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  Make Way for Ducklings (Hardcover) 

Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey is a charming classic children's book and one of the best picture books ever written. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard look for a place to hatch their ducklings. Later, Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings walk across town to Boston Public Garden with the help of a local policeman. Robert McCloskey's illustrations are detailed, realistic and expressive. This Caldecott Medal winner is a great book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers.

  Frog and Toad Are Friends (Paperback) 

Frog and Toad Are Friends (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)

Arnold Lobel (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Picture Story Books; Book Themes: Animals, Friendship

"Frog and Toad Are Friends" by Arnold Lobel is a great book for beginning readers. The friendship between Frog and Toad is depicted vividly in five short chapter stories that are funny, engaging and easy to read. "Frog and Toad Are Friends", a Caldecott Award winner, is one of the best classic picture story books.

  Where the Wild Things Are (Hardcover) 

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak is an imaginative classic children's book with great illustrations. The picture book has won many awards, including Caldecott Medal, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration and ALA Notable Children's Books award. After being put to bed without supper by his mother, Max imagines sailing off to where the wild things are, becoming the king of all wild things and eventually returning to his own room where hot supper is waiting for him. "Where the Wild Things Are" is a good book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers.

  Kitten's First Full Moon (Hardcover) 

Kitten's First Full Moon

Kevin Henkes (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, tells a sweet story of a kitten's struggle to get that bowl of milk in the sky. In this charming picture book, a kitten sees her first full moon and thinks that is a bowl of milk for her to drink. How much she wants it! The kitten licks, jumps, chases and runs, but she never seems to get closer to the full moon. Finally, the kitten goes back home and finds a big bowl of milk on the porch. Simple black-and-white illustrations capture the kitten's actions and emotions very well. The texts are easy to read and include repetitive catching phrases like "Poor Kitten" that will grab young readers' attention. Kitten's First Full Moon is a good children's picture book for toddlers and preschoolers.

  Blueberries for Sal (Paperback) 

Blueberries for Sal

Robert McCloskey (Paperback)

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

"Blueberries for Sal" is a classic book that tells a gentle and engaging story. Funny noise words such as Kuplink, kuplank and kuplunk add to the attraction of this great read-aloud book. A little girl named Sal and a little bear have a bit of an adventure when the little bear follows little Sal's mother and little Sal follows the little bear's mother on a blueberries-picking trip. Preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers will enjoy this Caldecott honor book by Robert McCloskey. "Blueberries for Sal" is one of the best picture books for children.

  The Polar Express (Hardcover) 

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg (Hardcover)

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

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a wonderful classic children's book for the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Eve, a boy, narrator of the story, boards the Polar Express, a mysterious train that is headed for the North Pole. He finds the Polar Express is full of children who are having fun singing Christmas carols and eating candies. The children finally arrive at the North Pole, where Christmas toys are made. The boy is picked by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas, and he asks for a silver bell from Santa's sleigh. Our narrator gets his wish and the Polar Express takes him home, but his bell is nowhere to be seen. To his great joy, the boy finds his lost bell under the tree on Christmas morning. Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal award-winning illustrations are soothing and enchanting; it gives a heart-warming feel to the Christmas tale. The Polar Express is a good picture book for children in kindergarten through third grade.

  Madeline (Hardcover) 

Madeline (Madeline Series)

Ludwig Bemelmans (Hardcover)

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

"Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans, often considered one of the best picture books, is a classic book that has delighted children for generations with its memorable character, engaging pictures and humorous rhyming texts. A spirited little girl named Madeline is rushed to the hospital from her boarding school in Paris. Preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy this Caldecott Honor book. "Madeline" is also a great story to read aloud.

  Freight Train (Board Books) 

Freight Train

Donald Crews (Board Books)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Transportation, Color

"Freight Train" is a Caldecott honor book by Donald Crews. The picture book features a colorful train on the move. With simple words, bold colors and clean illustrations, "Freight Train" is one of the best books for toddlers. This board book will help toddlers learn color recognition and the names of train cars, such as a hopper car and a tanker car.

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