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  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.


  Charlotte's Web (Paperback) 

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Themes: Animals, Insects and Spiders, Friendship, Farm Life

"Charlotte's Web" by beloved author E. B. White, with illustrations by Garth Williams, is one of the best children's books ever written. In this Newbery award-winning chapter book, a pig named Wilbur forms a strong friendship with a spider named Charlotte, who also lives on the farm. Charlotte saves the pig's life by spinning words on her web. E. B. White creates a very memorable character in Charlotte. Children in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fascinating story and great classic children's book. "Charlotte's Web" is also a good animal fantasy book to read aloud to children.


  Good Morning, Chick (Paperback) 

Good Morning, Chick

Byron Barton, Mirra Ginsburg (Paperback)

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

In "Good Morning, Chick", Mirra Ginsburg tells a simple story about a baby chick and uses animal sounds and action words that appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. Byron Barton's illustrations are bright and colorful. "Good Morning, Chick" is a good picture book for toddlers and preschoolers to learn about chicks.


  Big Red Barn (Board Books) 

Big Red Barn

Margaret Wise Brown, Felicia Bond (Board Books)

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

"Big Red Barn" depicts a day in the life of farm animals. The story and rhymes by Margaret Wise Brown are gentle and sweet. Felicia Bond's illustrations are realistic and appealing. "Big Red Barn" is a great bedtime story for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.


  Babe: The Gallant Pig (Paperback) 

Babe: The Gallant Pig

Dick King-Smith (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Babe: The Gallant Pig" is a fast-paced heartwarming animal fantasy book by Dick King-Smith. After arriving at farmer Hogget's farm, a pig named Babe saves sheep from hustlers and wild dogs and goes on winning a sheepherding competition. The main character Babe the pig is lovable, sensitive and polite. Children in third grade through seventh grade will enjoy this wonderful animal story. "Babe: The Gallant Pig", whose book awards include Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book and ALA Notable Book, is one of our favorite chapter books.