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  The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Hardcover) 

The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Curious George Books)

H. A. Rey, Margret Rey (Hardcover)

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

Curious George has delighted generations of children. "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" includes seven stories: "Curious George", "Curious George Takes a Job", "Curious George Rides a Bike", "Curious George Gets a Medal", "Curious George Flies a Kite", "Curious George Learns the Alphabet", and "Curious George Goes to the Hospital". Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and beginning readers will like these classic stories about a curious little money by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey.


  Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Hardcover) 

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Kevin Henkes (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Picture Story Books; Book Theme: School life

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" by Kevin Henkes is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. Lilly the mouse loves school and her teacher Mr. Slinger. But one day Lilly brings a brand new purple plastic purse to school and shows off the purse at an inappropriate time. When her teacher has to take the plastic purse away, Lilly becomes angry. At the end of the school day, Lilly gets her purse back along with a thoughtful note from her teacher. In the end, Lilly retains her good feelings for school life and her teacher. This picture book appeals to kindergartners and first graders. "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" is a good real-aloud book for both home and classroom. Apart from fun reading, the book can also be used to teach appropriate classroom behavior.


  Olivia (Hardcover) 

Olivia (Olivia the Pig Series)

Ian Falconer (Hardcover)

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

Ian Falconer's "Olivia" is a Caldecott Honor award winner and one of our favorite picture books. Ian Falconer's expressive pictures are illustrated in black and white with splashes of bright red. The main character Olivia is an energetic pig who wears her family out. Olivia the pig sings, runs, tries on every piece of clothes she has when dressing up, and builds a giant sand castle at the beach, just to name a few. Ian Falconer captures the busy life of a preschooler with a humorous touch. "Olivia" is a good book to read with children in preschool and kindergarten.


  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.


  Barnyard Dance! (Board Books) 

Barnyard Dance!

Sandra Boynton (Board Books)

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

"Barnyard Dance" by Sandra Boynton is one of our favorite books for toddlers. In this popular board book, farm animals move and dance in the barnyard. The rhyming texts are short and have a very nice rhythm. The illustrations are uncluttered and funny. Toddlers will enjoy this fun picture book from Sandra Boynton and learn some action words and barnyard animal sounds too.


  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Animals

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff is one of our favorite children's books. When a boy is sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, a little mouse shows up. If the boy gives the mouse a cookie, the mouse will ask for a glass of milk. The milk will lead to a straw, and straw will lead to a napkin, so on and so forth. The humorous story ends with the mouse asking a glass of milk and then a cookie. This classic children's picture book encourages kids to make predictions and teaches cause and effect in a fun way. Felicia Bond's detailed and humorous illustrations closely match vocabulary words and bring the main characters to life. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is a great book to read aloud to children in preschool and kindergarten.


  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.


  The Secret Garden (Paperback) 

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a great classic book, and can be considered among the best in children's literature. Mary Lennox, an unattractive orphan girl, is sent to live at her uncle's manor on the Yorkshire moors of England. There, she discovers a secret garden that has been locked up for years. Along with Colin, her spoiled and sickly cousin, and Dickon, a country boy who loves nature and can talk to animals, Mary is drawn to the wonderful world of the secret garden. They work to rejuvenate the secret garden and, along the way, Mary and Colin find their lives are transformed for the better. With strong and memorable characters and a heartwarming story, The Secret Garden is a good book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


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