Asch, Frank. Just like daddy.A very young bear describes all the activities he does during the day that are just like his daddy's.
Axworthy, Ann. Along came Toto.The life of a dog is disrupted when a playful, tag-along kitten joins the household.
Baer, Gene. Thump, thump, rat-a-tat-tat.A distant marching band grows larger and louder as it nears, and then softer and smaller as it goes away again.
Baker, Keith. Big fat hen.It’s a new twist on an old nursery rhyme favorite. Follow Mama Hen and all her chicks while they count out “one, two, buckle my shoe.” Colorful, large illustrations feature some of the most beautiful hens you’ve ever seen.
Bang, Molly. Ten, nine, eight.A father and daughter share special time together as they countdown to bedtime.
Barton, Byron. Building a house.Barton’s books feature simple, appealing illustrations and text to explain popular themes to children. Young paleontologists will love Dinosaurs, dinosaurs by the same author.
Boynton, Sandra. Moo, baa, la la la!Farm animals dance and sing in this rhyming story.
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Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight moon.Join a little rabbit as he says goodnight to all the things in his room. This timeless classic is a perfect bedtime story. Ms. Brown’s works are traditional favorites with preschoolers, be sure to also check out Big red barn and The runaway bunny.
Burton, Marilee Robin. Tail, toes, eyes, ears, nose.Presents body parts of eight animals for the reader to guess what the whole animal looks like.
Cabrera, Jane. Panda Big and Panda Small.While they are very different in what they like to do, both pandas can agree that they enjoy being together. Part of the DK Toddler Story Book series. Cat’s colors is another favorite by the author.
Carle, Eric. From head to toe.Animals and children compare what movements they can perform together. Can you wiggle your hips like the crocodile or wave your arms like the monkey?
Cauley, Lorinda Bryan. Clap your hands.Rhyming text leads children through of variety of activities including, “Rub your tummy, pat your head. Find something yellow, find something red.”
Coats, Lucy. One hungry baby : a bedtime counting rhyme.Ten animal babies perform various activities before bed, including eating, bathing, and listening to stories.
Cousins, Lucy. Country animals.The author of the popular Maisy seriesfor preschoolers, also brings us books featuring colorful illustrations with one-word, one-concept per page.
Crews, Donald. Freight train.It’s sure to be a hit with young train lovers. Illustrations convey motion as the freight train builds up speed on its journey.
Dabcovich, Lydia. Sleepy bear.Shows Bear getting ready for his long winter's nap, or hibernation, and his springtime awakening.
Dodds, Siobhan. Grumble, rumble!When none of Little Roo's friends hears the noisy monster that is following him, he learns that eating properly is the only way to get rid of it. Be sure to look for other books for little ones in the DK Toddler Story Book series.
Ehlert, Lois. Color farm.Learn the shapes as they combine to form farm animals including rooster, dog, sheep, cow and pig.
Evans, Katie. Hunky Dory ate it.In the first title spunky Hunky Dory tries to eat everything in sight--and winds up a sick puppy at the vet's. Read about the playful puppy carrying off all sorts of things in Hunky Dory found it.
Fleming, Denise. Mama cat has three kittens.Boris is content to nap while Fluffy and Skinny follow Mama Cat through her busy day. Other favorites by this author include Barnyard banter, Count!, In the small, small pond, and Lunch.
Hague, Michael. Teddy bear, teddy bear: a classic action rhyme.Have fun turning around and touching the ground with an old friend, the teddy bear.
Henkes, Kevin.Shhhhh.A little girl quietly explores her sleeping house before she wakes everyone up.
Hill, Eric. Where's Spot?A mother dog finds eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals. Try other Spot books by Eric Hill.
Isadora, Rachel. I hear.A baby responds to all the familiar things she hears. Try more books by Rachel Isadora.
Lawrence, John. This little chick.Follow little chick around the barnyard as he learns to oink, moo, baa, and ribbit.
Martin, Bill and Archambault, John. Here are my hands.It’s another can’t-miss read-aloud from two masters of children’s literature. This book encourages learning all the “parts of you” in rhyme.
Martin, Bill. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?.Children will enjoy reading this book over and over with its pattern structure and vivid illustrations.
Murphy, Mary. I kissed the baby!A repetitive pattern book which features a variety of animals who ask each other about hugging, feeding, tickling, and, of course, kissing the baby.
Oxenbury, Helen. Clap hands.Bold illustrations and simple text feature actions that little ones can copy. Be sure to also check out Tickle, tickle by the same author.
Rockwell, Anne. Fire engines.Simple text highlights the basic parts of fire engines and how fire fighters use them. Construction equipment is featured in Big wheels by the same author.
Seuss, Dr. The foot book.Only Dr. Seuss could make feet this much fun! Be sure to also read One, fish, two fish, red fish blue fish, and Green eggs and ham from the legendary Dr. Seuss.
Wadsworth, Olive A. Over in the meadow.Spend the day counting with the animals and insects as they jump, quack, dig and swim.
Wells, Rosemary. Read to your bunny.Delightful illustrations highlight the joys of family reading throughout the day.
Westcott, Nadine. Peanut butter and jelly : a play rhyme.Rhyming text and illustrations explain how to make a peanut butter jelly sandwich. Includes instructions for accompanying hand and foot motions at the end of the book.
Williams, Sue. I went walking.This book is fun for interacting with little ones as you take turns with the repetitive pattern of “I went walking. What did you see?” Fun farm animals are discovered as a little boy goes on his journey.
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