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Featured books by Bill Martin Jr

Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Bill Martin Jr.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

By: Bill Martin Jr
Illustrated by: Eric Carle
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

With the cadence, format, and appeal of the creators' Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, animals found in North America are introduced. From a rattlesnake to a mountain goat, children will delight in the rhythm and predictability of the text and the cadence of the illustrations.

Barn Dance

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

On a special, magical, moonlit evening, an old barn springs to life. The scarecrow picks up a fiddle and starts to play, signaling the beginning of the dance. Lively language and dramatic, animated illustrations together portray this thrilling occasion.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

By: Bill Martin Jr
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This title needs no introduction nor do its spin-offs like Baby Bear Baby Bear, What Do You See?, Panda Bear Panda Bear, What Do You See? or Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This classic alphabet adventure begins when the lower case letters climb atop a coconut tree. A rhythmic text and crisp illustrations differentiate upper and lower case letters.

Here Are My Hands

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Children will repeat the lively, predictable, and engaging rhyme that fills this book. The text heightens awareness of the parts of the body, from head to toe, and what each can do. Crisp, realistic illustrations make this ideal for sharing and acting out with young children.

Listen to the Rain

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: James Endicott
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The many moods of rain – from angry thunderstorms to the quiet dripping that follows – are conveyed in alliterative, onomatopoeic, and captivating language. The poetic text is accompanied by evocative watercolor illustrations often extending over double pages.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

By: Bill Martin Jr
Illustrated by: Eric Carle
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A familiar cadence introduces ten animals that are all endangered. The book ends with a child dreaming of seeing all the animals "wild and free." This appealing book can be shared for its boldly illustrated rhyme or to launch awareness of a complex topic.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

By: Bill Martin Jr
Illustrated by: Eric Carle
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Large, richly colored illustrations accompany the jaunty text in the pattern of Brown Bear…. This book depicts a group that visits the zoo and listens to the sounds that different animals make. Young children will want to join in the fun and make the animal sounds, too.

The Ghost-Eye Tree

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Two children leave their cozy home to fetch milk on a cold and windy evening. When the brother loses his much-prized hat, it is his sister who returns to the spooky old ghost eye tree they pass. Light is effectively used in dramatic watercolor illustrations that accompany the lively text, which is ideal for reading aloud.

Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The animated adventure begins when a diverse group of children mount their trusty steeds and the merry-go-round begins to move. Language and illustrations swirl and shift rhythmically on this spirited jaunt.

White Dynamite and Curly Kidd

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This rollicking good tale of a boy who fears for his father’s safety as he prepares to ride the meanest bull in the whole United States is told in energetic language and illustrations that bounce across the pages. The rhythm of the text reads well aloud and the watercolors invite many close examinations.

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