Category Archives: Ages 0-3

Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat
by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Joyce Wan
Beach Lane Books, 2017

Pug and Pig, the best of friends, try on their Halloween costumes. Pig loves hers and can’t wait for Halloween to come.  Pug hates his, it’s too tight and no one can see him.  He claims he doesn’t care about Halloween.  But he does care about Pig.  When Halloween arrives, he finds a costume that suits him and he shares Halloween with Pig.

A true story of friendship, compromise, and being there for your friend, no matter what.

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Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Lori Nichols
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017

Kids will love this poetic, interactive, guess which animal comes next story about animals on the farm. The story opens with a girl snuggled in her bed on the farm. Then, when pig “toddled to his sty, waddley-jog, Mooo!, Who do you think he found?”  When each animal found goes to his/her own bed, they find another, until the house cat snuggles in bed with the girl.  Filled with light humor, like when the horse was found in the tiny chicken coop!

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Found Dogs

 

Found Dogs
by Erica Sirotich
Dial Books for Young Readers

A counting book and a book about adopting pound dogs.  This clever story using simple rhymes to count up to ten dogs, then counts from ten to one, as the dogs leave for new homes.  Ever so clever, ever so perfect for young readers.  It can be read to the youngest, and read by those learning to read.  Author/illustrator Erica Sirotich matches dogs with new owners where spotted dogs go to firehouse workers and quick and thin dogs go to ballerinas.

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Shorty and Clem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorty and Clem
by Michael Slack
Harper, 2017

While Clem is away, a package arrives.  Shorty is super curious.  He imagines all the things it could be.  He imagines it is for him, until he sees it’s for Clem.  Still, he imagines it’s a race car and ‘drives’ the package, he imagines it’s a trampoline and jumps on the package.  So excited, he eventually imagines he hears monkeys inside the package and unable to hold himself back, tears open the package, and there are monkeys inside!  But then he feels remorseful that he opened his friends package.

Young readers will love this suspense and will relate to Shorty’s inability to contain himself when wondering about the unexpected package.

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Bulldozer Helps Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulldozer Helps Out
by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

Another Little Bulldozer book, this one with a heart-warming twist at the end.

Little Bulldozer watches the big equipment vehicles work at the construction site.  He finally gets up his courage and tells the big vehicles that he can help.  They all agree he’s too little, not rough and tough enough.  But then they remember a small job he can do and Little Bulldozer proudly goes to his new job site.  He nudges away at a pile.  At the end of work, the big equipment vehicles look his way and saw that Little Bulldozer hadn’t done a single thing they’d asked!  You’ll have to read this one to find out why, and why the big equipment vehicles were proud of Little Bulldozer.  Lots of construction site action and a lot of love and caring shared among the vehicles.

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My Pictures After the Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Pictures After the Storm
by Eric Veille
Gecko Press, 2017

An interactive board book full of surprises.  Author/illustrator Eric Veille shows a page including six pictures and an opposite page showing the same six pictures after an imaginary storm, where the umbrella blew away, the ice cream cone spilled and the slide fell to the ground.  Young readers get to explore changes made to each picture. One set shows pictures of food items for lunch and pictures after lunch, where we see crumbs from bread, an apple core, and untouched boiled spinach.  Great book to help develop a young one’s thinking skills.

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Lion Lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion Lessons
by Jon Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

A young boy enters a school to earn his Lion Diploma.  He is told there are seven lessons.  He does not impress the school master with Lesson one, Looking Fierce.  Nor Lesson two, Roaring.  He’s not very good at hiding, sprinting nor pouncing. Until…he spots a very large dog chasing a very small kitten and his lion powers come forth.  A fun way to imagine taking on new powers with clear, expressive and clever illustrations. Young readers love imitating the lion.

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Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?
by Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014

Bear and Hare play hide and seek, but bear isn’t so good at the hiding part, and Hare is great at the finding part.  So Hare hides.  But bear isn’t so good at the seeking part either and, looking for Hare, he crawls under a blanket.  Readers can see it’s the same blanket under which Hare is hiding.  Neither Bear nor Hare knows the other is also under the same blanket.  Humor the youngest can shout out warning the characters.  Find out how Bear and Hare finally find each other.  This book has thick, heavy pages great to feel and hold up to a young one’s turning.  The extra bonus to Bear & Hare is that Hare counts to ten three times, introducing the youngest to numbers and counting.

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Who What Where?

Who What Where?
by Olivier Tallec
Chronicle Books, 2016

This interactive book is made for young detectives!

Each two-page set asks a question, like “Who left a jacket at home?”  On the second page, 4-5 choices are offered and the reader must play detective, examining the clues, to figure out the answer to the question. Whether the clue is the height of the character, the color of clothes or the fact that they are now wearing a bandage on their head, the readers have to use their thinking power to figure it out.  The clues aren’t always obvious either!  Don’t worry, the answers are provided on the last page, just to be sure you have it right.

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If You Were the Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Were the Moon
Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Jaime Kim
Millbrook Press, 2017

A quiet bedtime story that introduces all the things the moon does, like “Tease the Earth: peek-a-boo!” (no moon to full moon) and “Challenge the ocean to a tug-of-war.” (gravity) Each page explains how the moon ‘plays peek-a-boo and ‘tug-of-war’.  Personifying the moon, children will see the moon as their friend.  Adults will likely learn a little about the moon, too.

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