Byron Barton (Paperback)
Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Dinosaur
In "Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs", author Byron Barton uses simple texts and bold colors to introduce young children to the world of dinosaurs. The endpaper of the picture book lists the names of dinosaurs and their pronunciations. "Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs" is a good first dinosaur book for toddlers and preschoolers.
Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Animals
"If You Give a Moose a Muffin" is a humorous story for your preschoolers or early elementary school children to read. After a kid gives a moose a muffin, a sequence of events follows one after another. Laura Numeroff's silly moose story is hilarious. The illustrations by Felicia Bond are playful and expressive. "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" is a good read-aloud book.
Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern (Paperback)
Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Transportation
"I Love Trucks!" by Philemon Sturges tells about all kinds of trucks and what they do, in short sentences and bold illustrations. This is a good picture book to introduce toddlers to the world around them, including trucks. Preschoolers who love trucks will enjoy this truck book too.
Maurice Sendak, Else Holmelund Minarik (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Picture Story Books; Book Theme: Animals
"Little Bear", often considered one of the best picture story books, is a heartwarming classic children's book by Maurice Sendak and Else Holmelund Minarik. This ALA Notable Children's Book award winner includes four sweet tales about Little Bear getting dressed, having a birthday party, going to the moon and being told bedtime stories. The love between Mother Bear and Little Bear is expressed wonderfully both in texts and in illustrations. With large type and ample spaces between lines, this first I Can Read book appeals to preschoolers and beginning readers.
Arnold Lobel (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Picture Story Books; Book Themes: Animals, Friendship
"Frog and Toad Are Friends" by Arnold Lobel is a great book for beginning readers. The friendship between Frog and Toad is depicted vividly in five short chapter stories that are funny, engaging and easy to read. "Frog and Toad Are Friends", a Caldecott Award winner, is one of the best classic picture story books.
C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books
The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, the third story in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, is a great classic children's book with complex and likable characters. The fantasy novel is set in the time when Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are kings and queens of Narnia. Shasta, a boy living in the land of Calormen, discovers that his master is selling him to a Tarkaan, a noble from the south. The boy meets Bree, a talking horse of Narnia who was captured when he was a young colt. Together, they decide to flee to Narnia. On their long journey, the boy and his horse have many adventures and are joined by a brave aristocratic girl named Aravis and her talking horse called Hwin. Squabbling among themselves, the two kids and two horses venture through Calormen's capital city Tashbaan, cross a desert, and uncover the Calormen ruler Tisroc and Prince Rabadash's plot to invade Narnia and neighboring Archenland. The Horse and His Boy is a good chapter book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
Astrid Ericsson Lindgren (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories
"Pippi Longstocking" by Astrid Lindgren is a classic chapter book for children all over the world. The story's main character Pippi Longstocking, an independent and strong girl who can lift her own horse, lives alone without her parents. Pippi makes friends with two kids who live next door and they have lots of fun and adventures together. Best-known Swedish author Astrid Lindgren creates a very memorable storybook character in Pippi Longstocking, who is tough, brave, funny and free-spirited. "Pippi Longstocking" is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. Readers in third grade through seventh grade will love this humorous story.
Robert Lawson (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals
"Rabbit Hill" by Robert Lawson is one of the Newbery-award-winning classic children's books. In this gentle chapter book, animals on Rabbit Hill are anxiously waiting for the arrival of new folks. Author Robert Lawson creates a few vivid animal characters, such as gentleman-like Father Rabbit, worry-prone Mother Rabbit, grumpy Uncle Rabbit and Little Georgie the rabbit. Children in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this sweet animal fantasy story.
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