Key to abbreviations for age recommendations
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.
Amazingly Easy Puppet Plays: 42 New Scripts for One-Person Puppetry. American Library Association, 1997. (L)
These forty-two tried and true scripts are great for both novice and experienced puppeteers.
Now I Eat My ABC's. Scholastic, 2004. (T)
Photographs of food outline capital letters in this scrumptious board book edition. Tiny fingers can follow the shapes of letters as they read.
Ada, Alma Flor.
I Love Saturdays y Domingos. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002. (P – I)
A girl of multiracial roots enjoys the company of both, her Spanish-speaking and English-speaking grandparents.
Ancient Egypt. Kingfisher, 2006. (I)
The writing in this basic introduction to Ancient Egypt is clear and concise. The book is stepped with attractive visuals, illustrations, real photos, and intriguing translucent overlays.
Castles and Forts. Kingfisher, 2003. (I)
This nonfiction title describes the history of fortifications with excellent clarity and detail. The plentiful visuals are superbly organized with the text resulting in a sleek and attractive presentation.
Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History. Capstone, 2010. (I)
This book works like a Choose your Own Adventure title with a nonfiction twist. As readers learn about life in Ancient Egypt they make choices that determine what will happen next. Attractive illustrations are included throughout.
Adler, David A.
Bones and the Math Test Mystery. Viking, 2008. (P-I)
When his math test disappears, Detective Bones must either find it or retake the test.
Adler, David A.
Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie. Viking, 1996. (P-I)
A young detective uses her photographic memory to find the missing cookies.
Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery. Puffin Books, 2001. (P+)
Young Cam Jansen uses her exceptional memory to help solve the mystery of a missing shopping list. Simple, colored illustrations accompany the easy text.
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus. HarperCollins, 1994. (I)
Stories about the Greek gods and goddesses are told briefly and clearly with colored pencil illustrations.
Mummies Made in Egypt. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1979. (I)
This book describes techniques and process of mummification, as well as the beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians concerning its practice, in clear and concise text. Many of the illustrations were adapted from artwork found in Egyptian tombs.
Miss Nelson Is Missing! Houghton Mifflin, 1977. (P)
Miss Nelson is out one day and students act up until a strange substitute teacher appears. Then the kids search for their teacher.
The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say MOO. Sterling, 2008. (T,P)
After practicing lots of animal sounds, each animal shares its favorite. The watercolor and ink illustrations are simple, yet delightful.
Allen, Laura Jean.
Rollo and Tweedy and the Ghost at Dougal Castle. HarperCollins, 1992. (P)
Detective Tweedy and his assistant uncover the truth about Dougal Castle.
Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop. Dutton, 2009. (I)
Psychic investigator Gilda Joyce solves a mystery at the International Spy Museum.
Amazingly Easy Puppet Plays: 42 New Scripts for One-Person Puppetry. American Library Association, 1997. (L)
These forty-two tried and true scripts are great for both novice and experienced puppeteers.
Anderson, Peggy Perry.
Chuck's Truck. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. (T,P)
With all the farm animals as passengers, Chuck heads to town in his truck, which breaks down. By the end of the story, Chuck's truck is better than ever. The crayon, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations are enticing.
Anton Wright, Denise.
One-Person Puppet Plays. Teacher Ideas Press, 1990. (L)
This book is filled with fun puppet plays you will enjoy sharing.
Xochitl and the Flowers / Xochitl, la nina de las flores. Children's Book Press, 2003. (P-I)
Xochitl and her family have come to America all the way from El Salvador. In a different culture so far from home, they bring the joy of flowers to her new neighborhood.
Remembering Grandma / Recordando a Abuela. Piñata Books, 2003. (I)
A grandfather and a granddaughter reminisce about their beautiful memories of grandmother.
Arnold, Jeanne and Stevens, Jan Romero.
Carlos Digs to China / Carlos excava hasta la China. Luna Rising, 2001. (I)
Carlos gets a bright idea after once again eating rice and beans with tortillas, a meal he is accustomed to eating. Instead, this one time, he would prefer to eat some egg rolls and will dig a deep hole that can take him all the way to China.
Come to the Castle! : A Visit to a Castle in 13th Century England. Roaring Brook Press, 2009. (I)
Readers meet a cast of colorful, amusingly illustrated characters residing in a 13th century medieval castle.
Auch, Mary Jane.
I Was a Third Grade Spy. Holiday House, 2001. (I)
In this hilarious, easy chapter book, a boy's dog is suddenly able to talk after being hypnotized. The boy and his friends decide to use the dog to spy on their nemesis. The resulting antics, particularly when narrated by the dog, are pure entertainment.
Old Black Fly. Holt, 1992. (T,P)
Old Black Fly has buzzed his way through the alphabet, causing trouble all over the house and leaving a spatter paint trail of havoc.
Baeza Ventura, Gabriela; Gonzales Bertrand, Diane; and Pardo DeLange, Alex.
The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la Abuela. Piñata Books, 2003. (P – I)
Abuelita sure knows how to make some yummy empanadas, a traditional Hispanic treat, for her family. Read along for a fun-filled experience.
Mimi. Macmillan, 2008. (T,P)
Readers follow Mimi through a typical day, even though her pet roly-poly is missing. Where she finds him is surprising! Delightful three-dimensional artwork makes this a particularly fun read.
Quack and Count. Harcourt Brace, 1999. (T,P)
Seven ducklings play together in this simple, cut-paper collage picture book.
Ten, Nine, Eight. Greenwillow Books, 1983. (T)
"10 small toes all washed and warm" begin the countdown to bedtime for a young African-American girl and her father.
Oh No!, Or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World. Hyperion Books for Children, 2010. (I)
The robot that a young girl builds for a science project quickly spins out of control and begins to wreack havoc on the city. The amusing illustrations are a mix between comic book and graphic novel styles.
Ivy + Bean: What's the Big Idea? Chronicle Books, 2010. (I)
Ivy and Bean knew from the first moment they met that they could never be friends. But as they prepare to come up with a truly different science fair project, they once again prove that opposites not only attract, but create cool reactions as well.
The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery. Abrams, 1989. (P)
Eleven games help to celebrate an elephant's eleventh birthday in a picture book mystery that invites readers to participate in solving a puzzle.
Enigma: A Magical Mystery. Abrams, 2008. (I)
This entertaining picture book doubles as a visual mystery. The moving panel at the back of the book reveals the key the reader decipher the codes in the book.
Bauer, Marion Dane.
Toes, Ears, and Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book. Little Simon, 2003. (T)
Articles of clothing and other items on flaps lift to reveal the part of the body each covers. Bright colors and fun patterns make this great for sharing one-on-one.
Duck, Duck, Goose! (A Coyote's on Loose! ) HarperCollins, 2004. (T,P)
All the barnyard animals think a coyote is stalking them, but it is really just rabbit wanting to play! The delightful ink and watercolor illustrations are colorful and full of movement.
Cool Crime Scene Basics: Securing the Scene. Abdo, 2009. (I)
This book is a fun, basic introduction to forensic science, with interesting hands-on activities. The layout is attractive and appealing.
Bentley, Dawn; Cahoon, Heather; and Gerth, Melanie.
Buenas noches, maripositas: un colorida tierra de ensueños. Libros Para Ninos, 2003. (P – I)
Children will enjoy counting down from nine butterflies as one disappears each time they turn the page of this bedtime book.
Bentley, Dawn; Cahoon, Heather; and Gerth, Melanie.
Good Night Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland. Little Simon, 2003. (P-I)
Children will enjoy counting down from nine butterflies as one disappears each time they turn the page of this bedtime book.
Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings. National Geographic Society, 2001. (I, L)
This nonfiction title is an intriguing introduction to the Valley of the Kings, the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, and the Ancient Egyptian mysteries that still remain to this day. Bold, fascinating photos accentuate the well written text.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm. North-South Books, 1994. (T,P)
Berry's colored pencil and watercolor illustrations give young readers a first-hand view of Farmer MacDonald's barnyard band.
Penny and Pepper. Cartwheel Books, 2011. (P)
When Pepper the pony disappears, Penny helps to solve the mystery.
Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective. Charlesbridge, 2005. (I)
This film noir parody is an excellent choice for reading aloud. The text has punch, the illustrations have style, and the bug humor buzzes with wit.
Abuelita fue al mercado : un libro en rima para contar por el mundo. Barefoot Books, 2007. (P – I)
Count down a fun filled day with Abuelita as she recites rhymes about her travels around the world.
Torgor the Minotaur. Scholastic, 2009. (I)
Tom and Elena set off on the next leg of their adventure. In this title they must destroy the first of six evil beasts in order to save their land from the evil wizard Malvel. This exciting fantasy adventure is perfect for new chapter book readers.
Dogs on the Bed. Candlewick Press, 2008. (T,P)
The rhyming text describes the havoc wreaked by the family dogs as everyone settles down to bed. The watercolor illustrations put readers in the middle of the chaos.
Freckle Juice. Simon and Schuster, 1971. (I)
Andrew wants freckles more than anything else in the world. In his desperation, he buys a recipe from a snotty classmate that is supposed to guarantee him freckles. This short, humorous tale is accompanied by expressive black and white drawings.
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I don't). Alfred A. Kopf, 2010. (P+)
This enjoyable story demonstrates that there really is a book for everyone. The playful tone of the text and illustrations turns a familiar scenario into a delightful and impactful story.
Blue Hat, Green Hat. Little Simon, 1995. (T)
Animal friends put on one article of brightly-colored clothing at a time, "Blue hat, green hat, red hat”, but Turkey never gets it right.
Police Dog Heroes. Enslow, 2011. (P)
Photographs and text tell the true story of how a dog is transformed from pound puppy to police pooch.
Brammer, Ehtriam and Lechon, Daniel.
My Tata’s Guitar / La guitarra de mi Tata. Piñata Books, 2003. (P –I)
Tata’s guitar comes to life with traditional music many generations will know.
Tips and Tricks for Junior Detectives. Sterling, 1994. (I, L)
This nonfiction title contains a minefield of information and resources to assist in creating detective, mystery, and spy activities.
Locked in the Library! Little Brown, 1998. (I)
After Arthur calls Francine a marshmallow, the two friends stop speaking until they are both locked in the library and must find a way out. This easy chapter book featuring the beloved Arthur characters reads simply and smoothly.
Brown, Margaret Wise.
Goodnight Moon 1 2 3. HarperCollins, 2007. (T)
With illustrations from the original classic title, tiny readers can count bears, chairs, telephones and bowls of mush.
Brown, Margaret Wise.
The Big Red Barn. Harper and Row, 1989. (T)
Brown's classic rhyming text, paired with Bond's colorful illustrations, make this a must-share.
Brown, Margaret Wise.
Sleepy ABC. HarperCollins, 2009. (T)
Brown's delightful rhyming text and Slobodkina's classic collage-style illustrations combine to make this a perfect choice for bedtime.
Butterflies on Carmen Street / Mariposas en la Calle Carmen. Piñata Books, 2007. (P – I)
Abuelito tells his granddaughter, who is learning about butterflies in school, all about how the butterflies migrated all the way to where he grew up, in Mexico.
SIEGE! Can You Capture a Castle? Enslow, 2009. (I)
The reader enters the year 1300 and is challenged to capture an enemy's castle. Detailed cutaways in the illustrations reveal a wealth of fascinating information.
Baby Can. Boyds Mills Press, 2007. (T,P)
Big brother Brendan is won over when Baby James' first steps take him right into Brendan's hug. The watercolor illustrations show baby and brother in action.
In the Haunted House. Clarion Books, 1990. (P)
A dark and mysterious house turns out to be nothing more than a place to celebrate Halloween.
I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert. Harcourt Brace, 1997. (I)
A haunting, lyrical text is narrated by an Ancient Egyptian woman. She reviews her life and her death, and with melancholy dignity muses over the iron- fisted power of time. Soft, evocative illustrations accompany the concise text.
Butler, Dori Hillestad.
Case of the Lost Boy. Albert Whitman, 2010. (I)
Buddy is a dog who has lost his family. While searching for them, he helps another family find a missing person.
Bedtime in the Jungle. Peachtree, 2009. (T,P)
This bedtime version of the traditional rhyme, "Over in the Meadow", follows jungle families one by one tucking their little ones in for the night. Butler's acrylic and colored pencil illustrations are both beautiful and child-friendly with a varied palette from the red of sunset to the indigo of dark night.
Arms and Armor. Dorling Kindersley, 2004. (I)
This visually stunning book is packed full of detailed information about weapons from the Stone Age to the 19th century. The resulting perspective on history is captivating.
The Hero and the Minotaur : the Fantastic Adventures of Theseus. Dutton Children's Books, 2005. (P-I)
Two Greek myths are retold for sharing.
The Hero and the Minotaur: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus. Dutton, 2005. (I)
Filled with exciting action and succulent details, this retelling of a Greek myth is a fine choice for reading aloud to an older crowd. The churning illustrations add an even greater sense of drama to the already lively text.
Mis abuelos y yo / My Grandparents and I. Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, 2004. (P – I)
This pair of Puerto Rican grandparents is so much fun to their beloved grandson.
La oruga muy hambriente. Philomel, 1994. (T – P)
A young caterpillar eats all the wrong things and gets a tummy ache. He learns his lesson and eats just the right stuff to grow into a beautiful butterfly.
The Secret Birthday Message. Crowell, 1972. (P)
A coded message leads to a birthday surprise.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Philomel Books, 1987. (T – P)
A young caterpillar eats all the wrong things and gets a tummy ache. He learns his lesson and eats just the right stuff to grow into a beautiful caterpillar.
I Like Me! Viking Kestrel, 1988. (T,P)
A real self-esteem builder, this book follows Piggy as she describes all the things she can do by herself. The brightly colored illustrations will appeal to young readers.
Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Candlewick, 2005.
This beloved sequel to the classic children’s book Alice in Wonderland contains the full text of the poem, “Jabberwocky”. This beautifully illustrated version is in large print.
Policeman's Safety Hints. Barron's Educational Series, 2007. (T-P)
This little people shape book offers good advice and safety rules.
Chavarría Chávez, Becky.
Magda’s Piñata Magic / Magda y la piñata magica.Piñata Books, 2001. (P – I)
Find out Magda’s secret with the piñata her uncle has bought for her brother’s birthday party.
Spot It Again! : Find More Hidden Creatures. Abrams, 2011. (P)
A lift-the-flap book provides opportunities to find hidden creatures and lots of surprises.
Cifuentes, Carolina; Mendoza, Gladys Rosa; and Noiset, Michele.
Colors and Shapes = Los colores y las figuras.Me+mi Pub., 2000. (T – P)
In this bilingual book, young children will be introduced to different colors and shapes.
Colato Lainez, Rene.
Playing Lotería / El juego de lotería. Luna Rising, 2005.(P – I)
A young boy has a great time learning more about his culture with his grandmother in Mexico.
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Medieval Castle. Scholastic, 2003. (I)
This large format entry in The Magic School Bus series has Ms. Frizzle and her students traveling back to the Middle Ages just as their castle is being attacked. Historical facts appear in banners along the bottom of the pages.
Coleman, Janet Wyman.
Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage. Harry N. Abrams, 2006. (I)
A history of spies and spy wear.
The Legend of Spud Murphy. Miramax, 2004. (I)
Will and his brother Marty are forced to spend their summer afternoons at the public library. Unfortunately, Spud Murphy, the librarian, keeps a potato gun under her desk to use on troublemakers. Hilarious and cleverly written, this easy chapter book would be an excellent title to read aloud.
Salsa. Piñata Books, 1998. (I)
The barrio is never without its fun, as long as there’s salsa around.
Abuelita Full of Life / Abuelita llena de vida. Luna Rising, 2007. (P-I)
Jose’s abuelita, who is from Mexico, comes to live with his family and he has wonderful experiences with her by his side.
Hello, Puppy! Candlewick, 2010. (T)
A young pet-owner discovers all the things her puppy can do. The pastel illustrations are soft, yet clear.
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm. Philomel, 2003. (T,P)
When Mrs. Wishy-Washy bathes all the farm animals, they run away to the big city, only to realize that home is the best place to be.
Freight Train / Tren de carga. Green Willow, 2003. (T,P)
Crews illustrates a colorful freight train, one car (and color) at a time, and describes each with a simple word or phrase.
Cumpiano, Ina; de Lucio-Brock, Anita; Herrera, Juan Felipe; and Rohmer, Harriet.
Grandma and Me at the Flea / Los meros meros remateros. Children's Book Press, 2002. (P – I)
It’s a fun day at the flea market, with friends and Grandma joining the fun.
Mythological Creatures: A Classical Bestiary. Atheneum, 2008. (I)
Vivid, full-page illustrations and descriptions of sixteen creatures from Greek mythology.
Curtis, Jamie Lee.
Where Do Balloons Go?: An Uplifting Mystery. HarperCollins, 2000. (P)
A simple mystery is solved when a child asks a simple question: where does the balloon go when it flies away?
Inspector Hopper's Mystery Year. HarperCollins, 2003. (P)
Two bugs solve mysteries throughout the seasons.
The Mystery of King Karfu. HarperCollins, 1996. (I)
Detective Seymour Slueth is on his way to Egypt to solve the mystery of the lost treasure of King Karfu.
Big Rig Bugs. Walker and Co., 2010. (T,P)
When litter hits the ground, Big Rig Bugs come out to clean it up. Cyrus's perspective puts readers up close with each bug, while a truck with similar capabilities appears in the background.
The Boy on the Bus. Candlewick, 2007. (T,P)
The boy and his farm animal passengers ride the bus "round and round all day long!" The familiar tune, "The Wheels on the Bus", combines with the animal sounds to give readers a fun and exciting adventure.
My, Oh My – A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies. Paw Prints, 2011. (I)
Learn all about butterflies, of all colors and shapes.
Davis, Jacky and Soman, David.
Ladybug Girl. Dial, 2008. (I)
Ladybug Girl doesn’t need anybody else for her to have fun.
Deedy, Carmen Agra.
The Library Dragon. Peachtree, 1994. (P+)
The newly hired librarian is a fierce, fire breathing dragon who won't let the children near the books. It takes the power of a good story to convince this librarian that kid's books aren't worth anything unless a child reads them. Lively, colorful illustrations accompany the text.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach / Martina una cucarachita muy linda. Peachtree, 2007. (P – I)
This traditional Cuban story about a cucarachita looking for love is sure to catch a laugh.
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002. (P - I)
The Gran Fiesta doesn’t come around often. Adelita, who is mistreated by her horrid stepmother and stepsisters, makes an appearance and finds a surprise there.
Dickinson, Rebecca, and S. Britt.
Over in the Hollow. Chronicle Books, 2009. (P)
From one spider through thirteen ghosts, this counting book is spooky.
Dickson, Louise, and Pat Cupples.
Lu & Clancy's Secret Languages. Kids Can Press, 2001. (P)
By decoding a secret message, two dog friends stop a crime just in time.
Dixon, Franklin W.
The Tower Treasure. Grosset and Dunlap, 1959. (I)
Brothers, Joe and Frank Hardy, battle an espionage ring trying to destroy the space program.
The Mummy's Curse #13 : The Hardy Boys Undercover Brother. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2006. (I)
The All New Undercover Brothers series featuring the infamous Hardy Boys has a far more contemporary and edgy feel compared to the original series. In this entry, Frank and Joe become involved with a missing map which shows the location of a hidden tomb in Egypt.
Knights & Castles. Simon and Schuster, 2007. (I)
This juvenile nonfiction book is packed with intriguing information and eye-catching, computer generated photos.
I Don't Want a Cool Cat! Little, Brown, 2010. (T,P)
In a fun, rhyming text, the narrator searches for the perfect pet.
Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting. Dutton, 2001. (T,P)
On one adventurous day, Dog is covered with spots of a variety of colors, all of which disappear with a bath at bedtime. Dodd uses bright colors and creative layout to make Dog's day fun to follow.
John Deere Farm ABC. DK, 2006. (T)
This board book is perfect for lap-sit sharing of the alphabet as readers tour the farm. The typical DK photographs accompany some touch and feel items.
Bunnies. ABDO, 1999. (P-I)
Learn more about the uniqueness of bunnies.
Dumas Lachtman, Ofelia.
Pepita thinks Pink / Pepita y el color rosado. Piñata Books, 1998. (I)
Pink might not be Pepita’s favorite color, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be somebody else’s favorite.
The Mystery. Alfred A . Knopf, 2008. (T+)
Max and Pinky paint the barn, but the next day it has been repainted. Follow along with Max and Pinky as they try to solve the mystery of the color changing barn.
Edwards, Pamela Duncan, and Henry Cole.
Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book. Hyperion Books for Children, 2001. (T,P)
On a rainy day, messy warthogs paint their kitchen wall with primary colors and combined colors. Illustrations of pen, colored pencil, and watercolor support the lively story.
Wag a Tail. Harcourt, 2007. (T,P)
Ehlert's signature bold colors and collage illustrations, along with a simple rhyming text, take readers on an outing with several puppies
Cuckoo : A Mexican Folktale = Cucú: Un cuento folklórico Mexicano. Harcourt Brace, 1997. (P)
Discover how the cuckoo lost her magnificent feathers in this Mayan folktale.
Color Farm. Lippincott, 1990. (T – I)
Farm animals are featured in this colorful book, filled with bright colors and various shapes.
Día de mercado: una historia contada a través del arte popular. Harcourt, 2003
When a family visits the Farmer’s Market, they will have a day of fun adventures.
Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art. Harcourt Brace, 2000. (P – I)
When a family visits the Farmer’s Market, they will have a day of fun adventures.
Planting a Rainbow. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988. (P – I)
Read about a family’s beautiful garden of rainbows.
Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Drawing Book. Little Brown, 2000. (I, L)
This art book is bursting with excellent examples of easy and cool fingerprint drawings. Each project is shown step by step, making the projects easily accessible to any level of artistic talent.
Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book. Little Brown, 1977. (T+)
This drawing book provides many how to examples of great thumbprint art.
Erickson, John R.
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog. Viking Books, 1999. (I)
Hank is a cowdog who is framed for a murder that he didn't commit.
Harriet the Spy. Harper and Row, 1964. (I)
Harriet, an eleven-year-old spy, records the actions of her classmates in her notebook, until one day her classmates read her notebook and retaliate against her.
Harriet the Spy. Delacorte, 1992. (I)
Harriet, a bright and inquisitive girl, struggles to make sense of the world around her. In order to prepare herself to become a famous author, she spies on the people around her and writes it all down in her notebook.
Silly Mommy, Silly Daddy. Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2006. (T,P)
In simple text and gouache illustrations, readers see Mommy, Daddy, grandparents, aunts and uncles act silly trying to get Baby Beth to smile today. "Clever big sister" does the trick.
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monste: A Tale of Picky Eating. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. (P+)
This hilarious story explains one possible origin of the Loch Ness Monster. The rich and dark illustrations are accented with humorous, cartoon-like details.
Flanagan, Alice K., and Christine Osinski.
A Day in Court with Mrs. Trinh. Children's Press, 1997. (P)
Readers follow a day in the life of a legal aid attorney through photographs and text.
The Cow Who Clucked. H. Holt, 2006. (T,P)
Cow searches the barnyard, the creek, and the meadow to find who has her "moo." Fleming's signature pulp painting illustrations accompany the simply text.
Flor, Alma Ada.
My Name is Maria Isabel /Mi nombre es Maria Isabel. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1995. (I)
Maria Isabel is an American immigrant from Puerto Rico who sometimes feels like she doesn’t fit in with her classmates.
Let's Count Goats! Beach Lane, 2010. (T,P)
Fox's fun and engaging rhyming text asks young readers if they can count the goats which, from 1 to 10, are found in a variety of silly situations.
Hide!!! Beaufort Books, 2010. (P)
Children play hide and seek looking for items hidden on the pages.
Frederick, Heather Vogel.
The Black Paw. Simon and Schuster, 2005. (I)
A mouse spy meets up with two bullied fifth graders at the International Spy Museum.
Naty’s Parade / La procesión de Naty. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000. (P – I)
Naty gets so distracted when having fun dancing in the streets during the parade that she ends up getting lost.
Please Take Me for a Walk. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. (T,P)
What young reader could resist the "puppy-dog eyes" of this charcoal and collage creation? Puppy lists all the things they can do together.
Galdone, Joanna and Paul Galdone.
The Tailypo: A Ghost Story. Seabury Press, 1977. (P)
This classic tale tells of a strange creature that haunts the woodsman who cut off his tail.
Tap Tap Bang Bang. Boxer Books, 2010. (T)
With onomatopoeic or movement words on every page, this book follows tools used to build a go-kart. The hand-printed paper and acrylic collage illustrations focus on one tool per page.
Garcia, Geronimo and Saens,Benjamin Alire.
Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas / La abuelita Fina y sus umbrellas maravillosas. Cinco Puntos Press, 1999.(P – I)
Find out about the great surprise Grandma Fina’s receives for her birthday.
Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other Stories. Piñata Books, 2010. (I)
Children who enjoy lucha libre will enjoy this book about an adventurous uncle and two curious cousins.
Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask : A Bilingual Cuento. Cinco Puntos Press, 2005. (I)
The Man in the Silver Mask sparks a curiosity in Carlitos when he and his dad see him at a wrestling match.
Zulema and the Witch Owl / Zulema y la Bruja Lechuza. Piñata Books, 2009. (I)
Zulema sure does learn a lesson after the creepy and scary Witch Owl visits her when she has been a horrible girl, at school and with her family.
Gevry, Claudine and Hood, Susan.
Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer. Reader's Digest Children's Books, 2003. (T – P)
Filled with beautiful images and a spring pop-up caterpillar, this book is a way for young children to learn about the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni, and Pamela Martin-Díaz.
Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success. American Library Association, 2006. (L)
This resource manual focuses on early literacy research and creating programs using early literacy principles. The book concludes with a number of appendices, including parent/caregiver materials and additional resources.
Behold--The Dragons! Morrow, 1999. (I)
This book gives detailed examples of dragon myths and stories from around the world. Swirling watercolor illustrations add color and vibrancy to this intriguing look at different culture's stories.
I Spy With My Little Eye. Candlewick Press, 2011. (P)
Die-cut pages encourage readers to guess the creatures based on little bits that can be seen through the pages.
Remember Me? : Alzheimer Through the Eyes of a Child / ¿Te acuerdas de mi?: la enfermedad de Alzheimer a través de los ojos de un niño.Raven Tree Press, 2003. (I)
A child comes to terms with her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s disease.
Glasser, Robin Preiss.
The Hidden Picture Challenge. Contemporary Books, 1995. (P)
Challenging picture puzzles will delight those who closely observe.
Golden Books Publishing Company.
Peekaboo, Bunny! Golden Books, 2009. (T)
Young children will have fun playing peekaboo with bunny.
Gonzalez, Ale; Jan, Tich; and Nora, Pastor.
Caos en el mercado. Barcelona: Pujol & Amadó, 2005. (P – I)
This book shows just how fun a mercado can be for a child. It is full of a boy’s wild imagination as he visits this world full of exciting and extraordinary bits and pieces.
Big Rigs. Big Guy Books, 2004. (T,P)
On each two-page spread, readers find a photograph of a shiny 18-wheeler and insets of excited children describing it. Great for one-on-one sharing.
Knight. DK, 2007. (I)
Children will get lost in the fabulous details, photos, and illustrations of this Eyewitness title.
Gray, Kes and Nick Sharratt.
006 and a Half. Abrams, 2007. (P+)
Daisy loves pretending, and in her latest adventure, Daisy has fun pretending to be a spy. But will anyone understand her secret spy language?
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. Pantheon, 1972. (L)
Complete book of traditional fairy tales.
Lucha Libre, The Family Portraits. México D.F, MX: Editorial RM, 2009. (I+)
Rare family portraits of luchadores are captured in these only one of a kind photos.
Kate and the Spies: The American Revolution. Barbour, 2004. (I)
During the American Revolution, eleven-year-old Kate decides to help her cousin spy on the British.
Guevara, Susan and Johnston, Tony.
Isabel’s House of Butterflies. Sierra Club Books for Children, 2003. (I)
Isabel is a clever young girl who comes up with a unique plan to keep the butterflies.
Gutman, Anne, and Georg Hallensleben.
Mommy Hugs. Chronicle Books, 2003. (T,P)
Each two-page acrylic spread of this board book shows an animal mommy and baby hugging.
Mrs. Roopy is Loopy! Harper Collins, 2004. (I)
A.J. will freely admit that he hates school and thinks all books are boring. But even he is drawn into the ludicrous mystery surrounding the identity of the new school librarian. This easy chapter book is another silly and fun entry in the My Weird School series.
Fiesta! Greenwillow Books, 1996. (P – I)
Have a fiesta counting in English and Spanish.
Dial M For Mongoose : A Chet Gecko Mystery. Sandpiper, 2010. (P-I)
Chet Gecko investigates another case, this one involving the school janitor.
Mummy Riddles. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997. (P)
Wrap up a program or just provide punny reading, of corpse, in a book filled with fun.
All the Colors of the Earth. Morrow Junior Books, 1994. (I)
This is a beautiful story that teaches that all children are special, no matter what!
Strong Stuff: Herakles and His Labors. Getty Publications, 2005. (I)
The labors of Hercules (from Greek mythology) are told in dynamic and hip language. The vibrant cartoon-like illustrations augment the liveliness of the text.
Pyramids! 50 Hands-on Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt. Williamson Publishing, 1997. (I, L)
More than just an activity book, this title provides a fascinating look at the history behind each project. The activities are outlined in excellent detail, and further ideas for exploration are provided.
Little Owl Lost. Candlewick, 2010. (T)
When Little Owl falls out of his nest, Squirrel helps him find his mother. The pencil and digital media illustrations have a unique color palette.
Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King. National Geographic, 2005. (I)
This juvenile nonfiction book is an excellent look at the life and death of King Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb. Large photographs add an extra touch of beauty and awe to the exciting text.
Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, baila: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish. Cinco Puntos Press, 2008. (I)
Read some beautiful and folkloric Cuban stories in this fun-filled anthology.
Hays, Anna Jane.
The Secret of the Circle-K Cave. Kane Press, 2006. (I)
This book is part of the Science Solves It series. Although less sophisticated, the series does for science what The Magic Tree House seriesdoes for history.
Birds. Greenwillow, 2009. (T,P)
A simple text and beautiful illustrations combine to give readers a taste of what it would be like to be a bird.
Little White Rabbit. Greenwillow Books, 2011.
This new title by Henkes is destined to be a classic. The simple text and beautiful acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations are reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny.
Herrera Felipe, Juan.
Super Cilantro Girl/ La Superniña de Cilantro. Children's Book Press, 2003. (I)
Super Cilantro Girl is up for a mission to save her mother’s day.
A Practical Guide to Monsters. Mirrorstone, 2007. (I)
This book describes more than 50 fantastical creatures from literature and mythology. The intricate drawings and illustrations are strikingly beautiful.
Eyes, Nose, Fingers and Toes: A First Book All About You. Candlewick Press, 1999. (T,P)
The rhyming text describes what children can do with various body parts. The pencil, watercolor, and crayon illustrations perfectly complement the actions in the text.
Police Cat. Albert Whitman, 2005. (P)
Noodles the cat has to perform a heroic feat before he becomes an official member of the police squad.
Cada niño / Every Child: A Bilingual Songbook for Children. Cinco Puntos Press, 2002. (T+)
This songbook is packed with traditional – and some not so traditional – bilingual songs that every family will appreciate and enjoy.
Hoberman, Mary Ann.
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together. Little, Brown, 2007. (P+)
Whimsical short vignettes about scary creatures and situations.
Merlin and the Making of the King. Holiday House, 2004. (I)
Well-suited for reading aloud to an older group, this volume retells three Arthurian legends. Although the illustrations are not large, each page is exquisitely decorated to look like an illuminated medieval manuscript.
The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur. Holiday House, 1990. (I)
The lavish illustrations shine in this retelling of an Arthurian legend about Sir Gawain and the Red Knight.
Stormbreaker. Philomel, 2000. (I)
With the death of his uncle, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider becomes a spy for the British government. This thrilling series provides a likeable and well-drawn protagonist, a host of intriguing gadgets, near death escapes, explosions, and cliff hanging chapters.
Did Dinosaurs Eat Pizza?: Mysteries Science Hasn't Solved. Henry Holt, 2006. (P)
This book looks at dinosaurs from the viewpoint of what science doesn't know, and may never find out.
Horvath, Polly and Lorna Bennett.
M Is for Mountie: An RCMP Alphabet. Sleeping Bear Press, 2008. (P)
This book explores the A to Z of the Canadian Mounted police who are best known by American children through cartoons and movies,
Huff, Mary Jo.
Summer Surprise. Monday Morning Books, 2003. (L)
This has tons of great ideas for an interactive storytime experience.
Hulme, Joy N.
Wild Fibonacci. Tricycle, 2006. (P)
A math code that can be found throughout nature is revealed.
The Unbreakable Code. Northland Publishing, 1996. (I)
A grandfather tells his grandson about his service in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker. This lengthy picture book is a fictionalized telling of a fascinating historical event.
Janeczko, Paul B.
Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing. Candlewick Press, 2004. (I, L)
This book is an excellent how-to book for learning to create and write different codes. The difficulty of the codes ranges from beginner to advanced.
Javaherbin, Mina, Bruce Whatley, and Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī.
The Secret Message. Disney/Hyperion, 2010. (P)
In this Persian folktale, a parrot tricks a merchant into setting him free.
The Birthday Pet. Marshall Cavendish Children, 2009. (T,P)
Danny wants a turtle for his birthday, but everyone else in the family has a better idea.
1-2-3: A Child's First Counting Book. Dutton, 2007. (T,P)
Readers count 1 to 10 and back again as a girl dreams of her favorite folktales.
Bearcub and Mama. Kids Can Press, 2005. (T,P)
Bearcub remember everything Mama taught him when he becomes lost in a storm. Readers follow Bearcub growing up through the rich acrylic on canvas illustrations.
Bunny My Honey. Candlewick, 1999. (P-I)
Poor Bunny is lost and afraid in the scary woods, far from home, and fears not finding his way back to those he loves – especially his Mummy.
La mariposa. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. (I)
Francisco is a Spanish speaking boy in a predominantly English speaking school, where he feels he doesn’t quite fit in. Find out how a caterpillar helps him interact with his classmates.
Ready for Summer. Tundra Books, 2008. (T)
Fabric collage illustrations focus on articles of clothing and summer fun in this board book.
Daddy Hugs 1-2-3. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2005. (T,P)
Daddy puts baby to sleep with ten different kinds of hugs to show his love. Katz's signature bright colors and engaging patterns show baby and daddy close up.
Ten Tiny Babies. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008. (T)
Katz's bright colors and creative illustrations show readers ten babies from a variety of cultures enjoying their day until bedtime, when they're fast asleep.
Secret of the Old Clock. Grosset and Dunlap, 1959. (I)
Detective Nancy Drew and her friends search for a missing will.
Pirate Pete. Harry N. Abrams, 2002. (P+)
Pirate Pete is on the hunt for some treasure, after he steals a map from the Queen.
Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story. Albert Whitman, 2010. (I)
Based on a true story, this charming picture book demonstrates the difference a librarian can make in a community and in people's lives. Humorous details in the text and illustrations provide an equally impactful and amusing story.
Horrible Harry Cracks the Code. Viking, 2007. (P)
Harry uses his detective skills to crack the secret code.
Who Stole Mona Lisa? Bloomsbury, 2010. (P)
The story of the true crime when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre is told from the viewpoint of the painting.
A Slimy Story. Kane Press, 2004. (I)
Part of the Science Solves it! series, this easy reader blends story and scientific facts. Cheerful cartoon illustrations are accompanied by sidebars containing science tidbits.
Pat the Bunny. Golden Press, 1970. (T)
This is an entertaining book for young children, where they get to pat the bunny.
Down on the Farm. Holiday House, 2004. (T,P)
With a rhythmic, rhyming text, Kutner takes readers through a day on the farm, introducing each animal and its sound. Hillenbrand's oil and ink on vellum illustrations show the chaos going on around the calm-sounding farm.
Private I. Guana : the Case of the Missing Chameleon.Chronicle Books, 1995. (P)
Through a tongue in cheek tale, follow the exploits of an iguana detective as he looks for a missing lizard.
Lafevers, R. L.
Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix. Houghton Mifflin, 2009.(I)
A timid boy goes to live with his adventurous aunt. As Nate is swept off to Arabia to watch the world's only living phoenix lay an egg, he finds himself in the middle of an uncomfortable adventure. This short novel is the first in a series of absorbing adventures for the young beastologist.
Lass, Bonnie and Philemon Sturges Lass.
Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? Little, Brown, 2000. (T+)
Follow the cookie crumb trail to find out which animal took the missing cookies.
This Little Chick. Candlewick, 2002. (T,P)
A multilingual chick learns to speak like all the animals on the farm. The simple rhyming and repetitious text is beautifully complemented by the wood print, watercolor, and vinyl engraving illustrations.
Lee, Spike, and Tonya Lewis Lee.
Please, Puppy, Please. Simon and Schuster, 2005. (T,P)
Two children chase their naughty puppy through the backyard, the bathtub, by the cat, and around the neighborhood, calling "Please, puppy, please!" Through artist Kadir Nelson's oil illustrations, readers see the puppy roll in the mud, feel the water spray after the bath, and watch the children lovingly hug their pup in the end.
The Sheep In Wolf's Clothing. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
This pun filled story focuses on disguises as sheep tries on many outfits before settling on an unusual one.
Something Queer at the Library: A Mystery. Delacorte, 1977. (P)
The discovery of a mutilated library book sets a case in motion.
Lewis, J. Patrick.
Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles. Chronicle, 2009. (I)
Clever rhymes give readers the clues they need in order to guess the book being described. For a special challenge, don't show the charming illustrations until all the guesses are in.
Lewis, Patrick J.
Please Bury Me in the Library.Harcourt, 2005. (I)
This volume contains humorous and wacky poems. Each brief poem is accompanied by luminous, full page illustrations.
Ling, Mary and Taylor, Kim.
Butterfly. DK, 2007. (P – I)
This is an entertaining and educational book for children who want to learn more about how a butterfly spreads its wings after having been a caterpillar.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Harper, 2010. (T,P)
Pete is a cool cat who takes life's obstacles in stride. No matter what he steps in, he sings proudly of the new color his favorite hightop shoes have become.
Nini Lost and Found. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. (T,P)
Nini Cat strays into the adventure of outside, only to discover that it's scary out there, too. Lobel's gouache and watercolor illustrations show the beauty and the danger of the outdoors as well as the warmth and coziness of home.
Hello, Day! Greenwillow, 2008. (T)
Each animal around the farm greets the day. Lobel's brightly colored multimedia illustrations are paired with a simple text highlighting animals sounds.
The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002. (P)
A fictional boy guides readers through a real archeological dig to discover 5,000 year-old secrets in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs.
Lomas Garza, Carmen.
In My Family =En my familia. Children's Book Press, 1996. (P – I)
A family memoir that uses beautiful imagery to tell the unique story of a young Mexican-American girl growing up in the Texas borderlands.
I'm a Truck Driver. Henry Holt, 2010. (T,P)
In this durable picture book, each two-page spread shows a big truck doing what it does best. Each truck is also described in a simple four-line rhyming text, including sounds of the truck at work.
The Green Dog. Kane Press, 2002. (I)
Part of the Science Solves it! series, this easy reader encourages kids to think about basic science principals in order to solve the mystery. Bright, simple illustrations accompany the text.
Lyon, George Ella.
Trucks Roll! Atheneum, 2007. (T,P)
Lyon's delightful rhyming text includes the title refrain, "Trucks roll!" Brightly colored realistic illustrations show trucks rolling with all kinds of cargo.
Who Loves Me? Joanna Cotler Books, 2005. (T,P) OP
A little girl asks her cat for reassurance that she is loved by everyone in the family. The watercolor illustrations use a mostly pale palette and impressionistic style.
MacMillan, Kathy, and Christine Kirker.
Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities. American Library Association, 2009. (L)
This manual features storytime resources on seventeen popular themes and includes a professional bibliography as well as a bibliography of all materials used in the storytime programs.
We've All Got Bellybuttons! Candlewick, 2005. (T,P)
A series of jungle animals identify their favorite body parts (elephant ears, giraffe necks, etc.) and what they do, and ask young readers to join them. Cecil's cartoon style illustrations use bold colors and lots of action to draw in young readers.
Martin, Jr., Bill, and John Archambault.
Here Are My Hands. Henry Holt, 2004. (T)
In a simple rhyming text, children from all parts of the world describe what various body parts can do.
Marzollo, Jean and Wick, Walter.
I Spy Little Bunnies. Scholastic, 2001. (T – P)
Another popular I Spy series book, children will have fun finding little bunnies.
I Spy Spectacular: A Book of Picture Riddles. Cartwheel Books, 2011. (P)
The ultimate book of picture riddles challenges children to spy items hidden in the photographs.
I Spy Mystery: A Book of Picture Riddles. Scholastic, 1993.(P+)
This picture riddle series is a sumptuous delight for those who enjoy searching for hidden pictures. Each photo spread is extraordinarily striking.
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Chicago Gangster: Some Dangerous Characters You’d Better Avoid. Franklin Watts, 2010.(I)
Part of the You Wouldn't Want to Be series, this nonfiction title gives the skinny on what it would have been like to be a Chicago gangster. Cartoon illustrations accompany the text.
Steal Back the Mona Lisa. Harcourt, 2006. (P+)
In this simple picture book, Special Agent Jack must catch the thieves who have stolen the Mona Lisa painting. The dark cartoonish illustrations make this title appropriate for a younger audience.
Jake Gander, Storyville Detective. Hyperion, 2002. (P)
In deadpan tone, a gumshoe parodies nursery rhyme crimes.
The Kid Who Named Pluto: and the Stories of other Extraordinary Young People in Science. Chronicle, 2004. (I)
This juvenile nonfiction title tells the stories of nine young people who make significant contributions to science while still relatively young. From the inventor of the television set to the child who made vital fossil discoveries, these true stories entertain, enlighten, and hopefully, inspire.
Flora McDonnell's ABC. Candlewick, 1997. (T)
McDonnell's oversized gouache and watercolor paintings clearly show one large and one small item beginning with each letter of the alphabet. This book is a great choice for one-on-one sharing.
Los colores de Elmer = Elmer’s Colors. London: Milet, 1998. (P - I)
Elmer the colorful elephant travels all around and finds out more about colors in this bilingual title.
Superhero ABC. HarperCollins, 2006. (T – P)
This is a great book for children learning their ABCs.
Martha on the Case. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. (P)
Martha, the dog, solves two cases. The first involves a ruined birthday cake while the second seeks out the culprit in a jewelry store robbery.
Medearis, Angela Shelf.
The Ghost of Sifty-Sifty Sam. Scholastic, 1997.
Can Chef Dan survive a night in a haunted house to win a big prize?
Medlock Adams, Michelle.
Sister for Sale! / ¡Se vende una hermana! Zonderkidz, 2007. (I)
A little sister really annoys her older brother to the extent that he even considers trying to sell her.
Mills, J. Elizabeth.
The Everything Kids' Easy Science Experiments Book: Explore the World of Science through Quick and Fun Experiments. Avon, F&W Media, 2010. (I)
This science experiment activity book contains easy experiments that can be done with everyday objects. Clear and comprehensive explanations of scientific principals accompany each entry.
To Market, To Market. Harcourt, 1997. (T – I)
Children will have a wild adventure in this amusing story that takes place at the market.
Monjo, F N.
The Drinking Gourd : A Story of the Underground Railroad. HarperCollins, 1993. (P)
A Quaker boy helps a slave escape on the underground railroad.
Montgomery, Lewis B.
The Case of the Stinky Socks. Kane Press, 2009. (P)
Two detectives in training join forces to find out who stole the star pitcher's socks.
Here, Kitty, Kitty!=¡Ven, gatita, ven! Rayo, 2008. (T,P)
Kitty hides all over the house before finally coming close enough to hug. This bilingual book has a single line of text in English, then in Spanish on each page. The illustrations are simple watercolors.
Book Fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day = Book fiesta! : celebremos el día de los niños, el día de los libros.Rayo, 2009. (P – I)
Celebrate the joy of books with this colorful and vibrant story.
Nurse, Soldier, Spy : the Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero. Abrams, 2011. (P)
A 19-year-old girl disguises herself as a male nurse to become a spy.
Mazescapes. SeaStar Books, 2001. (I)
This entertaining picture book contains complicated mazes for kids to solve. Each spread is a birds-eye view of a city or country road.
Murphy, Stuart J.
Missing Mittens. HarperCollins, 2001. (P)
Discover odd and even numbers while the farmer finds the missing mittens.
Napoli, Donna Jo.
Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2005. (P)
A young girl starts a detective agency to solve neighborhood mysteries.
The Master Spy Handbook. Lark Books, 2005. (I)
In this fiction and activity hybrid title, a narrator leads the reader through a variety of secret operations. Along the way multiple spy activities are listed. Watercolor illustrations append the story.
Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds, Third Edition. American Library Association, 1998. (L)
Nichols gives librarians information on how to develop, publicize, and facilitate storytime for two-year-olds. A number of sample programs are included as well as a professional bibliography.
Nodset, Joan L.
Who Took the Farmer's Hat? Harper and Row, 1963. (P)
As the wind blows a hat around, different animals are accused of taking it.
Fancy Nancy: A Flutter of Butterflies A Reusable Sticker Book. HarperFestival, 2010. (I)
Enjoy the wonders of springtime with Fancy Nancy.
The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned his Armor. Charlesbridge, 1998. (I)
Readers follow a young boy in medieval times as he works his way from being an insignificant page to achieving knighthood. A great deal of historical information is worked into the narrative. Dramatic oil paintings highlight the pivotal moments in this informative picture book.
Case Closed?! : Forty Mini Mysteries for You to Solve. Millbrook, 2004. (I)
Readers can solve these short mysteries by reading the scenario and then carefully studying the black and white drawing on the opposite page. Clues appear in the text and in the illustrations.
Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots. Tricycle Press, 2010. (T,P)
Polka-dot boots go with anything as children wearing an assortment of clothing demonstrate. Each two-page spread includes a half page overleaf that adds polka-dot boots to four pairs of bare feet.
Osborne, Mary Pope.
The Knight at Dawn. Random House, 1993. (I)
This exciting entry in The Magic Tree House series has Jack and Annie traveling back to the Middle Ages. Interesting tidbits and historical facts are seamlessly woven into the story.
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Tales from the Odyssey: The One-Eyed Giant / Land of the Sea Monsters / Sirens and Sea Monsters. Hyperion, 2002. (I)
The author of The Magic Tree House series skillfully weaves a story for younger readers based on the epic Greek poem The Odyssey.
What's In Grandma's Grocery Bag? = ¿Qué hay en la bolsa de abuelita?Star Bright Books, 2004. (T,P)
A fun and interactive book for children learning their colors, where they get to peek at what is inside grandma’s paper grocery bag in this bilingual title.
Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm. HarperCollins, 2003. (P+)
Amelia Bedelia's ability to interpret everything literally results in hilarious scrapes and misunderstandings when she visits the local library. But despite the foibles of the English language for Amelia and friends, all's well that ends well.
Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying. Random House, 1994. (P+)
Six-year-old Junie B. is vivacious, energetic, and set on finding out the secrets of her classroom teacher. The appeal of this humorous series is the way the author perfectly captures the mindset and thoughts of a precocious child.
Farmer's Market / Día de mercado. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. (I)
After having grown some delicious vegetables, a young girl and her family visit the Farmer’s Market to sell their produce.
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families. Little, Brown, 2007. (T,P)
Each spread describes why a new family belongs together. Illustrations are simple and boldly colored, typical Todd Parr.
Paton Walsh, Jill.
Pepi and the Secret Names. Lothrop Lee and Shepard, 1994. (I)
This large, beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of an Egyptian boy who learns the secret names of wild animals. Pepi persuades the animals to do him no harm so that his father can paint their likeness on the walls of a tomb.
Pearson, Tracy Campbell.
Bob. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002. (T,P)
Bob the rooster finally learns to crow just in time to scare away a fox about to rob the henhouse.
Pirate Treasure Hunt! Pelican, 2008. (T+)
The pirates follow clues and go in search of a treasure.
Petelinsek, Kathleen, and E. Russell Primm.
Clothes / Ropa (Talking Hands). Child's World, 2006. (T,P)
Words for various articles of clothing in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language accompany the colorful photographs of children wearing each item.
Petelinsek, Kathleen, and E. Russell Primm.
Family and Friends=Familia y amigos. Child's World, 2006. (T,P)
Spanish, English, and American Sign Language words for various members of the family accompany colorful photographs of people.
Questions, Questions. NorthSouth, 2011. (P)
Discover the mysteries of nature through a series of questions.
Phelps, Joan Hilyer.
Finger Tales. Upstart Books, 2002. (L)
Librarians will find many fun fingerplays and puppet plays, such as “Clowning Around!”, along with printable patterns that are simple to use.
The Adventure of Captain Underpants. Blue Sky Press, 1997. (I)
This is a hilarious chapter book series for young readers, who will be entertained by the strange and imaginary adventures that occur at George and Harold’s elementary school.
Aesop's Fables. SeaStar Books, 2000. (L)
A collection of fables and stories.
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus.
Bad Bear Detectives. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. (P+)
This droll detective story is about two bears that may not be as innocent of the crime as they first appear. Strong characterization provides an abundance of humor for preschoolers and school-age kids.
Big Max and the Mystery of the Missing Giraffe. HarperCollins, 2005. (P)
The world's greatest kid detective ventures out to find a missing giraffe.
Castle Diary: the Journal of Tobian Burgess, Page. Candlewick, 1999. (I)
In this oversized, illustrated book, an eleven-year-old boy describes his life in a 13th century castle.
Spy. Dorling Kindersley, 2009. (I)
This Eyewitness title takes the reader on a comprehensive and highly visual journey into the world of spies.
Same and Different. Dover, 2007. (L)
This coloring book provides sheets of animals and characters that look the same but are really different.
Daddies. NorthSouth Books, 2007. (T,P)
This delightful collection of daddies and babies enjoy playing together, from the monkeys swinging to the chameleons playing hide-and-seek to the hyenas who giggle together. The scratchboard illustrations fill each page with bold colors.
The Case of the Mummy Mystery. Scholastic, 1999. (P)
Jigsaw Jones gets involved in an eerie case.
Slide and Find ABC. Priddy Books, 2004. (T,P)
In clear, contrasting color photographs, readers see familiar items beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Each two-page spread includes a heavy-duty plastic window to slide as well as a clue to the item hidden.
Ransom, Jeanie Franz.
What Really Happened to Humpty? From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective. Charlesbridge, 2009. (I)
This witty picture book unwraps the mystery surrounding why Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall. (He was pushed!) Hilarity ensues with the quick entrances and exits of other nursery rhyme characters.
Five for a Little One. Atheneum, 2006. (T,P)
Raschka's watercolor, ink, and potato print illustrations take readers through the five senses.
Agent A to Agent Z. Arthur A. Levine, 2004. (T+)
Going through the alphabet, Agent A follows other spies to see who is missing from his list.
Officer Buckle and Gloria. G.P. Putnam's Sons 1995. (P)
Gloria, the dog, acts up to entertain the kids during Officer Buckle's school visit.
Rau, Dana Meachen.
The Secret Code. Children's Press, 1998. (P)
A blind boy teaches another child to crack the code of reading Braille.
Joey Fly, Private Eye In Big Hairy Drama. Henry Holt, 2010. (P)
A tarantula reports that a butterfly is missing.
The Red Pyramid. Hyperion, 2010. (I)
Two siblings with extraordinary gifts struggle to save the world from the forces of darkness found in Ancient Egypt. Like the Percy Jackson series, this chapter book has a winning combination of clever dialogue, wry humor, and exploding action.
The Lightning Thief. Hyperion, 2005. (I)
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson has just ten days to recover the stolen property of the Greek god, Zeus. This modern day adventure story is packed full of action, slapstick humor, and clever modern allusions to Greek mythology.
Big Wheels. Dutton, 1986. (T)
With simple declarative text, Rockwell describes what a variety of big wheeled trucks do. Available in both hardcover and board book formats, this is a good choice for groups sharing or one-on-one reading.
Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Dinosaurs. Millbrook, 1997. (P+)
Instructions are provided for 20 projects.
Roth, Susan L.
My Love for You. Dial Books, 1999. (T)
Beautiful collage illustrations make this unique counting book a joy as two mice explore their love for one another.
Seeker of Knowledge : The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. (P)
A picture book biography tells the story of how an amateur investigator cracked the code.
Russell, Joan Plummer and Kris Turner Sinnenberg.
Aero and Officer Mike : Police Partners. Boyds Mills Press, 2001. (P)
These partners could be the real-life Officer Buckle and Gloria!
The Case of the Missing Monkey. HarperTrophy, 2001. (P)
The High Rise Private Eyes tackle the case.
Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers. Simon and Schuster, 1998. (P+)
Henry and his pet mastiff Mudge set off to become sneaky spies. Humorous illustrations add light hearted enjoyment to the adventure.
Tutankhamen's Gift. Atheneum, 1994. (I)
What is most striking about this fictional picture book are the illustrations. Boldly outlined in black and filled with vibrant colors, a tremendous sense of beauty and dignity is conveyed in the Egyptian style artwork.
Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail. Harcourt, 2004. (P)
This pourquoi tale draws on Uncle Remus for "facts" about the opossum.
I Love Cats. Candlewick, 2005. (T)
In a simple rhyming text, a girl lists all the reasons she loves cats.
San Souci, Daniel.
The Amazing Ghost Detectives. Tricycle Press, 2006. (P)
Two kids track down a neighborhood ghost.
Navajo Code Talkers. Compass Point Books, 2004. (I, L)
This fascinating juvenile nonfiction book sheds light on the invaluable and until recently, unknown service of the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II.
Optical Illusions Coloring Book. Dover, 1994. (L)
Don't trust your eyes when looking at these illusions.
Richard Scarry's The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries. Sterling, 2008. (P)
Three mystery stories are included in one book.
Skippyjon Jones. Puffin, 2005. (P – I)
This imaginative young Chihuahua sure is a riot!
Schaefer, Lola M.
Toolbox Twins. Henry Holt , 2006. (T,P)
Vincent and his dad share a fix-it day around the house. The acrylic illustrations show plenty of detail but are not too busy for toddlers.
Schiller, Pamela Byrne and Jackie Silberg.
The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Young Children. Gryphon House, 2003. (L)
A great resource of activities, songs, and recipes for children.
Schiller, Pamela, Rafael Lara-Alecio, and Beverly J. Irby.
The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays. Gryphon House, 2004. (L)
Over 450 songs, stories, rhymes, and fingerplays in English and Spanish.
Sherlock Holmes Activity Book. Dover, 2009. (L)
Games, puzzles, and more related to the master detective.
Schlitz, Laura Amy.
Good Masters Sweet Ladies: Voices from a Medieval Village. Candlewick, 2007. (I)
A 13th-century medieval village comes to life in twenty-two monologues that beg to be read aloud. Each voice is distinctly unique and with each well chosen word weaves an absorbing and intricate tale from the past.
Schwartz, David M.
What in the Wild?: Mysteries of Nature Concealed-- and Revealed Ear-Tickling Poems. Tricycle Press, 2010. (P)
Ten secrets of the natural world are revealed.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Viking, 2004. (P)
The classic fairy tale is told from the less than truthful wolf's side.
Math Curse. Viking, 1995. (I)
A boy wakes up one morning to find that every situation he encounters is a math problem. With its bold, wacky illustrations and rollicking humor, this title makes challenging math problems amusing and enjoyable.
Science Verse.Viking, 2004. (I)
This collection of poems takes science to a whole new level. The outrageous illustrations add to the book’s delightful absurdity. Prepare to laugh aloud when you recognize the poems, songs, and rhymes that are being spoofed.
Spicy Hot Colors. August House LittleFolk, 2004. (P – I)
Learn about colors with the spicy and colorful images in this book.
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman, and Marc Simont.
Nate the Great. Delacorte, 2002. (P)
This is the first tale of the pint-sized private eye.
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.
The Sly Spy. Delacorte, 1990. (P)
Nate the Great's cousin Olivia is open for business as an Agent of Secrets in this mystery for young readers. The simple plot is peppered with child-like humor. Amusing black and white drawings accompany the text.
Shea, Pegi Deitz.
Patience Wright: America's First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy. Henry Holt, 2007. (I)
This captivating picture book biography tells the story of Patience Wright, a prominent artist turned spy from the Revolutionary War period. The compelling narrative flows smoothly between fact and fiction, drawing an intriguing and very real portrait of a fascinating woman.
Shepard, Ernest H., and A.A. Milne.
Winnie-the-Pooh's ABC. Dutton, 1995. (T,P)
With classic illustrations from Ernest Shepard, young readers go A to Z with Pooh and friends. Each page includes a capital letter, a lower-case letter, a word from Milne's stories, and an illustration.
The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School. Simon and Schuster, 2006.
A wild romp occurs when a girl orders Super Slime off the Internet for her science fair project. The spewing, dripping illustrations add hilarity as the blob guzzles and gulps its way across the school.
Silberg, Jackie and Pamela Byrne Schiller and Deborah C. Wright.
The Complete Book and CD Set of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays and Chants. Gryphon House, 2002. (L)
A great resource of rhymes, poems, fingerplays and much more.
Monster Museum. Hyperion, 2001. (I)
A group of children file past an array of strange creatures in a monster museum. The verses for each creature tend to be more comical than scary. The wacky illustrations are delightful.
Detective Dinosaur: Lost and Found. HarperCollins, 1998. (P)
A dinosaur and friends solve a mystery.
Baby Shoes. Bloomsbury, 2006. (T)
After a trip through the park, Baby's new white shoes are now rainbow-colored. Watercolor illustrations take readers along every step of the way.
Caps For Sale; A Tale of A Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business. Scholastic, 1973. (P)
This classic tale shows how monkey business can be resolved.
I Am America. Scholastic, 2003. (I)
Learn more about a variety of children who share America.
The Composer is Dead. Scholastic, 2007. (I)
This picture book introduction to different sections of an orchestra is ramped up with a fascinating whodunit mystery. Crisp word choices move the story quickly towards the clever twist in the ending. An accompanying CD contains a dramatic reading of the book by Lemony Snicket as well as music played by the San Francisco Symphony.
Sobel, Donald J.
Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case. Dutton, 2007. (I)
Follow along as ten-year-old Encyclopedia Brown solves many mysteries in his neighborhood.
Two-Minute Mysteries. Scholastic, 1967. (I)
These brief mysteries are fairly advanced, and most appropriate for older school-age kids. Solutions are included for each puzzle.
Castle Under Siege! Raintree, 2006. (I)
This unique nonfiction title describes with ease and clarity the physics of simple machines that would be found at a medieval castle. Helpful illustrations and diagrams depict the function of everything from drawbridges to catapults.
Spradlin, Michael P.
Texas Rangers : Legendary Lawmen. Walker and Co., 2008. (P)
With illustrations by Roxie Munro, this picture book tells the story of Texas' famous lawmen.
Stanley, George Edward, and Guy Francis.
Code Word Kangaroo. Random House, 2004. (P)
An 8-year-old secret agent travels to the Outback.
Jabberwocky. Candlewick, 2003. (I)
This picture book is an illustrated version of Lewis Carroll's classic nonsensical poem "Jabberwocky." The poem is broken into sections and accompanied by quirky and eccentric illustrations.
Geronimo Stilton, Secret Agent. Scholastic, 2007. (I)
When an important document goes missing, Geronimo Stilton, journalist at The Rodent’s Gazette, trades his pen for a top secret mission. This easy chapter book delivers an amusing mouthful of cheese puns, as well as comical cartoon-like illustrations.
The Girl who Cried Monster. Scholastic, 1993. (I)
Lucy is always telling monster stories to scare people. So when she discovers that the local librarian really is a monster no one will believe her. From the master of horror comes another chilling (and yucky) entry in the Goosebumps series.
Red is Best. Annick Press, 2006.
Little Kelly convinces her mother that "red is best" in all things. Simple drawings include a dash of red on each page.
Stone, Lynn M.
Color Codes. Rourke, 2009. (P)
Nature’s disguises are revealed.
The Story of Colors= La historia de colores. Cinco Puntos Press, 1999. (I)
This is a colorful and vibrant story about the folkloric Chiapas legend about how colors came to be.
Quicksolve Whodunit Puzzles: Challenging Mini-Mysteries. Sterling, 1995. (I)
Readers join Dr. Quicksolve as he solves a series of mysteries. Each episode is one to two pages in length and solutions are provided. The scenarios are well written and clever, and provide the right level of challenge for school-age kids.
What Can You Do With a Paleta? / ¿Que puedes hacer con una paleta? Tricycle Press, 2009. (P – I)
The Paleta takes on various roles in this lively story.
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? /¿Que puedes hacer con un rebozo? Tricycle Press, 2009. (P – I)
The rebozo has many uses in this fun story.
Tallarico, Tony J.
Spot-the-Differences : Across the USA. Dover Publications, 2009. (P)
Across the USA, look closely to spot the differences in pictures.
MATH-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving. Scholastic, 2003. (I)
This picture book blends famous artwork with math problems. The added illustrations work beautifully and harmoniously with each painting, which creates a very attractive layout. Detailed solutions are included for each grouping problem.
Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation. Scholastic, 2004. (P+)
A catnapping leads to the false arrest of Mrs. LaRue's dog Ike. The case unfolds through a series of exaggerated and humorous letters written by Ike to his owner. The amusing illustrations depict Ike's versions of events in black and white and reality in color.
Look Who's Talking! On the Farm. Random House, 2005. (T,P)
With a rhyming text and fold-out pages, this brightly colored book lets young readers make all the animals sounds on the farm. Each page features a hole at the animal's mouth through which children can make the sound.
The Librarian From the Black Lagoon. Scholastic, 1997. (I)
A young boy recounts all the horrible things that he has heard about the local librarian. The library jokes in the text and in the illustrations are wickedly clever and very amusing. For many librarians, the evil temptation to think "if only…." may prove too hard to resist.
Basil of Baker Street. Aladdin, 1989. (P)
The great mouse detective learned his craft at the feet (literally) of Sherlock Holmes.
The Hobbit. Houghton Mifflin, 1966. (L)
This classic fantasy tale is about a hobbit who goes on an adventure to claim treasure from an evil dragon. Along the way he finds his courage as well as a magical ring.
The Case of the Barfy Birthday. Dutton, 2003. (I)
Doyle and Fossey are the best detectives in the fifth grade. Together they solve all their cases using scientific principals. This title contains four mystifying cases as well as a section with activities and experiments that kids can do on their own.
The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich, Vol. 1. Henry Holt, 2006. (I)
Melvin Keederman is a superhero who is full of curious and funny adventures in this series.
Crictor. HarperCollins, 1958. (P)
A pet boa saves the day when burglars enter a teacher's home.
Vamos, Samantha R.
Before You Were Here, Mi Amor. Viking, 2009. (T-I)
A fine choice for sharing one-on-one, this beautifully illustrated picture book describes how each member of an extended Hispanic family helped make things ready for the new baby. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout; a glossary is included in the back.
Vaughan, Marcia K.
We're Going on a Ghost Hunt. Silver Whistle, 2001. (P)
Through all kinds of creepy places, we're going on a ghost hunt.
Lucha Loco: The Free Wrestlers of Mexico. London: Therapy, 2006. (I+)
A fun-filled book with personal, and wrestling, pictures of luchadores.
My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things. Atheneum, 1973. (P)
When Mom makes other mistakes, can we trust her when she tells us this title tale?
Ginger and the Mystery Visitor. Candlewick, 2010. (P)
A visitor upsets a comfortable routine for Ginger, the cat.
The Pumpkin Mystery. Holiday House, 2010. (P)
A cat and a dog set out to help their human family.
Wang, Margaret, Christine M Schneider, and Treesha Runnells.
Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? Piggy Toes Press, 2005. (P)
Count the disappearing cookies and help solve the case.
Warner, Gertrude Chandler
The Deserted Library Mystery. Albert Whitman, 1991. (I)
The Boxcar children are involved in another mystery, this time at an old library that contains many secrets. Throw in a mysterious stranger, an antique Civil War sword, and four hard working children and you have a nice mystery to unravel.
Mommy Mine. HarperCollins, 2005. (T,P)
Verbs, adjectives, and onomatopoeia describe the mommies of all kinds in this beautifully illustrated ode to mothers.
Beyond the Grave (30 Clues Book 4). Scholastic, 2009. (I)
The fourth volume in the 39 Clues series opens with break neck speed as Amy and Dan encounter dangerous situations in Egypt. Similar to titles in the rest of the series, historical information pops up as the siblings work their way across the world in a treacherous scavenger hunt.
Elvis and Olive: Super Detectives. Scholastic, 2010. (I)
Two friends start a detective agency to help solve mysteries.
Max's ABC. Viking, 2006. (T,P)
Max's ants cause trouble from A to Z when they escape from his ant farm.
Read to Your Bunny / Leale a su conejito. Scholastic, 1998. (P – I)
A cute story about a mother and child reading together every night.
Wheeler, Lisa, and R. Gregory Christie.
Jazz Baby. Harcourt, 2007. (T,P,I)
Every member of the family joins in this rhyming, rhythmic story, while Jazz Baby fills in the refrain. Text and illustrations combine to a crescendo in the middle and move to Jazz Baby asleep at the end. "Oh yeah!"
Medieval Arms and Armor. Capstone Press, 2009. (I)
This basic introduction to weapons and armor in medieval times contains extremely appealing photos and illustrations. Although the language is very simple, the text is still informative and interesting. This title would work best for young school-age children.
I Spy Spooky Night: a Book of Picture Riddles. Scholastic, 1996. (T+)
Readers are asked to find different objects hidden throughout the book.
El Conejito Knuffle: Un cuento aleccionador.Hyperion, 2007. (P – I)
A little girl named Trixie is heartbroken after she accidently misplaces her favorite stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny in this Spanish-language version of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. Balzer + Bray, 2010. (P – I)
Trixie is far away from home, visiting her grandparents, when she loses her Knuffle Bunny for a second time.
Knuffle Bunny Too. London: Walker, 2008. (P – I)
At school, Trixie discovers some surprising news – Knuffle Bunny is the only Knuffle Bunny around!
I Went Walking. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. (T+)
A child goes walking one day and is joined by several animals. Clues on the pages have readers guessing what the next animal will be.
The Cow Loves Cookies. Margaret K. McElderry, 2010. (T,P)
The cow and the farmer share milk and cookies each day for lunch. The simple rhyming text follows the farmer as he feeds the other animals their favorite foods.
Wise Brown, Margaret.
The Runaway Bunny / El conejito andarin. Harper and Row, 1972. (P – I)
No matter how a bunny tries to runaway from home, his mother always has her eye out for him.
Tough Cookie. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1999. (P)
A wise-cracking private eye gets to the bottom of the cookie jar and finds crumbs.
The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors. Blue Sky Press, 2005. (T,P)
Readers find a rainbow of items in the middle of the sea in this simple cumulative tale with computer-generated illustrations.
Ten Little Fish. Blue Sky Press, 2004. (T,P)
Readers count down as ten little fish find fun under the sea one by one. The digital illustrations, reminiscent of Pixar animation, will look familiar to young readers.
Wright, Betty Ren.
Pet Detectives! BridgeWater, 1999. (P)
Policeman Jack's pets help to close the case.
Wright, Denise Anton, and John Wright.
One-Person Puppet Plays. Teacher Ideas Press, 1990. (L)
Everything needed to put on a one-person show is provided here.
Ten Little Mummies : An Egyptian Counting Book. Viking, 2003. (P)
Ten little mummies venture out to play one day.
Yoder, Eric, and Natalie Yoder.
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science! Science, Naturally, 2008. (I)
This book unfolds 65 intriguing mysteries that can only be solved by the application of basic science principals. Each mystery is less than a page long and a detailed solution is provided. Many of the mysteries could serve as a jumping off point for easy science experiments.
Yolen, Jane and Bruce Degen.
Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy. Coward-McCann, 1986. (P+)
Commander Toad is on an intergalactic mission to find the greatest spy of all time, Agent 007 1/2.
Zemach, Harve and Margot Zemach.
The Judge: An Untrue Tale. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. (P)
A skeptical judge weighs all the evidence in this classic story.
Groove to the Music. Nick, 2006. (T+)
Find many groovy children’s songs, including Super Heroes vs. Super Villains, in this fun packed collection.
Secret Agent File. BCI Music/GNP Crescendo, 2004. (All ages)
Music from various spy televsion shows.
Baby and Me.Gentle Wind, 1991. (T-P)
This recording features simple songs and rhymes for toddlers and preschoolers.
Buck, Dennis and Murphy, Jane Lawliss.
Songs About Insects, Bugs & Squiggly Things. Kimbo Educational, 1993. (T+)
These fun songs about some of the coolest, slimiest, and weirdest creatures will have you dancing like a silly worm!
Story & Song from the Haunted Mansion. Disney, 2009. (P)
Includes original sound effects from the Disneyland attraction.
Downing, Johnette R.
Music Time. Johnette Downing, 2005. (T-P)
Downing's original tunes and pleasant, rhythmic, and easy to follow.
Hegner, Priscilla A., and Rose N. Grasselli.
Diaper Gym: Fun Activities for Babies on the Move. Kimbo Educational, 1985. (T-I)
This recording is designed for caregivers and babies to sing and move together. Voice-overs guide caregivers in rhythmic movements to the music.
Boom Boom Beat. Sony Australia, 2001. (P)
Bubble gum pop songs for youngsters.
Ghost Train. [England] : CYP Children's Audio, 2007. (P)
60 minutes of spooky music.
Early Childhood Classics: Old Favorites with a New Twist. Hap-Pal Music, 1998. (T-I)
Palmer and a children's chorus have fun with some favorite children's songs in new arrangements.
Palmer, Hap, and Martha Cheney.
More Babysongs: Songs for Very Young Children. Educational Activities, 2001. (T-P)
Palmer and Cheney have written and recorded original songs for young children.
Flash Gordon. Hollywood Records, 1980. (I+)
Contains the popular theme song, “Flash”.
Celebration of Family.: Music for Little People, 2001. (T – I)
Along with the song “Family Tree”, this CD features many family inspired children’s songs.
Riders in the Sky.
Woody's Roundup. Disney, 2000. (P)
Songs from Toy Story 2.
Sharon, Lois and Bram.
One Elephant, Deux Éléphants.Casablanca Kids, 2006. (P)
Bilingual songs for kids.
How Sweet It Is. Sugar Beats Entertainment, 1998. (P-I)
Retro-pop tunes are reworked for children.
Preschool Aerobic Fun. Kimbo Educational, 1983. (T – P)
Children are sure to get a work out with these fun aerobic songs, including the “Bunny Hop”.
Three Doors Down.
The Better Life.Republic Records, 1999. (I+)
Contains the popular song, “Kryptonite”
Trout Fishing in America.
Over the Limit.Trout Records, 1992. (P-I)
Popular music by a popular group.
Ghostbusters.Legacy, 2006. (All ages)
Soundtrack from the movie.
Disney’s Children’s FavoriteSilly Songs. The Walt Disney Company, 1988. (T - I)
Children will dance and sing along to some favorite and silly music that many adults will also remember.
The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley - The Case of the Hotel Who-Done-It.
Dualstar Video, 1996. (30 minutes) (P)
Mary-Kate and Ashley visit Hawaii and become involved in a series of mysteries.
Arthur: Arthur's Missing Pal.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2006. (68 minutes) (P)
Arthur's dog disappears.
Backyardigans: It's Great to Be a Ghost.
Paramount, 2005. (100 minutes) (P)
Pablo, Tyrone and Uniqua are ghosts that haunt an old house.
Barbie Mariposa and her Butterfly Friends.
Universal, 2008.(75 minutes) (T - I)
Barbie journeys far from home for a good cause and accomplishes her goal with the help of her butterfly friends.
The Best of Dudley Do-Right.
Sony Wonder, 2005. (30 minutes) (P-I)
A bumbling mountie still somehow always gets his man in these classic cartoons.
Blue’s Clues Shapes and Colors.
Paramount, 2003. (96 minutes) (T-P)
Join Blue as she solves a mystery involving shapes and colors.
Busytown Mysteries: The Biggest Mysteries Ever.
Mill Creek Entertainment, 2010. (269 minutes) (P)
Animated series based on Richard Scarry's books.
Busytown Mysteries: You and Me Solve a Mystery.
Mill Creek Entertainmnet, 2010. (723 minutes) (P)
Six friends solve a series of mysteries.
Weston Woods Studios, 2003. (9 minutes) (P)
A skeleton band sings and dances.
El conejito Knuffle.
Scholastic, 2008.(9.18 minutes) (T – I)
A cute and entertaining cartoon adaptation of the book.
Elmo's World: Wild Wild West.
Sony Wonder, 2001. (50 minutes) (P)
Elmo explores the West.
London: Renaissance Films PLC, 2000. (137 minutes) (I+)
Kenneth Branagh's stunning film version of Henry the V captures all the grim and triumphant heroism of William Shakespeare's play. Due to brief, but strong battle violence, it is recommended that the film be previewed before showing.
I Spy - A Mumble Monster Mystery and Other Stories.
HBO Video, 2003. (90 minutes) (P)
Spyler and CeCe hunt for fun stuff.
I Spy: A Thing That Flings and Other Stories.
HBO Video, 2004. (90 minutes) (P-I)
Two characters lead viewers on a search to solve problems
I Spy: A Runaway Robot and Other Stories
HBO Video : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2003. (90 minutes) (P)
Claymation figures bring the popular I Spy books to life.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.
New Video Group, 2007. (9 minutes) (P)
Mo Willems' story about a lost toy rabbit.
Knuffle Bunny… and More Great Childhood Adventure Stories.
Scholastic, 2008.(9.18 minutes) (T – I)
A cute and entertaining cartoon adaptation of the book.
Magic School Bus: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs.
Scholastic, 2004.(88 minutes) (P – I)
Bugs are the subject for this fun field trip Ms. Frizzle’s class is taking on The Magic School Bus.
Miss Mallard Meets the Masters of Mischief.
Direct Source Label, 2005. (138 minutes) (P)
The great duck detective is on the case.
Paramount Pictures, 2006.(92 minutes) (I+)
Father Nacho finds hope as a secret wrestler to raise money for children at the orphanage, and ends up becoming not only a celebrity, but also a hero.
Officer Buckle and Gloria.
Scholastic, 2001. (12 minutes) (P)
Gloria the dog is doing tricks while Officer Buckle conducts his school visit.
Postcards from Buster: Buster's Got the Beat.
Paramount Home Entertainment, 2005. (88 minutes) (P)
Buster the rabbit grooves his way around San Francisco.
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, 2001. (88 minutes) (P+)
Two kids save their parents in an international spy case.
Schoolhouse Rock - Special 30th Anniversary Edition.
Walt Disney Studios, 2002. (283 minutes) (P-I)
A timeless collection of animated tunes.