
  • *Cole, Joanna. Magic School Bus series
  • De Paola, Tomie. Book of Bible Stories
  • *Gibbons, Gail. Monarch Butterfly, 1989.
  • Gibbons, Gail. Sharks, 1992.
  • Kindersley, Barnabus. Children Just Like Me; A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World, 1995.
  • Leedy, Loreen. Measuring Penny (measurement), 1997.
  • Let's Read and Find Out About Science series.
  • Marin, Jacqueline Briggs. Snowflake Bentley, 1998.
  • Morris, Ann. Work (many other titles), 1998.
  • *Munro, Roxie. The Inside, Outside Book of Washington, 2001.
  • Rockwell, Anne. Bugs Are Insects, 2001.
  • Schwartz, David. How Much Is a Million, 1985.
  • Spier, Pete. People, 1980.
  • Wallace, Karen. Gentle Giant Octopus, 1998.
  • Wellington, Monica. Squeaking of Art, 1999.
  • Winter, Jeanette. Sebastian: A Book about Bach, 1999.

Anthologies, Poetry, and Songs

  • Cole, Joanna. Give a Dog a Bone: Stories, Poems, Jokes and Riddles About Dogs, 1996.
  • Cole, Joanna. The Read Aloud Treasury
  • De Paola, Tomie. Bible Stories for Young Children
  • De Paola, Tomie. Favorite Nursery Tales, 1986.
  • Hart, Jane, ed. Singing Bee! A Collection of Favorite Children's Songs, 1982.
  • Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, and I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together, 2007.
  • Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Side by Side: Poems to Read Together, 1988.
  • Hughes, Shirley. Rhymes for Annie Rose
  • Krull, Kathleen, ed. Gonna Sing My Head Off! American Folk Songs for Children
  • Prelutsky, Jack, ed. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, 1983.
  • Schwartz, Alvin. And the Green Grass Grows Around And Around...Folk Poetry from Everyone, 1992.
  • Sierra, Judy. Nursery Tales Around the World, 1995.
  • Yolen, Jane. Milk & Honey: A Year of Jewish Holidays, 1996.

Tales from Many Cultures

  • *Aardema, Verna. Borreguita & the Coyote: a Tale from Ayutla, Mexico, 1998.
  • Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: a West African Tale, 1975.
  • Davis, Aubrey. Sody Salleratus
  • Demi. The Empty Pot (Chinese), 1990.
  • Demi. One Grain of Rice: a Mathematical Folktale (India), 1997.
  • DePaola, Tomie. Favorite Nursery Tales, 1986.
  • DePaola, Tomie. Fin M’Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill (Irish), 1981.
  • DePaola, Tomie. The Legend of the Bluebonnet: an Old Tale of Texas (Native American), 1983.
  • Edwards, Pamela. Dinorella: a Prehistoric Fairy Tale (Cinderella parody), 1997.
  • *Galdone, Paul. The Gingerbread Boy (European), 1975.
  • Ginsberg, Mirra. Clay Boy (Russia), 1997.
  • *Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Native American), 1978.
  • Goble, Paul. Her Seven Brothers, 1988.
  • Hong, Lily Toy. Two of Everything: a Chinese Folktale, 1993.
  • Huck, Charlotte. Toads and Diamonds, 1995.
  • Issacs, Anne. Swamp Angel (tall tale), 1994.
  • son, Edna. Cinder Edna (Cinderella parody), 1994.
  • Kellogg, Steven. Paul Bunyan: a Tall Tale, 1984.
  • *Kimmel, Eric. Anansi & the Moss-Covered Rock (African), 1988.
  • *Marshall, James. Three Little Pigs (humorous), 1989.
  • Morimoto, Junko. The Inch Boy (Japan), 1986.
  • San Souci, Robert. Two Bear Cubs (Miwok Indian / Yosemite), 1997.
  • Schanzer, Rosalyn. Davy Crockett Saves the World (tall tale), 2001.
  • Sierra, Judy. Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, 1998.
  • Stamm, Claus. Three Strong Women (Japan), 1990.
  • Stanley, Diane. Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter, 1997.
  • Stevens, Janet. And the Dish ran Away with the Spoon, 2001.
  • Stevens, Janet. Cook-a-Doodle Doo!, 1999.
  • Stevens, Janet. Tops and Bottoms (Southern US), 1995.
  • Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, 1999.
  • *Young, Ed. Lon PoPo (Chinese), 1989.
  • Young, Ed. Seven Blind Mice (India), 1991.
  • *Zemach, Harve & Margot. It Could Always Be Worse (Jewish), 1976.
  • Zemach, Harve & Margot. The Three Wishes?, 1986.

Chapter Books to Read Aloud

  • Babbitt, Natalie. The Search for Delicious, 1969.
  • *Cleary, Beverly. Ramona And Her Father, 1977.
  • Cleary, Beverly. Mouse on the Motorcycle, 1965.
  • *Gannett, Ruth. My Father’s Dragon (trilogy), 1987.
  • *Hurwitz, Joanna. Rip-Roaring Russell, 1983.
  • Hurwitz, Joanna. E is for Eliza, 1991.
  • *King-Smith, Dick. Babe, 2003.
  • King-Smith, Dick. Martin’s Mice, 1989.
  • LeGuin, Ursula. Catwings (+ 3 other titles), 1988.
  • Lowry, Lois. All About Sam, 1988.
  • McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price, 1971.
  • Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh, 1961.
  • *White, E.B. Stuart Little, 2000.
  • *Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House In the Big Woods, 2001.

 

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