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


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

Hoban, Russell.
E HOBAN

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




Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? book Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

Martin, Bill, 1916-2004.
E MARTIN

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.




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

Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908-2002.
E SLOBODK

A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.




Chicka chicka boom boom book Chicka chicka boom boom

Martin, Bill, 1916-2004.
E MARTIN

An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.




Corduroy book Corduroy

Freeman, Don, 1908-1978.
E FREEMAN

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.




Curious George book Curious George

Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto), 1898-1977.
E REY

The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.




Dinosaur vs. bedtime book Dinosaur vs. bedtime

Shea, Bob.
E SHEA

A young dinosaur takes on many challenges and wins every time. Then Dinosaur faces his toughest challenge of all: bedtime.




Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! book Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!

Willems, Mo.
E WILLEMS

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."




Duck on a bike book Duck on a bike

Shannon, David, 1959-
E SHANNON

A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.




Eating the alphabet :  fruits and vegetables from A to Z book Eating the alphabet : fruits and vegetables from A to Z

Ehlert, Lois.
E EHLERT

An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.




Five little monkeys jumping on the bed book Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

Christelow, Eileen.
E CHRISTE

A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.




Freight train book Freight train

Crews, Donald.
E CREWS

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.




Frog and toad are friends book Frog and toad are friends

Lobel, Arnold.
E LOBEL

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.




Froggy gets dressed book Froggy gets dressed

London, Jonathan, 1947-
E LONDON

Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.




George and Martha book George and Martha

Marshall, James, 1942-1992.
E MARSHAL

Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.




Go, dog, go! book Go, dog, go!

Eastman, P. D. (Philip D.)
E EASTMAN

A vocabulary-building story about dogs engaged in every imaginable type of activity.




Goin' someplace special book Goin' someplace special

McKissack, Pat, 1944-
E MCKISSA

In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.




Good night, Gorilla book Good night, Gorilla

Rathmann, Peggy.
E RATHMAN

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.




Goodnight moon book Goodnight moon

Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
E BROWN

Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.




Green eggs and ham book Green eggs and ham

Seuss, Dr.
E SEUSS

Sam-I-am relentlessly pursues a furry top-hatted creature trying every way he can think of to get the creature to eat green eggs and ham.




Guess how much I love you book Guess how much I love you

McBratney, Sam.
E MCBRATN

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.




Guji Guji book Guji Guji

Chen, Zhiyuan, 1975-
E CHEN

Crocodile Guji Guji was raised by a family of ducks. One day he met 3 crocodiles who told him that he was not a duck. They ask Guji Guji to help them trap ducks. Guji Guji then tricked the crocodiles and saved duck family.




Harold and the purple crayon book Harold and the purple crayon

Johnson, Crockett, 1906-1975.
E JOHNSON

Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.




Harry, the dirty dog book Harry, the dirty dog

Zion, Gene.
E ZION

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.




How do Dinosaurs say good night? book How do Dinosaurs say good night?

Yolen, Jane.
E YOLEN

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.




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