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Picture Books and Easy Readers

Description: Browse this list of popular favorites for bedtime stories, picture books and early readers. Some books will have pictures, and some will have picture descriptions. You can find more books by many of these authors in the Bookshare collection. #kids


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Buffalo Music

by Tracey E. Fern

Once, long, long ago, buffalo roamed the West, filling the plains and canyons with the music of their thundering hooves and huffing breath.

Then hunters came and destroyed nearly all of them.

But buffalo are stubborn, ornery creatures, and though the herds were gone, a few lone calves lingered.

If the buffalo were to survive as a species, however, they needed the help of someone just as feisty as they were.

Inspired by the work of Mary Ann Goodnight, a pioneer credited with forming one of the first captive buffalo herds in the 1800s, this is the beautifully told and warmly illustrated tale of one woman's quest to save what otherwise would have been lost forever.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Make Way for Ducklings

by Robert Mccloskey

This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941. Make Way for Ducklings has been described as 'one of the merriest picture books ever' (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child's bookshelf. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


You Read to Me, I'll Read to You

by Michael Emberley and Mary Ann Hoberman

Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley have added Aesop's fables to their bestselling and award-winning series! Rediscover familiar tales and find new favorites in this irresistible fifthYou Read to Me collaboration. These stories of classic characters-from wise ants and kind mice to sly foxes and hungry wolves-are fables as you've never seen them before! With clear, color-coded typography and clever illustrations, this book "in two voices" uses traditional reading teaching techniques-alliteration, rhyme, and repetition-to invite young children to read along with peers or with an adult.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Ruby Lu, Brave and True

by Lenore Look and Anne Wilsdorf

Most days the best thing about being Ruby is everything. Like when she's the star of her own backyard magic show. Or when she gives a talk at the school safety assembly on the benefits of reflective tape. Or when she rides the No. 3 bus all the way to Chinatown to visit GungGung and PohPoh. And then there are the days when it's very hard to be Ruby. Like when her mom suggests Chinese school on Saturdays. Or when her little brother, Oscar, spills all of Ruby's best magician secrets. Or when her parents don't think she's old enough to drive! Come along with Ruby Lu in her chapter-book debut -- which even includes a flip book of a magic trick -- and share the good and the not-so-good days with an (almost) eight-year-old Asian-American kid.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

by Lloyd Moss

Using evocative poetic language, the author describes ten instruments coming on stage and performing, to the delight of the audience. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 05/25/2017


I Lost My Bear

by Jules Feiffer

It's not under the bed, or on the chair, or beneath the couch, or behind the curtains.It's GONE!

What do you do when your favorite toy disappears, and you can't find it where you left it? What if your family is NO help at all? A determined little detective heads up the search, and discovers more than she ever expected! No one will help look for Bearsy. Mom's too busy. Dad's reading, and Sister's grumpy. But when Jules Feiffer's spunky heroine strikes out on her own to find her favorite stuffed toy, she discovers much more than anyone ever expected! With a simple text and bold, expressive pictures, here is a playful salute to a girl who won't give up.

00-01 Young Reader's Choice Award Program Masterlist

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Gossie and Gertie

by Olivier Dunrea

Gossie and Gertie are best friends. They splash in the rain, play hide-and-seek, and they dive in the pond together. Everywhere Gossie goes, Gertie does too. Or does she?With charming illustrations and gentle text, Olivier Dunrea has created two lovable, sweet characters that will appeal to the youngest listeners.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight. In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Biscuit

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

The city is a big, busy place for a little yellow puppy. From gazing at the tops of tall buildings to chasing pigeons across crowded sidewalks, there's so much to do! There are more people than Biscuit's ever seen before, too -- and so many new friends to make! Image Descriptions Added.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig

One rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his own donkey self makes a story that is beautifully tender and perfectly joyful. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this winner of the 1970 Caldecott Medal is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. It also features his moving Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


In the Rain with Baby Duck

by Amy Hest

It's a rainy, rainy day, and that makes Baby mad. Baby's parents worry-whoever heard of a duck who doesn't like the rain? But when Grandpa uncovers a sparkling red umbrella in the attic, and matching boots too, Baby finds out just how much fun playing in the rain can be. With gentle affection and lots of pluck, Amy Hest and Jill Barton create a story that will have every puddle-jumper wishing for rain.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Blackout

by John Rocco

One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights--in stars that can be seen for a change--and so many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky! On the street below, people are having just as much fun--talking, rollerblading, and eating ice cream before it melts.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch

Story of a mother who loves her son and always says "I will love you forever."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Hello, Goodbye Window

by Norton Juster

From the book: The kitchen window at Nana and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood. It is also a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The illustrations in this book look like pictures colored by a child. Pictures are described. This book received the Newberry Award.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


No, David!

by David Shannon

When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book.

On every page were these words: "No, David!... and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do.

Now David is all grown up. But some things never change...

Date Added: 05/25/2017


George and Martha

by James Marshall

Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup," "The Flying Machine," "The Tub," "The Mirror," "The Tooth. " Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Mine!

by Shutta Crum and Patrice Barton

Have you ever had a toy you really really liked? Have you ever had a lot of toys you really really liked?Have you ever said "MINE!"?If so, this book is for you!Enjoy this adorable, playful, picture-based book about two very young children and an adorable dog navigating the troubles and triumphs of sharing.From the Hardcover edition.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown

by Paula Danziger

Amber Brown goes into second grade and encounters more problems.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends. Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title--something she's wanted all along. If you thought Lilly was funny before, you are in for a treat. So hurry up and start reading. Lilly can't wait for you to find out more about her. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Seals on the Bus

by Lenny Hort

A fun repetitive type book for young children. The story is a take off on the song "The Wheels on the Bus" and features animals on the bus. Includes picture descriptions.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

by Jonah Winter

In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season-- different-- firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day. Accompanied by sidebars filled with statistics, here's a book sure to delight budding baseball fans.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Officer Buckle and Gloria

by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle is dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair. The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, dull, dull, and the children of Napville just sleep, sleep, sleep. That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along!

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Choo Choo

by Virginia Lee Burton

The adventures of a beautiful little locomotive who decided to run away from her humdrum duties.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Poppleton

by Cynthia Rylant

Meet Poppleton, the new pig in town, who lives in a charming house and goes to the library every Monday to read good books.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Tacky the Penguin

by Lynn Munsinger and Helen Lester

Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drummer. He's something of an eccentric, which wouldn't be a problem if all the other penguins weren't such . . . conformists.

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have teamed up to tell Tacky's story, about the day when some hunters come to the penguins' Nice Icy Land, and how Tacky's individuality saves the day!

Date Added: 01/15/2019



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