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Blankies and Other Favorite Things

Comfort comes in many forms. Sometimes it's a fuzzy blanket. Sometimes it's a cozy stuffed animal. Sometimes it's sharing a story with someone special. Many young readers will see themselves in these recommended books for kids ages 0-9 that feature characters who've found that love is something you can carry around, give away, and sometimes lose and find again.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Alfie Gives a Hand

By: Shirley Hughes
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Alfie takes his trusty blanket with him when he attends his first party alone, but bravely puts it down to comfort a friend who is frightened by a mask.

D.W.'s Lost Blanket

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happened to D.W.'s blankie? Though Arthur and her dad try to help, it is D.W.'s mom who solves the mystery and saves D.W.'s day.

Flora's Blanket

By: Debi Gliori
Illustrated by: Debi Gliori
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Though her family tries to replace it, Little Flora, a young rabbit, can’t sleep because her blanket is missing. After much anxiety, the blanket is uncovered and all is well again.

Geraldine's Blanket

By: Holly Keller
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Geraldine’s parents think it’s time for her to give up her old, tattered, but much loved pink baby blanket. Instead, Geraldine comes up with an inventive way to keep it with her always.

Jamaica's Find

By: Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien
Illustrated by: Anne Sibley O'Brien
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Though Jamaica wonders who lost the stuffed dog and struggles with the decision to try and find its owner, she ultimately returns it to the playground where she found it. When the dog is reunited with its rightful and very relieved young owner, Jamaica finds a new friend.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

By: Mo Willems
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Trixie enjoys errands with her dad until her beloved stuffed toy, Knuffle Bunny, is left at the Laundromat. It takes her mom's insight to figure out what made Trixie go "boneless." Only then is the beloved toy recovered and Trixie utters her first real words! Cartoon characters are imposed on a background of monochromatic photographs portraying a New York neighborhood. The book was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Owen

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Owen’s neighbor thinks that Owen is getting too old to take Fuzzy, his beloved yellow blanket, to kindergarten. With a snip, however, Owen's inspired mom comes up with a creative solution for all.

The Name Quilt

By: Phyllis Root, Margot Apple
Illustrated by: Margot Apple
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sadie is devastated when her family's beloved quilt is blown away in a storm. As she and Grandma recall the names and stories of those represented in the patches, they realize that they can ultimately begin a new quilt – one with Sadie’s name stitched in the center.

The Red Woolen Blanket

By: Bob Graham
Illustrated by: Bob Graham
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Inseparable from her blanket, little Julia carries it with her everywhere until both her blanket and her need for it gradually disappear. Readers will appreciate the gentle humor in this recognizable story.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

By: Mem Fox, Julie Vivas
Illustrated by: Julie Vivas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Wilfrid helps an elderly friend, Miss Nancy, regain lost memories by bringing her some of her favorite things to remind her of them. This is a tender story of a friendship between two very different people, both of whom have four names, and the nature of memories.

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