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  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.


  The Giver (Mass Market Paperback) 

The Giver (Newbery Medal Book)

Lois Lowry (Mass Market Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry is a thought-provoking young adult science fiction novel. The protagonist of this powerful story is a 12-year-old boy named Jonas, who lives in a highly ordered community. The Elders assign jobs, spouses and families. Pain, poverty and war are non-existent. At the coming-of-age Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas was selected to become the new Receiver of Memory. As the giver transfers memories of the past to him, a whole new world opens up for the boy. After he discovers the terrible truth about his community, Jonas goes on a dangerous journey to escape. "The Giver" has received many awards, including 1994 Newbery Medal, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults and ALA Notable Children's Book. With original plot and believable characters, "The Giver" appeals to teens in 8th grade and up.


  Moongame (Paperback) 

Moongame (Moonbear Series)

Frank Asch (Paperback)

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

In "Moongame" by Frank Asch, bear and little bird take turns playing hide and seek. Then at night, bear tries to play the same game with the moon. This gentle bedtime story will delight toddlers and preschoolers.


  Time for Bed (Board Books) 

Time for Bed

Mem Fox, Jane Dyer (Board Books)

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

In "Time for Bed" by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer, all kinds of animals are getting their babies ready for bed. Babies and toddlers will like this endearing bedtime story with soothing rhyming texts and attractive illustrations.


  Counting Kisses (Board Books) 

Counting Kisses : A Kiss & Read Book

Karen Katz (Board Books)

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

"Counting Kisses" by Karen Katz is another favorite children's book for babies and toddlers. A new baby receives love and kisses from all members of his family. This endearing picture book by Karen Katz is great for babies and toddlers with its simple text, bold colors and eye-catching patterns. "Counting Kisses" could be your toddler's first counting book. It is a sweet bedtime story for babies.


  Goodnight Moon (Board Books) 

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Board Books)

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

"Goodnight Moon", written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, is one of the best books for babies and toddlers. In this classic children's book, a little rabbit says goodnight to the moon and to all kinds of familiar things in his room. Soothing words and lulling illustrations make "Goodnight Moon" a very good picture book to read with children at bedtime. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this comforting bedtime story and the gentle rhyming words.


  Guess How Much I Love You (Board Books) 

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Board Books)

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

In "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare and a father rabbit named Big Nutbrown Hare express their love for each other in playful banter. "Guess How Much I Love You" is a heartwarming bedtime story to read with toddlers and preschoolers. The sweet story about family love will delight children and parents alike. It is one of our favorite picture books.


  Harold and the Purple Crayon (Paperback) 

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett Johnson (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson is one of the best picture books for children. Harold draws a magical world with his purple crayon and has many imaginative adventures. Finally, Harold's purple crayon takes him back to his own bed. Author Crockett Johnson has created an enduring classic picture book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers. "Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a great bedtime story.


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