The House in the Night
By Susan Marie Swanson; illusustrated by Beth Krommes*
Beautiful black-and-white scratchboard illustrations with touches of yellow convey the beauty of the night in this cumulative bedtime story.
Houghton, 2008. ISBN: 9780618862443
How to Heal a Broken Wing
In this sweetly reassuring story, a young boy finds an injured bird on a busy street and takes it home. In simple language and carefully constructed panels of illustration, the book relates that with "rest, time and a little hope, a bird may fly again."
By Bob Graham; illustrated by the author*
Candlewick, 2008. ISBN: 9780763639037
The Snow Day
One morning, a young rabbit wakes up to find that it had been snowing all night and kindergarten is closed for the day. She and her mother spend the day watching the snow, having a snack and playing cards. When night comes and the snow stops, they bundle up and go out into the snow to make snowballs, snow dumplings and even snow monsters. The story is beautifully complemented by pastel-like illustrations.
By Komako Sakai; illustrated by the author*
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2009. ISBN: 9780545013215.
Up, Down, and Around
Growing a garden was never so busy before! In a bouncy rhyme and pictures full of creatures and activity, a garden is planted, grows and becomes lunch.
By Katherine Ayres; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Candlewick, 2007. ISBN: 9780763623784
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do)
The things you shouldn't do with various animal friends—and one you should!
By Judi Barrett; illustrated by John Nickle
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2008. ISBN: 9781416907244
Big Bad Bunny
Big Bad Bunny is chomping and crashing in the forest. And Baby Boo Boo has disappeared from her cozy bedroom. Maybe she's in great danger...or maybe it's just part of a funny surprise.
By Frannie Billingsley; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson, 2008. ISBN 9781416906018
In the time of the dinosaurs, "Tadpole Rex" emerges from the goop. The creature grows into a frog, whose ancestors outlived all the dinosaurs "and somewhere inside, deep in their core, they all have an inner tyrannosaur." Impressive scratchboard illustrations and clever rhymes bring this mighty prehistoric tale to life.
By Kurt Cyrus
Harcourt, 2008. ISBN 9780152059903
Monkey and Me
A girl tells us about the animals she visited at the zoo with her stuffed monkey. Pay close attention to the pictures, and you just might be able to guess the next animal before she reveals it.
By Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster, 2007. ISBN: 9781416954576
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Colors, shapes and a simple story are cleverly presented through a seamless combination of witty watercolor illustrations and the four words of the title—plus one more at the very end.
By Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN: 9781416939993
It's Moving Day!
Over several seasons, eight different animals make their homes and raise their young in the same woodland burrow. When it's time to move on, "It's moving day!" and the next inhabitant moves in. Factual information on each animal is provided at the end of the story.
By Pamela Hickma; illustrated by Geraldo Valerio
Kids Can, 2008. ISBN: 9781554530748
This T. Rex is determined to tell you just how very bad he is, but he's also very hungry. Determinedly, he stalks his prey but never catches it. Is he ever going to eat again?
By Kate McMullan; illustrated by Jim McMullan
HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler, 2008. ISBN: 9780061229718
A Kitten Tale
Four kittens have never seen snow, and three of them are pretty worried. The fourth kitten, however, says, "I can't wait." When snow finally comes, will any of them be brave enough to venture outside into the cold and mysterious whiteness?
By Eric Rohmann
Knopf, 2008. ISBN 9780517709153
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
In three very short but distinct stories, Bear, a multicolored stuffed toy, and Dog, a rowdy dachshund, solve problems and enjoy their friendship.
By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Roaring Brook, 2007. ISBN: 9781596430532
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
A giant squid proclaims himself the biggest thing in the ocean, but his bragging comes to a humorous climax when he meets a whale.
By Kevin Sherry
Dial, 2007. ISBN: 9780803731929
Duck has cooked all kinds of delicious soups—but all from recipes created by other chefs. Attempting to come up with his own soup creation, he decides something is missing and goes off to look for it. His poor friends come in and see a feather in the pot! Has he fallen in?
By Jackie Urbanovic
HarperCollins, 2008. ISBN: 9780061214417
With warmth and charm in both text and the 1950s retro illustrations, a little boy recounts how every Friday morning, whatever the weather, he and his father walk to the local diner for breakfast.
By Dan Yaccarino
Holt, 2007. ISBN: 9780805077247
Try these classics for kids 3 to 5 years old.
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