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Stories To Grow On: Books for Preschoolers

The books listed are a sampling of the titles available. Ask your Children's Librarian for further suggestions and tell us which are your favorites.

Who Am I? I Am Somebody!

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Big Sister, Little Sister
LeUeyn Pham

A heartwarming story of the ups, downs and joys of sisterhood as told by the little sister.

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Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Despite pressure from her family, a young girl is determined to dress herself in clothes she has chosen.

See also: Best Best Friends.

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The Hello, Goodbye Window
Norton Juster; Illustrated by Chris Raschka

A little girl enjoys a special relationship with her grandparents in this 2006 Caldecott Award winner.

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No, David!
David Shannon

A mischievous little boy is repeatedly admonished for misbehaving, but he does earn a reassuring hug at the end of the day. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Papa, Do You Love Me?
Barbara M. Joosse; Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

An inquisitive Masai boy finds out just how much he is loved.

See also: Mama, Do You Love Me?

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Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
Jamie Lee Curtis; Illustrated by Laura Cornell

A little girl, who obviously knows the story by heart, asks her parents to describe once again her birth and adoption. (Also available in Chinese.)

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To Be A Kid
Maya Ajmera; Photos by John D. Ivanko

Color photographs of children taken around the world provide a playful look at universal childhood activities.

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When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really, Angry…
Molly Bang

Sophie finds a peaceful spot to calm herself down after a fit of anger.

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Whistle For Willie
Ezra Jack Keats

A boy practices and practices until at last he can whistle. (Also available in several languages.)

See also: Peter’s Chair; The Snowy Day.

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New and Old Favorites

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And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell; Illustrated by Henry Cole

Inspired by actual events at New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins become parents to a hatchling named Tango.

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Bark, George
Jules Feiffer

What is a mother to do when her puppy meows, moos, oinks and quacks instead of barking?

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Caps for Sale
Esphry Slobodkina

A peddler takes a nap and loses his wares to some playful monkeys. (Also available in Chinese and Spanish.)

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Chrysanthemum
Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name until all the kids at school make fun of it. (Also available in Chinese and Spanish.)

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The Helen Oxenbury Nursery Collection

A lively illustrated collection of traditional stories, nursery rhymes and verse.

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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Laura Joffe Numeroff; Illustrated by Felicia Bond

Learn why you should never give a mouse a cookie. (Also available in Chinese and Spanish.)

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A Splendid Friend Indeed
Suzanne Bloom

An endearing tale of friendship between a talkative goose and pensive polar bear.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter

The beloved story of a disobedient little rabbit that ventures into Mr. McGregor’s garden. Ask for other books in this series. (Also available in several languages.)

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The Wolf’s Chicken Stew
Keiko Kasza

A hungry wolf is outmaneuvered by the chicken he planned to eat. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Look, Listen and Imagine

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The Amazing Adventures of Bathman
Andrew Pelletier; Illustrated by Peter Elwell

Comic-style, action-packed illustrations portray a bathtime superhero and his battle with the evil Cap’n Squeegee.

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Baby Rattlesnake
Te Atat; adapted by Lynn Moroney; Illustrated by Mira Reisburg

In this Chickasaw Indian tale, a determined young rattlesnake whines relentlessly and gets his rattle before he is ready. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Duck and Goose
Tad Hills

Duck and Goose begin as adversaries but end as playmates in a story of discovery, ownership, negotiation and cooperation.

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Llama Llama Red Pajama
Anna Dewdney

A humorous, rhythmic tale of Baby Llama’s bedtime fears and how his Mama soothes them.

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The Magic Hat
Mem Fox; Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

A magical rollicking read-aloud featuring a wizard and his amazing hat.

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Nursery Tales Around the World
Selected and retold by Judy Sierra; Illustrated by Stefano Vitale

A sumptuous collection of eighteen international folktales full of rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

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Secret Seahorse
Stella Blackstone; Illustrated by Clare Beaton

A rhyming hide-and-seek story about an elusive seahorse, with felt collage art.

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The Squiggle
Carole Lexa Schaefer; Illustrated Pierr Morgan

A scrap of red string and a vivid imagination transport a young Chinese American girl to faraway places.

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Where The Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

When naughty Max is sent to bed without his supper, he imagines himself leading a wild rumpus. (Also available in several languages.)

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The World around Me

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Abuela
Arthur Dorros; Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky above New York City. (Also available in Spanish.)

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The Grand Old Tree
Mary Newell DePalma

A simple story of the life cycle of a tree told through the seasons.

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Look Book
Tana Hoban

A wordless book invites readers to look through the peek holes and guess what will be revealed when they turn the page.

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Mama Elizabeti
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; Illustrated by Christy Hale

An African girl discovers the difficulties of caring for her impish younger brother.

See also: Elizabeti’s Doll.

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My Visit to the Aquarium
Aliki

A young boy narrates his visit to a busy aquarium.

See also: My Visit to the Zoo; My Visit to the Dinosaurs.

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The Neighborhood Mother Goose
Nina Crews

Forty-one familiar nursery rhymes are updated using jazzy photos of multicultural families in an urban setting.

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The Seals on the Bus
Lenny Hort; Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Seals, tigers, geese, monkeys and others make their own sounds as they take a bus ride all around the town.

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What Do Wheels Do All Day?
April Jones Prince; Illustrated by Giles Laroche

Striking paper collage illustrations show all kinds of wheels in action.

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ABC's, 123's, and Concepts

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Alphabatics
Suse MacDonald

An energetic journey through the alphabet in which each letter creatively changes into an object related to it.

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Alphabet House
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

A clever alphabet book with an I Spy element.

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City 1 2 3
Zoran Milich

A playful urban counting book with thought-provoking color photography.

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An Egg Is Quiet
Dianna Aston; Illustrated by Sylvia Long

More than sixty different eggs are beautifully depicted and accompanied by brief facts.

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Food For Thought: The Complete Book Of Concepts For Growing Minds
Saxton Freymann

Shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites are boldly represented in photos of humorously carved fruits and vegetables.

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Growing Vegetable Soup
Lois Ehlert

A father and child plant a vegetable garden and make a delicious homemade soup.

See also: Eating the Alphabet.

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Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes
Rosanne Thong; Illustrated by Grace Lin

A Chinese American girl celebrates her culture as she sees different shapes in her home and neighborhood.

See also: Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors and One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers.

jPS THON
Spicy Hot Colors (Colores Picantes)
Sherry Shahan; Illustrated by Paula Barragán

Bold colors and rhyming text introduce basic colors in English and Spanish.

See also: Cool Cats Counting.

jPS SHAH
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