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Books for Kids (Preschool - Age 5)


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)




Must Be Santa

By Tim Moore; illus. Pete Whitehead

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

Must Be Santa features adorable illustrations, but it is difficult to read without bursting into song!  (Format: Print)




Don’t Squish the Sasquatch

By Kent Redeker; illus. Bob Staake

(Picture Book; ages 4-6 years)

This is the perfect story for any child that likes their stories silly and the characters far from the storm.  Sasquatch is taking the bus, and he really doesn’t want to be squished.  But, as more and more creatures get on the bus, Sasquatch is running out of room.  What happens when you squish a sasquatch?  Read this book and find out! (Format: Print)




Bear Has a Story to Tell

By Philip C. Stead; illus. Erin E. Stead

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

Poor Bear – he has a story to tell, but all of his friends are too busy getting ready for winter.  When he wakes in the spring, he can’t remember his tale until the other animals prompt his memory.  An engaging story of friendship and patience by the award-winning illustrator and author  team of A Sick Day for Amos McGee. (Format: Print)





By Peter McCarty

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

Chloe, middle bunny child of 21, loves family fun time at the end of the day until Dad brings home a television.  Chloe finds this new activity boring until she discovers the box and bubble wrap the TV came in.  Soon the whole family is inspired by Chloe’s imagination! (Print format)




Up Cat 

Up Dog

By Hazel Hutchins

(Picture Books; ages 1-3 years)

Dog can “dig up” and “muddy up” while Cat will “lap up” and “puff up” in this pair of appealing board books that feature a day in a pet’s life.  The repetition in the text and the mischievously portrayed animals will encourage participation from little listeners. (Format: print book)




You Are a Lion!  And Other Fun Yoga Poses

By Taeeun Yoo

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

Open this picture book, breathe deeply, and introduce your child to the joy of yoga!  Children will learn poses while prtending to be different animals by following the simple instructions and clear illustrations.  Namaste!




The Swing

By Robert Louis Stevenson; illus. Julie Morstad

(Poetry; ages 6 mos. - 2 years)

Stevenson’s classic poem is brought to life by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad’s whimsically nostalgic images in this sweet board book.  “How do you like to go up in a swing?”



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