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Books for Kids (Preschool - Age 5)

 

This Orq (He Cave Boy)      

By David Elliott

(Picture Book; ages 3 and up)

Orq the caveboy loves his wooly mammoth friend Woma… but his mother is less than enthused about her son’s growing, hairy, smelly, un-housetrained pet.  What will it take to change his mother’s mind?  Written in simplistic, yet humorous, cave-boy appropriate language, this is a friendship/pet story that’s hard to pass up.  Very cute, with a heaping side dose of clever.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree

By Naoko Stoop

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

One day, when it is too hot to play, Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends find a nook in a hollow tree. Working together, everyone thinks of something unique to contribute in order to make their new space into something truly special. The illustrations are lovely, and are matched by a quiet, simple text that makes this story shine. Perfect for cuddle time with your little book lovers. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

By Sean Taylor

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

Beware! Hoot Owl is on the hunt! With his clever disguises, he can fool any prey… right? This is a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek story about an owl who takes himself (and his costuming ability) way too seriously. Share with your favorite silly-story-loving kid, and let the giggles abound. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend

By Dan Santat

(Picture Book; ages 3-6 years)

Gather together all your friends, real and imaginary! This is the story of Beekle, an imaginary friend waiting to be chosen by a real kid. After waiting and waiting, Beekle decides that his real kid is too busy to look for him. So Beekle does the unimaginable, and he sets out on an adventure to find his real friend. (Format: Print)

 

  

 

Gigantosaurus

By Jonny Duddle

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

When four young dinosaurs set out to play, they’re warned to beware of the Gigantosaurus, a huge dinosaur that will stomp them, crunch them, and eat them for lunch. Bonehead, one of the friends, volunteers to serve as lookout, but when he gets bored, he becomes “the boy who cried wolf”, dino style. Eventually, the Gigantosaurus does come in search of food, and Bonehead’s friends don’t believe his warnings. Will they end up being lunch for the Gigantosaurus? (Format: Print)

 

 

 

My Bibi Always Remembers

By Toni Buzzeo; illus. by Mike Wohnoutka

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

Little Tembo and the rest of her elephant herd are following Tembo’s grandmother, Bibi, the family matriarch, in search of water on the African safari. Bibi is the only one who remembers the way, so each time she calls, the rest of the herd comes. However, Tembo – like most young creatures – keeps getting distracted and wanders away from the herd. Each time she strays, she trumpets for help, and one of her adults (mother, aunt, or Bibi) comes to bring her back to the group. Not only is this a gentle family story with beautiful illustrations, it also offers a realistic glimpse into the family lives of elephants, who all work together to take care of the younger members of their herd. This is a great book to share with any budding animal lover, and don’t forget the author’s note at the end for a little more elephant information. (Format: Print)

 

  

 

Oliver and His Egg

By Paul Schmid

(Picture Book; ages 3-7 years)

In his debut appearance (Oliver and His Alligator), Oliver was afraid on his first day of school, so he brought along an alligator to deal with (i.e., eat) anything that intimidated him. The book ended on a surprisingly adorable and upbeat note. This book is every bit as clever and endearing as the first. Oliver is still pretty shy at school, so when he finds a “dinosaur egg” (a rock) at school and decides to sit on it, he begins to daydream about all the fun he and his new friend will have once that friend hatches out. Again, the story ends with a happy twist that will leave everyone feeling satisfied. The humor in these books is quiet and understated, which matches the colors in the illustrations. Share this story at bedtime for a feel-good way to end the day. (Format: Print)

 

  

 

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)

 

 

 

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