Category Archives: Ages 0-3

The Day I Ran Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day I Ran Away
by Holly L. Niner, illustrated by Isabella Ongaro
Flash Light Press, 2017

At bedtime, Gloria tells her Daddy her story of why and how she ran away that day.  She ‘had’ to run away because her purple shirt was dirty and she had to wear a white one and her favorite cereal was all gone.  Serious matters for the very youngest.  When she threw a temper tantum, she ended up in her room on time out. When she colored her white shirt purple, mom was furious and that’s when she decided to run away. When she announced she was leaving, her mom packed her a lunch. But when she got to the street, she remembered she was not allowed to cross it.  Fortunately, her mom had an idea.

This cleverly told story truly captures a little one’s thoughts. On each spread, illustrator Isabella Ongaro shows a patient father listening to his daughter’s woes and a loving mother setting limits while at the same time guiding her daughter towards resolutions.

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Ducks Away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducks Away!
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
Scholastic Inc., 2018

Written for the earliest of readers, Ducks Away! Is a lyrical, nurturing book of a mother duck and her five ducklings—and a counting book, too!

Five little ducks waddle across a bridge when a gust of wind sweeps one into the river.  Mother Duck worries, “What should I do? Where should I go, with four on the bridge and one below?” She continues to worry, when another and another and eventually all five fall into the river.  Hesitant about jumping off the bridge, the little ducks encourage her to jump!

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I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Grosset & Dunlap, 2018

An adorable board book for infants and young toddlers and a perfect companion book to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The brief story tells of a youngster who shares good times with dad, a couple prickly times with dad, as well as how dad comforts the youngster.

Delighting readers, a very hungry caterpillar appears on each page inviting young readers to find it.  It’s Eric Carle at his best in his latest book.

Young readers will meet colorful parrots, seals, gorillas, prickly porcupines, and more in this simple tale.

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Pet Dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Dad
Elanna Allen
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018

For every child who wants a pet—or another pet—this is the perfect book.

Plum wants a pet, but dad is firm that he doesn’t want a pet, so Plum does only what a little child can do, pretend his dad is her pet!  Her new pet loves to have its tummy rubbed and his ears scratched, but he refuses to roll over, eat her meals or be ‘paper-trained’ for his business.  Her pet just won’t do the tricks she wants, until she comes up with a new approach, that works every time!

Moving illustrations are done in muted colors and accented with Plum’s bright greens and blacks and bright orange for the “No’s.”  An imaginative, ‘what if dad were a pet’ story filled with humor.

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Guess Who, Haiku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess Who, Haiku
by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Bob Shea
Abrams Appleseed, 2016

A perfect introduction to haiku for preschoolers and kindergarteners!  Starting with introducing a cow, each haiku introduces a new animal common to young readers. Each haiku includes word clues and illustrations include picture clues.  The first haiku is:

new day on the farm
muffled mooing announces
a fresh pail of milk

The readers turn the page to discover (or confirm) the answer!  Then that animal recites the next haiku.  This simple-to-read and comprehensive format will help make learning about haiku fun and help first time haiku writers be brave enough to attempt their own haiku.  After a child has mastered Old MacDonald Had a Farm, this will follow beautifully to introduce them to poetry.

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Tiny and the Big Dig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny and the Big Dig
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Matt Myers
Scholastic Press, 2018

Written in playful rhyme, Tiny, a small dog with a large heart and an “I-don’t-give-up” attitude believes he smells a big bone and can dig it up.  No one, except his owner, believes small Tiny can do it.  They encourage him to give up, but Tiny just keeps on digging, because he believes in himself.  After digging up 3 other ‘bones’, but not the big one, he just keeps on digging until…he digs up the Big, Big bone.

With dirt flying in all directions and expressive faces, illustrations, in ink and watercolor, show Tiny’s intense excitement and determination to find the bone be knows is buried.  A heartwarming tale young readers will want to read again and again.

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Little Excavator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Excavator
by Anna Dewdney
Viking, 2017

Written in rhyme, big rigs drive through town to a new project they’ll undertake:

Here come the BIG RIGS,
rolling down the street.
Thumpa-thumpa bumpa-bumpa
BEEP BEEP BEEP!

Little Excavator is brought along, for his special job. The dozer knocks down walls, but when Little Excavator tries, he falls.  Loader lifts trash into a truck, but when Little Excavator tries, he falls.  No matter how hard he tries, he just isn’t big enough to help.  The Big Rig tell him when he grows up he can help.  But for the last part of the project, all the Big Rigs are just too big, and Little Excavator gets to shine.

A fun read, lots of rhyme and onomatopoeias makes this an interactive book where the youngest can ‘read’ all the sounds!

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The Almost Terrible Playdate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Almost Terrible Playdate
by Richard Torrey
Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2016

A visual delight where illustrations exaggerate the story told in words.

A boy and girl try to figure out what to do together, only each has their own specific, yet very different, ideas. After ‘arguing’ back and forth what they each want to share, they get mad at each other and play alone.  But, after a while, that gets boring.  They soon start finding small ways they can share playtime and end up having a great time.  But they start all over when they meet up again the next day.

A delight to read the words said to each other, watch each child’s body language and read each child’s imaginative thoughts showing what they are really thinking.  The illustrations tell the entire story visually.

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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

by Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Illustrated in clean, crisp drawings, we follow a little red cat who decides to go for a run.  But yikes! He runs into an alligator. Then a bear chases the alligator and cat.  Then a chicken follows them. They run through the entire alphabet, slipping on Ice, swinging through Jungles and all the way back to where he began in his bed, where he Yawns and sleeps (ZZZZ’s).  Clever, fun, imaginative; there’s ‘energy’ on each page. The drawings leave it up to the reader to discover each letter’s “word”, although words are given at the end.

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A Small Thing…but Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Small Thing…but Big
By Tony Johnston, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Neal Porter Book, 2016

A young toddler goes to the park where she meets a dog and an old man.  Afraid, she asks if the dog will bark.  Assured she wouldn’t, Lizzie asked, does she bite?  She gives Cecile a pat, which the dog seemed to enjoy.  The man invites her to go for a walk with Cecile.  Lizzie hangs on to the leash.  Told the dog walks springingly, Lizzie walks springingly, too.  The man asks Lizzie if she’d like to hold the leash and soon she walks the dog with the man nearby.  After another loop, the man ventures that Lizzie can walk the dog by herself.  The man and Lizzie’s mom watch Lizzie walk the dog by herself.  A small thing, but big.

A delightful story capturing a toddler’s fear of a new experience.  The illustrations capture the girl’s innocence and bravery as she explores her world.

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