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Favorite Children's Books

  Is Your Mama A Llama? (Board Books) 

Is Your Mama A Llama?

Steven Kellogg, Deborah Guarino (Board Books)

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

"Is Your Mama A Llama?", written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, is a favorite picture book for toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers. In this popular board book, a baby llama asks each of his animal friends the question "Is your mama a llama?". His friends then give a short description of their mamas. Upon turning a page, children can find out what type of animals they are. The rhyming story is appealing to young readers, as are the illustrations by Steven Kellogg.


  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Paperback) 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Fantasy Books, Humorous Stories

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl is a favorite children's fantasy book. In this classic chapter book, Charlie Bucket is one of five children who win golden tickets to visit Willy Wonka's magic chocolate factory. For Charlie, life will be changed forever. Author Roald Dahl produces a few very memorable characters, such as Willy Wonka, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Grandpa Joe. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a humorous story that has delighted children for decades.


  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.


  If You Give a Pig a Party (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Pig a Party (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

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

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, one of our favorite children's picture books, is a humorous story with great illustrations and lovable characters. The adorable pig in If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back with a tale of great party fun. The sequence of events starts with a girl's offer to give a pig a party. The pig then asks for balloons to decorate the house, puts on her favorite dress and invites her friends to the party. The pig's friends, a mouse, a moose and more, are attending a street fair, so the pig joins them for the rides and games. After returning home, the girl plays hide and seek with the animals. Children will have fun trying to find the animals hiding in the back yard. Then the pig wants a sleepover and the animals have a pillow fight. The story ends with the pig asking for another party. Felicia Bond's humorous illustrations are simple and delightful. This creative book can be used to teach the concept of cause and effect. If You Give a Pig a Party is a good book to read aloud to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.


  The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Board Books) 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle (Board Books)

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

A very hungry caterpillar hatches from an egg, eats holes through many kinds of food and turns into a butterfly. Eric Carle's illustrations are bold and vivid. The caterpillar's story is simple and informative. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn counting and days of the week from this popular children's picture book. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is one of our favorite children's books.


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