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Mo Willems You can never go wrong with Mo Willems. He is an American writer, illustrator and Caldecott Award winner. His popular characters include Elephant and Piggie, Trixie and Knuffle Bunny, and the Pigeon.
A Big Guy Took My Ball!
Publication Date: 2013-05-21
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
My New Friend Is So Fun!
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
A pigeon that longs to drive a bus sees a chance to make its dream come true when the bus driver takes a short break.
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Trixie becomes very unhappy when she accompanies her daddy to the laundromat and realizes she has lost her stuffed bunny.
Peter Brown is well loved by our youngest readers. "My Teacher is a Monster" is a universal favorite. Other titles include "The Curious Garden", "Children Make Terrible Pets" and "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild". Brown earned a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in "Creepy Carrots!"
The Curious Garden
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
Children Make Terrible Pets
Publication Date: 2010-09-07
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.
Beginning Reader Series we recommend
Beginning Readers in the library are useful for reinforcing skills children learn in class. Books with rhyming text, colorful illustrations, and appropriate humor are fun for children to share with their parents at home. Many of our series include activities to support skills and comprehension. Some of our favorites are:
Usborne Very First Reading - available in both fiction and nonfiction.
Green Light Readers - with activities in the back to support comprehension
Fly Guy - Tedd Arnold's humor appeals perfectly to our youngest readers.
Five Fouls and You're Out!
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Sam and the Bag
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Hi! Fly Guy
Publication Date: 2006-02-01
The Magic of Wordless Books
Wordless picture books can be magical to share with your child. The stories are told entirely through their illustrations. The best part of sharing a wordless book is that each "reader" can create their own story based on what they see in the illustrations. This activity reinforces that pictures and words work together to tell a story. This is a fun way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. You can also talk about how stories are structured with a beginning, middle, and end.
How to share a wordless picture books with your child:
- Keep in mind that each child uses his imagination to create their own story. There isn't just one way to read a wordless book.
- It's fun to predict what might happen in the book by looking at the cover and talking about the title.
- Enjoy the illustrations. Pay attention to the character's facial expressions, asking "what do you think she feels?"
- Talk about where the story takes place, and how the setting makes you feel.
- Take turns telling the story. Use silly voices and sound effects.
- Encourage your child to add more detail by asking probing questions: Who? What? Where? Why?
- End your story time together by asking if your child has any connections with the story? What was her favorite part and why? What picture was your favorite?
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
Flora and the Flamingo
Publication Date: 2013-04-02
In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.
The Lion and the Mouse
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
er magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Two shy children meet at a noisy pool and dive beneath the crowd into a magical undersea land, where they explore a fantastical landscape and meet various creatures.
Favorite titles for our youngest readers
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.
The Bear and the Piano
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all.
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