Key to abbreviations for age recommendations

  • T=Toddler
  • P=Preschool
  • I=Elementary
  • Y=Young Adult
  • L=For the Librarian
  • += "and up" All ages above the one listed will find the book of interest.

Note: Titles marked (OP) are out of print and may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Many OP books are also available through online book dealers.


Neubecker, Robert.
Wow City. Hyperion, 2004. (T-P)
Dad and Izzy are on their first trip to the exciting big city in this colorful, large-format picture book.

Nguyen, Duy.
Origami With Dollar Bills: Another Way to Impress People With Your Money. Sterling, 2004. (I-Y)
Learn how to turn your paper money into origami creations.

Nguyen, Duy.
Under the Sea Origami. Sterling, 2005. (Y)
Great diagrams and patterns help you make sea creatures and animals.

Nicholson, Sue.
Ocean Explorer. Scholastic, 2002. (I)
Travel the oceans and discover the hidden worlds beneath the waves and below the frozen tundra of Antarctica.

Nye, Bill.
Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blue Ocean. Hyperion, 2003. (I)
This popular television scientist describes the ocean and its life forms and suggests related activities to help understand marine biology.

O'Dell, Scott.
Island of the Blue Dolphins. Random, 1995. (I)
After all of the other villagers go to a new island, Karana and her brother live alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey.
Rescuing Einstein's Compass. Crocodile, 2003. (P-I)
While sailing, Albert Einstein loses his compass but a young boy manages to save it.

Osborne, Will and Mary Osborne.
Pirates: A Nonfiction Companion to Pirates Past Noon. Random, 2001. (I+)
This companion book explores the facts behind the fiction for Pirates Past Noon, a title in "The Magic Treehouse" series.

Pallotta, Jerry.
The Ocean Alphabet Book. Charlesbridge, 1991. (I)
This alphabetic journey through the North Atlantic Ocean introduces the letters A to Z by describing fish and other creatures living there.

Pan, Hui-Mei.
What's in Grandma's Grocery Bag? Star Bright, 2004. (T)
Find out what is in Grandma's grocery bag by pulling out the tabs and reading the name of the color associated with each item.

Park, Linda Sue.
Bee-Bim Bop! Clarion, 2005. (T-P)
A little girl is thrilled about what's for dinner--the Korean dish Bee-bim Bop--and she excitedly helps her mother select groceries and prepare the meal.

Parker, Neal Evan.
Captain Annabel. Down East, 2004. (T-P)
While helping her father restore an old boat, Annabel discovers the love of sailing.

Parker, Steve.
Boat-Mania! World Almanac, 2003. (I)
This book offers a wide-ranging look at the world of boats, including an incredibly fast drag boat, a submersible that "flies" underwater, and a massive supertanker.

Parker, Steve.
Eyewitness: Pond and River. Dorling Kindersley, 2005. (I)
This photo essay looks at the range of plants and animals found in fresh water throughout the year, examining the living conditions and the survival mechanisms of the creatures dwelling at the edge of the water, on its surface, or under the mud.

Parker, Steve.
Water: Projects with Experiments with Water and Power. Heinemann, 2005. (Y)
This book is filled with experiments that deal with water.

Paterson, Katherine.
The Master Puppeteer. Harper, 1989. (Y)
An eighteenth century teenage boy describes his life and the life of the puppeteers in Osaka, Japan.

Paul, Ann Whitford.
Hello Toes! Hello Feet! Dorling Kindersley, 1998. (T-P)
In this rhyming story, an active little toddler has fun using her feet throughout the day.

Paulsen, Gary.
Canoe Days. Random, 2001. (I)
A canoe ride on a northern lake during a summer day reveals the quiet beauty and wonder of nature in and around the peaceful water.

Paulsen, Gary.
Caught By the Sea: My Life on Boats. Laurel-Leaf, 2003. (I-Y)
This well-known author talks about his love of boats, the ocean, and the adventures he has had on the sea.

Paulsen, Gary.
Hatchet. Puffin, 1988. (I-Y)
After his plane crashes, Brian has to learn to survive on his own in the wilderness.

Paulsen, Gary.
The Wild Culpepper Cruise. Bantam, 1993. (I)
Amos and Dunc are off on the Caribbean cruise of their dreams and a high seas adventure.

Pawson, Des.
The Handbook of Knots. Dorling Kindersley, 2004. (Y)
This guide to knots and knot tying has color photographs and detailed instructions on how to tie knots and how they can be used.

Payan, Gregory.
Life on a Submarine. Children's Press, 2000. (I)
Look at how real people live and work on submarines.

Pearson, Susan.
Hooray for Feet! Blue Apple, 2005. (T-P)
Using simple, rhyming text this book celebrates the joy of having 2 feet with 10 toes that can run, jump, dance, move, and take children wherever they choose to go.

Pedersen, Judy.
The Tiny Patient. Random, 1989. (T-P)
A young girl and her grandmother find a sparrow with a broken wing and nurse it back to health, so it can return to the wild.

Pelletier, Andrew T.
Amazing Adventures of Bathman. Dutton, 2005. (T-P)
Bathman must save rubber Ducky from the evil Captain Squeegee in this comic-style picture book.

Pendziwol, Jean E.
Dawn Watch. Groundwood, 2004. (P)
A girl serves as first mate as she and her father sail across Lake Superior for a glimpse of the Northern lights.

Pendziwol, Jean.
A Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me: Water Safety for Kids. Kids Can, 2006. (I)
The basics of water safety are covered in an entertaining story.

Pfanner, Louise.
Louise Builds a Boat. Scholastic, 1990. (I)
Louise imagines building her ideal boat, one with a wooden deck for games, a crow's nest for watching dolphins, and a figurehead to paint.

Pflomm, Phyllis Noe.
Chalk in Hand: The Draw and Tell Book. Scarecrow, 1986. (L)
This resource book for teachers, librarians, and storytellers explains how to tell a story or read a poem aloud while illustrating the story or poem at the same time.

Philbrick, Rodman.
The Young Man and The Sea. Blue Sky, 2004. (I-Y)
A boy goes out to sea by himself to catch a blue fin tuna.

Philemon, Sturges.
This Little Pirate. Dutton, 2005. (T+)
Fighting pirates join together to open a box and have a party.

Philip, Neil.
The Fish is Me, Bathtime Rhymes. Clarion, 2002. (T-P)
This is a collection of poems about bathtime by such authors as Aileen Fisher, Martin Gardner, Caryl Brahms, and John Drinkwater.

Pinkney, Sandra L.
A Rainbow all Around Me. Scholastic, 2002. (T-P)
Using simple text and photos of multi-cultural children, the pages of this book represent each color of the rainbow.

Politano, Colleen.
Adrift! Boating Safety for Children. Globe Pequot, 1998. (I)
Threatening situations on water can be avoided if a child is prepared.

Pomerantz, Charlotte.
Flap Your Wings and Try. Greenwillow, 1989. (T)
A young bird learns to fly with the help of his family and then encourages the other small birds to fly.

Pratt, Kristin Joy.
A Swim Through the Sea. Dawn, 1994. (I)
This alphabet book introduces angelfish, dolphins, manatees, octopi, and other fish and mammals living in the world's oceans, and their physical characteristics and behavior.

Priest, Robert.
The Pirates Eye. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. (P) (OP)
A pirate's missing eye tells his story when it is found by a man.

Quackenbush, Robert.
Evil Under the Sea: A Miss Mallard Mystery. Pippin, 1992. (I)
Jacques Canard, noted undersea explorer, asks Miss Mallard to help discover who is destroying the coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Raatma, Lucia.
Safety at the Swimming Pool. Capstone, 2000. (I)
The safety aspects of swimming in a public pool are discussed, including having a buddy, listening to the lifeguards, shallow and deep water, diving boards, and dealing with emergencies.

Raatma, Lucia.
Water Safety. Child's World, 2003. (I)
This book explains the importance of being safe, and how to remain safe, around pools, lakes, and oceans, whether swimming or in a boat.

Randall, Ronne.
Snuggle Up, Little Penguin. Silver Dolphin, 2003. (T-P)
In this lift-the-flap, pop-up book, Little Penguin discovers the perfect way to get warm after getting advice from his friends.

Rathman, Peggy.
10 minutos y a la cama. Putnam, 2005. (T-P)
While his father counts down the minutes until bedtime, a young boy's hamster is giving other hamsters a tour of the house in the Spanish-language version of 10 Minutes Till Bedtime.

Rathmell, Donna and Doreen Rathmell.
Octavia Octopus and Her Purple Ink Cloud. Sylvan Dell, 2006. (I)
This book explores the basic colors and camouflage techniques that help various sea animals survive.

Reiche, Deitlof.
Ghost Ship. Scholastic, 2005. (I-Y)
A journal and a figurehead from a ship help Vicki and Peter solve a mystery that started 230 years ago and therby lift a curse.

Reid, Rob.
Family Storytime: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages. ALA,1999. (L)
This resource guide includes ideas, crafts, songs, stories, and more for a wide range of programs. Also available through NetLibrary, a TexShare resource.

Relf, Adam.
Fox Makes Friends. Sterling, 2005. (T-P)
When Little Fox's mother suggests he "make some friends," the other forest creatures help out.

Richardson, Justin.
And Tango Makes Three. Simon and Schuster, 2005. (P)
Based on a true story, two male penguins take turns sitting on an abandoned egg at the Central Park Zoo, caring for it until the egg hatches.

Riley, Linnea.
Mouse Mess. Blue Sky, 1997. (T-P)
In this humorous story, the house's family goes to bed as the little mouse gets up for something to eat and makes a huge mess in the process.

Riley, Peter.
Floating and Sinking. Gareth Stevens, 2002. (I)
This concept book provides ideas for simple demonstrations of related concepts and explores why some objects float while others sink.

Robins, Deri.
The Great Pirate Activity Book. Kingfisher, 1995. (I+)
This is a treasure trove of activities, games, parties, and more, all dealing with pirates.

Robinson, E. John.
Paint the Sea and Shoreline in Watercolors Using Special Effects. International Artist, 2001. (Y+)
Learn techniques for painting seascapes using watercolors.

Robinson, Kimberly.
Wake Up and Water Ski. Bristol Fashion, 2000. (I)
This entertaining and informative book explains water skiing.

Rogers, Alan.
Ronda Redonda. Two-Can, 2001. (T-P)
Blue Turtle invites his friends to play with him but they are too busy building a ship.

Rogers, Alan.
Sol y lluvia. Two-Can, 2001. (T-P)
Red Rhinoceros is determined to enjoy a sunny day no matter how frustrating the weather may be.

Rollings, Susan.
New Shoes, Red Shoes. Orchard, 2000. (T-P)
Of all of her various kinds of shoes, for one little girl, the most special of all are the new red shoes she wears to a party.

Rosa-Mendoza, Gladys.
Weather / El tiempo. Barron's, 2001. (T-P)
With bold illustrations and one word per page, this bilingual book provides the basic vocabulary of weather.

Rose, Deborah Lee.
Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet Book. Scholastic, 2000. (T+)
This alphabet book explores creatures that live in the sea.

Rose, Deborah.
Ocean Babies. National Geographic, 2005. (P-I)
This non-fiction book describes differences and similarities between baby ocean animals.

Rosell, Joel Franz.
La nube. Editorial Sudamericana, 2004. (P-I)
This rebus story tells of a small white cloud that travels from the ocean to the beach, the city, and the mountain, growing in size along the way.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
Little Pea. Chronicle, 2005. (T-P)
In this humorous picture book, Little Pea is getting sweets for dinner again and he will not get his spinach dessert unless he eats everything on his plate.

Ross, Kathy.
Look What You Can Make With Dozens of Household Items! Boyds Mills, 1998. (T-P-I)
This craft book is full of fun, easy-to-make crafts made from a variety of different materials.

Ross, Tony.
Treasure of Cozy Cove. Farrar, 1990. (P) (OP)
Kittens are rescued by a pirate cat.

Roth, Carol.
The Little School Bus. North-South, 2002. (P)
In this rhyming story, a variety of animals ride the bus back and forth to school.

Rotner, Shelley.
Pick a Pet. Orchard, 1999. (P)
Patty tries to decide what kind of pet she wants by observing all the different pets that belong to her family and friends.

Rowe, Jeannette.
Whose Feet? Little, Brown, 1998. (T)
Children will enjoy guessing whose feet are under the flaps. What animal is it, or is it a person?

Sabuda, Robert.
Cookie Count. Little Simon, 1997. (T-P)
Count the kinds of cookies in this classic pop-up book, from fortune cookies and criss-cross peanut butter cookies to a large gingerbread house.

Sadler, Matthew.
Alistair Underwater. Aladdin, 1992. (I) (OP)
Alistair goes on an adventure in a submarine.

Sage, Angie.
Molly at the Dentist. Peachtree, 2001. (T-P)
On her first visit with the dentist, Molly is sure she does not want to open her mouth, but the dentist helps Molly get over her fears.

Salas, Purdie.
Canoeing. Capstone, 2002. (I)
The equipment, techniques, safety measures, and more related to canoeing are discussed.

Samton, Sheila White.
El viaje de Jenny. Penguin, 1991. (P-I) (OP)
In the Spanish-language version of Jenny's Journey, a young girl imagines she is sailing across the ocean to visit a friend who has moved away.

Santore, Charles.
Camel's Lament. Random, 2004. (T)
This poem tells about a camel that compares his lot in life with that of the other animals.

Sasaki, Chris.
The Constellations: Stars and Stories. Sterling, 2003. (Y)
Charts and photographs help explain the movement of the stars and show readers where to find the constellations.

Sastrías, Martha.
El sapo que no quería comer. Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000. (P-I)
King Toad is invited to visit Queen Turtle but he does not eat any of the succulent dishes set before him. A doctor is called to help King Toad.

Saunders-Smith, Gail.
La lluvia / Rain. Capstone, 2003. (P-I)
The water cycle and how rain is made is explained in this simple nonfiction book.

Saunders-Smith, Gail.
Las nubes / Clouds. Capstone, 2004. (P-I)
This simple book explains clouds.

Saunders-Smith, Gail.
Los relámpagos / Lightning. Capstone, 2004. (P-I)
In simple terms, this book explains lightning.

Savadier, Elivia.
No Haircut Today! Roaring Brook, 2005. (T-P)
Although Dominic's mother is a hairdresser, he does not want to get his haircut today.

Savage, Stephen.
Animals of the Oceans. Raintree, 1997. (I)
The world's seas and oceans and the mammals, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates that live in them are described.

Sayre, April Pulley.
Splish! Splash! Animal Baths. Millbrook, 2000. (T-P)
All the animals, elephants, birds, horses, fish, and more, must get clean in this book about animal baths.

Scarry, Richard.
Richard Scarry's Pie Rats Ahoy! Random, 1994. (T-P)
Funny antics help Uncle Willie fight off the pirates; after he takes his nap, of course.

Schafer, Kevin.
Penguins ABC. North Word, 2002. (P)
Photographer Kevin Schafer's crisp, clear photographs use beautiful scenery and adorable penguins to illustrate the letters of the alphabet.

Scieszka, Jon.
Time Warp Trio: Not So Jolly Roger. Viking, 1991. (I)
The Time Warp Trio meets Blackbeard in this clever and funny story.

Sellers, Heather.
Spike and Cubby's Ice Cream Island Adventure. Henry Holt, 2004. (T-P)
Spike and Cubby's friendship is put to the test when they sail out to an ice cream island.

Shahan, Sherry.
Spicy Hot Color, Colores Picantes. August House, 2004. (T-P)
Dazzling collages of fruits, vegetables, and dancing creatures introduce colors in English and Spanish.

Shannon, David.
¡No, David! Editorial Everest, 1998. (T-P)
In this Spanish-language edition of No, David!, David gets in trouble with his mom after being mischievous, even letting all the water run on the floor after taking a bath.

Sharp, Anne Wallace.
Daring Pirate Women. Lerner, 2002. (Y)
The history and biographies of famous women pirates are explored.

Shaw, Charles Green.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk. Harper, 1947. (T-P)
The simple text and illustrations of clouds make solving the mystery at the end of the book so much fun.

Shaw, Nancy.
Sheep on a Ship. Houghton Mifflin, 1989. (T-P)
Sheep survive a shaky trip on a ship in this rhyming story.

Sidman, Joyce.
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. (I)
This collection of poems provides a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

Sierra, Judy.
Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems. Harcourt, 1998. (P-I)
Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey comically illustrate this lively collection of poems about the Emperor penguin.

Sierra, Judy.
The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. Wilson, 1987. (L) (OP)
In this collection of flannel board stories with patterns, a master storyteller suggests great stories to tell.

Silverstein, Shel.
Where the Sidewalk Ends. Harper, 1973. (P-I)
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in this classic collection of humorous poetry illustrated by the author.

Simmons, Jane.
Abi y su nueva amiga. Autrey, 1999. (T-P) (OP)
Abi, a dog, finds the sudden arrival of a goose a bit mortifying and only realizes how much he likes her when she goes away in this Spanish-language edition of Ebb and Flo and the New Friend.

Singer, Marilyn.
How to Cross a Pond: Poems About Water. Knopf, 2003. (I+)
This collection of poems explores water in many places and forms.

Skurzynski, Gloria and Alane Ferguson.
Out of the Deep. National Geographic, 2002. (I-Y)
Jack and Ashley investigate the stranding of marine mammals on the beaches of Acadia National Park in a mystery that combines adventure and ecology.

Slate, Joseph.
Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten. Dutton, 2005. (P)
It's a wild day in Miss Bindergarten's kindergarten class in this rhyming alphabet story.

Smalls, Irene.
Jonathan and His Mommy. Little Brown, 1992. (T-P)
Jonathan and his mother explore their city using all kinds of steps, such as giant steps, dancing steps, criss-cross steps, and backwards steps.

Smee, Nicola.
Freddie Visits the Dentist. Barron's, 2000. (T-P)
Freddie and Bear visit the dentist for a check-up and learn how to brush their teeth.

Smee, Nicola.
No Bed Without Ted. Bloomsbury, 2005. (T)
Lift the flaps and help a little girl search through her whole house as she looks for her teddy bear, a much-needed item for a sleepy girl.

Smith, Marie.
Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet. Sleeping Bear, 2005. (P-I)
This alphabet picture book explores zookeepers and the role they play at the zoo.

Spanyol, Jessica.
Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian. Candlewick, 2004. (P)
Carlo and his friend, Crackers, visit the library and are helped by a very nice librarian, Mrs. Chinca.

Spanyol, Jessica.
Carlo Likes Colors. Candlewick, 2003. (T-P)
Young readers will enjoy identifying all the colors of the world with Carlo the giraffe, in this picture book with two-page spreads for each featured color.

Spinelli, Eileen.
Bath Time. Cavendish, 2003. (T)
A rhyming story in which Mom must comes to the rescue of a little penguin who has filled up his bathtub with all his toys.

Spinelli, Jerry.
Knots In My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid. Knopf, 1998. (I-Y)
Author Jerry Spinelli provides a humorous account of his life.

Stanley, Diane.
Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise. Putnam, 1999. (P)
Moe and his friend can't afford a tropical vacation, so they set up a beach scene in the doghouse.

Stanley, Diane.
The True Adventure of Daniel Hall. Puffin, 2000. (I)
Based on the true story of a boy who crewed on a whaling vessel, this book reveals the hardships of a sailing life.

Steig, William.
Abel's Island. Farrar, 1976. (I)
Abel, a mouse, is a castaway on an island where his resourcefulness is tested as he tries to find a way back home.

Stetson, Emily.
40 Knots to Know: Hitches, Loops, Bends and Bindings. Ideals, 2002. (I-Y)
This book provides step-by-step instructions for tying five basic knots plus a variety of more complex ones, including joining knots, bindings, coils, hitches, and lashings.

Stevenson, Louis.
Treasure Island. Penguin, 1969. (I)
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.

Stewart, Mary.
Ludo and the Star Horse. Hodder, 2001. (I-Y)
A boy follows his horse on a journey through the constellations that make up the Zodiac in this classic tale.

Stickland, Paul.
Boats. Gareth Stevens, 1998. (I)
A brief discussion introduces various types of boats, including rowboats, ferries, sailboats, sailing ships, and more.

Stojic, Manya.
Rain. Crown, 2000. (P)
Some of the animals of the African savanna 'smell' the rain that is coming, while others 'hear' the rain, but all of the animals enjoy the rain.

Sturges, Philemon.
Down to the Sea in Ships. Penguin, 2005. (I)
Poems describe a variety of watercraft, from birch bark canoes to cruise ships, and reveal their impact on the world.

Sturges, Philemon.
I Love Bugs! Harper, 2005. (T-P)
In this rhyming story, a young boy who loves all kinds of insects explains their characteristics.

Sturges, Philemon.
I Love Planes. Harper, 2003. (T-P)
A young boy who loves all sort of planes, dreams of flying in a dive-bomber, sea plane, a glider, and more in this picture book.

Suen, Anastasia.
Man on the Moon. Viking, 1997 (P-I)
This simple picture book recounts the flight of Apollo 11 and man's first landing on the moon.

Sutcliff, Rosemary.
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Illiad. Francis Lincoln, 2005. (I-Y)
This re-telling of Homer's epic poem is very accessible for young readers.

Sword, Elizabeth Hauge.
A Child's Anthology of Poetry. Ecco, 1997. (I+)
This collection of standard poetry offers something for every audience.

Tafuri, Nancy.
Goodnight, My Ducklings. Scholastic, 2005. (T)
Mother duck is leading her ducklings home for bed but one wanders off and is left behind. Fortunately, he is helped by a friend to get home safely.

Taylor, Barbara.
How to Save the Planet. Oxford University, 2001. (I-Y)
This guide offers suggestions on things to do to help the environment.

Taylor, L.R.
Creeps from the Deep. Chronicle, 1997. (I-Y)
The creatures that live in the deep ocean are explored.

Taylor, Theodore.
The Cay. Doubleday, 1969. (I-Y)
After a shipwreck during World War II, a boy and a man find friendship and strength while stranded on a deserted island in the Caribbean.

Teague, Mark.
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. Scholastic, 2002. (P-I)
Ike the dog wants to come home from obedience school and so he writes a letter to his owner, Mrs. LaRue, begging her to let him do so.

Titherington, Jeanne.
Baby's Boat. Greenwillow, 1992. (T)
A baby's imagination sails away on a crescent moon.

Tucker, Kathy.
Do Pirates Take Baths? Albert Whitman, 1997. (P-I)
Humorous rhymes provide answers to eleven questions about the life of pirates.

Van Fleet, Matthew.
Tails. Silver Whistle, 2003. (T-P)
Rhyming text, textured illustrations, lift-up flaps, and scratch-and-sniff spots teach about animal names, shapes, colors, and numbers.

Van Laan, Nancy.
Scrubba Dub. Atheneum, 2003. (T)
A simple rhyming story of a mother bunny scrubbing her bouncy baby bunny.

Velthuijs, Max.
Sapo es sapo. Ediciones Ekaré, 1997. (P-I)
Toad, not content with himself, tries to imitate the things his friends can do, until quite by accident, he re-discovers what he is best at in this Spanish-language edition of Frog is Frog.

Verne, Jules.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Harper, 2000. (Y)
A man finds himself having an adventure on a submarine with a person who calls himself Captain Nemo.

Waddell, Martin.
Hi, Harry! Candlewick, 2003. (T)
Harry the slow tortoise slowly makes a friend with a snail who is also slow.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll.
Salta y Brinca. Harcourt, 1996. (T-P)
A frog named Betsy, tired of hopping, decides to invent a dance in this Spanish-language translation of Hop Jump.

Wang, Mary Lewis.
El Príncipe rana. Regensteiner, 1989. (T-I) (OP)
This is a beginning reader with the classic fairy tale, "The Frog Prince," in which a frog asks a princess to kiss him in payment for retrieving her golden ball that has fallen in the water.

Warren, Jean.
Teeny-Tiny Folktales. Warren, 1987. (L)
This resource for teachers and librarians focuses on telling folktales aloud and small puppets and props are included in the book.

Watt, Fiona.
¡Al agua patos! Usborne, 1999. (T-P)
A little boy takes a bath while in the company of his dog in this Spanish-language translation of Splish! Splash!

Weatherly, Myra.
Women Pirates: Eight Stories of Adventure. Morgan Reynolds, 1998. (I-Y)
True-life stories of women pirates, including Grace O'Malley, Anne Bonny, Cheng I Sao, Rachel Wall, and Fanny Campbell, are told.

Weeks, Sarah.
Without You. Laura Geringer, 2003. (P)
A young penguin and his father comfort each other as they await the return of the mother from her feeding dives. The book includes a CD of the author singing the words of the story.

Wellington, Monica.
Firefighter Frank. Dutton, 2003. (P)
Firefighter Frank cooks, cleans, takes children on tours of the firehouse, and helps put out a fire.

Westcott, Nadine Bernard.
The Lady with the Alligator Purse. Little, Brown, 1990. (T-P)
Based on the popular song, a child eats soap and a succession of people are called in to make him feel better.

Wheeler, Lisa.
Sailor Moo: Cow at Sea. Atheneum, 2002. (T-P)
A cow dreams of becoming a sailor and gets more than she bargained for.

Wheeler, Lisa.
Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta. Simon and Schuster, 2004. (I)
A motley crew of dogs presents a rhyming tale of seagoing adventure, illustrated as if it were a stage play. 2006 Texas Bluebonnet Award winner.

Whittle, Emily.
Sailor Cats. Green Tiger, 1993. (T-P)
Two cats set sail to beat the summer heat.

Wick, Walter.
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder. Scholastic, 1997. (I)
View photographs of a drop of water falling from a faucet, a drop of water splashing on a hard surface, the points of a snowflake, and contemplate how drops of water form clouds.

Williams, Sue.
I Went Walking. Harcourt, 1990. (T-P)
In this classic picture book, a young boy taking a walk identifies animals of all colors.

Williams, Vera B.
Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea. Harper, 1999. (I)
Stringbean, his big brother, Fred, and their dog are driving from Kansas to California and each day they send home a postcard telling of their adventures.

Williamson, Ray A.
They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths. Houghton Mifflin, 1987. (I-Y)
This volume of Native American star myths is excellent for reading aloud.

Wilner, Barry.
Swimming: How To Play the All-Star Way. Steck-Vaughn, 1996. (I)
This book is an introduction to competitive swimming, various strokes, racing techniques, water safety, and more.

Wilson, Timothy.
Flags at Sea. Naval Institute, 2000. (Y-L)
This book illustrates over 130 flags flown by the principal naval powers of the 17th and 18th century: Britain, Spain, France, Netherlands, and the United States.

Wlodarski, Loran.
If a Dolphin Were a Fish. Sylvan Dell, 2006. (I)
This is a special story about a dolphin that imagines she is many different creatures, but then learns how special she and her other animal friends are.

Wojtowycz, David.
Can You Choo-Choo? Scholastic, 2003. (T)
The sounds made by the fire engine, bus, racecar, helicopters and other vehicles as they go about their work are featured in this toddler-friendly picture book.

Wood, A. J.
The Little Penguin. Dutton, 2002. (P)
When his gray feathers start to fall out, a newly hatched Emperor penguin worries that he won't look like his father.

Wood, Audrey.
Birdsong. Harcourt, 1997. (T-P)
Young readers will enjoy the pictures of birds and the distinct calls that each make as they go about their daily activities.

Wood, Audrey.
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. Harcourt, 1985. (P)
Despite everyone's efforts, King Bidgood is having too much fun to get out of the bathtub, until a page cleverly does the unexpected.

Wood, Audrey.
Silly Sally. Harcourt, 1992. (T-P)
In this rhyming story, Silly Sally goes to town sometimes right side up and sometimes upside down.

Wood, Audrey.
Ten Little Fish. Blue Sky, 2004. (T-P)
From ten to one little fish that swim along an ocean reef, there is soon a whole family of happy little fish.

Wood, Audry.
The Napping House. Harcourt, 1984. (T-P)
In this classic picture book, a tiny flea wakes a pile of people and animals napping on a bed and causes a big commotion.

Yaccarino, Dan.
Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon! Scholastic, 1997. (T-P)
A young boy takes an exciting trip to the moon and back again in this rhyming story.

Yolen, Jane.
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? Blue Sky, 2005. (T-P)
In this 'How do Dinosaurs' book by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, little dinosaurs learn how they are suppose to eat their food.

Young, Selina.
Big Dog and Little Dog Go Sailing. Crabtree, 2001. (T-I)
Two doggy friends go sailing and end up on an island that is really a whale!

Yumoto, Kazumi.
The Letters. Laurel-Leaf, 2003. (Y)
After the death of a friend, a girl remembers her own father's death and the way the friend helped her cope with the loss.

Zane, Alec.
Wheels on the Race Car. Orchard, 2005. (T-P)
Animal racers are driving around the track to the tune of the traditional song, "The Wheels of the Bus."

Zaritzky, Bernard.
Little White Duck. Megan Tingley, 2000. (T-P)
This classic song written by Walt Whippo and Bernard Zaritzky tells the story of animals living in the water that "do what they oughter."

Ziefert, Harriet.
Families Have Together. Blue Apple, 2005. (T-P)
Celebrate family and family life inside and outside the house, in this rhyming story with colorful illustrations.

Ziefert, Harriet.
Murphy Meets the Treadmill. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. (P)
Murphy the dog is overweight so Cheryl puts him on a new diet and makes him exercise on the treadmill, all with great results.

Zion, Gene.
Harry el perrito sucio. Rayo, 1996. (P-I)
When Harry finds out he is going to get a bath, he runs away from home. He gets so dirty that when he comes back home, no one recognizes him. (Spanish-language version of Harry, the Dirty Dog.)


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