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BOOKS FOR EACH AGE: Countdown to Kindergarten: 100 Essential Picture Books


Reading to children before they reach school age is critical to their success as future readers. This booklist includes 100 titles to read to young children to help them develop their early literacy skills. The titles are suggested by Sno-Isle Libraries Children's Services staff and represent both popular and classic titles.

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Bread and jam for Frances book Bread and jam for Frances
Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal--until to her surprise--her parents grant her wish.

Hoban, Russell.
E HOBAN
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? book Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

Martin, Bill, 1916-2004.
E MARTIN
Caps for sale :  a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business book Caps for sale : a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002.
E SLOBODK
Chicka chicka boom boom book Chicka chicka boom boom
An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Martin, Bill, 1916-2004.
E MARTIN
Corduroy book Corduroy
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Freeman, Don, 1908-1978.
E FREEMAN
Curious George book Curious George
The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.

Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto), 1898-1977.
E REY
Dinosaur vs. bedtime book Dinosaur vs. bedtime
A young dinosaur takes on many challenges and wins every time. Then Dinosaur faces his toughest challenge of all: bedtime.

Shea, Bob.
E SHEA
Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! book Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
No matter how hard he pleads and begs, the pigeon is not supposed to drive the bus while the driver is away, but pigeon tries every persuasive trick a young child knows to get you to say, "Yes."

Willems, Mo.
E WILLEMS
Duck on a bike book Duck on a bike
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

Shannon, David, 1959-
E SHANNON
Eating the alphabet :  fruits and vegetables from A to Z book Eating the alphabet : fruits and vegetables from A to Z
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.

Ehlert, Lois.
E EHLERT
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