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  Under My Hood I Have a Hat (Hardcover) 

Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Karla Kuskin, Fumi Kosaka (Hardcover)

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

In "Under My Hood I Have a Hat" by Karla Kuskin, a little girl bundles up and takes her dog out for a walk in the snow. The illustrations bring Karla Kuskin's short poem to life, in clean lines and warm colors. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this rhyming story.


  City Dog (Paperback) 

City Dog

Karla Kuskin (Paperback)

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

"City Dog" by noted poet Karla Kuskin, tells about a city dog's first trip to the countryside in verses. The city dog rejoices in the open spaces of the countryside and the freedom to romp. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the simple, rhyming text in this children's picture book.


  Moongame (Paperback) 

Moongame (Moonbear Series)

Frank Asch (Paperback)

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

In "Moongame" by Frank Asch, bear and little bird take turns playing hide and seek. Then at night, bear tries to play the same game with the moon. This gentle bedtime story will delight toddlers and preschoolers.


  The Three Bears (Board Books) 

The Three Bears

Byron Barton (Board Books)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Fairy Tales & Folklore; Book Themes: Animals, Opposites

Byron Barton, in "The Three Bears", retells the classic European folklore tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. The story begins with three bears taking a walk in the forest. While the bears are away from home, Goldilocks eats their porridge, sits in their chairs and sleeps in baby bear's bed. The story ends with Goldilocks running away from the three bears. The simplified vocabulary and the bold illustrations are well suited for toddlers and preschoolers. The picture book also teaches opposites such as hot or cold, big or small, fast or slow. "The Three Bears" is a good read aloud book.


  Maisy Goes Camping (Hardcover) 

Maisy Goes Camping (Maisy Books Series)

Lucy Cousins (Hardcover)

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

In "Maisy Goes Camping" by Lucy Cousins, Maisy the mouse and his friends pitch a tent, sing around the campfire and go into the tent one by one to see how many of them fit. Bold colors, simple lines and big size words make it a good picture book to read with toddlers and preschoolers. The sentences are short, yet detailed enough to tell a good story.


  Growing Like Me (Hardcover) 

Growing Like Me

Anne Rockwell, Holly Keller (Hardcover)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Growing Up, Nature

"Growing Like Me" by Anne Rockwell and Holly Keller, tells about how animals and plants grow in nature. Anne Rockwell's texts are short and informative. Holly Keller's pictures are bright and uncluttered. "Growing Like Me" is a good picture book for toddlers and preschoolers to read.


  Trucks (Board Books) 

Trucks

Byron Barton (Board Books)

Genre: Nonfiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Transportation

The book "Trucks" by Byron Barton features a variety of trucks, from tow trucks and garbage trucks to dump trucks and delivery trucks. Brief texts explain what trucks do. Bold illustrations appeal to toddlers and preschoolers.


  Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve (Hardcover) 

Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve (Maisy Books Series)

Lucy Cousins (Hardcover)

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

"Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve" is another delightful Maisy book by Lucy Cousins. It's snowing hard on Christmas Eve. Maisy the mouse invites her friends to come to her house for a Christmas celebration. Cyril comes on snowshoes, Charley and Tallulah by sled. Eddie the elephant walks and get stuck in the snow. Maisy and her friends go out to search for the elephant and pull him out of the snow. Then they sing Christmas carols and have a great Christmas Eve together. The bright illustrations by Lucy Cousins appeal to toddlers and preschoolers.


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