Here are some picture books loved by kids. Grab them at your nearest bookstore. Your child will love them too.
Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister are the Berenstain Bears. They are the main characters in the series. They live in a tree house in Bear Country. One day, Mama realizes her family spends their free time sitting and watching TV. Her cubs return from school and watch TV instead of playing outside, making crafts or just talking with each other. Papa returns from work and does the same thing.
Mama knows something has to change. She says there is too much TV watching to her family after dinner. She pronounces a ‘No TV WEEK’ in the Berenstain Bears house. Papa, too!
Normally, the Berenstain Bears books are recommended for children ages 4-8 to read. This text is a little advance. This one is for six-year-old children and older. Also, the book is a little dated. There is talk of a black & white TV and an antenna on the roof.
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, too? ( Eric Carle)
Little children love baby animals. And, they love to have something in common with them. A mother’s love is the most common.
In Eric Carle’s Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, children are introduced to different baby animals along with their parents. The animals are presented in their natural environment.
This is a great picture book to expand your toddler’s world. It is an introduction to the animals on our planet. At the book’s end, Eric Carle presents the names of the animal baby, mother and father. For example, in the lion family, there are a cub, lioness and lion. And, a group of lions are a pride.
Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks(Beginner Book) is a collection of tongue twisters. The picture book is for children between four and eight-years-old.Fox invites Mr. Knox and kids to try some easy word games. The sly Fox starts with some easy tongue twisters. As Mr. Knox and children build confidence, the word games become more difficult. In true Dr. Seuss fashion, the zany rhymes and characters go over the top. Children’s giggles increase with each silly tongue twister.
Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss. The Dr. Seuss Kids’ story book has seventy-two pages. It is for children four-years-old and older. The picture book contains Dr. Seuss’ zany rhymes and characters.
Horton is the average elephant who lives in an average forest. One day, he comes upon a speck of dust. And, to his amazement, he discovers a world of small creatures. They are Whos. He converses with the mayor of Who-ville. The mayor evokes a promise from Horton. Horton will keep the minuscule community safe and sound. Horton places the speck of dust on a clover.
Unfortunately, the other animals in the forest cannot hear the Whos. The Kangaroo and the others believe Horton is batty. They tie up Horton and steal the Who-ville clover. An eagle flies away with it and drops it in a field of clover.
Horton chases the animals and the soaring eagle. He tracks the eagle day and night. Exhausted, he reaches the field of clover. Horton takes his responsibility seriously and searches millions of clovers until finding the Who-ville clover. Throughout his chase and search, Horton repeats, “A person is a person. No matter how small.”
You’ve never seen Maisy like this! She’s fast, she’s slow, she’s messy, she’s clean — in this kaleidoscopic concept book, the beloved mouse even changes her look from familiar to new as she demonstrates thick and thin, tall and short, young and old, wiggly and straight. With colors and patterns so vibrant they leap off the page, this fresh approach to concepts makes learning about opposites irresistible, for both loyal Maisy fans and new friends alike.
Who knew school could be this much fun? Maisy paints pictures, writes stories, dances like a ballerina, and even adds and subtracts in this interactive book about the cheery little mouse. Pull a tab to make the pencil in Maisy’s paw scribble back and forth in her notebook. Lift the lid of a red chest to find costumes for dress-up. And pull another tab to see the fish in the aquarium dart from behind the plant when Maisy tosses food their way. Fans of the lovable white mouse will adore this story from Lucy Cousins, especially pre-preschoolers who are wondering just what goes on in this mysterious school they’ve been hearing about. Large print, crayon-bright colors, and thickly outlined pictures make Maisy stories a favorite for the youngest readers (or almost-readers).
The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children’s bookshelves. On each page, we meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next: “Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me.” This pattern is repeated over and over, until the pre-reader can chime in with the reader, easily predicting the next rhyme. One thing readers might not predict, however, is just what kinds of funny characters will make an appearance at the denouement!
“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.” So begins Eric Carle’s modern classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. More than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and the beloved tale of science and gluttony has been translated into 20 languages. This five-by-four-inch miniature edition is truly tiny, with tiny type, but it is a nice size for small hands to hold and flip through the pictures. Despite its diminished state, the book is complete in every detail, following the ravenous caterpillar’s path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage–until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favorite teaches counting and the days of the week, too.
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It’s a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it’s his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her room. Corduroy decides that this must be home and that Lisa must be his friend.
If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn’t it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you’d have no choice. What if you didn’t like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?
“We’re going on a bear hunt. / We’re going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We’re not scared.” So begins Michael Rosen’s award-winning read-aloud romp We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. In this lovely boxed gift edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, a small paperback version of the book is packaged with the softest, most fabulous little brown bear we’ve ever seen. Reenacting “Splash splosh! Splash splosh! Splash splosh!” across the river is much more fun with an actual bear on hand. (Ages 4 and older)
Martin Waddell’s Owl Babies, in which three worried owlets wait for their mother to return from her night flight. Patrick Benson’s disarming cross-hatched pictures of fluffy, wide-eyed owl babies, and the use of light colored text against a black background, turn this sweet story into a hauntingly lovely little book.
PreSchool-A charming picture book filled with a small child’s joyous love for all the animals on her farm. Large, bold illustrations and a clear text fairly explode with exuberance. Descriptions of ducks “…waddling to the water,” hens “…hopping up and down,” a goat “…racing across the field,” a cow “…swishing her tail,” a pony “…rolling over and over,” and a turkey “…strutting around the yard” convey a sense of bustling activity. The double-page acrylic-and-gouache paintings combined with the simple text make this a perfect choice for sharing with toddler groups.
A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this, so he invents . . . the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worry to show. After all, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo. . . .
In this lightweight, witty story, helpful animals find “room on the broom” of a generous witch. At first, a striped cat accompanies the cheerful sorceress: “How the cat purred/ and how the witch grinned,/ As they sat on their broomstick/ and flew through the wind.” Next, a spotted dog retrieves the witch’s flyaway black hat and asks to come aboard. The three riders soon welcome a green parrot (who finds the witch’s lost hair ribbon) and a frog (who rescues her wand from the bottom of a pond). When threatened by a dragon, the loyal animals form a “Brementown Musicians” chimera whose “terrible voice,/ when it started to speak,/ was a yowl and a growl/ and a croak and a shriek.” The witch repays them by conjuring a cushier vehicle. Donaldson and Scheffler, previously paired for The Gruffalo, emphasize the airborne animals’ contentment and evoke sympathy for the broom’s driver. In Scheffler’s comical panels and insets, the witch has a warty nose and lace-up boots, but wears a pleasant smile; Donaldson puts a spooky/silly spin on the folktale format. The metrical rhyme and goofy suspense aren’t groundbreaking, but readers will likely find it refreshing to see a witch playing against type. Ages 4-8.
PreSchool-Grade 3–A tiny mollusk that longs to see the world hitches a ride aboard a humpback whale in this charming picture book. After seeing far-off islands, underwater caves, and storm-filled skies, the snail feels impossibly small–until the whale is beached in a harbor, and she saves the day by writing a note on the blackboard of a nearby school to summon help. The message that even the smallest among us can help others will not be lost on children, and neither will the poetic language: “A humpback whale, immensely long,/Who sang to the snail a wonderful song/Of shimmering ice and coral caves/And shooting stars and enormous waves.”
“The princess may try seven times to escape – by changing her colour and changing her shape.” But each time Princess Eliza changes – into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat – the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake?
Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault’s rhythmic chant and Lois Ehlert’s exuberant collage illustrations have made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a read-aloud favorite for twenty years.