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Featured books by Lois Ehlert

Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Lois Ehlert.

Chicka Chicka 1 2 3

By: Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert
Illustrated by: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From one to one hundred, the numbers (differentiated by their vibrant colors) go up – and ultimately down – the apple tree in this lively and worthy counting companion to Chicka Chicka ABC. The role of zero (0) creates tension ("Will there be a place for me?") and finally a celebration!

Color Zoo

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This colorful cut-out book, winner of a Caldecott Honor, is a magical manipulation of shapes that turns a lion into a goat, an ox into a monkey, and a tiger into a mouse. These are just a few of the transformations that are made using only nine shapes and 16 shades of color.

Cuckoo-Cucú: A Folktale from Mexico

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lazy Cuckoo has a beautiful singing voice and brightly colored feathers — until he loses them while saving everyone's seeds from the burning forest. In the end, though, he retains his signature voice and earns the respect and gratitude of the other birds. This folk tale from Mexico is told both in English and in Spanish.

Eating the Alphabet

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Clean lines of both upper and lower case letters combine with colorful fruits and vegetables for a unique way to think about - and even eat through the alphabet.

Feathers for Lunch

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A frisky cat stalks brightly colored birds, but always misses them — and ends up with just feathers for lunch. Learn about birds, their distinctive calls, and their lifestyles through this attractive book and engaging story.

Fish Eyes

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Cutouts preview each dazzlingly colored fish as they swim through the pages of this appealing counting book.

Growing Vegetable Soup

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Vividly colored vegetables make a delicious soup in this handsome and informative book. Additional details are provided in small labels about the seeds that are planted and the vegetables that emerge.

Hands

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What does a child do or see others do with their hands? Paint, garden, make different things — and reach out to others. The young narrator's words ring true in this uniquely designed and well-paced glimpse into hands.

Leaf Man

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Observing changing leaves and tree life cycles are appropriate in fall. Also try Snowballs, Waiting for Wings, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert for other seasonal science-related activities.

Market Day

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

It's market day, and everyone's going to the town square. But this is no ordinary market — it's a veritable feast of folk art from around the world, assembled with Lois Ehlert's impeccable eye for color and design.

Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

It's market day! Everyone's going to the town square for a farmers market like no other — and you're invited to come along. Lois Ehlert's Market Day takes you on a colorful journey around the world in a fun story told with folk art.

Moon Rope

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Look at the moon and what do you see? Could it be Fox? Fox convinced Mole to accompany him to the moon by suggesting that huge worms were there. Mole comes back down to Earth, but Fox may still be up there. This myth from Peru is told in both English and Spanish and is illustrated with shining collages inspired by Peruvian artwork and artifacts.

Oodles of Animals

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Bold color and geometric shapes create portraits of creatures from caterpillars to monkeys to accompany short ditties. The result is a lively look at a range of animals. Some short verse is reminiscent of Ogden Nash ("RAT/Leave/a rat/where/it's at.")

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A child plants a tree and watches it grow and change through the seasons. Highly textured illustrations incorporate seeds and other scraps of nature with brilliantly hued paper. Ehlert tells a story while providing a guide to nature in this appealing book.

Snowballs

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An entire snow family — including pets — has been created by textured collage illustrations in this playful celebration of winter. Seasonal facts finish up this engaging glimpse of snow — and may inspire young artists to collect and fashion their own snow images.

Waiting for Wings

By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat — and how? With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies. Complete with flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.

Books illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka 1 2 3

By: Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert
Illustrated by: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From one to one hundred, the numbers (differentiated by their vibrant colors) go up – and ultimately down – the apple tree in this lively and worthy counting companion to Chicka Chicka ABC. The role of zero (0) creates tension ("Will there be a place for me?") and finally a celebration!

Farm Alphabet Book

By: Jane Miller
Illustrated by: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The alphabet is presented in upper and lower case letters accompanied by full color photographs that introduce farms and things associated.

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