Picture Book

Cover Art for Huff & puff
Title:   Huff & Puff   Hardcover Book
Author: Rueda, Claudia.

 Publication Information: New York : Abrams Appleseed

Ages: 2-6yrs

Loosely based on the folktale about the three little pigs, these three pigs have a different surprise for the wolf who is trying to blow their houses down. The reader is asked to huff and puff into a die-cut hole in each page.

This fractured fairytale  is a short book that is very interactive and perfect for children ages 0-4. This book has very few words and the word that are used are repeated, therefore children in our target audience of ages 0-4 would be able to help tell  the story and interact with the huffing and puffing! These things help to promote print awareness with children. The illustrations in this book were made with pen and ink and watercolor on paper. No illustrator was named.

Content: Pigs, Folktale, Wolves

The book has very few words and is easy for kids to memorize and promote early reading skills. Also the interaction of huffing and puffing helps tell the story through actions as well.

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Title: One Special Day

Author: Schaefer, Lola M.
Illustrated By:  Meserve, Jessica.

Publication Information:
New York : Disney/Hyperion Books

An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother.

Ages: 2-5

This book is a sweet story of a very active little boy who likes to do all the things little boys do. Such as climb trees, and yell and run and be wild. But one day Spencer does something he has never done before, he becomes a big brother. The illustrations in this book are whimsical and full of movement.

Content: infant, siblings, brothers

Early Literacy: The text is simple and interactive. As the author is describing Spencer she asks the children to identify things such bears and giraffes. This helps to promote print awareness.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://lolaschaefer.com/
Cover Art for Take me out to the ballgame [BOOK WITH CD]

Title: Take me out to the ballgame [Hardcover BOOK WITH CD]

Author: Norworth, Jack
Illustrated by: Hirao, Amiko.

Publication Information:  Watertown, MA : Imagine, 2011.

Summary: CD with accompanying book of the familiar baseball song. CD includes two other songs also performed by Carly Simon.

Ages: 2-5

The famous baseball song written by Jack Norworth comes alive in this vibrantly illustrated book. The song or story is repeated three times and would be a wonderful story for a Summertime storytime. The children and adults can sing along with Carly Simon not only to “Take Me out to the Ballgame but an additional three songs on the CD which is included with this hardcover edition of the book. Author notes in the back also include a special memory involving Carly Simon and the baseball great, Jackie Robinson.

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History of the song:


Carly Simon Website:



Children’s songs

Early Literacy:
This book promotes Phonological Awareness and Narrative Skills. When singing song each has a different note for each syllable. This helps children break down words.
Cover Art for Lily loves
Title: Lily loves

Author: Lüftner, Kai.
Illustrator: Drews, Judith.

Publication Information: Simply Read Books, 2012.


Lily’s life is full of contradictions–like the fact that she doesn’t like when people call her “Lily flower,” yet she always wears a flower in her hair–but she still loves herself despite her imperfections.


Reaction: When I saw this book at the library the wonderful, simply illustrations caught my eye. The story is not rhythmic and I do not think is a children for the recommended age. The author is trying to say that it is ok to be who you are. However kids in this age are too busy becoming who they are to care too much about what others think.

Tags: Girls, Self-esteem

Cover Art for Good news, bad news

Title: Good news, Bad News
Author: Mack, Jeff.

Publication Information: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2012.

While on a picnic, Bunny and Mouse see everything that happens to them from opposite points of view–Bunny sees only the good, while Mouse sees only the bad.

Ages: 0-4


This book has four words, good news, bad news. This book is perfect for children to not only tell the story with the pictures but make up their own story as well.

Tags: Rabbits, Pessimism, Optimism

Curriculum: This book promotes many aspects of early literacy including, Print Motivation, Narrative Skills, Print Awareness and Phonological Awareness.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.jeffmack.com/

Book Trailer- http://youtu.be/KJr_JPnv9EM

Cover Art for Not your typical dragon

Title: Not Your Typical Dragon

Author: Bar-el, Dan.
Illustrator: Bowers, Tim.

Publication Information: New York : Viking, 2013.


Crispin Blaze is seven years old and  he’s expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things.

Ages: 2-4


This is a charming story of Crispin who is not like other dragons. Just as all children are different Crispin is different and at first his differences are troubling to his parents. But, one day Crispin does something heroic and his Father sees how special his son is and how lucky he is to have him. This is a great story, illustrated with bright pictures and a story that would be perfect for a family storytime!

Tags: Dragons, Individuality

Curriculum: This story promotes Print Awareness in that the print is on different areas of pages and will teach how to follow along with the story and also show how to handle a book when reading.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.danbar-el.com/

Kirkus Review
December 12, 2012

Accepting people for who they are is the
gentle message of Bar-el’s latest …
Bowers’ acrylic dragons are delightfully
nonscary, and readers will be able to tell
their thoughts and feelings with ease;
Crispin’s dejected slouch as he runs away
from home, toting a heavy suitcase, says it
all, as do his befuddled expressions at his
nonstandard eruptions.
Share this with your favorite atypical kids.
(Picture book. 3-7)
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Title:  Time-Out for Sophie

Author: Wells, Rosemary.

Publication Information: New York : Viking.


Although Sophie wants to be helpful and good, sometimes she ignores her mother, father, and grandmother
and must have a timeout.

Ages: 0-4


I think this story is perfect for our entire target audience of 0-4. Every little one needs a time out at least once in their day
and this book shows how Sophie’s time-outs might start out with good intentions but don’t always end up exactly how she plans.

Tags: Behavior, Children

Curriculum: This book promotes print motivation in our early readers in that the book is one of those that can be read over and
over again and can be a first step in raising a reader!

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Author Website- http://rosemarywells.com/
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Title: Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It!

Author:  Kaplan, Michael B.

Publication Information: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2013.

Ages: 2-4


When a young rabbit breaks a table lamp and blames the Tooth Fairy, her family explains the importance of honesty.
Reaction: This is a great story for storytime! The message of being honest is one that even out littlest of readers can understand
and the pictures in this book are wonderful! Bright cheery colors yet a moral that is a must in learning!

Tags: Behavior, children, honesty


This story is outstanding in promoting Narrative skills. Not only can the children help tell the story they can also
begin to share their own experiences in being honest and maybe not so honest.

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Title: Peep and Ducky

Author: Martin, David

Publication Information: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.


Illustrations and rhyming text follows two animal friends as they play pretend games, fly down a slide, flop in a puddle,
and run around a tree.

Tags: chickens, ducks, friendship, play


This story is all about having fun with your friend! And learning some words as well! The rhyming is perfect for out target
age and this is definitely a story that anyone can relate to.


Make the story come alive. Create voices for each character and use your body to tell the story.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.davidzmartin.com/peep_and_ducky_118048.htm
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Title: See a Heart, Share a Heart

Author: Telchin, Eric.

Publication Information: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2012.

Summary: Love is all around, as depicted by photographs of heart-shaped images in everyday life.

Tags: Shapes, Heart

Ages: 3-4

This book shows our little ones to always look for the good. This is a great book to use in connecting with kids and sparking
conversations. This book would be wonderful to use at storytime and talk about the pictures and get their little minds working.


Narrative skills: With this book you can answer yes and no questions, have the kids tell a story, and explore their feelings. Ask them questions such as who they love and who loves them. How do they know they are loved?

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Title: Nighttime Ninja

Author: DaCosta, Barbara.

Publication Information: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.

Summary: Late at night when everyone is asleep ninja’s search for treasure.

Age: 1-4


A great story to get little boys attention! I hear from my sisters all the time that there are not enough books about subjects little boys like! Well here you go! This is a great bedtime book and will definitely have my little nephews thinking!

Tags: Ninja, Imagination, Bedtime


Print Motivation: A book to get our reluctant boys interested in books and all the joys of reading!

Digital Content:

Author Blog- http://www.barbaradacosta.blogspot.com/

Book Trailer- http://youtu.be/GQRIP2Ja0IY


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Title: Baby Penguins Everywhere

Author: Guion, Melissa.

Publication Information: New York : Philomel, c2012.


When a penguin finds a hat floating by, she discovers something inside . . . baby penguins!”

Age: 2 and Up

Reaction: If your kids love penguins this story is a must. It is simple to understand with little surprises along the way.

Tags: Penguins, Animals


Print Motivation: Reading to a child about one of their favorite things encourages them to read!

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Author Website- http://www.melissaguion.com/
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Title: Colors Touch, Look, and Learn

Author: Bolam, Emily.

Publication Information: Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2009.

Summary: A board book designed to be interactive in teaching colors, and shapes and more.

Age 0-2

Tags: Colors

Reaction: A simple book for our younger readers to start their learning. In a board book format to withstand many readers
and easy for little hands to hold.

Curriculum: Letter Knowledge: Point out shapes and colors. Begin to show children how words relate to objects.

Digital Content:

Author Website: http://emilybolam.com/
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Title: Here Comes Jack Frost

Author: Kohara, Kazuno.

Publication Information: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2009.


One cold morning, a lonely boy wishes for something to do. Then someone comes to play who knows what winter is all about.

Tags: Jack Frost, Boys, Animals, Birds


Reaction: A wonderful story about Jack Frost and winter. The illustrations are beautiful and this again is a good book to
get little boys interested in books and reading.


Read stories that get kids interested in reading. Enjoy reading together! Even if you can only read a few minutes that is OK. As they get older they will be able to sit longer.

Digital Content:

About the Author- http://www.picturebookparade.com/authors-illustrators/authors/kazuno-kohara
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Title: How Do You Feel?

Author: Browne, Anthony,

Publication Information: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.

Summary: A young chimp describes a variety of emotions he experiences.


Tags: Emotions, Chimpanzees

Reaction: We all feel different emotions as we go through our day. In this simply written book we follow a little chimp
as he learns about his emotions. Perfect for toddlers to hear a story about all the emotions they too experience.


Early Literacy: Narrative skills: As the kids hear the story they can identify through the words and pictures what the little
chimp was feeling and then begin to understand and tell the story themselves. Helps to enforce the idea that feelings are OK.

Digital Content:

About the Author- http://us.macmillan.com/author/anthonybrowne


“Emotions are so critical to childhood that there’s always room for a bright new book about them.”


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