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Books for Kids (Preschool - Age 5)

 

Mix it UP!

By Herve Tullet

 (Picture Book; ages 3-5 years)

A fun, colorful, interactive (yet clean!) way to explore color mixing.  With each turn of the page, children are encouraged to tap, shake, smear, and otherwise interact with brightly-colored blobs of paint in order to change the artwork on the next page.  Not only is this a great conversation starter, it can also be used to segue into actual paint-mixing experiments.  Share this book one-on-one, or with a small group of children, and let the giggles begin! (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover

By Josh Schneider

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

Princess Sparkle-Heart is Amelia’s best friend, much to the disgruntlement of Amelia’s dog.  He waits for an opportune moment to take his revenge against the doll, and then he rips her to shreds.  Amelia is heartbroken.  With her mother’s help, she reconstructs her friend – with a few alterations for the princess’s own protection.  This is a truly laugh-out-loud picture book.  Everything about it, from Amelia’s shock of bright red hair, to the antics of the toy penguin shown in most spreads, made this book fantastic.  This is a book that kids and caregivers will enjoy sharing again and again.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter

 By Carmella Van Vleet

(Juvenile Fiction; grades 3 - 6)

Eliza really, really wants to join a cake-decorating class with her friend Tony, but money is tight, and Eliza has a habit of dropping enthusiasms as quickly as she picks them up.  That was before she was diagnosed with ADHD, though, and she’s able to make a deal with her parents: if she’s able to stick out an entire summer’s worth of Tae Qwon Do classes and prove that she’s not a quitter, she can take the cake decorating class in the fall.  Eliza meets the challenge with characteristic gusto, reminding herself of cake! whenever class discipline gets too tough or her dobok gets too itchy.  This is an entertaining read with an engaging main character who, while not perfect, is still thoroughly likeable.   The family’s situation – her father is back in school after losing his job and her mother has gone back to work as a nurse – is also relatable.  A great choice for realistic fiction fans.   (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Found

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)

 

 

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