Helen Oxenbury (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books
In "Clap Hands" by Helen Oxenbury, multicultural babies clap hands, bang drums, and do other fun things together. Very simple texts and cute pictures make "Clap Hands" a good board book for babies to learn basic concepts.
Eric Hill (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals
"Where's Spot?" is the first lift-the flap Spot book by Eric Hill. In this great picture book, Spot's mom goes looking for Spot. She finds many other animals before finding Spot. With simple, large text and colorful, uncluttered pictures, "Where's Spot?" is a good book for toddlers to learn basic concepts. Little kids will have fun lifting the flaps and tracking down the adorable puppy dog.
Maurice Sendak (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Rhyming Stories
"Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months" by award winning author Maurice Sendak features original catchy rhymes and engaging illustrations. Each month of the year has a short silly rhyme with the "chicken soup with rice" theme. There is just the right amount of repetition that children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade will like. "Chicken Soup with Rice" is a good picture book to teach children the concept of months of the year.
Istvan Banyai (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Wordless Books
"Zoom" by Istvan Banyai is a wordless book with bold pictures and vivid illustrations. At each turn of the pages, pictures zoom out to show a receding perspective. For example, the story without words first shows the crest of a rooster, then the top part of the rooster, then kids looking at the rooster, then animals outside the barn where the kids are in, so on and so forth. The last picture zooms to outer space where the earth is only a tiny sphere. "Zoom" is a good book for kids in kindergarten and first grade. Older children and adults can learn about how perspectives affect the way we view our world.