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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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Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch

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

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by Dick King-Smith

Farmer Hoggett and his wife discover that their new piglet Babe is no ordinary pig (made into a movie called Babe).

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The Doorbell Rang

by Pat Hutchins

Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.

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The Little Engine That Could

by Watty Piper

The classic story of The Little Engine That Could.

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The Pumpkin Book

by Gail Gibbons

Describes how pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes how they grow and their traditional uses and cultural significance Includes instructions for carving a pumpkin and drying the seeds Gail Gibbons is the well known nonfiction author for children. Other titles include Fire Fire, Apples, Bats, and the Post Office. This book would be a wonderful teaching tool with real pumpkins.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

What Alvin Wanted

by Holly Keller

Alvin wanted something but neither Sam nor Libby knew what it was. And Alvin couldn’t tell them. Mama had gone out, leaving him in their care, and Sam and Libby simply couldn’t make him happy. They offered games, stories, crayons and cookies. They even called Grandma. But Alvin couldn’t tell anyone what was wrong. Then Mama returned, and knew at once what Alvin wanted. Because it was something she had forgotten to give him when she left!

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Thunder Cake

by Patricia Polacco

From the Book Jacket: A loud clap of thunder booms and rattles the windows of Grandma's old farmhouse."This is Thunder Cake baking weather," calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find ... and the storm is coming closer all the time! Reaching once again into her rich childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma—her Babushka—helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl. Ms. Polacco's vivid memories of her grandmother's endearing answer to a child's fear, accompanied by her bright folk-art illustrations, turn a frightening thunderstorm into an adventure and ultimately...a celebration! Whether the first clap of thunder finds you buried under the bedcovers or happily anticipating the coming storm, Thunder Cake is a story that will bring new meaning and possibility to the excitement of a thunderstorm. Patricia Polacco, born to parents of Russian extraction, comes from a large family of storytellers. She reminisces, "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping popcorn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about the past." Many of Ms. Polacco's stories are based on family history, as are Thunder Cake and the recently published Uncle Vova's Tree. Her first book for Philomel, Rechenkd's Eggs, won the 1989 International Reading Association Book Award, Younger Reader Category. Ms. Polacco has studied in both the United States and Australia, receiving both a bachelor's and master's degree in fine art and a Ph.D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting and iconographie history. Having raised a son and daughter, Patricia Polacco and her husband, Enzo, now live in Oakland, California.

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

My Friend Rabbit

by Eric Rohmann

This Caldecott Medal Honor book is two-thirds illustrations, which are described. From the front flap: "When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn’t far behind. Of course, Rabbit has a solution—but when Rabbit sets out to solve a problem, even bigger problems follow. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.

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Andy and the Lion

by James Daugherty

When Andy goes to the library, he checks out a book about lions. Suddenly, lions are everywhere! A charming story. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

by Simms Taback

The story takes place in a small village in Poland probably in the middle or late 19th century, and the people are dressed in costumes of the period. This elegant picture book tells the story of Joseph's overcoat, and what he does wih it when it wears out. Along the way, children meet some Yiddish words and glimpse a bit of Jewish culture. This picture book includes picture descriptions, and this file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

A Bear Called Paddington

by Michael Bond

Paddington is a most endearing bear from Darkest Peru. Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met him on a railway platform in London. He was sitting on a battered suitcase, wearing a most odd looking hat and a sign hanging around his neck said, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." So that is just what they did, little knowing that home would never be the same once Paddington became a member of the family. For an earnest, gentle and well-meaning bear, poor Paddington has an absolute talent for getting into trouble. His intentions are always the best, but from the very first night when he attempted his first bath and ended up nearly flooding the house, Paddington was seldom far from imminent disaster. Of course, Jonathan and Judy were delighted with the amount of havoc that Paddington could cause and even Mr. and Mrs. Brown had to admit that life seemed to be more filled with adventure when there was a bear from Darkest Peru in the house.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Let's Count It Out, Jesse Bear

by Nancy White Carlstrom

From the book: JESSE BEAR IS OFF on a rollicking trip to an amusement park, and he's counting on you to join him! Everyone's favorite bear is at it again, showing off new shoes, bumping in bumper cars, and--oops!-even getting a few bumps and scratches of his own. Nancy White Carlstrom's fanciful counting poems and Bruce Degen's bright, cheery illustrations make Let's Count It Out, Jesse Bear, the sixth in the Jesse Bear series, a guaranteed hit for read-aloud sessions. This rhyming, rambling jaunt will have readers counting, and chuckling, in no time! Other books about Jesse Bear are available from Bookshare.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

by Evaline Ness

from the book Jacket: Sam, a fisherman's daughter who dreams rich and lovely dreams—moonshine, her father says—sits in her dragon-drawn chariot and says wise things to Bangs, her cat. One day Sam sends little Thomas, her devoted friend, to Blue Rock, far out in the harbor, and a sudden storm brings near disaster to Thomas and Bangs. It is then that Sam repentantly draws a line between moonshine and reality. Young readers whose mothers are mermaids, who own fierce lions and baby kangaroos, and who can talk to their cats will find a fast friend in the heroine of this imaginative, humorous book. "Never has the artist made more striking pictures." —The Horn Book "The narrative is delightfully expressed and the charming drawings beautifully portray the island scene." —Booklist "An unusually creative story . . . presented in a realistic and sympathetic context. . . . This is an outstanding book." —School Library Journal

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.

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If I Were a Lion

by Sarah Weeks

A young girl imagines how wild she could be if she were an animal.

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Close Your Eyes

by Kate Banks

A mother tiger entices her child to sleep by telling of all that can be seen with one’s eyes closed.

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Just A Mess

by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter can't find his baseball mitt. Could it be in the treehouse? Not there! Oh! no! Where is it? Other books by Mercer Mayer are available from Bookshare.

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.

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by Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties with her friend Margaret, 8 year old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles, and helps her father banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

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Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman

Although classmates say that she can't play Peter Pan in the school play, because she's black and a girl, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

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If the Dinosaurs Came Back

by Bernard Most

What would happen if the dinosaurs returned? Would they trample towns, smash automobiles, mash up people like asparagus? "No!" declares a little boy, who dreams of having a dinosaur of his own. Dinosaurs could help build skyscrapers and catch lost kites. They could push away rain clouds and plow farmers' fields. And giraffes would have someone to look up to. . . .

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

by Leo Lionni

A Caldecott Honor Book. Alexander, the mouse, makes friends with Willy, a toy mouse, and wants to be just like him until he discovers that Willy is to be thrown away.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Where the Sidewalk Ends

by Shel Silverstein

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy.This is the first book of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. It takes place in Wisconsin in the late 1870's. It is followed by Little House on the Prairie. [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

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