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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.


  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.


  My Very First Mother Goose (Hardcover) 

My Very First Mother Goose

Rosemary Wells, Iona Opie (Hardcover)

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

"My Very First Mother Goose" by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells is a collection of more than 60 Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Iona Opie does a wonderful job selecting the nursery rhymes that appeal to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The typeface is large. The vivid illustrations by Rosemary Wells feature bunnies, cats and other animals. This Mother Goose picture book has won many awards, including ALA Notable Children's Books Award.


  I Love Trucks! (Board Books) 

I Love Trucks!

Philemon Sturges (Board Books)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Transportation

"I Love Trucks!" by Philemon Sturges tells about all kinds of trucks and what they do, in short sentences and bold illustrations. This is a good board book to introduce toddlers to the world around them, including trucks. Preschoolers who love trucks will enjoy this truck book too.


  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.


  It Looked Like Spilt Milk (Paperback) 

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Charles G. Shaw (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"It Looked Like Spilt Milk" by Charles G. Shaw is an imaginative classic children's book. Young readers can see a white shape against the blue background on each page. Sometimes it looks like spilt milk, but it isn't spilt milk. Sometimes it looks like a rabbit, a bird, a tree, an ice cream cone and other familiar things, but it isn't what it looks like. The picture book keeps children guessing until the last page, where they find out that it is a cloud in the sky. Simple words and repetitive patterns make the book easy to read and remember. The guessing game encourages creative thinking. "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" is a good book for older toddlers and preschoolers.


  I Like It When . . . (Board Books) 

I Like It When . . .

Mary Murphy (Board Books)

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

"I Like It When . . ." by Mary Murphy is a story about love and sharing between family members. In simple warm words, a little penguin talks about the things he likes to do with a loving adult penguin, from holding hands to eating new things, playing peek-a-boo and kissing good night. Mary Murphy's illustrations are simple, bold and uncluttered. "I Like It When . . ." is a good picture book for babies and toddlers.


  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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