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Early Childhood Books

  • A Birthday Basket For Tia

    by Pat Mora Year Published: Easy Reading

    To celebrate the birthday of her beloved great aunt, young Cecilia gathers together a basket full of cherished memories.


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  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

    by Leo Lionni Year Published: Easy Reading

    Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical mouse, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship. Originally published in 1969, the Caldecott Honor-winning Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.


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  • Big Al

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Easy Reading

    Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can't find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary-looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him. What can he do? He tries everything he can think of -- from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he'll look smaller. But something always goes wrong, and lonely Big Al wonders if he'll ever have a single friend. Then one frightening day, when a fishing net captures the other fish, Big Al gets the chance to prove what a wonderful friend he can be!


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  • Frederick


    by Leo Lionni Year Published: Easy Reading
    Frederick, the poet mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter. Description: While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick seems to daydream the summer away. When cold weather comes, it is Frederick the poet-mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words. Teaches the importance of art and poetry... as food for the spirit! Awards: A Caldecott Honor Book; an ALA Notable Children's Book; and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year!

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  • From Anne to Zach

    From Anne to Zach

    by Mary Jane Martin Year Published: Easy Reading
    What's in a name? The letters of the alphabet, of course. And in this charming book children learn the letters of the alphabet through other children's names. With appealing rhymes by Mary Jane Martin and bright, bouncy watercolors by Michael Grejniec, here is a happy book that makes learning the ABCs fun. Show More Show Less

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  • Full, Full, Full of Love

    by Trish Cooke Year Published: Easy Reading

    For the youngest member of an exuberant extended family, Sunday dinner at Grannie’s can be full indeed - full of hugs and kisses, full of tasty dishes, full to the brim with happy faces, and full, full, full of love. With a special focus on the bond between little Jay Jay and his grannie, Trish Cooke introduces us to a gregarious family we are sure to want more, more, more of.


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  • I Love You Forever

    by Robert Munsch Year Published: Easy Reading

    A young woman holds her newborn son And looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him: "I'll love you forever I'll like you for always As long as I'm living My baby you'll be."


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  • Jamaica's Find

    by Juanita Havill Year Published: Easy Reading

    Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground and after taking him home without trying to find the owner discovers her conscience as well. Jamaica’s honest and appealing character inspired five more books, each about a childhood ethical dilemma.


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  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

    by Virginia Lee Burton Year Published: Easy Reading

    A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.


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  • My Backpack

    by Eve Bunting Year Published: Easy Reading

    When Grandma sends her grandson a backpack, he can't wait to fill it with interesting things. His toy train fits just right. His bock and his big brother's baseball socks fit perfectly, too. And there's still room for more, including his teddy bear, his mother's keys, and the family cat! It's amazing what you can fit in a backpack if you really try. Eve Bunting's lively, rhyming picture book is perfect for reading aloud and is happily illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.


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  • Noisy City Night

    by Sara Anderson Year Published: Easy Reading

    This book traces a city across the span of a night -- filled with the people, traffic, parks, streets, stores, and buildings that make up the town. The breadth of the urban experience may all be found here: from the bicyclist lazily gliding through the park to the raucous swooshhhhh of traffic; from the clanging crash of construction work to the quiet of a sweeping streetscape as seen from a high-floor apartment building. Vibrant colors that zing with the heat rising from a steaming sidewalk are perfectly matched to a syncopated, sound-filled, chant-again-and-again text. Ingeniously die-cut pages reinforce the experience of the city skyline in a stylish book that represents a tour-de-force performance by Sara Anderson.


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  • Please Be Quiet

    by Mary Murphy Year Published: Easy Reading

    The main character of this book, a nameless penguin (but my daycare children call him/her Martini from the Olive the Other Reindeer book) loves to play but of course sometimes playing can be noisy. I drum on the pot Bam! Bam! Rattle! With each activity his parent suggests that he be quiet and then that he go outside. Penguin has fun outside until it starts to rain. His parent asks him to come in But PLEASE be quiet! The smart little penguin gets an idea and puts socks on his feet so he can jump rope without making noise. His parent tells him that he is clever and we see why the quiet was needed. In his/her arms sleeps a baby until the last page where they young penguin and the baby penguin are sitting in mom/dads lap…and the baby is crying Waa! Waa! Waa! and Martini tells the baby to Please be quiet!


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  • The Cow That Went Oink

    by Barnard Most Year Published: Easy Reading

    This mixed-up barnyard tale of tolerance and friendship teaches kids (and creatures) that it's okay to be different . . . and sometimes even more fun!


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  • The Friendship Alphabet

    The Friendship Alphabet

    by Wendie Bramwell, Brooke Doyle, Laura Smith and Michael Ziegler Year Published: Easy Reading
    This book takes a rhyming look at friendship and getting along, from "asking to join in and play" to "zillions of ways to be friends."

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