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  Make Way for Ducklings (Hardcover) 

Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey is a charming classic children's book and one of the best picture books ever written. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard look for a place to hatch their ducklings. Later, Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings walk across town to Boston Public Garden with the help of a local policeman. Robert McCloskey's illustrations are detailed, realistic and expressive. This Caldecott Medal winner is a great book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers.


  Caps for Sale (Paperback) 

Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina (Paperback)

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

"Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina is one of the best children's picture books. The author tells a humorous story about a peddler who sells caps and his encounter with mischievous monkeys. Colorful pictures help tell a captivating story. Children will enjoy this classic book. "Caps for Sale" is a fun book to read aloud.


  The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Hardcover) 

The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Curious George Books)

H. A. Rey, Margret Rey (Hardcover)

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

Curious George has delighted generations of children. "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" includes seven stories: "Curious George", "Curious George Takes a Job", "Curious George Rides a Bike", "Curious George Gets a Medal", "Curious George Flies a Kite", "Curious George Learns the Alphabet", and "Curious George Goes to the Hospital". Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and beginning readers will like these classic stories about a curious little money by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey.


  Corduroy (Hardcover) 

Corduroy

Don Freeman (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Corduroy", by Don Freeman, is a classic children's book about a stuffed bear going around a store in search of a lost button. A little girl finds Corduroy in the toy department of a store and falls in love with him. However, the girl's mother says she has spent her money and they leave without buying him. After an adventurous night around the store, Corduroy is happy to see the girl return to buy him with her own piggy bank money. Corduroy finally has a home and a friend. With a memorable character and great illustrations, "Corduroy" is one of the best picture books of the 20th century. Older toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy this imaginative and endearing story.


  Olivia (Hardcover) 

Olivia (Olivia the Pig Series)

Ian Falconer (Hardcover)

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

Ian Falconer's "Olivia" is a Caldecott Honor award winner and one of our favorite picture books. Ian Falconer's expressive pictures are illustrated in black and white with splashes of bright red. The main character Olivia is an energetic pig who wears her family out. Olivia the pig sings, runs, tries on every piece of clothes she has when dressing up, and builds a giant sand castle at the beach, just to name a few. Ian Falconer captures the busy life of a preschooler with a humorous touch. "Olivia" is a good book to read with children in preschool and kindergarten.


  If You Give a Moose a Muffin (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Moose a Muffin (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

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.


  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

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

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff is one of our favorite children's books. When a boy is sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, a little mouse shows up. If the boy gives the mouse a cookie, the mouse will ask for a glass of milk. The milk will lead to a straw, and straw will lead to a napkin, so on and so forth. The humorous story ends with the mouse asking a glass of milk and then a cookie. This classic children's picture book encourages kids to make predictions and teaches cause and effect in a fun way. Felicia Bond's detailed and humorous illustrations closely match vocabulary words and bring the main characters to life. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is a great book to read aloud to children in preschool and kindergarten.


  Where the Wild Things Are (Hardcover) 

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak is an imaginative classic children's book with great illustrations. The picture book has won many awards, including Caldecott Medal, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration and ALA Notable Children's Books award. After being put to bed without supper by his mother, Max imagines sailing off to where the wild things are, becoming the king of all wild things and eventually returning to his own room where hot supper is waiting for him. "Where the Wild Things Are" is a good book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers.


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