Books as Gifts
2006 Buying Guide
Books for 0-4 Year Olds
Colorful pages to turn, a warm lap to sit on, and the familiar voice of a mom, dad, brother or sister no wonder books are associated with love among young children. The 15 books below are read-aloud books for kids ages 0-4, and are recommended for their gentle stories, award-winning illustrations, and lyrical language. Browse through the recommended books below or download the guide for 0-4 year olds (254K PDF)* as a one-page handout you can easily take to the library or store.
Warm illustrations of babies in action are paired with rhyming text in this small, sturdy book. Babies may see themselves in the pages, and the simple language may encourage them to act out the rhymes too!
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Ella Sarah is a young child with a mind of her own, especially when shes dressing for her own tea party. Despite gentle prods from her family, Ella Sarah selects her favorite, slightly outrageous outfit. Illustrated in bold form, expressive line, and opaque colors with minimal text, this story is sure to delight headstrong heroines everywhere.
Nancy loves being fancy and shares her enthusiasm with her family who all dress up and go out for pizza — fancy, of course! Nancys bubbly narration is matched by expressive illustrations that convey the affectionate and unique family, and their support for each other.
Feast for Ten
From one shopping cart to ten helping hands, the family shops, cooks, and then together shares a festive meal. Rhyming text and crisp illustrations show a warm extended family that brings joy to everyday activities.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby
A loving mother asks animals from a water buffalo to a lizard to "hush" so her baby can sleep. Once the noises stop, the mother herself sleeps — and the baby is now awake! Textured illustrations evoke the Thai setting and convey the understated humor of this unique bedtime book.
Move Over, Rover!
When it starts to rain, Rover is pleased that other animals join him in his doghouse. That is, until a skunk finds his way there — and everyone exits! When the storm is over, Rover enjoys a bone and the solitude of his doghouse. Expressive illustrations and animated, rhythmic language make for a satisfying story.
Mr. Cookie Baker
Mr. Baker gets up early to make cookies each morning. After mixing, cutting, baking, and decorating them he is ready for his customers — a group of hungry children. Straightforward text and clean-lined illustrations relate the simple, satisfying story. Several of Mr. Cookie Bakers tasty-looking recipes are included.
My Book Box
What can you do with a box? Join a small elephant as he explores the possibilities and finally settles on a book box. Instructions for making your own book box are included.
My Friend Rabbit
Rabbit always thinks of things to do even though they often lead to trouble. When Mouse's toy airplane gets stuck in a tree, Rabbit's animal ladder is sure to release it — with very funny results in this Caldecott Medal-winning book.
My Very First Library
Split pages are used for matching games between the covers of four books, each dealing with a different concept (colors, shapes, numbers and words) that matches with a familiar object on the bottom. Carles books, with his signature style of illustration, have been newly formatted and presented in a boxed set.
Nights of the World
This delightful bedtime story shares daytime activities and nighttime rituals from around the globe. Regardless of where they live, children play by day, laugh, and make lots of noise. At night, their eyes are closed. "Shh! Good night..."
Pancakes for Breakfast
On a cold morning, a little old lady decides to make pancakes for breakfast, but has a hard time finding all of the ingredients. This wordless picture book tells a story of determination and humor, ideal for young readers who can narrate the story as they go.
Rosie, a hen, takes a walk — oblivious to the fox that is following her. Rosie unwittingly leads the hungry fox from one disaster to the next until she returns safely home. The simple text notes only Rosie's trip around the farm, making the strong line and bright colors of the illustration all the more striking and very funny.
Too Many Tamales
For their family's Christmas celebration, María's mother makes lots of tamales. But while María is helping out, she tries on her mother's ring and loses it in the dough. Without telling the adults, María and her young relatives try to find it — by eating all the tamales!
Whistle for Willie
More than anything, Peter wanted to whistle for his dog Willie. But try as he might, he could not do it. One day, after lots of practice, he surprises Willie and his family! Peter's memorable story is told in simple text and highly textured collage illustrations.
Short poems and translucent watercolors capture the sights, the cold, and the fun of winter. A squirrel, however, "scolds and scolds/this mean white stuff/that stole his snack/and chills his toes."
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