Bibliography

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.

Books

Abernathy, Francis.
How the Critters Created Texas. Ellen C Temple, 1982. (I)


An Indian folktale about how Texas was created by its critters.


Aliki.
Milk from Cow to Carton. HarperTrophy, 1992. (P-I)


Follow milk as it makes its journey from a cow to various milk products.


Aliki.
My Visit to the Dinosaurs. HarperCollins, 1985. (P-I)


A boy visits the Natural History Museum and learns about several types of dinosaurs.


Alter, Judy.
John Barclay Armstrong: Texas Ranger. Bright Sky, 2007. (P+)


The story of John Barclay Armstrong and how he helped shape the State of Texas.


Appelt, Kathi.
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. HarperCollins, 2001. (I)


This is the story of packhorse librarians of Kentucky who used horses to deliver books.


Appelt, Kathi.
Incredible Me! HarperCollins, 2003. (P)


“I'm the one, the only, incredible Me!" That says it all.


Appelt, Kathi.
Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America. HarperCollins, 2005. (I+)


A biography of Lady Bird Johnson focusing on her efforts to plant wildflowers along America’s highways and the transformation of America’s roadsides.


Arnosky, Jim.
All About Rattlesnakes. Scholastic, 2002. (P - I)


This is a simple, non-fiction book about rattlesnakes and their lives.


Arnosky, Jim.
Coyote Raid In Cactus Canyon. Putnam, 2005. (P-I)


Discover the antics of four coyotes that meet up with a rattlesnake.


Asch, Frank.
Moonbear’s Pet. Aladdin, 2000. (T-P)


Moonbear adopts what he thinks is a fish for a pet.


Asch, Frank.
Mooncake. Aladdin, 2000. (P)


Bear wants to taste the moon, so he builds a rocket to take him there.


Asim, Jabari.
Whose Toes Are Those? Little Brown, 2006. (T)


Children can play “This Little Piggy” while reading this interactive book.


Avi.
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?Knopf, 1990. (I)


Becky and her sibling follow clues to discover who stole books from the library.


Baer, Edith
This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch. Scholastic, 1990. (P)


Take a lunchtime tour around the world.


Baer, Gene.
Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat. HarperCollins, 1989. (T-P)


Children watch a marching band go by and explore all the sounds in the story and the shapes in the illustrations.


Barry, Frances.
Duckie’s Rainbow. Candlewick, 2004. (T-P)


Duckie takes a colorful walk to see a rainbow.


Barton, Byron.
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs. HarperTrophy, 1993. (P-I)


Several species of dinosaurs are illustrated in a simple format appropriate for preschool age children.


Barton, Byron.
I Want to Be an Astronaut. HarperTrophy, 1992. (P)


Children learn what it is like to be an astronaut and take a trip into space.


Bascope, Cassie.
Texas Family Style: Great Places to Go to Have Fun with Your Kids. Lone Star, 1988. (I-L)


Places that children and families can go in Texas to have fun.


Bayer, Jane.
A, My Name is Alice. Puffin, 1992. (T-P)


Meet animals from all over the world based on the ABC’s.


Bendick, Jeanne.
Exploring an Ocean Tide Pool. Henry Holt, 1992. (I)


Discover tidal pools and the creatures that live in them.


Berger, Melvin.
Fish Sleep But Don’t Shut Their Eyes - And Other Amazing Facts About Ocean Creatures. Scholastic, 2004. (P - I)


Explore the world of the ocean through pictures while learning fun facts about sea creatures.


Birdseye, Tom.
Oh Yeah! Holiday House, 2003. (P-I)


Two friends camp out in the back yard and fight to show their bravery over imagined dangers.


Birney, Betty.
Tyrannosaurus Tex. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. (I)


Tyrannosaurus Tex has to take care of the bad guys in this Texas-Dinosaur cowboy book.


Blackstone, Stella.
Ship Shapes. Barefoot, 2006. (T)


Discover various shapes that make up different types of boats.


Boynton, Sandra.
Horns to Toes and In Between. Little Simon, 1995. (T)


Funny creatures show off their body parts in this very entertaining book.


Boynton, Sandra.
One, Two, Three! Workman, 1993. (T-P)


A very silly counting book with very silly animals.


Bredeson, Carmen.
Astronauts. Scholastic, 2004. (P-I)


Photos with simple text introduce beginning readers to the activities and duties of astronauts.


Bredeson, Carmen.
Liftoff! Children's Press, 2003. (P-I)


Photos with simple text introduce beginning readers to some of the preparations that take place before the launch of a space shuttle.


Brett, Jan.
Armadillo Rodeo. Putnam, 1995. (P-I)


A story about an armadillo and his life at the Curly H Ranch.


Bridwell, Norman.
Clifford’s Family. Scholastic, 1984. (T-P)


Learn about Clifford the big red dog’s family.


Briggs, Diane.
52 Programs for Preschoolers: The Librarian’s Year-Round Planner. American Library Association, 1997. (L)


This book includes storytime programs for preschoolers. The author includes books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, flannel boards and craft ideas.


Brock, Marilyn.
Finger Frolics 2. Gryphon, 1996. (L)


Fingerplays for young children.


Bruss, Deborah.
Book! Book! Book! Scholastic, 2001. (P-I)


The animals on the farm are bored and decide to take a trip into town and visit the library.


Buehner, Mark & Carlyn.
It’s a Spoon Not a Shovel. Puffin, 1998. (P-I)


A quizzical book on how things should be done properly. If you answer the question, you may be surprised at the answer the book provides.


Bunting, Eve.
Flower Garden. Voyager, 2000. (P-I)


A young city girl plants a small window box flower garden as a surprise for her mother.


Bustard, Anne.
Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly. Simon and Schuster, 2005. (I)


The biography of Buddy Holly, a Texas musician who created a new kind of music.


Callahan, Katie.
Toads on the Porch and Lizards in the House. Kennickell, 1983. (I)


A collection of stories about the two-legged and four-legged creatures on Hilton Head Island.


Carle, Eric.
From Head to Toe. HarperCollins, 1997. (T)


This book invites children to move their bodies like various animals.


Carle, Eric.
Have You Seen My Cat? Simon & Schuster, 1991. (T-P)


A missing cat causes a little boy to worry. As the boy tries to find the cat, he meets a lot of interesting and helpful people.


Carle, Eric.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Simon and Schuster, 1999. (P)


A little girl wants to play with the moon. Her father climbs until he is able to get the moon and give it to her to play with. This book introduces preschoolers to the phases of the moon.


Carlton, David.
Dallas Doc: All the City and Country Critters in the Life of a Texas-style Vet. Bridgeline, 1999. (I)


A veterinarian’s stories about his life as an animal doctor.


Carter, David A.
600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages. Little Simon, 2007. (T-P)


Can you find all the black spots in this pop-up book?


Carter, David.
Alpha Bugs. Little Simon, 2006. (T-P)


This pop-up book teaches the alphabet with bugs.


Casad, Mary Brooke.
Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Pelican, 1990. (P-I)


Take a trip with an armadillo named Bluebonnet to the Dinosaur Valley State Park.


Casad, Mary Brooke.
Bluebonnet at the East Texas Oil Museum. Pelican, 2005. (P-I)


An armadillo named Bluebonnet takes his family for a trip to an oil museum.


Cauley, Lorinda Bryan.
Clap Your Hands. Putnam, 1997. (T-P)


This interactive book will have children clapping their hands and stomping their feet.


Cherry, Lynne.
Armadillo from Amarillo. Harcourt Brace, 1994. (P-I)


An armadillo travels and discovers Texas.


Child, Lauren.
I Want A Pet. Tricycle Press, 1999. (T-P)


A little girl decides she wants a pet. How will she cope with a lion, a wolf, or a sheep?


Clifford, Rowan.
Rodeo Ron and his Milkshake Cows. Random House, 2005. (P-I)


Rodeo Ron has four colorful cows. He challenges everyone to a contest to see which is better, milkshakes made from the milk of his cows or sodas.


Cole, Henry.
On Meadowview Street. HarperCollins, 2007. (P-I)


Caroline and her parents encourage wildflowers to grow in their yard. Soon the whole street joins in and their street “Meadowview” begins to lives up to its name.


Cooke, Paul.
Natural Wonders of Texas: A Guide to Parks, Preserves and Wild Places. Country Roads, 1995. (I-L)


Places for exploring the outdoors with activities at those places.


Cooner, Donna.
Twelve Days in Texas. Hendrick-Long, 1944. (P-I)


Set to the song of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” this book tells of plants and animals in Texas that are given as gifts.


Cooney, Barbara.
Miss Rumphius. Puffin, 1985. (I)


Miss Rumphius decides to make the world a beautiful place by planting wildflowers wherever she can.


Cousins, Lucy.
Hooray for Fish! Candlewick, 2005. (T-P)


Fish come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and families in this book.


Cousins, Lucy.
Pet Animals. Candlewick, 1990. (T)


In this book, children explore different types of animals that may be kept as pets.


Cousins, Lucy.
Maisy Goes Camping. Candlewick, 2004. (P)


Maisy and friends have an adventurous camping trip.


Cowley, Joy.
Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm. Penguin, 2003. (P-I)


The animals of the farm decide they are tired of being given baths by Mrs. Wishy-Washy. They escape to the city where they have many adventures and end up in need of a bath. At the end, being bathed by Mrs. Wishy Washy doesn’t seem so bad after all.


Cox, Judy.
West Texas Chili Monster. Troll, 2003. (I)


An alien, smelling the chili from a cook-off, comes to eat all the chili in sight.


Crews, Donald.
Freight Train. Greenwilliow, 1978. (T-P)


Follow a train on a journey that explores colors and goes on and on until it finally disappears.


Crews, Nina.
One Hot Summer Day. HarperCollins, 1995. (P-I)


Using color photos, Nina Crews, illustrates one child’s fun and adventurous summer day.


Cronin, Doreen.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Spotlight, 2004. (P-I)


The animals find an old typewriter and send Farmer Brown lists of requests. When Farmer Brown refuses to comply with their demands, the animals go on strike.


Cross, Becky.
I Am a Space Shuttle, I Love to Fly. Perspective, 2004. (I)


Book of photos depicting the space shuttle from take-off to landing.


Cubley, Kathleen
The Best of Totline Flannelboards. Frank Schaffer, 2000. (L)


A compilation of flannelboard stories and patterns, arranged seasonally.


Cummins, Julie.
The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries. Dragonfly, 2008. (I)


Discover the differences between libraries across our country.


Curry, Jane Louise.
Hold Up the Sky: And Other Native American Tales from Texas and the Southern Plains. McElderry, 2003. (I)


A collection of twenty-six Native American stories are retold.


Curtis, Jamie Lee.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. HarperTrophy, 2000. (T-P)


A warm tale of family love and adoption.


Cushman, Doug.
ABC Mystery. HarperTrophy, 1996. (T-P)


Follow and solve a mystery while learning the alphabet.


Dahl, Michael
Dino Rib Ticklers. Picture Window, 2003. (P-I)


Each page contains a dinosaur joke or riddle complete with an illustration. It is a good book for preschoolers who are just beginning to understand riddles and jokes.


Dahl, Michael.
On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets. Picture Window, 2004. (P-I)


A counting book that uses the numbers 1 through 12 to describe a rocket launch.


Dailey, Susan.
A Storytime Year: A Month-to-Month Kit for Preschool Programming. Neal-Schuman, 2000. (L)


This book includes storytime plans for the entire year with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, flannel boards, and activities for each theme.


Dale, Burandt and Shelley.
Tales from the Home Place. Dell, 1999. (I)


This is a collection of stories about a twelve-year-old living on a cotton farm in Texas in the 1930’s.


Davis, Katie.
Who Hops? Voyager, 2001. (T-P)


This is a great story about how animals get around.


Davis, Robin.
Toddle on Over. Highsmith, 1998. (L)


This book contains storytime themes, rhymes, fingerplays, and crafts for toddlers.


De Brunhoff, Laurent.
Babar’s Rescue. Harry N. Abrams, 2004. (P-I)


Babar and his daughter go on a camping trip. When Babar is captured, his daughter Isabelle must rescue him.


Deedy, Carmen.
The Library Dragon. Peachtree, 1994. (P+)


A librarian changes when she realizes that books are for the enjoyment of children.


dePaola, Tomie.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet. Putnam, 1996. (P+)


A Native American folktale about how the origins of the bluebonnet, which sprang up due to the bravery and generosity of a child.


dePaola, Tomie.
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. Putnam, 1988. (P+)


A Native American legend about the origins of the native Texas flower, the Indian Paintbrush.


Dorros, Arthur.
Abuela. Puffin, 1997. (T-P)


A girl and her grandmother fly through New York.


Duke, Kate.
Twenty is Too Many. Dutton, 2000. (T-P)


Twenty guinea pigs on a boat are too many.


Eastman, P.D.
Are You My Mother? Random House, 1960. (T-P)


A lost baby bird tries to find his way back home.


Ehlert, Lois.
Color Zoo. HarperCollins, 1989. (T)


Children look at zoo animals in various colors.


Ehlert, Lois.
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z. Harcourt, 1989. (T-P)


Fruits and vegetables become recognizable to toddlers as they explore the alphabet.


Ehlert, Lois.
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On. Harcourt, 1990. (T-P)


Children can count from one to ten in this book that follows fish through their environment.


Ehlert, Lois.
Planting a Rainbow. Aladdin, 1992. (P-I)


This beautifully illustrated book has a rainbow of flowers.


Erickson, John.
Hank the Cowdog. Viking, 1999. (I)


A series of books about the adventures of a range dog named Hank.


Ernst, Lisa.
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book. Simon and Schuster, 1998. (P-I)


While trying to find the book she must return, Stella gathers others who have read her book.


Feiffer, Jules.
Bark, George. Laura Geringer, 1999. (T-P)


George the puppy expresses himself in many different ways.


Fischer, Scott.
Twinkle. Simon and Schuster, 2007. (P-I)


Experience a twist on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” that includes an interplanetary voyage and adventure.


Flanagan, Alice K.
Exploring the Library. Gareth Stevens, 2001. (I)


A book full of information about libraries, including shelving and other activities.


Flanagan, Alice.
Raising Cows on the Koebels’ Farm. Children's Press, 1999. (P-I)


A non-fiction book, that describes the activities that happen on a dairy farm.


Fleming, Denise.
Alphabet Under Construction. Henry Holt, 2002. (T-P)


Mouse constructs the entire alphabet by making letters in artistic ways.


Fleming, Denise.
Barnyard Banter. Henry Holt, 1997. (T-P)


Learn the sounds animals make on this noisy farm.


Fleming, Denise.
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Henry Holt, 1998. (T-P)


Mama cat has three kittens; two are really good, but one does exactly what he wants to do.


Florian, Doug.
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings. Harcourt, 2007. (P+)


A poetry book about space, including comets, stars, the moon, and mars.


Fowler, Zinita.
Ghost Stories of Old Texas. Eakin, 1983. (I)


A collection of ghost stories set in Texas.


Fox, Christyan.
Astronaut PiggyWiggy. Handprint, 2002. (P)


PiggyWiggy imagines what it would be like to be an astronaut.


Fox, Diane.
Tyson the Terrible. Bloomsbury, 2006. (P-I)


Three dinosaur children are afraid of Tyson the Terrible, until they actually meet him.


Fox, Mem.
Whoever You Are. Voyager, 2006. (P)


Even though children around the world have different homes, food and languages, they all laugh, love, and cry.


Frank, John.
The Toughest Cowboy: Or How the Wild West was Tamed. Simon and Schuster, 2004. (P-I)


Cowboys’ lives are turned upside down when one of them decides to get a poodle. This book was nominated for a Bluebonnet Award.


Frank, Vivien.
Make a Book! Frances Lincoln, 2000. (L)


Learn how to make a Thai folding book, a newspaper, a flipbook, a Japanese scroll, a Book of Hours, and a movable book.


Freedman, Claire.
One Magical Day. Good Books, 2007. (P-I)


Illustrates the magical summer day various animals experience from rising in the morning, until sunset.


Gag, Wanda.
Millions of Cats. Putnam, 2004. (P)


When a man can’t decide which cat he wants to keep, he brings them all home!


Garland, Sherry.
Children of the Dragon: Selected Stories from Vietnam. Harcourt, 2001. (I)


This book contains a collection of six Vietnamese folk tales.


Garland, Sherry.
A Line in the Sand: the Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence. Scholastic, 1998. (I)


The journal of Lucinda Lawrence, who describes her hardships in Texas, is given to a young girl in this volume of the Dear American Series.


Garland, Sherry.
Cabin 102. Harcourt Brace, 1995. (I)


Find out how Dusty overcomes his fear of drowning while on an ocean cruise.


George, Jean Craighead.
A Tarantula in My Purse. Harper Trophy, 1997. (I)


A collection of stories about Ms. George’s life and the animals in it.


Gershator, Phillis.
Summer is Summer. Henry Holt, 2006. (P-I)


The fun of being out of school is shown through the eyes of four friends as they explore their world during summer vacation.


Getz, David.
Floating Home. Henry Holt, 2000. (I)


Take a walk with Maxine around her neighborhood and all the way to outer space.


Gibbons, Gail.
The Milk Makers. Aladdin, 1987. (P-I)


A non-fiction book that follows the production of milk from the cow to the store.


Gibbons, Gail.
The Moon Book. Holiday House, 1997. (I)


First book for children giving information about the moon.


Giles, Andreae.
Commotion in the Ocean.Little Tiger, 1998. (P-I)


A collection of rhymes and poems about ocean creatures.


Graham, Ian.
My Book of Space. Kingfisher, 2001. (P+)


An introduction to the world of outer space with many illustrations to explore.


Greene, Rhonda Gowler.
Where A Line Bends... A Shape Begins. Houghton Mifflin, 1997. (T-P)


Ten basic shapes are explained through rhyme and great examples.


Greenstein, Elaine.
One Little Seed. Penguin, 2004. (P)


Follow the life of a sunflower from seed to flower to seed again.


Grimmer, Glenda.
Things That Swim in Texas. Eakin, 1989. (I)


Animals that live in our Texas waters are presented in alphabetical order.


Grimmer, Glenna.
ABCs of Texas Wildflowers. Eakin, 1982. (I)


Texas wildflowers are featured in this ABC book.


Gurney, John.
Dinosaur Train. HarperCollins, 2002. (P-I)


A young boy spends his night on a fun-filled dinosaur train.


Hale, Bruce.
Chet Gecko’s Detective Handbook (and Cookbook): Tips for Private Eyes and Snack Food Lovers. Harcourt, 2005. (I-L)


This book offers a combination of detective tips and recipes to make for a tantalizing mix of fun and foods.


Hall, Margaret.
Cows and Their Calves. Capstone, 2003. (P-I)


With simple text and large color photographs, the author explores cows and their calves.


Hayes, Joe.
Chewing Gum Rattler. Cinco Pinto, 2006. (P-I)


A tall tale of chewing gum that kept a young boy from being bitten by a snake.


Heap, Sue.
Cowboy Baby. Sandvik, 1997. (P)


It’s time for Cowboy Baby to go to bed, but before he can retire for the night, he has to round up his “animals”.


Hearn, Diane.
Dad’s Dinosaur Day. Aladdin, 1999. (P-I)


When Dad changes into a dinosaur, his children have a fun time following Daddy the Dinosaur through his day.


Henderson, Kathy.
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book. Candlewick, 2006. (T)


Take a look at a baby’s day! From bathtime, to crawling, to sharing toys, this baby has lots of ways to move.


Henkes, Kevin.
Bailey Goes Camping. Aladdin, 1997. (P-I)


Bailey wants to go camping with the Bunny Scouts, but he is too young, so his parents treat him to a special camping trip in the house.


Henkes, Kevin.
So Happy! HarperCollins, 2005. (P-I)


A boy and a rabbit encounter each other during their adventures and discover something magical.


Hiaasen, Carl.
Flush. Knopf, 2005. (I)


Two children find a way to expose the owner of a business who is polluting the waters of Florida.


Hines, Anna.
Miss Emma’s Wild Garden. HarperCollins, 1996. (P-I)


Miss Emma has lots of wild things in her garden, but the wildest of all is the little girl who is looking at her garden with her.


Hirschmann, Kris.
Space and the Planets (The Magic School Bus, Fact Finder). Scholastic, 2003. (P-I)


Children discover facts about space in this Magic School Bus trip.


Hoban, Tana.
Black on White. Greenwillow, 1993. (T)


This interactive book allows children to identify the shapes that are on the page.


Hoban, Tana.
So Many Circles, So Many Squares. Greenwillow, 1998. (P)


Everyday objects are made out of simple shapes. See what shapes you can find in this book.


Hoberman, Mary Ann.
A House is a House for Me. Puffin, 1978. (T-P)


Explore the places animals live in this charming rhyming tale.


Hoberman, Mary Ann.
Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow. Little Brown, 2007. (P-I)


When Mrs. O’Leary leaves a lantern on in her barn, her cow kicks it over and starts the Great Chicago Fire. This is a humorous retelling of this trouble-making cow.


Hoena, B.A.
A Visit to the Public Library. Capstone, 2004. (P-I)


Using large photo illustrations and limited text, the author takes us through what we might expect when we visit a public library.


Homzie, H. B.
Two Heads Are Better Than One (Alien Clone from Outer Space). Aladdin, 2002. (I)


Aliens try to learn about the earth by cloning a set of twins.


Hong, Lily Toy.
Two of Everything. Albert Whitman & Company, 1993. (P)


This Chinese folktale is about a poor farmer who finds a magic pot that multiplies anything put inside, including him and his wife!


Hundal, Nancy.
Camping. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2002. (P-I)


This is a suspenseful tale about a young boy on his own who is exploring the hills and forests beyond his home. He begins to think he is being followed. Is he?


Hurd, Thatcher.
Moo Cow Kaboom. HarperCollins, 2003. (P)


Moo Cow is taken into outer space for a rodeo.


Hurston, Zora Neale, Joyce Carol Thomas, and Ann Tanksley.
The Six Fools. HarperCollins, 2006. (I)


The story of a young man who searches for people more foolish than his fiancée and her parents.


Hurston, Zora Neale, Joyce Carol Thomas, and Bryan Collier.
What's the Hurry, Fox?: And Other Animal Stories. HarperCollins, 2004. (I)


Porquoi stories collected from the southern states in the 1920’s.


Janke, Katelan.
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas, 1936. Scholastic, 2002. (I)


The journal of a young girl living in the Great Depression through the dust bowl in 1935.


Jay, Alison.
1-2-3: A Child's First Counting Book. Dutton, 2007. (T-P)


A fairytale inspired counting book.


Jenkins, Steve.
Living Color. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. (T)


Explore vibrant colors in real animals.


Johnson, Crockett.
Harold and the Purple Crayon. HarperCollins, 1955. (T-P)


Harold draws amazing things with his crayon.


Johnson, Regan.
Little Bunny Kung Fu. Blooming Tree, 2005. P+)


This book offers a new twist to an old story.


Johnston, Tony.
Tale of Rabbit and Coyote. Putnam, 1998. (P+)


This Oaxacan trickster porquoi tale explains why coyotes howl at the moon.


Johnston, Tony.
The Quilt Story. Putnam, 1985. (T-P)


Follow the story of a quilt from the time a loving mother starts it on a prairie to the time a journey ends in a van.


Johnston, Tony.
Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea. Putnam, 1992. (P)


This is an adaptation of the Princess and the Pea about how a wealthy rancher knew if the suitor was a real cowboy.


Joosse, Barbara.
Hot City. Penguin, 2004. (P-I)


To get away from the hot oppressive city summer, Mimi and her little brother flee to the interior of the cool public library and escape into books.


Kellogg, Steven.
Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale. Morrow, 1986. (P+)


A tall tale about the life of Pecos Bill.


Kerr, Rita.
The Alamo Cat. Eakin, 1988. (I)


Tales of a cat raised by rangers patrolling the Alamo.


Ketteman, Helen.
Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy Tale. Albert Whitman, 2007. (P-I)


This is a Texas version of Jack and the Beanstalk.


Ketteman, Helen.
Armadillo Tattletale. Scholastic, 2000. (P+)


Armadillo misreports what he overhears, so his friends keep him from listening to their conversations.


Kimmel, Eric A.
I Took My Frog to the Library. Puffin, 1992. (P-I)


Find out what happens when a little girl’s pets visit the library.


Kirk, Daniel.
Library Mouse. Harry N. Abrams, 2007. (P-I)


Sam, a little mouse that lives in the library, writes his own books. When the children discover them on the library shelves, they love them and want to meet the author. In response, Sam gives them something they were not expecting.


Kirk, Daniel.
Moondogs. Penguin, 1999. (P-I)


Willy goes to the moon to choose his new dog from an unusual set of puppies.


Knowlton, Laurie.
Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On. Pelican, 1995. (P+)


The story of a cowboy and his vanishing wardrobe.


Knowlton, Laurie.
Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers. Pelican, 2000. (P+)


This book demonstrates how positive words can calm man and beast.


Knudsen, Michelle.
Library Lion. Candlewick, 2006. (P-I)


The librarian is unsure how to handle a lion, but the lion soon finds a spot at the library. When disaster happens, he is there to save the day.


Kovalski, Maryann.
Omar on Board. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2005. (P-I)


Omar has a hard time fitting in with his friends, because he does not swim well and is afraid to dive off of the diving board. He has to overcome his fears and figure out what he does best.


Kramer, Remi.
The Legend of Lone Star Bear. Northwind, 1989. (I)


Willy, a bear, is renamed when he helps his relatives.


Kvasnosky, Laura.
Frank and Izzy Set Sail. Candlewick, 2004. (P-I)


Frank likes to stay at home, but Izzy likes to go on adventures. Izzy convinces his friend, Frank, to go on a camping adventure with him on Crescent Island.


L’Hommedieu, Arthur John.
Ocean Tide Pool. Children’s, 1997. (I)


Discover how tidal pools are made and the creatures that live in them.


LaMarche, Jim.
The Raft. HarperCollins, 2000. (I)


The story of Nicky’s raft trip down the river.


Lash, John.
Cowboy Stories From East Texas. Hendrick-Long, 2000. (I-L)


Stories about the cowboys of East Texas.


Lasky, Kathryn.
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, Vol 1. Little, Brown, 1994.(I)


A book about the life of Eratosthenes told through text and pictures.


Lawler, Janet.
If Kisses Were Colors. Dial, 2003. (T-P)


A mother’s kisses are described as many things such as colors, snowflakes, and shapes.


Leland, Debbie.
The Jalepeno Man. Wildflower Run, 2000. (P-I)


They couldn’t catch the Gingerbread Man. Will the Jalapeño Man get caught?


Levert, Mireille.
Lucy’s Secret. Groundwood, 2004. (P)


Lucy wants to know how flowers are made, so she plants seeds in some pots and waits for them to grow.


Lewis, Kevin.
Dinosaur, Dinosaur. Scholastic, 2006. (P-I)


Rhyming couplets describe the day-to-day activities of a dinosaur child.


Lincycomb, Kay.
Storytimes...Plus! Neal-Schuman, 2006. (L)


This book includes several storytimes for preschoolers on up with many unique fingerplays and craft ideas.


Littlefield, Cindy.
Awesome Ocean Science! Williamson, 2003. (I)


Children can explore the wonders of the ocean through hands-on experiments.


London, Jonathan.
Froggy Learns to Swim. Puffin, 1997. (P-I)


Despite being a frog, swimming does not come natural to Froggy. Children will enjoy following Froggy as he learns how to swim.


London, Jonathan.
Sun Dance, Water Dance. Penguin, 2001. (P-I)


An illustrated poem, by Jonathan London, shows children spending a carefree summer outdoors.


Loy, Jessica.
Follow the Trail: A Young Person’s Guide to the Great Outdoors. Henry Holt, 2003. (I+)


Nominated for the Bluebonnet Award in 2006, this is a beginner’s guide to camping and hiking. It is a good book for parents to share with their children before a camping trip.


Lubka, S. Ruth.
Pupniks: The Story of Two Space Dogs. Marshall Cavendish, 2003. (P-I)


The story of two Soviet Space Dogs that were precursors to the first Soviet manned flight.


Lund, Deb.
All Aboard the DinoTrain. Harcourt, 2006. (P-I)


Colorful pictures with rhyming verses follow dinosaurs as they take a fun roller coaster ride on a train.


Maddigan, Beth.
The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs. Libraries Unlimited, 2003. (L)


This book features storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, with suggestions for rhymes, songs, and crafts.


Mader, Jan.
Let’s Go Camping! Capstone, 2007. (P)


Large color photographs and simple text describe the pastime of camping.


Marsh, Carole.
Mystery of the Alamo Ghost. Gallopade, 2003. (P-I)


Four children are going to solve the mystery of the Alamo, even if their Grandmother does not believe it.


Marshall, Edward.
Space Case. Puffin, 1992. (P-I)


Halloween takes this alien as a trick-or-treater, deciding his costume is that of a robot.


Martin, Bill Jr.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Simon and Schuster, 1989. (T-P)


The lower case letters of the alphabet go off to have fun in a tree, and when it falls, the capital letters come to rescue them.


Maupin, Melissa.
Texas Outdoor Adventure Guide for Kids. Texas Parks and Wildlife, 1998. (L)


A resource guide for places in Texas for kids to have fun.


McCarthy, Ann.
Critters of Texas Pocket Guide. Adventure Publications, 2005. (I)


A pocket guide to the animals that live in Texas.


McCarty, Peter.
T is for Terrible. Henry Holt, 2004. (P)


A tyrannosaurus explains why he does the things he does and that he cannot help it that he eats meat and is so terrible. It’s just the way he was made.


McClements, George.
Ridin’ Dinos with Buck Bronco. Harcourt, 2007. (P-I)


Buck Bronco helps children pick out the kind of dinosaur they would like to ride.


McCully, Emily.
Monk Camps Out. Scholastic, 2000. (P)


Monk attempts to make it through the night on his own in his backyard. Both Monk and his parents are a bit anxious and neither make it through the night.


McDonald, Megan.
When the Library Lights Go Out. Simon and Schuster, 2005. (P-I)


When the library closes the puppets come alive. They soon discover that the Hermit Crab is missing. They go on adventure in the library to locate the Hermit Crab.


McElmeel, Sharron L.
Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories and More. Libraries Unlimited, 2006. (I-L)


Recipes from favorite children’s authors to serve with readings of their books.


McQuinn, Anna.
Lola at the Library. Charlesbridge, 2006. (P)


Follow Lola on her weekly trip to the library with her mother.


Meddaugh, Susan.
Martha Speaks. Houghton Mifflin, 1995. (T-P)


After eating a bowl of alphabet soup, the family dog has a lot to say.


Merrill, Yvonne Y.
Hands-on Latin America: Art Activities For All Ages. Kits, 1997. (L)


This book contains art activities from Latin America.


Milgrim, David.
Here is Space. Troll, 1998. (P-I)


A child’s discovery of his world provides a new perspective on space.


Mitchell, Mark.
Raising La Belle. Eakin, 2001. (I)


This is the story of the recovery of the sunken French ship, La Belle, including the problems encountered, and some of the events leading up to the sinking of the ship.


Monsell, Mary Elise.
Armadillo. Macmillan, 1991. (P+)


Armadillo takes to his home every time it rains and his friends discover how warm and dry his house is.


Mora, Pat.
Tomás and the Library Lady. Knopf, 1997. (I)


Tomas discovers the world with the help of a kind and caring librarian.


Morris, Ann.
Houses and Homes (Around the World Series). HarperTrophy, 1995. (P)


Photos and spare text depict homes from around the world.


Morris, Carla.
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians. Peachtree, 2007. (P+)


The story of how a boy finds the library an excellent place to grow up with the help of his librarians.


Most, Bernard.
The Cow That Went Oink. Aladdin, 2003. (P-I)


The other animals make fun of cow and pig because they do not make the right animal sounds.


Most, Bernard.
Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs? Voyager, 1987. (P-I)


The author explores various scenarios that might have caused the extinction of dinosaurs.


Munro, Roxie.
Ranch. Bright Sky, 2004. (P-I)


The author describes the various aspects of a Texas cattle ranch.


Murdoch, David.
Cowboy. Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (I)


This is an Eyewitness book with color photographs and definitions on cowboy life.


Nelson, Vaunda.
Juneteenth. Millbrook, 2006. (I)


The story of how slaves found their freedom.


Oppenheim, Shulamith.
What is the Moon Full Of? Boyds Mills, 2003. (P-I)


A boy takes a walk with his grandmother. All of the animals he encounters tell him what they think the moon is made of.


Palatini, Margie.
Moo Who? HarperCollins, 2004. (P-I)


Hilda, the singing cow, is hit on the head and forgets how to “moo.” She tries copying the other animals until she gets her “moo” back.


Palazzo, Craig.
Why Opossum is Gray. Troll Communications, 1997. (P+)


A Mexican folktale about little Opossum that learns the value of “playing 'possum” when she tries to steal fire from the great Firemaker.


Pallotta, Jerry.
The Icky Bug Counting Book. Charlesbridge, 1992. (T-P)


Children will learn about the alphabet while looking at icky bugs.


Park, Linda.
What Does Bunny See? A Book of Colors and Flowers. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. (P)


A bunny hops through various flowers and discovers all of the colors of the rainbow.


Parr, Todd.
The Family Book. Little, Brown, 2004. (T)


Children will learn about a variety of families in this fun book.


Parr, Todd.
Otto Goes to Camp. Little Brown, 2004. (P-I)


Otto doesn’t seem to bring the right things to camp. His friends make fun of him, until one of his “wrong” things saves the day.


Paulsen, Gary.
Canyons. Delacorte, 1990. (I)


The discovery of a skull involves a young boy with an Apache brave from the past.


Peck, Jan.
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. Simon & Schuster, 2004. (T-P)


This is a rhyming book about the animals of the sea.


Pedersen, Janet.
Millie in the Meadow. Candlewick, 2003. (P-I)


Millie the cow watches an artist paint pictures of the other animals. Millie and the children guess what animal the artist is drawing next.


Pelta, Kathy.
Texas. Lerner, 2002. (I)


This book provides an introduction to the places and people of Texas.


Pringle, Laurence P.
Naming the Cat. Walker, 1999. (T-P)


A new cat shows up at a family’s house, and they try to decide what to name him.


Pringle, Laurence.
Bear Hug. Boyds Mills, 2003. (P-I)


A father goes on a special camping trip with his children.


Reynolds, Aaron.
Chicks and Salsa. Bloomsbury, 2007. (P)


A smarter than average rooster watches the food channel and cooks for the barnyard. Many of his dishes create unusual things at the farm.


Rice, Melissa.
Fire on the Hillside. Republic of Texas, 2001. (I)


This story of a girl’s migration from Germany to Texas in the mid-1800’s.


Ride, Sally.
The Mystery of Mars. Crown, 1999. (I)


Information gathered from the Mars probes is presented in this book.


Rinard, Judith.
Book of Flight: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Firefly, 2007. (I)


Photos and illustrations demonstrating the history of flight.


Robertson, Brian.
Brian Robertson’s Favorite Texas Tales. Eakin, 1992. (I)


A collection of stories about Texas, including tall tales.


Rockwell, Anne.
Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? HarperCollins, 1999. (P-I)


A series of questions reveal several types of flowers.


Rogers, Lisa Waller.
The Great Storm: The Hurricane Diary of J. T. King, Galveston, Texas, 1900. Texas Tech, 2002. (I)


A teenage boy’s diary of the Galveston hurricane of 1900.


Rotner, Shelley.
Pick A Pet. Orchard, 1999. (P)


Picking a pet can be difficult. Peggy must decide which pet she wants and why.


Rubin, Susan Goldman.
Counting with Wayne Thiebaud. Chronicle Books, 2007.(P)


A great introduction to art through counting.


Rustad, Martha.
The Planets. Capstone, 2002. (P)


Color photos and simple text introduce preschoolers to the nine planets.


Ryan, Pam Munoz.
Hello Ocean. Charlesbridge, 2001. (P+)


A rhyming picture book about a day at the beach.


Rylant, Cynthia.
The Relatives Came. Aladdin, 1993. (T-P)


See what happens when relatives come to stay a while.


Sachar, Louis.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Scholastic, 2001. (I)


Hilarious short stories about a wacky school built sideways, with 30 one-classroom stories.


Schaefer, Lola M.
It’s My Body ABC. Heinemann, 2003. (T)


Through photographs and text, this book teaches toddlers about various body parts.


Schiller, Pam.
The Complete Resource Book: An Early Childhood Curriculum, Over 1500 Activities and Ideas. Gryphon, 2004. (L)


This is a gigantic book of activities for preschool through kindergarten age children.


Schuette, Sarah.
Let’s Look at Summer. Capstone, 2007. (P-I)


Large photographs and simple text illustrate summer events.


Schuh, Mari.
The Milk Group. Capstone, 2006. (P-I)


This non-fiction book explains the milk group in clear pictures with minimal text.


Scott, Elaine.
When is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto. Clarion, 2007. (I)


A nonfiction book that discusses the history of the discovery of the nine planets.


Seuss, Dr.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Random House, 1970. (T-P)


Mr. Brown invites readers to imitate animal sounds.


Shannon, David.
Good Boy, Fergus! Blue Sky, 2006. (T)


Fergus is a good dog, but sometimes does naughty things.


Shaw, Nancy.
Sheep in a Jeep. Houghton Mifflin, 1986. (T-P)


Five sheep go on a road trip.


Sierra, Judy.
Counting Crocodiles. Scholastic, 1998. (T-P)


A clever monkey uses crocodiles to get to the island with bananas.


Sierra, Judy.
The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. H.W. Wilson, 1997. (L)


This book contains flannelboard stories and patterns for toddlers through school age children.


Sierra, Judy.
Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf. Random House, 2007. (P-I)


The Big Bad Wolf decides to go to the library for storybook tea. He wins everyone over by being exceedingly polite and is invited to come back again.


Sierra, Judy.
Wild About Books. Random House, 2004. (P-I)


When the librarian accidentally takes her bookmobile to the zoo, the animals discover the joy of reading.


Simon, Charnan.
Lewis the Librarian. The Child’s World, 2006. (P)


Lewis the Librarian loves doing all of the parts of his job, but his favorite is storytime.


Singer, Marilyn.
Quiet Night. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (P)


Campers awakened by numerous nighttime animals are having anything but a quiet night


Small, Terry.
Legend of Pecos Bill. Bantam, 1992. (P+)


The tall tale of Pecos Bill and his adventures in Texas.


Smith, Cynthia Leitich.
Jingle Dancer. HarperCollins, 2000. (P+)


A girl wants to dance like her Grandma Wolfe at the powwow, but needs to make a dress for the jingle dance.


Smith, Dana.
A Wild Cowboy. Hyperion, 2004. (P-I)


A toddler spending the day with Grandma lets his imagination run wild and goes on an imaginary cowboy adventure.


Sobel, June.
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC. Harcourt, 2006. (T-P)


Deciding they need more than the letter “R”, a group of pirates set sail on an alphabet adventure.


Spencer, Gwynne.
Directory of Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers West of the Mississippi. Linworth, 2002. (L)


This book lists potential speakers from over twenty states.


Spradlin, Michael.
Texas Rangers, Legendary Lawmen. Walker, 2008. (I)


Illustrated history of the Texas Rangers and how they do their job.


Squires, Janet.
The Gingerbread Cowboy. HarperCollins, 2006. (P-I)


This is a westernized version of the Gingerbread Man.


Stadler, Alexander.
Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book. Harcourt, 2002. (P-I)


When Beverly keeps a library book past the due date, she imagines all of the horrible things that are going to happen to her when the librarian finds out.


Stangl, Jean.
Flannel Graphs: Flannel Board Fun. Frank Schaffer, 1986. (L) OP


This book is a collection of flannel board stories and patterns.


Stein, David.
Cowboy Ned and Andy. Simon and Schuster, 2006. (P-I)


It’s Cowboy Ned’s birthday, and Andy wants to get him a birthday cake. He wanders around the desert looking for a birthday surprise for his friend.


Steinberg, Laya.
Thesaurus Rex. Barefoot Books, 2005. (P-I)


The author uses the character of “Thesaurus Rex” to teach synonyms.


Stevens, Janet.
Tortoise and the Hare. Holiday House, 1984. (P+)


This book is a retelling of the classic Aesop’s fable.


Stewart, Sarah.
The Library. Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1999. (P-I)


Follow a young girl into adulthood whose life centers on books and the library.


Stutson, Caroline.
Cowpokes. HarperCollins, 1999. (P-I)


The author describes what cowboys do from dawn to dusk.


Suen, Anastasia.
Man on the Moon. Aladdin, 2002. (P-I)


The story of the lunar landing by Apollo 11 in 1969.


Tabor, Nancy Maria Grande.
We Are A Rainbow. Charlesbridge, 1997. (I)


This book includes simple comparisons of food, legends, and more from various cultures. The illustrations are colorful cut-paper art.


Thaler, Mike.
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon. Scholastic, 1997. (P-I)


A humorous story about a fire-breathing teacher and a library with books bolted to the shelves.


Thimmesh, Catherine.
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon. Houghlin Mifflin, 2006. (P+)


An adventure-filled retelling of the story of the first Apollo moon-landing.


Thomas, Rosie.
Cowgirl Rosie and Her Five Baby Bison. Little Brown, 2001. (P-I)


Cowgirl Rosie must go in search of her missing baby bison.


Thompson, Carol.
Mr. Wiggle’s BookSchool Specialty Publishing, 2003. (P-I)


Mr. Wiggle the inchworm, talks about the ways people damage books and teaches children how to properly care for books.


Thompson, Carol.
Mr. Wiggle’s Library. School Specialty Publishing, 2003. (P-I)


Mr. Wiggle the inchworm, explains library organization and the numerous things the library offers.


Thompson, Carol.
Mr. Wiggle Looks for Answers. School Specialty Publishing, 2003. (P-I)


Mr. Wiggle the inchworm, teaches children how they can use reference books to find the answers they need.


Thompson, Carol.
Mr. Wiggle Loves to Read. School Specialty Publishing, 2003. (P-I)


Mr. Wiggle the inchworm, teaches children how the library is organized, what fiction and non-fiction are, and how books are found in the library.


Thompson, Lauren.
Mouse’s First Summer. Simon and Schuster, 2004. (P)


Follow Mouse and Minka as they explore fun summer activities.


Thong, Roxanne.
Round Is A Moon Cake. Scholastic, 2005. (T-P)


A look at Chinese culture and shapes in everyday objects.


Tingle, Tim.
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom. Cinco Puntos, 2006. (I)


Cross-cultural stories about friendships between Native Americans and African American slaves, set before the Civil War and the Trail of Tears.


Tingle, Tim.
When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Tale from the Choctaw Nation. August House, 2007. (P+)


A Choctaw version of the story of the tortoise and the hare.


Totten, Kathryn.
Seasonal Storytime Crafts. Highsmith, 2002. (L)


This book contains seasonal thematic storytimes for ages 2-6 that include books, crafts, rhymes, and songs.


Totten, Kathryn.
Storytime Crafts. Upstart, 1998. (L)


This book contains seasonal thematic storytimes for ages 2-6 that include books, crafts, rhymes, and songs.


Travis, George.
Let’s Go Fishing in the Ocean. Rourke, 1998. (I)


Read this book to find ways to fish in the ocean.


Van Dusen, Chris.
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee. Chronicle, 2003. (P-I)


Mr. Magee and his dog go on an adventure-filled camping trip. A hungry bear out for food inadvertently sends Mr. Magee and his dog down the river and almost over the waterfall. Find out how the bear saves the day.


Wagner, Lisa.
Cool Foods for Fun Fiestas: Easy Recipes for Kids to Cook. Checkerboard, 2007. (P-I)


This book is full of easy recipes for children.


Walsh, Ellen Stoll.
Mouse Paint. Harcourt, 1989. (T-P)


Three mice learn to paint to hide from the cat.


Walsh, Ellen Stoll.
Mouse Shapes. Harcourt, 2007. (T)


Three mice use different shapes to hide from a cat.


Walton, Rick.
So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book. HarperCollins. 1998. (T-P)


Old Mother Rabbit lives with her 26 bunnies in a shoe. Each one of her bunny’s names starts with a different letter of the alphabet.


Waltz, Josephine.
Write Out of the Oven! Letters and Recipes from Children’s Authors. Teacher Ideas, 2005. (I-L)


An insightful view of children’s authors that includes their recipes and words of wisdom.


Warner, Gertrude Chandler.
The Deserted Library Mystery. Albert Whitman, 1991. (I)


A story about a boy who needs help from the Boxcar Children and a man who wants something valuable from the library as his own.


Weatherby, Mark.
My Dinosaur. Scholastic, 1997. (P-I)


A little girl goes on a nighttime voyage with her dinosaur friend.


White, Mark.
The Tortoise and the Hare. Picture Window, 2004. (P+)


This book is a retelling of the classic Aesop’s fable.


Whybrow, Ian.
Sammy and the Dinosaurs. Scholastic, 1999. (P-I)


Sammy has a collection of toy dinosaurs that come alive for him. When Sammy accidentally leaves them on the train, the dinosaurs find their way back to him.


Willems, Mo.
Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Hyperion, 2006. (P-I)


A little boy is determined to convince everyone in town that, because dinosaurs are extinct, Edwina the dinosaur can not exist.


Williams, Sue.
I Went Walking. Harcourt, 1989. (T)


Going for a walk can be fun, especially when you run into a variety of animals.


Willis, Jeanne.
I Want to Be a Cowgirl. Henry Holt, 2002. (P-I)


A girl who wants to be a cowgirl describes how unsatisfied she is in the city.


Wilmes, Liz and Dick.
2’s Experience Felt Board Fun. Building Blocks, 2004. (L)


This book is a compilation of flannel board activities and patterns appropriate for two-year-olds.


Wilmes, Liz and Dick.
Felt Board Fun: For Everyday and Holidays. Building Blocks, 2004. (L)


This book is a compilation of flannel board activities and patterns.


Wilson, Karma.
Hilda Must Be Dancing. Margaret K. McElderry, 2004. (T-P)


Not everyone in the jungle loves Hilda’s dancing as much as she does.


Wilson, Karma.
Sakes Alive!: A Cattle Drive. Little Brown, 2005. (P-I)


Two cows take the farmer’s truck and have an eventful ride into town.


Wood, Audrey.
The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors. Blue Sky, 2005. (T)


Explore the colors in the middle of the sea.


Wood, Don.
Piggies. Harcourt, 1997. (T)


These little piggies get into a lot of messes! Explore what hands and fingers can do in this book.


Wood, Jakki.
Across the Big Blue Sea. National Geographic, 1998. (P-I)


Sixty sea animals are seen as a boat travels through the waterways.


Yaccarino, Dan.
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!: I’m Off to the Moon. Aladdin, 2001. (P-I)


A boy takes a dangerous and exciting space trip to the moon.


Yolen, Jane.
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? Blue Sky, 2004. (T-P)


Follow different types of dinosaurs as they count various objects.


Yolen, Jane.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight Blue Sky, 000. (P)


Dinosaurs show the incorrect way to go to bed, and then the correct way.


Yoo, Tae-Eun.
The Little Red Fish. Penguin, 2007. (P-I)


When JeJe falls asleep in the library, he awakens to find his little red fish is gone. JeJe has lots of adventures in the library as he looks for his little red fish.

Audio Recordings

Allen, Margaret, Dr.
Critters, Colors and Clouds. Maggie Music, 2004. (CD) (P)


This CD features songs about Texas critters and more.


Berkner, Laurie.
Buzz Buzz. Two Tomatoes, 2001. (CD) (T-I)


This CD features songs by Laurie Berkner that are featured on the NOGGIN cable network.


Bollinger, Cathy.
Alphabet Jam Songs & Rhymes to Build Early Reading Skills. Rivanna Arts, 2006. (CD) (T)


A collection of songs about the alphabet and individual letters.


Erickson, John R.
Tales and Tunes from Hank the Cowdog. Maverick, 2003. (CD) (P+)


Excerpts from Hank the Cowdog books and original songs about Hank.


Fink, Cathy and Marcy Marxer with Brave Combo.
All Wound Up! - A Family Music Party. Rounder, 2001. (CD) (P+)


A collection of fun music sure to make children move.


Fink, Cathy.
Bon Appetit: Musical Food Fun. Rounder Kids, 2003. (CD) (P+)


Discover the fun world of food through various styles of music.


Grupo Fantasma.
Movimiento Popula. Aire Sol, 2004. (CD) (P+)


This Texas based, high energy Latin ensemble is gaining national attention.


Jastram, Lisa.
Cowboys, Critters and Such. Musical Endeavors, 1997. (CASS & CD) (P)


Lisa sings about Texas cowboys and critters.


Kimbo.
Songs about Colors and Shapes. Kimbo, 2003. (CD) (T)


This collection includes songs about individual colors and a wide variety of shapes.


McDermott, Tom.
Cooperation Garden Time: Stories and Songs for Kids. Listening House, 2002. (CD) (P+)


Songs and musical stories performed by Texas storyteller, Tom McDermott.


Miller, Lucas.
I Was a Supa-Dupa Pupa! Big Kids Productions, 2005. (CD) (I)


This award winning recording from Texas author and musician, Lucas Miller, is full of environmental songs.


Raffi.
Raffi: the Singable Songs Collection. Rounder, 1997. (CD) (P+)


A collection on 3 CDs of Raffi’s songs for preschoolers and early elementary age children on a variety of topics.


Singin’ Steve.
Learning Land & Rainbow Village. Smartsongs, 1998. (CD) (T)


Songs include concepts about senses, colors, and shapes.


The Wiggles.
Dance Party. Koch Records, 2003. (CD) (T-I)


This CD contains songs from “The Wiggles” cable show.


The Wiggles.
Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins. Koch Records, 2004. (CD) (T-I)


This CD contains songs from “The Wiggles” cable show.


The Wiggles.
Yummy Yummy. Koch Records, 2003. (CD) (T-I)


This CD contains songs from “The Wiggles” cable show.


Various Artists.
Asian Dreamland. Putumayo, 2007. (CD) (P+)


This collection of Asian lullabies will sooth and calm.


Various Artists.
Latin Playground. Putumayo, 2002. (CD)(P+)


A collection of upbeat songs by well-known artists from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.


Various Artists.
Many Tricksters. San Antonio StoryTellers’ Association, 1996. (Cass)(I+)


Trickster tales from many Texan cultures, including German, Alabama-Coushatta, Creole, African-American, and Tejano. Also includes Jewish and American South tales.


Various Artists.
Ants Go Marching. Madacy Kids, 2002. (CD) (T-P)


Traditional children’s songs by various artists.


Various Artists.
Jazz for kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake. Verve Music Group, 2004. (CD) (P+)


Listen to classic songs recorded between 1941 through 1967 and hear how the masters of music tell their stories with songs. Includes “Yes, We Have No Bananas” by Louis Prima.


Wee Sing.
Wee Sing Around the World. Price Stern & Sloan/Newsound, 2006. (CD) (T-P)


Over an hour in length, this recording is packed with traditional songs from many countries.


Wonder Pets.
Wonder Pets! Nick Records, 2007. (CD) (T-P)


Soundtrack of the best from the Nick Jr. children's TV series! Wonder Pets!, about the adventures of three classroom pets who travel around the globe and use teamwork to rescue animals who need their help.

Videos/DVDs/Films

All About Astronauts.
Good Times, 2005. (61 minutes) (P-I)


This is an informational DVD for children about space exploration.


All About Cowboys for Kids Part I.
TM Books and Video, 2004. (50 minutes) (P-I)


This is an informational DVD for children about cowboy life.


All About Cowboys for Kids Part II.
TM Books and Video, 2003 (45minutes) (P-I)


This is an informational DVD for children about cowboy life.


All About Dinosaurs for Children.
Schlessinger Media, 2005. (23 minutes) (I)


This DVD acquaints children with various species of dinosaurs and compares them with their modern counterparts.


All About the Planets for Children.
Schlessinger Media, 2005. (23 minutes) (P-I)


This DVD teaches children about the Solar System.


Best of the Real West.
A & E Television Network, 2000. (DVD) (P+) (60 minutes)


Kenny Rogers narrates stories about the old west.


Big Bend National Park.
Finley-Holiday Films, 2005. (DVD) (P+) (41 minutes)


See the flora and animals and enjoy the scenery while learning about Big Bend National Park and all it offers visitors.


Big Space Shuttle.
Big Kids Production, 2003. (50 minutes) (I)


This DVD teaches children about the space program.


Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Life.
Disney, 2003. (DVD) (P-I) (26 minutes)


In his unique way of experimenting and demonstrating how things work, Bill Nye explores the ocean.


Blue’s Clues: Shapes and Colors.
Nickelodeon, 2003. (96 minutes) (T-P)


Join Blue as she solves a mystery involving shapes and colors.


Chicka, Chicka, 1-2-3... And More Stories About Counting.
New Video Group, 2006. (42 minutes) (T)


Count and learn with this video.


Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type.
New Video Group, 2003. (52 minutes) (P-I)


This is a collection that includes ’Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type,’ The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash,’ and ’The Pig’s Wedding.’ The ’Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type’ segment is about 10 minutes.


Cow Who Clucked.
Spoken Arts, 2007. (11 minutes) (P-I)


Cow has a dream that she is a chicken and upon waking she discovers that she can only cluck. She has lost her ”moo.” Cow sets out to find her “moo” by visiting every animal on the farm


Crazy for Color.
Baby Bumblebee, 2003. (60 minutes) (T)


Children explore and learn about colors by looking at real objects like balloons and butterflies.


Danny and the Dinosaur and More.
New Video Group, 2005. (58 minutes) (P-I)


Danny is surprised when one of the dinosaurs from the museum plays with him.


Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer.
Paramount Home Entertainment, 2007. (98 minutes) (P)


Dora and Boots must fix the mixed up seasons and have some summer fun.


Good Night, Gorilla... and More Bedtime Stories.
Scholastic, 2003 (51 minutes). (T)


Bedtime has never been so much fun as it is with this video. Includes “The Napping House.”


Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
Warner Home Video, 2006. (55 minutes) (P-I)


When Harry looks in his bucket full of dinosaurs he is transported to Dino Land where he has lots of dinosaur adventures with his dinosaur friends.


How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
New Video Group, 2004. (59 minutes) (P-I)


Using dinosaurs, the author illustrates the incorrect way to go to bed and then the correct way.


Kidsongs: Day at Camp.
Image Entertainment, 2002. (30 minutes) (P-I)


Sing campfire songs with the children from Camp Kidsongs.


The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
Clearvue, 1991. (VHS) (P+) (20 minutes)


The legend of how the bluebonnet came to be, retold by Tomie de Paola.


Let’s Explore...Spring and Summer.
One Smart Cookie Productions, 2006. (38 minutes) P-I)


Three levels of learning are included on the DVD for children from preschool to age ten. Children will learn about things like: summer weather, seasonal foods, insects, and more.


Magic School Bus Space Adventures.
Warner Home Video, 2003. (82 minutes) (P-I)


This DVD includes three episodes about space from the “Magic School Bus” series.


My Community: Library.
Schlessinger Media, 2007. (15 minutes) (P-I)


This is an instructional DVD for children on how a library works.


Pecos Bill: King of the Cowboys.
Koch 1985. (P+) (50 minutes)


Discover the amazing tale of how Pecos Bill tackled a twister and took a bull by the horns. Shelly Duvall’s Tall Tales and Legends series is now available in DVD.


Planting A Rainbow.
Weston Woods, 2007. (6 minutes) (P-I)


This DVD is based on the children’s book by Lois Ehlert about a garden with rainbow colors.


Rainbow Fish Fun and Games.
Sony Wonder, 2001. (VHS) (P-I) (45 minutes)


Rainbow Fish shares his adventures on the ocean floor while children learn about games that fish play.


Reading Rainbow: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch.
Reading Rainbow, 2004. (30 minutes) (P-I)


Experience the old west with Levar Burton and see a stuntwoman demonstrate rope tricks and stunts on horseback.


Reading Rainbow: Space Case.
GPN Educational Media, 2004. (30 minutes) (P-I)


A video retelling of the book, Space Case. A creature from outer space comes to Earth and is mistaken for different things.


Reading Rainbow: Summer.
Lancit Media Entertainment, 1994. (30 minutes) (P-I)


This DVD follows baby animals through their summer activities.


Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!
New Media, 2005. (15 minutes) (P-I)


Based on the children’s book of the same title, Buddy Bear learns about different seeds and how they grow.


Serious Farm.
Nutmeg Media, 2005. (10 minutes) (P-I)


Farmer Fred and his farm animals are so serious that they never crack a smile. One day Edna the cow gets the other animals to try and help her make Farmer Fred laugh. Despite their best efforts it backfires and the animals decide to run away. Farmer Fred must learn what is really important.


Sing Along Songs: Campout.
Disney, 1994. (30 minutes) (P-I)


Sing campfire songs with the Disney Gang. On-screen lyrics are included for children to sing along with.


Stanley’s Dinosaur Round-Up.
Disney, 2006. (71 minutes) (P-I)


Stanley takes the children through the world of dinosaurs.


Tall Tales and Legends.
Schlessinger Media, 2007. (23 minutes) (P-I)


This is an animated DVD about the life of Pecos Bill.


VRRROOOMMM 2 Dairy Farming For Kids.
Big Kids Productions, 2003. (30 minutes) (P+)


This movie describes the various activities on a dairy farm, from milking the cows to making cheese.


Wayside - The Movie.
Paramount, 2007. (49 minutes) (I+)


A film based on the book by Louis Sachar.


When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
Platinum, 2006. (85 minutes) (I+)


A film based on the book by Kimberly Willis Holt



Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!


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