Mo Willems (Hardcover)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories
"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Emmy Award-winning writer Mo Willems is a funny picture book that children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade will have great time reading and interacting with. When a bus driver takes a break, he asks readers to keep an eye on his bus and the pigeon. What a determined pigeon! He reasons, begs and bargains. Of course, readers always say no to the pigeon's request to drive the bus. The frustrated pigeon finally falls into a temper tantrum. But he cheers up after seeing a huge tractor-trailer truck drive up. The pigeon's feelings and emotions are amply expressed in this simply illustrated Caldecott Honor Book. The humorous story is great for reading aloud.
Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Counting and Number, Rhyming Stories
"Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" by Lloyd Moss is a good picture book to introduce children in preschool and kindergarten to musical instruments of the orchestra, from trombone and French horn to oboe and violin. With poetic rhyming texts and lively illustrations, this Caldecott Honor book also helps children to learn counting and the names of musical groups such as solo, duo and trio.
Barbara Lehman (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction - Wordless Books
"The Red Book" by Barbara Lehman is an imaginative wordless picture book. The 2005 Caldecott Honor award-winning book features simply drawn and clean-lined illustrations that tell a memorable tale. A girl finds a red book sticking out of snow while walking on a city street. Later on at school, she opens her book and finds a map of islands and a boy walking on a sandy beach. The boy spies a red book just like hers. When he opens it, he sees a city and a girl reading the red book. The girl buys a bunch of balloons, flies across oceans and lands inside the red book where the boy happily greets his new friend. This story without words appeals to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.
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.
Vera B. Williams (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Family, Multicultural
"More More More, Said the Baby" by Vera B. Williams features multicultural toddlers and their parents or grandparents and shows the unfettered love between the family members. In three short stories, loving parents or grandparents play with and care for adorable toddlers. With bright pictures and colorful illustrations, this Caldecott Honor book will catch the attention of babies and toddlers.
Alice Dalgliesh, Helen Sewell (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Picture Story Books, Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Pilgrims and Indians, Thanksgiving Stories
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Helen Sewell is a Caldecott Honor award-winning picture story book about the journey on the Mayflower, the settlement on the Plymouth Colony, and the Thanksgiving feast. This historical fiction book is written from the point of view of one pilgrim family. Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins board the ship Mayflower with their parents. The Mayflower becomes very crowded when the other ship Speedwell goes back to England. On the voyage, a baby is born to the Hopkins family and is named Oceanus. The pilgrims endure a harsh winter in Plymouth. When spring comes, the settlers plant crops. Two Indians, Samoset and Squanto, come to visit and help. The Indian chief, Massasoit, promises to be friendly. The story ends with the joyous Thanksgiving celebration. Alice Dalgliesh's texts are detailed and enjoyable. The Thanksgiving Story is a good book for children in kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade.
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