Key to abbreviations for age recommendations
- 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.
Song and Dance Man. Knopf, 2003. (P+)
Grandpa tells his grandchildren about his days as a song and dance man.
Ada, Alma Flor.
The Gold Coin. Atheneum, 1991. (P-I)
Dona Josefa thinks she is the richest woman in the world because she has a gold coin. When a thief is determined to steal her riches, he tracks her across country and discovers her real treasure is something else all together.
Roy Lichtenstein’s ABCs. Bulfinch, 1999. (P-Y)
Each double-page spread features Lichtenstein’s art to represent the letters of the alphabet. Not just for youngsters, this book provides an excellent introduction to one of the creators of the Pop Art movement.
Adler, David A.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins. Penguin, 1982. (I)
The intrepid girl detective uses her photographic memory to find a missing science fair project but instead locates two missing gold coins.
The Bravest Ever Bear. Walker, 2001. (P-I)
Fairy tale characters tell their own stories from their perspective. The fractured tales will enchant sophisticated readers who are familiar with the original stories.
Home on the Range. Dial, 2004. (T-I)
Illustrations, combined with the lyrics for four verses of the song, “Home On the Range,” depict a little cowboy and his dreams of the range.
Fix-it Duck. Harper, 2002. (T-P)
A duck creates havoc as he tries to fix the leak in his house.
Hug. Candlewick, 2000. (T)
A little chimpanzee really wants a hug from someone special, his mommy.
Los dinosaurious son diferentes. Editorial Juventud, 1993. (P-I)
Children visit the museum and learn about dinosaurs. This book provides information about dinosaur anatomy along with short descriptive text about each dinosaur.
árboles por todas partes. Castillo, 1996. (I)
This visual guide about characteristics of trees includes close-up photos of tree trunks, leaves, fruits, and flowers.
Mommy's Best Kisses. Harper, 2003. (T)
Animal mothers sweetly kiss their babies in a myriad of places, including toes, belly buttons, and heads, ending with one last kiss before bed.
The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant! Aladdin, 2006. (I)
The intergalactic space hero is on a mission to deliver mail to the farthest reaches of the universe when he accidentally opens the wrong door on his way to the bathroom and finds himself floating in space.
Amazingly Easy Puppet Plays. ALA, 1997. (L)
This is a collection of 42 original scripts that can be performed by one or more persons. There are many helpful tips for performing the plays, as well as instructions on how to create puppets and puppet theaters.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name. Scholastic, 2004. (P+)
This silly camp song will invoke lots of laughs.
Starry Safari. Harcourt, 2005. (T)
A child goes on a safari until her adult comes in and puts her back to bed.
Matthew's Truck. Candlewick, 2005. (T)
Matthew and his truck explore his room, the house, and, finally, the bed.
Ten, Nine, Eight. Greenwillow, 1983. (T)
A girl and her father count down to bedtime.
Max’s Words. Farrar, 2006. (P-I)
Max’s brothers collect coins and stamps, and Max decides to collect words. He carefully selects words from magazines, cuts them out, and arranges them by category. Although his brothers won’t share their collections, Max freely gives away words so that others can create poetry and stories.
Barchers, Suzanne I.
Fifty Fabulous Fables. Libraries Unlimited, 1997. (L)
This collection of reader’s theater scripts is based on traditional fables from around the world.
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Chronicle, 1999. (T)
What kind of bugs can be found in the backyard? Ladybugs, caterpillars, ants, and butterflies are among the many bugs waiting to be discovered.
Stars! Stars! Stars! Chronicle, 2002. (T)
Bright pictures and vibrant colors take readers on a whirlwind tour of our solar system.
Mr. Katapat’s Incredible Adventures. Viking, 2004. (P-I)
Mr. Viking finds more adventure in books than in his real life, until he meets Mrs. Katapat.
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel. Bloomsbury, 2007. (I)
A budding artist shares her sketch diary.
Trucks. Harper, 1986. (T)
Simple drawings help readers discover a variety of types of trucks.
My Car. Greenwillow, 2001. (T)
Sam talks all about his car and how much he enjoys driving. He likes driving so much that he works as a bus driver.
Peppe The Lamplighter. Lothrop, 1993. (P-I)
Peppe is a young immigrant who has to work to support his family in Little Italy, but his father doesn’t approve of his work as a lamplighter.
Girl vs. Wave. Walker, 2005. (I)
Ruby learns how to be a surfer girl with the help of her father.
Yellow Submarine. Candlewick, 2004. (P+)
Experience the classic Beatles song in picture book form.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Harcourt, 2005. (P-I)
Sung or read to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” this delightfully messy picture book tells of a young boy who declares that he won’t paint any more after his mother catches him painting the walls, ceilings, doors, and more.
Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend is Made. Candlewick, 2004. (P-I)
Sock Monkey needs a partner for the Big Celebrity Dance, but none of the toys he auditions seem right.
Bell, Owain and Desiree Marquez.
Feliz cumpleaños Tomás. Random, 2002. (T-P)
Thomas doesn’t enjoy working on his birthday, but when it ends, he is pleasantly surprised by a birthday party from all his friends.
Grandad’s Tree: Poems About Families.Barefoot Books, 2003.
This collection of poems includes topics on the importance of family, family diversity, and family life.
Bercaw, Edna Coe.
Halmoni’s Day. Dial, 2000. (P-I)
A Korean-American girl preparing for grandparent’s day at school and worries that her grandmother will be different from all the other grandparents.
Fantasticas actividades para pasar el Verano. Ceac, 2001. (I)
A book with activities, games, and projects about summer.
A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (T)
Bear is pretty annoyed by goose. Bear wants to read, write, or just think, and goose won’t leave him alone. But goose turns out to be a splendid friend indeed.
Hand-Shaped Art. Good Apple, 1989. (L)
Simple art projects that start with the shape of a young child’s hand.
Little Gorilla. Houghton Mifflin, 1976. (T)
Everybody loves little gorilla, even when he grows up.
Busy Fingers. Whispering Coyote, 2003. (T)
What can fingers do? Among the many things they do is paint, wave goodbye, and say I love you.
Dinosaur's Binkit. Simon & Schuster, 1998. (T)
Dinosaur has lost his mysterious binket and readers help find it by lifting flaps on each page.
Moo, Baa, La La La! Simon & Schuster, 2004, 1982. (T)
A cow says moo, a sheep baa, but who has every heard of singing pigs? This silly story mixes up animal sounds and invites readers to join in the fun.
The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (I)
This is the true story of a boy who began to draw as a child and eventually became a famous artist.
Armadillo Rodeo. Putnam, 1995. (P-I)
The fun begins when an armadillo with bad eyesight wanders onto a ranch.
101 Fingerplays, Stories, and Songs to Use With Finger Puppets. ALA, 1999. (L)
This collection includes illustrations, instructions, and patterns for 101 fingerplays.
Brooke, William J.
A is for Aarrgh! Harper, 1999. (I)
A young boy living during the Stone Age alters history when he discovers language.
Arthur, It’s Only Rock 'n’ Roll. Little, Brown, 2002. (I)
When Arthur's classmate, Francine, starts her own band called U Stink, the gang realizes that it may live up to its name.
Arthur’s Computer Disaster. Little, Brown, 1997.
Arthur plays his new computer game on his mom’s computer and knows he is in trouble when the screen goes black.
Stone Soup. Scribner’s, 1975. (P-I)
Three weary soldiers ask for some food and lodging in a village and the villagers refuse to share. The soldiers show them how to cook a delicious soup from stones - and a little bit of food added by each of the villagers.
Brown, Margaret Wise.
Goodnight Moon. Harper, Scholastic, 1947. (T)
A sleepy child says “goodnight” to all of the objects in his room and to the moon.
Ten Seeds. Knopf, 2001. (T)
Discover what can happen when ten seeds are planted and only one flower blooms.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift. Scholastic, 2001. (I)
A greedy king covets the beautiful quilts that a charitable quilt-maker creates for the poor.
Bulla, Clyde Robert.
Chalk Box Kid. Random, 1987. (I)
This beginning reader tells the story of a nine-year-old boy whose parents can’t afford to buy him the art supplies he craves. When he finds chalk in the ashes of a burnt out factory, the artist inside him blossoms.
Bulloch, Ivan and Diane James.
Juguemos con pintura. Two Can Press, 2004. (P-I)
Children have fun with paper and paints.
Flower Garden. Harcourt, 1994. (T)
A girl and her father prepare a birthday surprise for mommy.
Surf Sammy’s New Computer. Roof, 1998. (T-P)
Sammy’s new computer shows him how to have fun with the computer and explains what the different components are called.
Tree (DK Eyewitness Guides). Dorling Kindersley, 2005. (I)
With vivid photographs and double-page spreads, this book discusses the anatomy and life cycle of a tree.
Benjamin McFadden and the Robot Babysitter. Crown, 1998. (P-I)
Benjamin reprograms the robot babysitter to have fun and then discovers that too much fun is not a good thing.
The Computer Nut. Penguin, 1986. (I)
While doing her homework on her father’s computer, ten-year-old Kate receives a message from an extra-terrestrial creature planning a visit to Earth. This corny classic will charm kids who are accustomed to chatting and instant messaging technology.
Steve Caney’s Toy Book. Workman, 1990. (I+)
Learn how to make more than fifty toys, from kazoos to picture puzzles and more, with easy to find items.
From Head To Toe. Harper, 1997. (T)
Various animals demonstrate how to perform various actions and encourage readers to do them, too.
I Like Me. Viking, 1997. (T-P)
The main character in this story exudes self-confidence in all her activities. She takes care of herself and never gives up when she makes more than one attempt to bake a cake.
Me gusto como soy.Viking, 1997. (T-P)
This is the Spanish-language translation of I Like Me.
Patrick’s Dinosaurs on the Internet. Clarion, 1999. (P-I)
Patrick contacts some dinosaurs on the Internet and they take him to their planet for show-and-tell.
Once Upon a Felt Board. Good Apple, 1986. (L)
This collection of 11 stories for the flannelboard includes patterns and very detailed instructions for creating the pieces and telling the stories.
Mira las formas con Gato Galano / Calico Cat looks Around. Children’s Press, 1988. (T-P)
Various shapes are introduced in English and Spanish through pictures and text.
Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Scholastic, 2000. (P-I)
Two mischievous wolves escape a storybook and Herb must find a way to put them back.
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? Hyperion, 2003. (P-I)
Herb falls into his storybook and discovers that his poor treatment of books was a bad idea.
New Cat. Farrar, 1999. (P-I)
A cat that has been friends with the owner of a tofu factory for seven years saves the factory from a fire.
Frindle. Simon & Schuster, 1996. (I)
An enterprising fifth-grader pushes the limits of his teacher’s patience when he introduces a new word for pen.
I’m a Little Teapot! Black Sheep, 2001. (L) (OP)
This compilation offers lots of ideas for preschool storytimes.
The Secret Life of School Supplies. Harper, 1981. (I+) (OP)
Experiments and formulas explain how to make paper, ink, pencils, and other school supplies.
Codell, Esmé Raji.
Sahara Special. Hyperion, 2003. (I)
Sahara Jones writes letters to her father but hides them behind the books at the public library instead of mailing them.
Clever Cat. Knopf, 2000. (P-I)
A that cat wants to have all the luxuries his owners have discovers that it’s easier to go without.
Salsa. Piñata, 1998. (I)
A young girl from New York describes salsa dance and imagines being a salsa director.
Los regalos de Maisy. Ediciones Serres, 2005. (T-P)
Maisy enjoys giving gifts to all of her friends in this translation of Maisy’s Presents. In the end, Maisy is pleasantly surprised with a gift from all her friends.
My Teacher is an Alien. Aladdin, 2005. (I)
Susan discovers that the substitute teacher really is from another planet when she catches him peeling off his face.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Scholastic, 1999. (T-P)
Photographs chronicle a night in the life of a red-eyed tree frog.
El viaje en tren. Lectorum, 1998. (T-P)
A little girl and her mother enjoy a train ride and point out the animals and objects that they see along the way. When the little girl sees her grandmother, she knows they have arrived at last stop. Spanish-language translation of The Train Ride.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Simon & Schuster, 2000. (I)
Farmer Brown’s cows type out their demands on an old typewriter and Duck acts as the intermediary with hilarious results. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin.
Dooby Dooby Moo. Atheneum, 2006. (P-I)
Duck organizes the cows, sheep, and pigs for nightly rehearsals in preparation for a talent contest. The farm animals wow the judges with their rendition of "Born to Be Wild", "QUACK, QUACK, QUACK, QUUAAAAAACKK", and other songs.
Crummel, Susan Stevens.
Ten-Gallon Bart. Marshall Cavendish, 2006. (P-I)
Just as he is about to retire, the sheriff of Dog City learns that the meanest, roughest, nastiest villain, Billy the Kid, is coming to town.
Curry, Jane Louise.
Hold Up the Sky and Other Native American Tales from Texas and the Southern Plains. McElderry, 2003. (I-L)
This collection includes more than two-dozen tales from Native American tribes originally from Texas. A brief introduction to each tribe represented is also provided.
Curtis, Jamie Lee.
Is There Really a Human Race?Cotler, 2006. (T-P)
Slight text and visual puns show how the world is a better place when we take time to relate to the people around us.
Who Hops? Harcourt, 1998. (T)
This story invites the readers to guess which animals, hop, fly, slither, swim, and crawl.
Nowhere to Call Home. Harper, 2001. (I)
When her father commits suicide after losing his fortune during the Great Depression, 12-year-old Frances has no place to live. Unwilling to go to an aunt’s house, Frances disguises herself as a male hobo and takes to the road.
Children's Counting-Out Rhymes, Fingerplays, Jump-Rope and Bounce-Ball Chants and other Rhythms. McFarland, 1983. (L)
This comprehensive treasury of rhymes and chants offers something for every child.
Denslow, Sharon Phillips.
Big Wolf and Little Wolf. Greenwillow, 2000. (T-I)
Little Wolf talks Big Wolf into singing him to sleep at night.
Denslow, Sharon Phillips.
Radio Boy. Simon & Schuster, 1995. (I)
In this fictionalized story of inventor Nathan B. Stubblefield,the young inventor fixes his neighbor's new telephone.
Take Me Home, Country Roads. Dawn, 2005. (P-I)
Illustrator Christopher Canyon has adapted this well-known song by John Denver that celebrates a road trip to grandmother’s house. Includes a CD of the song.
El libro de las nubes. Holiday House, 1993. (P-I)
This Spanish-language version of The Cloud Book introduces facts about the most common types of clouds.
The Art Lesson. Putnam, 1989. (P-I)
This simple, autobiographical picture book shows how a young boy grew up drawing with crayons and consumed by a passion for art.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet. Putnam, 1983. (P-I)
A young orphan named She-Who-Is-Alone sacrifices her only possession, a doll given to her by her parents, to save her people from drought. The Great Spirits remember her sacrifice by filling the hills and valleys of Texas with bluebonnets.
Llama, Llama Red Pajama. Viking, 2005. (T)
Little llama, in red pajamas, has a scary moment one night when he misses his momma.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Candlewick, 2006. (I)
A vain and selfish china rabbit learns the value of love during an adventure.
Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist, and Turn. Sterling, 1998. (I)
Kids will look at books in a whole new way after trying some of these projects.
Hairy Maclary Scattercat. Gareth Stevens, 1988. (T)
Hairy Maclary loves to chase things, especially cats, that is until he meets Scarface Claw.
Humble Pie. Atheneum, 2002. (P-I)
A selfish, greedy young boy is packed into a pie and cannot come out until he learns humility.
A Tree is Growing. Scholastic, 1997. (P-I)
Learn the basics of tree physiology.
Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep. Harcourt, 1998. (T-P)
Little Willa is afraid of having a bad dream until Willoughby tells her of all the happy things she can think about.
Train. Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (I)
This book explores the history of train transportation from steam to high speed.
Gossie & Gertie. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (T)
Two little ducklings are very best friends and they do everything together, usually with Gossie leading, except when Gertie has a plan of her own.
Edwards, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.
Thanks to You. Harper, 2007. (P+)
Photographs and brief poetic lines highlight the wisdom shared between mother and child.
Color Farm. Lippincott, 1990. (T)
All of the animals on the farm are made up of colorful shapes.
Color Zoo. Lippincott, 1989. (T)
An introduction to colors and shapes that form animal faces.
Feathers For Lunch. Harcourt, 1990. (T)
The cat is out and all the neighborhood birds must watch out because he is looking for an afternoon snack.
Planting a Rainbow. Harcourt, 1988. (T)
This book chronicles the life cycle of a garden from the planting of seeds in the fall until flowers grow into a rainbow of color in the spring.
If I Had a Dragon. Simon & Schuster, 2006. (T-P)
A young boy wishes that the baby brother he has to watch was more fun and imagines his brother as a variety of other objects and creatures. Also available in a bilingual edition.
Elya, Susan Middleton.
Oh No! Gotta Go. Putnam, 2003. (T-P)
A mother and father drive as fast as they can to get their little girl to the bathroom, and introduce some Spanish words along the way.
Piñata! Little, Brown, 2004. (T-P)
The book describes how to make a piñata.
Road Trip. Dial, 2006. (P-I)
Through short rhymes and poems, this books describes how a family loads up the car, heads out on the highway, and takes a family trip.
Olivia… and the Missing Toy. Simon & Schuster, 2003. (P-I)
When she discovers that her favorite toy is missing, Olivia becomes obsessed with finding it.
Fiesta para 10. Clarion, 1993. (T-P)
In this counting book, all the members of a family shop, cook, and count together.
Bark, George. Harper, 1999. (T-I)
George’s mother takes him to the doctor to find out why he is making animal sounds. She and the doctor are very surprised by the results of George’s examination.
The 1960s from the Vietnam War to Flower Power. Enslow, 2006. (I)
From mini-skirts and Woodstock, to protests and Earth Day, this loosely arranged “scrapbook” traces the trends. Additional titles in the series look at other decades.
My Big Brother. Atheneum, 2002. (T)
A baby brother tells why he loves his big brother so much.
Peek-A-Little Boo. Orca, 2005. (T)
This alphabet book features babies and toddlers from around the world playing peek-a-boo from morning until bedtime.
Fiesta. Greenwillow, 1996. (P-T)
This counting book depicts children gathering candy and toys to fill a piñata for a birthday party.
My Cat. Children's Press, 2001. (T)
This easy-to-read non-fiction book glimpses the relationship of a young boy named Tom and his cat, Tabby, who is his best friend.
First Verses: Finger Rhymes, Action Rhymes, Chanting Rhymes, Counting Rhymes. Oxford University, 1998. (L) (OP)
Large, colorful illustrations invite participation in reciting these rhymes.
Time For Bed. Harcourt, 1997. (T)
A variety of animals encourage their little ones to go to sleep.
French, Vivian and Ross Collins.
Write Around the World: The Story of How and Why We Learned to Write. Oxford, 2002. (I)
From cuneiform to the Roman alphabet, this book traces the history of writing, including handwriting, typefaces, and codes.
Friedman, Ina R.
How My Parents Learned to Eat. Houghton Mifflin, 1984. (P-I)
A young girl tells how her American father met her Japanese mother.
Here Come Poppy and Max. Little, Brown, 2000. (T)
Poppy and Max, her dog, like to pretend to be different animals and do the things animals do.
Science Project Ideas About Trees. Enslow, 1997. (I)
This book includes several science projects about plants and trees. Illustrations are included and show the splice of a tree with the defined tree rings.
Gergely, Miryam and Tibor Gergely.
The Happy Man and His Dump Truck. Golden, 2005. (T-P)
The Happy Man takes the farm animals for a ride in his dump truck and they are all very happy!
Muffin and the Lesson of Kokua. Island Heritage, 1995. (P-I)
Muffin shows her friend, Reggae Muff, what the Hawaiian word Kukua means.
Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni and Pamela Martin-Díaz.
Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library. ALA, 2006. (L)
This book offers guidance on methods for incorporating six early literacy skills into storytimes and other library programs.
Ice Cream: The Full Scoop. Holiday House, 2006. (I)
Children will learn about the history of ice cream.
Trains.Holiday House, 1987. (T-P)
From steam engines to diesel engines, this book describes the many uses of trains and provides details about the cargo that they carry.
Pintar con las manos. Usborne, 1996. (P-I) (OP)
Learn the basics of fingerpainting.
Shapes. Copper Beech, 2001. (P-I)
This book shows a variety of items that are in the form of various shapes.
Greenspun, Adele Aron.
Bunny and Me. Scholastic, 2000. (T)
Baby and bunny play, read, and enjoy a game of hide and seek.
One Little Seed. Viking, 2004. (T)
One little seed is planted in the ground and grows with a little sun and a little water.
Traction Man is Here. Knopf, 2005. (I)
A young boy sets out on many imaginative adventures with his plastic action figure.
Dear Max. Simon & Schuster, 2006. (I)
The friendship between a nine-year-old boy and his favorite author unfolds through the letters and postcards they write to each other.
Cowgirl Rosie and Her Five Baby Bison. Little, Brown, 2001. (P-I)
Cowgirl Rosie must outwit a rustler who has stolen her buffalo.
What Does the Rabbit Say? Doubleday, 2000. (T) (OP)
Explores animal sounds and asks about the sound that a rabbit makes.
Child's Play: Easy Art For Preschoolers. Contemporary, 1999. (L)
This book is filled with over 150 simple art projects for children.
My Cats Nick & Nora. Blue Sky, 1995. (T)
Two young girls keep their cats, Nick and Nora, busy during an afternoon visit.
Harper, Jo and Josephine.
Prairie Dog Pioneers. Turtle, 1998. (P-I)
Little Mae Dean travels with her family to settle in the Texas panhandle.
Telling Stories Together. Denison, 1990. (L)
This collection provides twelve participation stories for use with preschool and kindergarten children.
Jamaica and Brianna. Houghton Mifflin, 1993. (P-I)
Jamaica and Brianna, who are jealous of each other’s boots, find a way to appreciate what they have.
This Place I Know. Candlewick, 2002. (I-L)
This is a collection of poetry encouraging acknowledgement and validation of children’s varying emotions. The poems are illustrated by a variety of well-known illustrators.
Heide, Florence Parry and Sylvia Van Clief.
That’s What Friends Are For. Candlewick, 1968, 2003. (T-P)
A young elephant who thinks he wants advice from his friends discovers that what he really needs is help.
Heller, Janet Ruth.
How the Moon Regained Her Shape. Sylvan Dell, 2006. (P-I)
Influenced by traditional Native American tales, this original story explains the phases of the moon. An appendix provides fun facts, projects, and activities.
So Happy! Greenwillow, 2005. (T-P)
A thirsty seed, a lost rabbit, and a bored boy find happiness when it rains.
Painting with Watercolors. Rourke, 1999. (P-I)
Simple projects help young artists paint with watercolors.
Hicks, Doris Lynn.
Flannelboard Classic Tales. ALA, 1997. (L)
This collection includes 18 traditional tales, patterns for flannelboards, and tips for telling the stories.
Spot Goes to a Party / Spot va a una fiesta.Putnam, 1992. (T)
Spot gets invited to a costume party by his friend, Helen.
Spot’s Big Book of Colors, Shapes and Numbers / El libro grande de Spot: colores, formas y numeros.Putnam, 1994. (T-P)
Spot and his friends introduce numbers, colors, and shapes.
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. Harcourt, 2003. (T-P)
This expanded version of the traditional song centers on what happens on the first day of school.
Old Bear’s Surprise Painting. Philomel, 2001. (T-P)
Old Bear puts all the toys’ paintings together to make one big, beautiful picture.
Bill Grogan’s Goat. Little, Brown, 2002. (P-I)
This old song is about a goat that gets into trouble when he begins to eat clothes off a clothesline.
Hoberman, Mary Ann.
The Seven Silly Eaters. Gulliver, 1997. (P-I)
Each of the children in this family has very definite food preferences.
Duncan the Dancing Duck. Clarion, 1994. (T-P)
When a duck leaves his pond and family behind to find fame, he wins the Golden Duck Award. Afterward, his only wish is to go back to his family.
Look What the Cat Dragged In! Dutton, 2005. (P-I)
The Lazybone family depends on the cat to give them everything they want and must pay the piper in the end.
Babymouse: Rock Star. Random, 2006. (I)
Babymouse daydreams about being a rock star in this enchanting graphic novel that hits just the right note.
Holt, Kimberly Willis.
Dancing in a Cadillac Light. Putnam, 2001. (I)
It’s 1968 in Moon, Texas and the only thing for Jaynell to do on a steamy summer night is cruise the roads with her eccentric grandfather.
Happy to Be Nappy. Hyperion, 1999. (T-I)
A young girl celebrates the many things that make her love her nappy hair.
The Gold Miner's Daughter: A Melodramatic Fairytale. Peachtree, 2006. (P-I)
Gracie has until sundown to find enough gold to pay the rent, or the evil Mr. Bigglebottom will force her to marry him and steal her family’s gold mine. Visual cues allow the audience to join in the melodrama by adding hisses, boos, and cheers.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett.
Good Books, Good Times.Harper, 1990. (L)
This collection of poems is about the joys of books and reading.
Giggle Fit Dinosaur Jokes. Sterling, 2003. (T-P)
This is an illustrated collection of very funny dinosaur jokes appropriate for preschool children.
Houghton, Eric and Denise Teasdale.
Walter’s Magic Wand. Orchard, 1990. (P-I) (OP)
Frustrated by the continual demands of the librarian, Walter uses the power of his wand to unleash characters from three books.
Hudson, Cheryl Willis.
Hands Can. Candlewick, 2003. (T)
Many things that children can do with their hands are illustrated through full-page photographs.
My Dog. Children's Press, 2001. (T)
This easy-to-read non-fiction book takes a brief look at the relationship between Tommy his dog, Pepper.
Build It Up And Knock It Down. Harper, 2002. (T)
Two toddler friends enjoy a play date doing all sorts of fun things such as building with blocks and jumping on the bed.
Two Mrs. Gibsons. Children’s Press, 1996. (P-I)
A young girl describes her African-American grandmother and her Japanese-American mother who both love her very much.
A South African Night. Greenwillow, 1998. (T)
After the people on safari in Kruger National Park go to sleep, the wild animals go about their routines.
Jeffrey, Debby Ann.
Literate Beginnings: Programs for Babies & Toddlers. ALA, 1995. (L)
Theme-related program ideas for library programs for young children.
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic. Schwartz & Wade, 2006. (P-I)
This beginning chapter book illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky peeks into the secret lives of toys.
Johnson, Paul Brett.
Little Bunny Foo Foo: Told and Sung by the Good Fairy. Scholastic, 2004. (T)
Little Bunny Foo Foo just cannot be good! Even with the Good Fairy’s stern warnings, he keeps getting in bigger trouble.
The Harmonica. Scholastic, 2004. (I)
A young Jewish boy in a World War II concentration camp plays his harmonica for the camp commander. Inspired by a true story.
You Build It: Rock Star Microphone. Becker and Mayer, 2006. (L)
Plug in and rock on with this do-it-yourself rock star kit.
The Hello, Goodbye Window. Hyperion, 2005. (T-I)
A young, bi-racial girl tells about her day at her grandparent’s house and all the fun she has looking through the kitchen window. This Caldecott-award-winning book is illustrated by Chris Raschka.
Jump, Frog, Jump! Greenwillow, 1981. (T)
In this cumulative tale, readers discover if a frog can escape animals in the swamp and a child with a basket.
El ciclo de vida de árbol.Crabtree, 2005. (I)
Photos and pictures portray the life cycle of trees in this Spanish-language translation of The Life Cycle of a Tree.
The Life Cycle of a Tree. Crabtree, 2002. (I)
Photos and pictures portray the life cycle of trees.
Kindle Me a Riddle. Morrow, 1999. (P-I)
Constance and her family share riddles about the natural resources used to make everyday items for their pioneer life.
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew. Putnam, 1987. (T-P)
Mr. Wolf cooks lots of treats for a chicken to fatten her up before he eats her.
Counting Kisses. McElderry Books, 2001. (T)
Babies and their caregivers count down to bedtime.
You And Me Together: Moms, Dads, And Kids Around The World. National Geographic, 2005. (T)
Full-page photographs illustrate how children and their parents from different cultures interact.
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. Holiday House, 1998. (P-I)
Anansi the spider uses a magic rock to make the other animals fall asleep while he pilfers their food.
King, David C.
Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun, Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes. Wiley, 1997. (I-L)
Children can explore toys, food, activities, and other elements of family life and fun of a fictional pioneer family out West.
Just So Stories. Harper, 1996. (I+)
Lush illustrations by Barry Moser bring Kipling’s classic tales to life.
Klayman, Neil Steven.
Boris Ate A Thesaurus. Rainbow Bridge, 2007. (I)
A young boy begins spouting out synonyms and becomes famous after he eats a thesaurus. How will he fix the problem when he starts to run out of words?
Gold Rush!: The Young Prospector's Guide to Striking It Rich. Tricycle, 1998. (I)
After exploring the history of gold rushes in the United States, the author provides instructions on how to talk like a miner and search for gold in your own backyard.
Knowlton, Laurie Lazzaro.
Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On. Pelican, 1995. (P-I)
The desert animals steal a different article of clothing from a sleeping cowboy each night until he finally decides to sleep with everything on.
Daisy's Babies. Dutton, 2000. (T)
Daisy’s puppies, Morris, Dolores, and Little Daisy are best friends with Baby and they all manage to get in trouble together.
The Carrot Seed. Harper, 1989, 1973, 1945. (T)
A boy plants a carrot seed and waters it. Even though everyone says it will not grow, in the end they get a big surprise.
Arthur Rocks With Binky. Little, Brown, 1998. (P-I)
Arthur and his friends attend a rock concert presented by their favorite band, Binky.
Punk Farm. Random, 2005. (P-I)
After Farmer Joe heads off to sleep, the farm animals pull out their musical equipment and rock out.
The Book of Rock Stars: 24 Musical Icons That Shine Through History. Hyperion, 2003. (I)
Single-page biographies, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, chronicle the lives of 24 icons of rock music. From Elvis to Kurt Cobain, thumbnail stories and pop art portraits introduce young readers to twenty-one men and three women rock stars of the past.
When Pigasso Met Mootisse. Chronicle, 1998. (P-I)
Two modern artists become rivals in this wacky picture book that ultimately leads to conflict resolution and an unanticipated masterpiece.
I Like Your Buttons. Whitman, 1999. (P-I) (OP)
When a young girl compliments the shiny buttons on her teacher’s blouse, a chain reaction of good will ensues.
Lankford, Mary D. and Karen Dugan.
Hopscotch Around the World. Harper, 1996. (I-L)
Nineteen hopscotch patterns from different cultures are illustrated and described and instructions for play are provided.
Pepo and Lolo are Friends. Candlewick, 2004. (T)
Pepo and Lolo are the very best of friends. They play together sing together and sometimes even get angry at each other, but they are still the very best of friends.
Lass, Bonnie and Philemon Sturger.
Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar? Little, Brown, 2000. (P)
A skunk tries to find out who stole the cookies.
Laufer, Peter and Roth Susan L.
Hecho en Mexico. National Geographic, 2000. (I)
Describes the importance of the guitar in Mexico and how a town named Paracho is becoming the center of Mexico’s guitar industry. This book is also available in English as Made in Mexico.
Jump! Dutton, 1998. (T)
A little boy meets a variety of wild animals and participates in their actions.
Lee, Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee.
Please, Puppy, Please. Simon & Schuster, 2005. (T)
Puppy always manages to find and get into trouble, even with two young children to keep him in line. Although puppy keeps them busy, the children still love him very much.
What is Your Language? Dutton, 1994. (T-I)
The song “What is Your Language?” is illustrated with pictures of children playing in settings from around the world.
Dracula is a Pain in the Neck. Harper, 1983. (I)
A young boy is afraid that his plastic Dracula toy is causing all of the problems at summer camp.
Lewis, J. Patrick.
A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme. Dial, 2002. (I)
Visit exotic places through quirky poetry.
Little Puppy. Candlewick, 2000. (T)
Katie gets to hold the new little puppy just after it opens its eyes.
My Duck. Scholastic, 2000. (T-I)
A little girl tires to revise the story she has written for class but finds that the story’s characters won’t leave.
Sam's Cookie. Morrow, 1982. (T)
Sam and his doggy have a quarrel about a cookie, but all is well in the end.
Swimmy. Knopf, 1991. (T-P)
A small black fish shows all the little red fish how to protect themselves from large predators by sticking together.
I Love to Paint. Lark, 2005. (P-I)
Learn to draw using simple lines and shapes.
I Love You a Bushel and a Peck. Harper, 2005. (T-P)
Rosemary Wells illustrates this classic love song from the musical “Guys and Dolls”.
Fractured Fairy Tales: Puppet Plays & Patterns. Upstart, 2002. (L)
Simple scripts and patterns allow anyone to become a puppeteer.
A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa. Henry Holt, 2005. (T)
Many types of trucks do many different jobs as they go rattley-bumping along.
Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding. Atheneum, 2006. (P-I)
A young girl describes her beloved uncle’s Chinese-American wedding and compares it to weddings from long ago.
Lost Treasure of the Inca. Boyds Mill, 2002. (I)
In this real-life adventure, Lourie searches the Andes for 750 tons of gold that was reportedly hidden by the ancient Incans.
Love, D. Anne.
The Puppeteer’s Apprentice. Simon & Schuster, 2003. (I)
An orphaned girl becomes the apprentice to a puppeteer in medieval England.
All Aboard the Dinotrain. Harcourt, 2006. (P-I)
Dinosaurs take an adventurous train ride that is full of surprises.
Dinosailors. Harcourt, 2003. (P-I)
Fun-loving dinosaurs take to the seas and express their likes and dislikes of the rough waters in rhyming text.
Not Like That, Armadillo. Harcourt, 1982. (P-I) (OP)
This easy-to-read collection includes three stories illustrated by Janet Stevens.
MacDonald, Margaret Read.
Twenty Tellable Tales. H.W. Wilson, 1986. (L)
Twenty folktales are included in this collection along with tips for telling and information about the origin of the stories.
Macken, JoAnn Early.
Sing Along Song. Viking, 2004. (T)
Sing along with the toddler hero as he plays through the day.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? Harper, 1994. (I)
Briefly describes leaf identification and why leaves change color and separate from trees during different seasons.
The 1960s. Facts on File, 2003. (I-Y)
Each volume in the “Eyewitness History” series provides primary documents, photographs, and first-person accounts of the events that made history.
Martin, Ann and Laura Godwin.
The Doll People. Hyperion, 2000. (I)
A 100-year-old doll sets out to find her aunt who has been missing for fifty years. When she ventures outside of the dollhouse, she receives help from some modern friends.
Martin, Bill Jr.
Here Are My Hands. Henry Holt, 1998, 1987. (T)
This classic title illustrates various body parts and what they can be used for.
Martin, Bill, Jr.
The Happy Hippopatomi. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. (T-P)
Happy hippopotamuses from all walks of life engage in happy activities at the beach.
We've All Got Bellybuttons! Candlewick, 2005. (T)
Bright pictures and interactive text invite readers to use their different body parts.
Dig Dig Digging. Henry Holt, 2002. (T)
Takes a look at the various types of vehicles and equipment and the work they perform.
Aliens Are Coming! Knopf, 2006. (I)
This is the true story, recounted in a sophisticated picture book, about the panic that ensued in 1938 when Orson Welles broadcast a radio presentation of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.
Moon Plane. Henry Holt, 2006. (P-I)
When a young boy sees a prop plane he imagines he is flying places, including the moon. Monochromatic illustrations and simple text capture the imagination.
Time of Wonder. Puffin, 1957. (P-I)
Three children experience a sometimes peaceful, sometimes scary, but always wonderful, summer vacation.
McCully, Emily Arnold.
Crossing the New Bridge. Putnam, 1994. (P-I)
The Mayor must find the happiest person in town to cross the new bridge. Everyone is surprised by who that person is.
The Kid Who Named Pluto: And the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science. Chronicle Books, 2004. (I)
Explores the lives of nine children, including the young girl who named the smallest planet and author Isaac Asimov.
Wake Up, Me! Simon & Schuster, 2002. (T)
This rhyming story follows a young child’s day.
Growing Colors. Lothrop, 1988. (T)
Full-page photographs illustrate the vibrant colors of plants in a garden.
If You Decide to Go to the Moon. Scholastic, 2005. (I)
This story of a young boy who takes an excursion to the moon includes practical tips on what to take, the challenges that will be faced, and facts about the moon. Illustrations by Steven Kellogg,
Edward and the Pirates. Little, Brown, 1997. (P-I)
Edward reads a pirate adventure and finds that the story has come to life.
Edward in the Jungle. Boston, Little, Brown, 2002. (P-I)
Edward goes on his own jungle adventure when he reads a book about the jungle.
Mendoza, Gladys Rosa.
My Family and I / Mi familia y yo. Me+mi Publishing, 2001. (T-P)
Emma introduces the members of her family, including her dog and cat. A pronunciation guide helps with English and Spanish words that are introduced in the story.
Texas State Bird Pageant. Quail Ridge, 2005. (P-I)
Molly Mockingbird wants to enter the Texas state bird pageant but the other birds make fun of her for not having an original song. The song and music that Molly writes is included in the story.
Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me. Harcourt, 2005. (I)
A father retells the story of the night his son, who loves to dance, was born.
Simple Steps: Developmental Activities For Infants, Toddlers, And Two-Year Olds. Gryphon House, 1999. (L)
This book offers a wide variety of activities to do with toddlers. Directions are clear and easy to follow.
Miller, Linda G.
Making Toys For Infants & Toddlers: Using Ordinary Stuff For Extraordinary Play. Gryphon House, 2002. (L)
This book offers ideas for crafts and activities to use with infants and toddlers. It is divided into sections for various types of play and developmental skills.
Miller, Philip J.
We All Sing with the Same Voice. Harper, 2001. (P)
This picture book version of Sesame Street songs focuses on multiculturalism.
Kingdom of the Sky. National Geographic, 2001. (I)
An astronomer uses poetic text to explore the features of the planets and, in an artful manner, compare these celestial kingdoms to the mythological gods for whom they were named.
Amelia’s Notebook. Simon & Schuster, 2006. (I)
Through a first person narrative in a format resembling a diary, a nine-year-old “author” tells her own story.
Amelia's Are-We-There-Yet Longest Ever Car Trip. Simon & Schuster, 2006. (I)
Amelia uses her journal to chronicle her family’s long trip back to California, a trip that includes sights, fights, and fun.
Wild West Trail Ride Maze. Bright Sky, 2006. (I)
Saddle up for a trail ride and test your skills navigating the maze to get from place to place.
Do Not Open This Book! Scholastic, 2006. (I)
With over-the-top humor, a pig demonstrates how a book is created from blank paper to finished product.
I Kissed the Baby! Candlewick, 2003. (T)
There is a new baby duck! Brightly illustrated text asks if the baby is fed, sung to, and most importantly, kissed!
Napoli, Donna Jo.
North. Greenwillow, 2004. (I-Y)
Twelve-year-old Alvin longs for adventure. Intrigued by his class assignment on polar explorer Matthew Henson, he sets out on a road trip to the North Pole.
I Know Shapes / Las figuras. Weekly Reader, 2006 (P-I)
This resource teaches children all about the basic shapes.
Paper Hat Tricks Vol. IV. Start Reading, 1992. (L) (OP)
Use these patterns to make hats based on fairy tales and folklore.
Tangle Talk. Dutton, 1997. (P-I)
Stroll through the city of May during the month of Boston in this mixed-up tale.
Norman, David and Angela Wilmer.
Dinosaur. Dorling Kindersely, 1989. (I) (OP)
Informational text and large illustrations of dinosaurs fill this Eyewitness book.
The Day the Computers Broke Down. Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, 1995. (P-I)
Kerri Greyson wakes up to find that all the computers have stopped working. In her future world, computers control everything, including transportation, entertainment, and even cooking. How will she celebrate her 6th birthday if there are no computers?
Robobots. Dorling Kindersely, 1999. (P-I)
The Robobots’ new neighbors shun them for being different until they discover that they all have a lot in common after all.
Leo Cockroach: Toy Tester. Walker, 1999. (P-I)
Leo lives in a toy factory where he gets a bug’s eye view of the business. Unfortunately when he takes the initiative to test some of the toys himself, his efforts are unappreciated.
Arts & Crafts Batik and Tie-dye.Thompson, 1993. (I+) (OP)
Instructions help young children learn tie-dye techniques from various countries.
Great Books for Babies and Toddlers: More than 500 Recommended Books for Your Child’s First Three Years. Ballantine, 2003. (L)
This annotated list of over 500 books is recommended for children from birth through three is indexed by subject.
Planeta dinosaurio. Gingham Dog, 2005. (P)
Tomas and Cata go on an imaginary trip and discover dinosaurs. They decide to end their imaginary trip and go home after encountering a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The Saucepan Game. Morrow, 1989. (T)
A child and a cat discover that a pan can be more than a pan; it can be a toy.
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Midnight on the Moon. Random, 1996. (I)
Jack and Annie travel to the future as astronauts on an international space station based on the moon in this book from the Magic Tree House series.
Watch Me Plant a Garden. Children's Press, 2002. (T)
This simple, non-fiction book illustrates the steps for planting seeds in a window box.
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.Picture Window, 2003. (P)
This book retells the traditional song along with fun illustrations that are sure to please.
Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things. Harper, 1989. (L)
Stories explain how everyday items were developed.
Esta bien ser diferente. Serres, 2004. (T-P)
This book shows people and animals with different characteristics, personalities, and disabilities.
The Best Friends Book. Little, Brown, 2000. (T)
This story offers a bright and colorful interpretation of what it means to be a best friend.
Tucket’s Gold. Yearling, 2001. (I)
The fourth installment in this adventure saga finds Francis Tucket striking it rich in the Old West.
The Marvelous Toy. Morrow, 1996. (P-I)
The picture book version of Paxton’s song includes the melody.
Pennart, Geoffroy de.
Sofía, la vaca que amaba la música. Editorial Corimbo, 2001. (I)
Sofía goes from the country to the city to participate in a music contest, but once she’s in the city it is very difficult for her to find an orchestra to accompany her.
Water Balloon Doom. Harper, 2006. (I)
Racecar driver and secret agent, Otto Pillip, embarks on an adventure that includes palindromes, anagrams, and other word puzzles while trying to stop the evil Pruneman from sabotaging the world’s water supply.
Pinkney, Brian J.
Cosmo and the Robot. Greenwillow, 2000. (P-I)
Cosmo’s Robot is his best friend. When he malfunctions, Cosmo must find a way to save his sister, himself, and his robot from destruction.
Pinkney, J. Brian.
Max Found Two Sticks. Simon & Schuster, 1994. (P)
A boy responds to questions by drumming on a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans.
Bongo Larry. Marshall Cavendish, 1998. (P-I)
Bongo Larry teaches his owner to be cool and introduces him to the beatnik crowd.
The Little Engine That Could. Philomel, 2005. (P)
The engine pulling the train full of toys and goodies over the mountain to the good little children breaks down. None of the bigger engines is willing to help, and the determined little engine saves the day.
It’s a Perfect Day. Lippincott, 1990. (P-I) (OP)
Ten animals demonstrate the sounds they make on a perfect day.
Poe, Edgar Allan.
Tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Harper, 1991.
Illustrated by Barry Moser, this deluxe edition features many of Poe’s most popular tales of terror.
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme. Knopf, 2005. (I)
This interactive guide to poetry styles encourages young poets to try new ways of writing.
Prince, April Jones.
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. (I)
P.T. Barnum and his twenty-one elephants cross the nearly completed Brooklyn Bridge to prove that the bridge is safe.
Octopus Hug. Boyds Mills, 1996. (P-I)
Everyone is out of sorts until Daddy suggests “octopus hugs” to make everyone feel better.
Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day. Holiday House, 2006. (I)
In the companion book to Punctuation Takes a Vacation, the nouns and verbs used by the children in Mr. Wright’s class realize they must cooperate if they are going to make any sense. Former Texan, Lynn Rowe Reed’s exuberant and zany illustrations add to the energy as words bounce around the pages.
If You’re Happy and You Know It. Knopf, 2005. (T-P)
Cute little monkeys act out the traditional and new lyrics for the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know it.”
Raines, Shirley and Karen Miller and Leah Curry-Rood.
Story Stretchers For Infants, Toddlers, and Twos: Experiences, Activities, and Games For Popular Children's Books. Gryphon. 2002. (L)
Offers a variety of ways to extend popular stories into different areas and activities.
A Pen Pal for Max. Holt, 2005. (I)
Max’s father works on a Chilean fruit farm. One day, Max slips a letter into a box of grapes. When the grapes arrive in the U.S., a young girl finds the letter and strikes up a friendship across continents and her class sends school supplies to Max’s class.
John’s Secret Dream: The Life of John Lennon. Hyperion, 2004. (I-Y)
Although the illustrations by Bryan Collier may be inviting to younger readers, this beautiful tribute introduces the life and words of John Lennon to an older audience.
Agent A to Agent Z. Arthur A. Levine, 2004. (P-I)
Twenty-six agents use high-tech equipment to complete their missions.
Raven, Margot Theis.
Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and its People. Farrar, 2004. (P-I)
A grandmother tells her granddaughter the history of the Gullah basket and explains how the girl will keep that history alive when she learns to make her own baskets.
A Bag of Lucky Rice. Godine, 2005. (I)
Rusty and Zeke find bags of gold hidden in the desert in this mystery that combines the lore of the old West, the construction of the transcontinental railroad, Chinese immigrants, and buried treasure. Illustrations by Texan Mark Mitchell head each chapter.
Family Storytime: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages. ALA, 1999. (L)
Information to help librarians develop creative storytime programs for families.
Bow Wow: A Day In The Life Of Dogs. Little, Brown, 2001. (T)
You may think that dogs live quiet lives, but photographs of what truly makes up a dog’s day will change your mind.
The Dot. Candlewick, 2003. (I)
Frustrated because she can’t draw, a girl takes her teacher’s advice to “make a mark and see where it takes you.”
In Print!: 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids. Sterling, 2004. (I)
The crafts and activities in this book encourage children to turn their writing into gifts and other fun projects.
Trail Drive. Pelican, 1996. (P-I)
A jackrabbit describes the harsh realities of a Texas trail drive.
Robbins, Maria Polushkin.
Mother, Mother, I Want Another.Knopf, 2005. (T)
In this new edition of the classic story, a little mouse simply wants another bedtime kiss from his mother. Instead, a misunderstanding leads to visits from one animal mother after another. Illustrated by Jon Goodell.
Robertus, Polly M.
The Dog Who Had Kittens. Holiday House, 1992. (P-I)
A basset hound takes care of a litter of kittens. Illustrated by Janet Stevens.
El Toro Pinto and Other Songs in Spanish. Aladdin, 1995. (I)
These illustrated songs will please young singers. Sheet music is included.
Power and Glory. Greenwillow, 1996. (P-I)
A young boy who is trying to play his video game keeps getting interrupted by his family.
My Friend Rabbit. Roaring Brook, 2002. (T)
Trouble follows Rabbit everywhere he goes and whatever he does, but he always has ideas to set things right.
Giggle Fit Silly Knock-Knocks. Sterling, 2001. (T-P)
This illustrated collection of very funny knock-knock jokes is appropriate for preschool children.
Crafts from Your Favorite Children’s Songs. Millbrook, 2001. (L)
Twelve crafts related to children’s songs are presented with bright illustrations and clear instructions. Most of the crafts are made with common household items.
Crafts From Your Favorite Nursery Rhymes. Millbrook, 2002. (L)
This collection provides instructions and illustrations for twenty-one crafts based on nursery rhymes. The crafts are made with common household items.
Crafts to Make in the Summer. Millbrook, 1999. (I+)
These easy crafts all have summer themes.
Kathy Ross Crafts Letter Shapes. Millbrook, 2002. (P-I)
Learn to make simple crafts based on each letter of the alphabet.
I Love You Through and Through. Scholastic, 2005. (T)
The story of a child who is loved through and through no matter how he acts or what he does.
Wheels Around. Houghton Mifflin, 1995. (T)
Photographs illustrate an array of vehicles and the work they do.
Rovetch, L. Bob.
Hot Dog and Bob and the Particularly Pesky Attack of the Pencil People. Chronicle, 2006. (I)
Crafty little pencil snatchers from the planet Pencilvania attack Bob and his sidekick, Hot Dog.
A Cowboy Named Ernestine. Dial, 2001. (P-I)
A mail-order bride comes to Texas and discovers that her husband-to-be is not nice. She sneaks away, disguises herself as a boy, and joins a cattle drive to earn money to return to her homeland.
Rubin, Susan Goldman.
Andy Warhol Pop Art Painter. Abrams, 2006. (I-Y)
Filled with quotes by Warhol and those who knew him, this highly illustrated book provides a brief introduction to the artist who revolutionized modern art.
Tulip Sees America. Scholastic, 1998. (I)
An unnamed narrator and his dog set off to see the country. Dreamlike illustrations add to the thrill of the trip.
San Souci, Robert D.
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South. Dial, 1988. (P-I)
A young girl, who is treated harshly by her mother and sister, meets a woman with magical powers in the forest who gives her talking eggs filled with treasures. Her mean sister tries to force the old woman to give her treasures, too. She takes the eggs she is supposed to leave behind and is unpleasantly surprised by their contents.
Mis primeras formas.Barron’s, 1991. (T)
This book introduces the Spanish words for a variety of shapes.
I Like Acting Grown Up / Me gusta hacer como los mayors. Lectorum, 2002. (T-P)
A child finds objects around the house to play with and decides to mimic the actions of her mother and father and other adult figures in her life.
I Like Getting Dirty / Me gusta ensuciarme. Lectorum, 2002. (T-P)
A little girl enjoys playing and having fun and discovers that she also enjoys getting dirty.
I Like Hiding / Me gusta esconderme. Lectorum, 2002. (T-P)
Two siblings have fun playing hide-and-seek under a bed. They play the guessing game and try to guess whose shoes they are spying.
This is Texas. Universe, 2006. (P-I)
Riding high in the saddle, the author takes a trip around the Lone Star state. Reissued as a facsimile edition, the facts about Texas have been updated for the 21st century.
Saunders, Paola Bedarida.
Las travesuras de Tomas y otros cuentos. Random, 1994. (P)
Thomas the Tank Engine is proud that he is very fast at pulling empty coaches around, so he begins to tease Gordon for being so slow. After Gordon tricks Thomas, he quickly realizes that Gordon has the bigger job.
Saunders, Paola Bedarida.
Los problemas de Tomas y otros cuentos. Random, 1994. (P)
Thomas the Tank Engine agrees to switch jobs with Edward because he is bored and wants a change of pace. In the end, Thomas realizes that he really isn’t cut out for Edward’s job.
Schanzer, Rosalyn Schanzer.
The Old Chisholm Trail. National Geographic, 2001. (T-I)
Several verses of “The Old Chisholm Trail” and colorful illustrations describe life on the trail.
You Build It: Stars & Planets. Becker & Mayer, 2005. (L)
This kit and book provides everything needed to create a solar system and a battery-powered planetarium.
The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays. Gryphon House, 2004. (L)
Learn new words in Spanish while sharing fingerplays.
But I Waaannt It! Harper, 2000. (T-P)
A little boy demands lots of stuffed toys, but then realizes they don’t make him happy.
A Symphony of Whales. Harcourt, 1999. (I)
Thousands of whales are rescued with music.
Seen Art? Museum of Modern Art, 2005. (P-I)
Paying homage to Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on first?” comedy routine, a chain reaction propels a kid into the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art where he embarks on a crazy and inspiring adventure. Illustrations by Lane Smith add to the wackiness and introduce young readers to some of the Museum’s best art.
When is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto. Clarion, 2007. (I)
Beginning with the planets known to ancient astronomers, this photo-illustrated book looks at how scientists define an object as a planet and explores Pluto’s recent reclassification.
Senisi, Ellen B.
For My Family, Love Allie. Whitman, 1998. (P-I)
Allie prepares special treats for the family picnic to which her mother’s family and her father’s family will bring special foods.
Duck on a Bike. Blue Sky, 2002. (T-I)
A duck rides his bike past all the farm animals and inspires them to join him.
Shapiro, Karen Jo.
I Must Go Down to the Beach Again. Charlesbridge, 2007. (I)
Poetic parodies parallel famous and familiar poems to demonstrate the joys of wordsmithing.
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. Dutton, 2004. (I)
This is an illustrated version of the well-known camp song about a child’s desire to go home from camp.
The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. Wilson, 1987. (L)
This is a collection of traditional stories adapted for flannel board storytelling. The book includes patterns for the figures in each of the stories.
Games to Play with Two-Year-Olds. Gryphon, 1994. (L)
Contains a wide range of activities to use with toddlers.
Silberg, Jackie and Pam Schiller.
The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants. Gryphon, 2002. (L)
This comprehensive collection of rhymes, songs, poems, fingerplays, and chants contains traditional and original selections that are indexed by first line, theme connection and category.
Where the Sidewalk Ends. Harper, 1974. (P-L)
This is a collection of very funny poems and drawings about life appropriate for a school-aged child.
Endymion Spring. Delacorte, 2006. (I-Y)
A young boy who helps in a print shop, known as a printer’s devil, assisted Gutenberg in his work. Centuries later, another young boy pulls a blank book off a library shelf and watches as words magically begin to appear on the pages.
Skulavik, Mary Alys.
Bert. Walker, 1990. (P-I)
Timmy’s family is so captivated by their new computer that they ignore him until he finds a way to get their attention.
Argo, You Lucky Dog. Lothrop, 1994. (P-I)
Argo wins the lottery and uses all the money to make his home more comfortable.
Gardening Tools. Children's Press, 2002. (T)
This is an easy-to-read, non-fiction book about a child and her mother who plant a flower garden.
Wax to Crayons. Children’s Press, 2003. (P-I)
Part of the How Things are Made series, this beginning reader uses text and photographs to show the process for making wax into crayons.
B Is For Bulldozer: A Construction ABC. Harcourt, 2003. (T)
An alphabet of equipment builds a rollercoaster as two children watch.
Spence, Rob and Amy Spence.
Clickety Clack. Viking, 1999. (T-P)
Fun and lively illustrations and rhyming text show how yaks, elephants, ducks, and a mouse squeeze in and enjoy a lively train ride.
Lily And Trooper's Summer. Front Street, 1998. (T)
Lily and her dog Trooper spend a summer day having fun together.
Stamper, Judith Bauer.
The Magic School Bus: The Wild Leaf Ride. Scholastic, 2003. (P-I)
Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a wild leaf ride in order to find the name of the missing leaf on her leaf identification chart. Instructions for making leaf rubbings are included at the end of this book.
The Good-Luck Pencil. Four Winds, 1986. (I) (OP)
Mary Anne gets a perfect score in math and writes fantasy ideas with the help of her special pencil. Illustrated by Bruce Degan.
On the Road. Kane/Miller, 2005. (T)
On a car trip though town and to the seashore, readers encounter a wide range of vehicles and equipment.
Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel.
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! Harcourt, 1999. (P-I)
A hungry, fed-up rooster remembers the story of his Great-Granny, the little red hen.
Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel.
Jackalope. Harcourt, 2003. (P-I)
In a cross between a fractured fairy tale and a tall tale, a mythical western critter, the jackalope, tells the story of other famous rabbits using rhyming text.
Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel.
Old Bag of Bones, A Coyote Tale. Holiday House, 1997. (P-I)
Trickster Coyote yearns for his youth in this retelling of a Shoshone tale.
Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel.
Tumbleweed Stew. Green Light Readers, 2003. (I)
The hungry Texas cousin of the rabbit from Tops and Bottoms concocts a stew from tumbleweed in this trickster tale for beginning readers.
Coyote Steals the Blanket. Holiday House, 1994. (P-I)
Coyote angers the spirit of the desert when he steals a blanket. Janet Stevens retells and illustrates this Ute trickster tale.
From Pictures to Words: a Book About Making a Book. Holiday House, 1995. (I)
Stevens provides a step-by-step look at how authors and artists create books.
The Great Fuzz Frenzy. Harcourt, 2005. (P-I)
When fuzzy tennis ball is dropped into a prairie dog town, all the inhabitants become disgruntled because they want the fuzz from the ball.
Some Sleep Standing Up. Simon & Schuster, 1996. (T)
This book describes the different ways that animals sleep.
Stoeke, Janet Morgan
A Friend For Minerva Louise. Dutton, 1997. (T)
Silly chicken Minerva Louise goes looking for a new friend, the bunny, but she ends up finding a new baby instead.
Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. Puffin, 2002. (T-I)
The little red hen repeatedly asks dog, duck, and cat to help with the pizza making but they refuse. In the end, however, they work out a compromise.
This Little Pirate. Dutton, 2005. (T-P)
Ten little pirates argue over the box they find on a desert island. In the end, they cooperate to open the box and share the goodies.
Delivery. Viking, 1999. (T)
Trucks, planes, vans, trains, boats, and bicycles make deliveries all through the day, everyday.
Red Light, Green Light. Harcourt, 2005. (T)
Toys and props transform a young child’s room into a busy town with a variety of zooming vehicles, but everyone knows, “Red light stop and green light go!”
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Viking, 1999. (T-P)
As the material wears out, Joseph alters his coat into smaller and smaller useful garments.
Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (I)
Introduces genealogy and how to begin researching your own family history.
Thomas, Joyce Carol.
Cherish Me. Harper, 1998. (T)
A young girl celebrates her being.
Rock 'n’ Pop Stars of the Sixties. Dover, 2000. (L)
This paper doll set includes figures and clothing for many popular rock and pop stars.
Crossing Bok Chitto. Cinco Puntos, 2006. (P-I)
A Choctaw girl and a slave boy become friends and help the boy’s family cross the Bok Chitto to find freedom.
Tobias, Tobi and Peter Malone.
A World of Words, An ABC of Quotations. Lothrop, 1998. (P-I)
The power of words is reflected in the images and quotations displayed in this beautifully designed book.
Gold. Children’s Press, 2005. (I)
Part of the True Book series, this book focuses on where gold is found and all of its uses.
Just a Little Bit. Houghton Mifflin, 1993. (T-P)
Elephant and Mouse want to ride the seesaw, but find they can’t do it without the help of their many friends, including the smallest one.
Tresselt, Alvin R.
Wake Up City. Lothrop, 1990. (P-I)
The hustle and bustle of the city is depicted with realistic illustrations.
The Grateful Fred. Henry Holt, 2006. (I)
Superhero Melvin rushes to aid Grateful Fred when the rock star receives threatening letters.
Friendship Bracelets. Klutz, 1996. (L)
This book and craft set provides clear directions for creating styles of friendship bracelets.
Van Genechten, Guido.
Con los abuelos.Juventud, 2003. (T-P)
John visits his grandparents’ farm and helps with chores. He gathers eggs from the chicken coop, picks cherries with his grandfather, and helps his grandmother make a cherry pie.
Storytelling Made Easy with Puppets. Oryx, 1993. (L)
This collection provides scripts for original and traditional stories, as well as many tips for using puppets to introduce stories and enhance storytime.
Andy Warhol. Children’s Press, 1997. (I)
Part of the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series, this book introduces readers to the man who made art fun for everyone and who remains one of the icons of the Pop Art movement.
Cookie's Week. Putnam, 1988. (T)
Cookie the cat manages to find trouble to get into on every day of the week.
Wardlaw, Lee and Sandra Forrest.
Bubblemania: A Chewy History of Bubble Gum. Simon & Schuster, 1997. (L)
Filled with facts and information about bubble gum.
Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol. Putnam, 2003. (P-I)
Warhol’s nephew shares personal stories about his visits to his famous uncle’s house and studio.
Warren, Holly George.
Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. (I-Y)
This book provides a fun-filled introduction to the musicians who changed music, from Bill Haley and the Comets to James Brown.
The Market Lady and the Mango Tree. Tambourine, 1994. (P-I)
A fruit-seller figures out a way to make a profit on mangoes and learns that it is wrong to profit on something that is free.
Este no es mi dinosaurio. EDC, 2002. (T-P)
This touch-and-feel board book tells about a little mouse that meets many colorful dinosaurs while looking for his own dinosaur.
Weatherford, Carole Boston.
Juneteenth Jamboree. Lee and Low, 1995. (P-I)
Cassandra’s family plans a big surprise for her, and she finds out what Juneteenth is.
Overboard! Harcourt, 2006. (T)
Little bunny invents a new game when he starts throwing things overboard!
The Three Pigs. Clarion, 2001. (P-I)
Not the traditional tale, the pigs in this version fly off the pages of the book and into other fairy tales.
Max and Ruby’s Midas. Dial, 1995. (P-I)
Ruby tells Max the story of Midas, the little boy who turned everything to dessert.
Little White Duck. Little, Brown, 2000. (T)
The classic song is illustrated in bright clean pictures.
Buttermilk Hill. Farrar, 2004. (I-Y)
Piper Berry collects words and uses them to describe her life. When her parents divorce, she begins to write poetry and learns that her voice can be heard through her writing.
Sammy and the Robots. Orchard, 2001. (P-I)
When his toy robot is sent to the robot hospital, Sammy makes several robots to comfort his grandmother who is also in the hospital.
101 Movement Games for Children: Fun and Learning with Playful Moving. Hunter, 2001. (L)
This is a great resource for movement activities for children.
Movie Science: 40 Mind-expanding, Reality-bending, Starstruck Activities for Kids. Jossey-Bass, 2001. (L)
Science experiments and other activities explain the secrets of making movies.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Hyperion, 2003. (T-I)
A mischievous pigeon begs to drive the bus and throws a fit when he is not allowed.
Knuffle Bunny. Hyperion, 2004. (T-I)
Little Trixie accompanies her father to the laundromat where they lose her stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny.
The Velveteen Rabbit. Doubleday, 1958. (I)
A stuffed rabbit learns that love makes you real.
Williams, Vera B.
"More More More" Said the Baby: Three Love Stories. Greenwillow, 1990. (P-I)
Three babies are loved by different people.
Williams, Vera B.
Musica para todo el mundo / Music, Music for Everyone.Greenwillow, 1995. (I)
Rosa finds a way of helping her mother with expenses by playing her accordion with her friends in the Oak Street Band to make money.
Williams, Vera B.
Something Special For Me / Algo especial para mi. Greenwillow, 1983. (I)
Rosa could not decide what she wanted to buy for her birthday with the money her mother and grandmother had saved. When she hears a man playing an accordion, she decides that she wants one of her own.
Stringbean’s Trip to the Shining Sea. Greenwillow, 1988. (I)
When Stringbean Coe and his brother took a trip from Kansas to the Pacific Ocean, they sent home postcards along the way. Grandpa saved all of the postcards in an album.
Barfing in the Back Seat: How I Survived My Family Road Trip. Grosset & Dunlap, 2007. (I)
Number 12 in the Hank Zipzer series by “The Fonz,” this is the story of a cross-country trip to a crossword puzzle tournament.
Yo puedo. Ediciones Ekaré, 1999. (T-P )
An older brother describes how he can do many things that his younger sister can’t. At the end of the book, the brother shows how much he needs his sister.
The King of Capri. Bloomsbury, 2003. (P-I)
A self-indulgent king laments that he doesn’t have two mouths to eat all the food he has, while a poor washerwoman on a nearby island makes due with less than enough food for one.
The Great Big Book of Children’s Games. McGraw-Hill, 2003. (L)
This is a very extensive collection of games for children ages 3 to14. It includes many traditional outdoor and indoor games, as well as swimming games.
The Parrot Tico Tango. Barefoot, 2004. (T-P)
The parrot, Tico Tango, tries to take fruit from his friends and ends up with nothing when he tries to carry too much and drops it all.
Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Off-Line Genealogy for Kids. Workman, 2002. (I)
This book provides a wealth of books and Internet resources to assist with tracing your family tree. Examples of a family group sheet, family chart, and family tree are also included.
Wong, Janet S.
Good Luck Gold and Other Poems. McElderry, 1994. (I)
Dramatic monologues poetically describe what it is like growing up Chinese-American.
Apple Pie 4th of July. Harcourt, 2002. (T-P)
On the Fourth of July, a little girl thinks no one will want Chinese food, but all day long her parents prepare Chinese food for their restaurant. When the evening comes, the little girl is happy to find that her parents were right.
Can You Guess Where We Are Going? Holiday House, 1998. (P)
A grandson tries to guess where his grandpa is taking him as the grandfather provides clues to their destination.
Woods, Samuel G.
Computer Animation from Start to Finish. Blackbirch, 2000. (P-I)
Photographs and computer-animated images accompany sparse text explaining the process of computer animation.
Wooldridge, Connie Nordhielm.
The Legend of Strap Buckner. Holiday House, 2001. (P-I)
Strap Buckner knocks down everyone he sees, until his pride finally knocks him down.
Wright, Denise Anton.
One-Person Puppet Plays. Teacher Ideas, 1990. (L)
This is a collection of puppet scripts, some based on traditional stories, and some original scripts, that can be performed by one puppeteer. Many tips are given for creating props, using the puppets, and preparing a puppet stage.
Wulffson, Don L.
The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories About Inventions. Puffin, 1999. (L)
Brief factual stories about how familiar things were invented.
Wulffson, Don L.
Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions. Henry Holt, 2000. (I)
Learn who invented classic and commercial toys and how they were invented. From Legos to Play Doh, seesaws, and Raggedy Ann, the stories offer intriguing tales and histories of our favorite playthings.
Wylie, Joanne and David.
Un cuento de peces y sus formas. Barron’s, 1991. (T)
A child goes on a fishing trip and then describes the shapes of various fish.
Yolen, Jane and Mark Teague.
¿Como dan las buenas noches los dinosaurios? Blue Sky, 2000. (T-P)
Dinosaurs with temperamental characteristics and childlike behavior are depicted in this comical book on how they might say goodnight. Spanish translation of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
Yolen, Jane and Mark Teague.
¿Cómo ordenan sus habitaciones los dinosaurios? Blue Sky, 2003. (T-P)
Dinosaurs attempt to clean their rooms by using tricks and short cuts, such as pushing toys under the bed. Towards the end of this book, other dinosaurs are more organized and put their toys where they belong. Spanish translation of How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?
Yolen, Jane and Mark Teague.
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? Blue Sky, 2003. (T-P)
Dinosaurs attempt to clean their rooms by using tricks and short cuts such as pushing toys under the bed. Towards the end of this book, other dinosaurs are more organized and put their toys where they belong.
Yolen, Jane and Mark Teague.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Blue Sky, 2000. (T-P)
Dinosaurs with temperamental characteristics of child behavior are depicted in this comical book on how they might say goodnight.
This Little Piggy and Other Rhymes to Sing and Play. Candlewick, 2005.
This is a very large collection of nursery rhymes accompanied by instructions for movement activities. The book also includes a CD of songs.
Let’s Eat! Scholastic, 1996. (T-P)
A large Spanish family has trouble getting everyone home for dinner every night, but they do finally all eat together at last.
Rumpelstiltskin. Penguin, 1986. P-I
After her father promises the king that she can spin straw into gold, the miller’s daughter makes a deal with a strange little man to do just that.
Animal Music. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (T-P)
Animals play various instruments and types of music.
Do You Know What I’ll Do? Harper, 2000. (T-P)
A little girl tells her brother all the things she will do to make him happy
¡Piñata! High Haven Music, 1991. (Cass) (P-I)
Songs in Spanish and English focus on a variety of holidays and celebrations.
Me, My Family and Friends.Schiller Educational Resources, 2005. (CD) (T)
Traditional songs about self, friends, and family performed by Richele Bartkowiak and Partrick Brennan. Ideas to link the songs to literacy and literature are included.
Honk, Honk, Rattle, Rattle.Schiller Educational Resources, 2005. (CD) (T)
Traditional and original songs about transportation performed by Richele Bartkowiak and Partrick Brennan. Ideas to link the songs to literacy and literature are included.
Under a Shady Tree. Two Tomatoes, 2002. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of original activity songs about nature.
Victor Vito. Two Tomatoes, 2001. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of mostly original activity songs about many summertime events.
Whaddaya Think of That. Two Tomatoes, 2001. (CD) (T-I)
This is a collection of mostly original activity songs about events throughout the year with catchy, upbeat tunes.
The Best of Bowie. Virgin/EMI, 2002. (CD/cass) (I+)
Dance songs from the 80’s.
All Time Favorite Dances. Kimbo Educational, 1991. (CD/cass) (P+)
Music for favorite dances including the twist, the Mexican hat dance, and the hokey pokey.
The Johnny Cash Children's Album. Legacy, 2006, 1975. (CD) (T)
Original and traditional songs recorded by John and June Carter Cash, including three previously unreleased tracks.
Celebration of Disco. Music Little People, 2002. (CD/Cass) (P+)
Dance to classic disco songs including “Disco Duck” and “Y.M.C.A.”
Havin’ Fun and Feelin’ Groovy. Melody House, 2001. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of twelve songs that encourage good feelings about learning, some original and some from the 60’s and 70’s.
We’re Just Like Crayons. Melody House, 1991. (CD) (T-P)
This collection of songs deals with diversity, self-concept, and friendship.
Kangaroo Waffles and Other Treasure. Blackwater, 2006. (CD) (I)
One of the Uncle Brothers goes solo with this collection of jaunty songs with upbeat messages.
Green Chili Jam Band.
Coconut Moon. Squeaky Wheel, 1997. (CD/Cass) (I)
Cheery music is infectious in these songs that inspire curiosity.
Down in the Backpack. Round River, 2001. (CD/Cass) (I)
Humorous songs often pay homage to popular music.
Take Me to Your Library. Monty Harper, 2003. (CD/Cass) (P-I)
Eleven original songs take listeners on a trip around the world.
Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck (And Other Children's Favorites.) Sony Wonder, 1995. (CD) (T)
This is a classic collection of traditional songs for children sung by Burl Ives.
You Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song. Smithsonian Folkways, 1992. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of call and response songs, some traditional and some original, that teach music awareness.
Play Your Instruments and Make a Pretty Sound. Smithsonian Folkways, 1975. (CD) (P-I)
This recording includes 10 activity songs that introduce children to musical instruments.
50 All-Time Children’s Favorites Vol. 2. Madacy Kids, 2002. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of traditional rhymes and songs sung by children.
A Wild and Crazy Guy. Warner Brothers, 1989. (CD) (I+)
Humorous monologues and songs performed by Martin.
Everywhere You Go. Big Kids Production, 2003. (CD) (P-I)
This CD by a native-Austin singer/songwriter has songs all about transportation. Guest musicians include Asleep at the Wheel.
Miller, J. Phil.
We All Sing With The Same Voice. Sony, 1982. (CD) (T-I)
Sesame Street songs teach children that regardless of where we live or what we look like, it’s what’s in our hearts that counts.
Music for Little People.
A Child’s Celebration of Song. Music For Little People, 1992. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of mostly traditional songs and some popular and movie theme songs by original artists.
It All Comes Together Right Here. Sudberry, 1993. (CD/Cass) (P-I)
This Houston-based duo incorporate multicultural and environmental themes into their music.
Canta y cuento. Arcoiris, 2003. (CD) (P-I)
Stories and songs are presented in Spanish.
Lirica Infantil Volumen 1. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD) (P-I)
This is the first in an acclaimed series of recordings that focus on games and rhymes from Latin America.
Lirica Infantil Volumen IV: Animales y Movimiento. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD) (P-I)
Traditional songs from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries focus on animals and movement.
Getting to Know Myself. Educational Activities, 1972. (CD) (T-P)
This is a collection of songs about toddler and preschooler self-awareness issues that are sung slowly enough for even very young children to follow along.
Goin' To The Zoo. Rounder Kids, 1997. (CD) (P-I)
These songs deal with animals and a day at the zoo.
Here Lies the Librarian. Listening Library, 2006. (CD/Cass) (I-Y)
Peewee longs to be an auto mechanic during the infancy of the motorcar in this audiorecording of a quirky book that includes the beginnings of the Indianapolis 500 race.
Peter, Paul and Mary.
Peter, Paul, and Mommy, Too. Warner Brothers, 1993. (CD) (T)
Traditional and original favorites sung by this classic group.
Tito Puente Mambo Birdland. RMM, 1999. (CD) (I+)
This great big bandleader plays some of the best Latin music of all time.
One Light, One Sun. Rounder, 1996. (CD) (T)
This CD contains a classic collection of traditional and original songs about our world.
The Singable Songs Collection. Rounder, 1996. (CD/Cass) (T-P)
Old favorites are presented for singing along.
Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The Sound of Music. RCA, 2005. (CD) (T-I)
This is the soundtrack to the 1965 movie, The Sound of Music.
Songs for Kids Like Us. Rocket Pop, 2006. (CD) (I)
From wry to funny, all the way to downright ridiculous, these silly songs help keep us from taking life too seriously.
Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble. Recorded Books, 2003. (Cass) (I)
Hear the amazing true story of the shuttle expedition to fix the damaged space telescope in this unabridged reading of Scott’s book.
Abracadabra. Shadow Play, 1986. (CD) (P-I)
This is a collection of gentle, original songs addressing many issues of childhood, such as friends, manners, and families.
Bahamas Pajamas. Shadow Play, 1990. (Cass) (P-I)
This CD is a collection of upbeat and catchy original songs for children.
Sharon, Lois and Bram.
Great Big Hits. Casablanca Kids, 2004. (CD/Cass) (P-I)
Golden oldies, including the song “The Name Game.”
Wiggle Wiggle and Other Exercises. New Hope Records, 1996. (CD) (T-P)
This is a collection of songs with simple exercises for very young children.
Teacher and the Rockbots.
World. Power Arts, 2006. (CD) (I)
Interactive musical games keep kids learning while having fun with this collection of metallic and edgy music.
They Might Be Giants.
No! Rounder, 2002. (CD) (T-P)
Children of all ages will enjoy these fun songs.
Trout Fishing in America.
Big Trouble. Trout Records, 1991. (CD) (P-I)
The first family album by this popular duo includes fun songs about topics of interest to children.
Trout Fishing in America.
InFINity. Trout, 2001. (CD) (P-I)
From folk to Cajun, these friendly songs provide fun for the whole family.
The Uncle Brothers.
Just Say Uncle. Blackwater, 2001. (CD) (I)
Songs by this duo encourage kids to celebrate who they are.
The Uncle Brothers.
Monkey’s Uncle. Blackwater, 2003. (CD) (I)
Fun educational songs encourage listeners to share, read, respect, laugh, dance, and think.
Big Blues: Blues Music for Kids. Music for Little People, 1996. (CD) (T)
Bluesy interpretations of traditional children’s songs for children along with original works.
A Child's Celebration of the World. Music for Little People, 1998. (CD) (T)
A collection of traditional and original songs that celebrates music from around the world.
Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock-And-Roll Side. Workman, 2005. (Book and CD) (I+)
This is a compilation of mostly rock-and-roll songs by many talented and popular performers. The accompanying book features illustrations by Sandra Boynton along with lyrics and a biographical sketch of each musician.
Kids Fun Games, Songs and Sing-A-Longs. DJ’s Choice/Turn Up the Music, 1998. (CD) (P+)
This album of songs and games are sure to get kids moving.
Kids Party Fun. DJ’s Choice/Turn Up the Music, 2004. (CD) (P+)
Songs that are sure to get kids moving.
Crunchy Munchy Music. Koch Records, 2006. (CD) (T-P)
This is a collection of silly original songs about everyday activities. Karaoke versions of each song are included.
Family Dance. Festival Five Records, 2001. (CD) (P+)
Awarding winning children’s musician performs upbeat songs for children.
The Berenstain Bears Out for The Team. KaBOOM!, 2003. (50 minutes) (T-I)
This film includes four stories based on Berenstain Bears picture books, including The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies in which the Berenstain children learn that greed does not make anyone happy.
A Boy, A Dog, And A Frog.Phoenix Learning Group, 1992. (10 minutes) (T)
This video adaptation of the wordless picture book by Mercer Myer tells the story of the friendship between a boy, a dog, and a frog.
Alphabet Fiesta. Nutmeg, 2004.(27 minutes) (T-P)
Alphabet stories are presented in English and Spanish.
Arthur Writes a Story. Sony Wonder, 2003. (15 minutes) (P-I)
Based on the book by Marc Brown, an aardvark discovers that too many authors spoil the story.
Arthur: The Music Video. Sony Wonder, 1999. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Three stories, including “Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival” and “The Ballad of Buster Baxter” feature Arthur and his friends and rock-and-roll.
Arthur’s Lost Library Book. Sony, 2004. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Arthur takes out a scary book and can’t find it when it’s time to return it to the library.
Back to the Future. Universal, 1985. (111 minutes) (I+)
What would it be like to meet your parents before you were even born? High schooler Marty McFly teams up with a crazy scientist who has built a time machine and travels to the past and back to the future.
Band Concert. Disney 1937. (9 minutes) (P+)
This is the first Mickey Mouse color cartoon produced by the Disney studios.
Barney in Outer Space. Barney Home Video, 1997. (50 minutes) (T-P)
Barney and friends pretend to visit outer space.
Bears Take a Car Trip. Sony, 2005. (82 minutes) (P-I)
In six episodes, the Berenstein Bears learn a lot about themselves and each other during a car trip.
Buster’s Got the Beat. Paramount, 2004. (44 minutes) (I)
This collection of four music videos features Arthur and his pals as they explore a variety of musical styles, including conjunto music from San Antonio.
Coach Coz and the Kid Crew Video. Coach Coz, 2002. (30 minutes) (P+)
This award winning video combines hilarious dance instruction with original music videos of songs from the 70's and 80's.
Dora the Explorer: Move to the Music. Nickelodeon , 2002. (51 minutes) (P-I)
In this blending of interactive songs and activities, Dora and friends form a hometown band.
Frog and Toad are Friends.Churchill, 1985. (15 minutes) (P+)
Arnold Lobel’s short stories about two beloved friends are retold in claymation.
Frog and Toad Together. Churchill, 1982. (30 minutes) (P+)
More of Lobel’s stories of friendship are presented in claymation.
Getting There. Warner, 2002.(85 minutes) (I+)
Mary-Kate and Ashley turn 16 and go on a road trip without their parents.
Good Night, Gorilla: And More Bedtime Stories. Scholastic, 2002. (9.25minutes) (T)
Based on the book by Peggy Rathmann, a smart gorilla figures out how to escape from the zoo and she takes her friends on a journey. Where they go is a big surprise!
Harold and the Purple Crayon. Scholastic, 2003. (8 min) (P-I)
When a young boy picks up his favorite crayon, his imagination takes him many places.
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes: And More Stories About Families. Scholastic, 2006. (62 minutes) (T)
This collection of family stories includes the title story narrated by actress Mia Farrow.
The Incredible Journey. Walt Disney, 1963. (80 minutes) (I+)
Based on the book by Sheila Burnford, this is the story of two dogs and a cat that find their way home after being lost on a family trip. It was re-made in 1993 as Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.
The Indian in the Cupboard. Columbia/TriStar, 2001. (96 minutes) (I+)
Based on the novel by Lynne Reid Banks, a boy’s miniature toy Indian comes to life with the turn of the cupboard key.
The Iron Giant. Warner, 1999. (85 minutes) (I+)
When a giant metal machine drops from the sky people are frightened until they face their fears and prejudices.
James and the Giant Peach. Disney, 1996. (79 minutes) (I+)
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, a boy takes a fanciful journey.
Jumanji. Sony, 1982. (104 minutes) (I+)
Based on the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg, a magical board game comes to life.
King Midas and the Golden Touch. Rabbit Ears, 1996.(30 minutes) (I)
Narrated by Michael Caine, this is the classic Greek myth about a greedy king who learns the hard way that there are things more precious than gold.
Learn the Dances of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80’s. Christy Lane, 2005. (110 minutes) (L)
Learn popular dances from throughout the decades with this instructional video.
The Library. Live Oak Media, 1996. (5.5 minutes) (T-P)
A young girl loves to read so much that she doesn’t do anything else her whole life. She ends up collecting so many books that she can open a library.
Magic School Bus Space Adventures. Atlantic, 2003. (82 minutes) (I)
Three episodes of this popular show take Ms. Frizzle and the class into outer space.
Meet the Shapes. Preschool Prep, 2005. (30 minutes) (T)
Babies and toddlers learn about shapes through this video.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: and Three More Stories About Trucks! Weston Woods, 2006. (50 minutes) (T)
Four favorite stories about trucks, including the title tale about the intrepid steam shovel, Mary Anne, are included in this collection.
Molly & Roni's Dance Party! 1970’s Disco Mania! Big Vision, 2004. (35 minutes) (L)
Go back in time with this instructional video of dances from the 1970’s.
My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States. Reading Rainbow, 2001. (30 minutes) (I)
This episode of Reading Rainbow features geographical poetry about the United States.
101 Dalmatians. Disney, 1996. (103 minutes) (I+)
This is the film based on the book by Dodie Smith about huggable Dalmatian puppies and their escape from the evil Cruella de Ville.
Pecos Bill. Koch Vision, 2005. (50 minutes) (T-I)
This is a hilarious live action re-telling of the tall tale.
Pinocchio. Disney, 1940.(88 minutes) (I+)
In this classic story, a wooden puppet comes to life after the toymaker wishes for a real boy.
Playtime with Maisy.Universal, 2004. (138 minutes) (T)
Four stories about Maisy, the little mouse, are included in this collection.
Rainy Day Art. Jumby Bay, 2003.(180 minutes) (P-I)
This collection includes step-by-step instructions for over 30 hands-on projects.
Rock and Bop with the Doodlebops. Lions Gate, 2006. (86 minutes) (P-I)
A band hits the road on a musical adventure.
Rumpelstiltskin. Fox Home Entertainment, 1982. (30 minutes) (I)
In this episode of Faerie Tale Theater, Shelley Duvall plays the miller’s daughter who must spin straw into gold.
Scrambled States of America. Scholastic, 2004. (65 minutes) (I)
This collection of stories includes the title tale where all 50 states go to a party and decide to switch places, creating havoc. Other titles in the collection include This Land is Your Land.
Sesame Street – Fiesta! Sony Wonder, 2004.(30 minutes) (T-P)
Elmo and all of his Sesame Street friends learn Spanish while dancing and singing.
Shiloh.Warner Home Video, 2001. (93 minutes) (I+)
Based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Newbery-award winning book, this is the story of a boy and his bond with an abused dog.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Disney, 1980. (10 minutes) (P+)
Mickey Mouse applies magic to his housework and ends up in deep trouble.
Space Case. Reading Rainbow, 1986. (30 minutes)(I)
In this episode, Lavar Burton shares the title tale by James Marshall, along with space jokes and non-fiction books about outer space.
That Thing You Do. 20th Century Fox, 1996. (105 minutes) (I+)
In 1964, a local band is catapulted to fame when their song becomes a big hit.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly...and More Stories That Sing. New Video Group, 2004. (57 minutes) (P+)
All the stories in this collection are based on picture books dealing with music.
Thomas and His Friends Get Along. Anchor Bay, 1999. (15 minutes) (T-P)
Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends demonstrate cooperation.
Toy Story. Disney, 1995. (81 minutes) (I+)
What do toys do when they are not being played with? This animated film tells all.
Trashy Town. Weston Woods, 2001. (7 minutes) (T-P)
In this adaptation of the story by Andrea Zimmerman, Mr. Gilly and his trash truck are on a quest to clean up trashy town.
The Velveteen Rabbit. Sony, 1994. (30 minutes) (I)
Actress Meryl Streep narrates Margery Williams’ classic story of a toy that becomes real through love. Music by George Winston.
Where's Spot / Spot Goes To The Farm. Buena Vista, 2004. (60 minutes) (T)
This adaptation of the book by Eric Hill includes three additional stories about Spot, the dog.
The Wiggles-Hoop Dee Doo! Hit Entertainment, 2002. (55 minutes) (T-I)
All of the children are invited to the Wiggles’ party for dancing.
Winnie the Pooh Shapes and Sizes. Disney, 2006. (30 minutes) (T)
Winnie the Pooh helps his friend Rabbit find baskets, boxes, and crates of all shapes and sizes to organize his garden goodies for the harvest day.
World Art. Jumby Bay, 2004. (180 minutes) (I-Y)
This video includes instructions for creating art projects from various countries.
Yellow Submarine. MGM, 1968. (85 minutes) (I+)
This animated version of the Beatles’ popular song takes viewers on a journey to a psychedelic land
Cluefinders: The Incredible Toy Store Adventure. The Learning Company, 2000. (I)
A toy store is the setting for an adventure that pits the Cluefinders against monsters that are trying to destroy San Francisco.
Jump Start Artist. Knowledge Adventure, 2000. (I)
Children learn about form, texture, and shape while playing games that explain art history, production, and display.
Starry Night: Complete Space and Astronomy Pack. Imaginova, 2006. (I)
This realistic planetarium program allows young people to explore the universe, see the sky from any point on Earth, or travel millions of light-years into deep space.
The Magic School Bus Explores Inside the Earth. Microsoft, 2001. (I)
Based on the book by the same title, Miss Frizzle and her class explore six different terrains.
Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? The Learning Company, 1999. (I)
Carmen and her gang are on a crime spree and the detectives at the Acme Detective Agency chase them around the United States