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  Pajama Time! (Board Books) 

Pajama Time!

Sandra Boynton (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

Sandra Boynton's "Pajama Time!" is a favorite children's picture book for toddlers. The board book features adorable animals in colorful pajamas. The language is simple and rhythmic. "Pajama Time!" is a fun story to read with toddlers at bedtime.


  Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Board Books) 

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Bill Martin Jr, Eric Carle (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Five Senses, Rhyming Stories

"Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" introduces toddlers and preschoolers to zoo animals and the sounds they make. With predictable rhyming text and vivid illustrations, the sense of hearing is explored in this companion book to Bill Martin and Eric Carle's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?".


  Room on the Broom (Paperback) 

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Witches, Halloween, Rhyming Stories

"Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson is a fun picture book to read aloud around Halloween time or any time of the year. A witch and a cat are flying on a broomstick. The wind blows and the witch loses her hat, then her bow, and then her wand. Each time, an animal picks up her lost item and asks if there is room on the broom for him. The generous witch always says yes. The added weight finally snaps the broom in two and the witch encounters a mean dragon. Her animal friends find a clever way to scare the dragon off and the rhyming story ends with the witch and the animals riding happily on a luxurious broom. Axel Scheffler's illustration is bright and lively. "Room on the Broom" appeals to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.


  Time for Bed (Board Books) 

Time for Bed

Mem Fox, Jane Dyer (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

In "Time for Bed" by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer, all kinds of animals are getting their babies ready for bed. Babies and toddlers will like this endearing bedtime story with soothing rhyming texts and attractive illustrations.


  Mice Squeak, We Speak (Board Books) 

Mice Squeak, We Speak

Tomie dePaola (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola, this delightful poem by Arnold Shapiro introduces animals and the sounds they make. With simple rhyming texts and bright pictures, "Mice Squeak, We Speak" is a good picture book for babies and toddlers.


  What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (Hardcover) 

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Steve Jenkins, Robin Page (Hardcover)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Five Senses

"What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?" is a Caldecott honor book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. This beautifully illustrated picture book first shows a close-up picture of the body parts (nose, ears, tail, eyes, feet and mouth) and the "what do you do" question. Then, upon turning the page, children can see the entire animals and find out how these animals use their body parts. Preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers will enjoy this guessing book and learn interesting facts about sense organs of many animals, both familiar and unfamiliar. "What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?" appeals to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.


  While You Were Sleeping (Board Books) 

While You Were Sleeping

John Butler (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Counting and Number

"While You Were Sleeping" by John Butler is a good children's picture book for babies and toddlers. While a child is sleeping, animals around the world hunt, play, swim and fly. In this beautifully illustrated bedtime counting book, animals look very real in their natural habitat. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this sweet bedtime story and learn the names of animals.


  Growing Like Me (Hardcover) 

Growing Like Me

Anne Rockwell, Holly Keller (Hardcover)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Growing Up, Nature

"Growing Like Me" by Anne Rockwell and Holly Keller, tells about how animals and plants grow in nature. Anne Rockwell's texts are short and informative. Holly Keller's pictures are bright and uncluttered. "Growing Like Me" is a good picture book for toddlers and preschoolers to read.


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