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  If You Give a Pig a Party (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Pig a Party (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Animals

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, one of our favorite children's picture books, is a humorous story with great illustrations and lovable characters. The adorable pig in If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back with a tale of great party fun. The sequence of events starts with a girl's offer to give a pig a party. The pig then asks for balloons to decorate the house, puts on her favorite dress and invites her friends to the party. The pig's friends, a mouse, a moose and more, are attending a street fair, so the pig joins them for the rides and games. After returning home, the girl plays hide and seek with the animals. Children will have fun trying to find the animals hiding in the back yard. Then the pig wants a sleepover and the animals have a pillow fight. The story ends with the pig asking for another party. Felicia Bond's humorous illustrations are simple and delightful. This creative book can be used to teach the concept of cause and effect. If You Give a Pig a Party is a good book to read aloud to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.


  The Runaway Bunny (Board Books) 

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

"The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown is a favorite classic children's book about a mother's unconditional love for her child. A little bunny tells mother bunny about imaginative ways to run away. Mother bunny comes up with equally imaginative ways to follow him. This comforting picture book appeals to preschoolers and holds interest of toddlers and kindergartners as well.


  The Carrot Seed (Paperback) 

The Carrot Seed

Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

In "The Carrot Seed", a little boy plants a carrot seed and carefully tends to it, despite all the naysayers. He is eventually rewarded with a very big carrot for his faith and perseverance. Ruth Krauss' texts are simple and engaging. Crockett Johnson's illustrations are simple and charming. Together, they created a classic children's book. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this great picture book.


  Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months (Paperback) 

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months

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.


  Blueberries for Sal (Paperback) 

Blueberries for Sal

Robert McCloskey (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Blueberries for Sal" is a classic book that tells a gentle and engaging story. Funny noise words such as Kuplink, kuplank and kuplunk add to the attraction of this great read-aloud book. A little girl named Sal and a little bear have a bit of an adventure when the little bear follows little Sal's mother and little Sal follows the little bear's mother on a blueberries-picking trip. Preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers will enjoy this Caldecott honor book by Robert McCloskey. "Blueberries for Sal" is one of the best picture books for children.


  The Napping House (Hardcover) 

The Napping House

Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"The Napping House" by Audrey Wood and Don Wood is a favorite children's picture book for toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers. In a house, a granny, a child, a dog, a cat and a mouse fall asleep one by one. Then a flea wakes up everyone in the napping house. Audrey Wood's text is cumulative and easy to read. Don Wood's detailed and funny illustrations add a lot to the bedtime story.


  The Eye Book (Bright and Early Books) (Hardcover) 

The Eye Book (Bright and Early Books)

Dr. Seuss, Joe Mathieu (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Rhyming Stories

In "The Eye Book (Bright and Early Books)", a boy and a rabbit see all kinds of interesting things. The illustrations closely match the simple rhyming text. The witty texts are written by Dr. Seuss under the name of Theodore Le Sieg. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn the names of familiar and new items while enjoying the rhyming sentences. This picture book can also be used to help children who are just starting to read.


  The Ear Book (Bright and Early Books) (Hardcover) 

The Ear Book (Bright and Early Books)

Al Perkins (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Five Senses

In simple sentences, "The Ear Book (Bright and Early Books)" by Al Perkins describes interesting sounds ears can hear. Pictures are colorful, uncluttered and funny. They show a boy and a dog that are listening to different sounds, and the objects that the sounds come from. "The Ear Book" is a good book for babies and toddlers to learn about the sense of hearing. It is also a good picture book for kindergarteners and beginning readers.


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