2008 Big Summer Read
Recommended Books for 0-3 Year Olds
It's never too early to start reading to children. It's also a great way to engage very young children anywhere, any time, and make children feel at home, even when traveling.
Browse through the recommended books below or download the guide for 0-3 year olds (519K PDF)* as a one-page handout you can easily take to the library or store.
Sturdy pages are used to introduce the alphabet and more. Alliteration, folding flaps, and added textures create a lively, appealing, humorous menagerie in word and illustration.
When Farmer Gray went on vacation, Blue Goose and his friends decided to paint their black and white barnyard for a happy surprise. With the help of his friends, Blue Goose mixes paints to introduce both primary and secondary colors in this clever barnyard tale.
Close to You: How Animals Bond
A rhyming text combines with tender photographs of animals and their young, concluding with how humans show affection for each other. Not only is this an interesting way to introduce families, but additional information about animals and their young is included in this warm book.
Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too
Two boys nicknamed Squirrel and Bear are best buddies. Bear's rhyming narration chronicles how they play outside all year round — swimming, splashing in puddles, rolling in snow, and more. Lighthearted illustrations recount the boys' mutual affection and their play.
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful
Grandparents and grandchildren share something special everywhere. Here the universal story of a grandmother and her granddaughter is made unique as it reflects their Hawaiian life and style.
I Like It When.../Me gusta cuando...
A penguin parent and child celebrate the everyday pleasures of hugging, playing, dancing, and the kiss good night. Now in a bilingual board book, both languages appear in different colors on the bold, uncluttered pages.
If Animals Kissed Goodnight
In this gentle, imaginative countdown to sleep, a child and her mother imagine how a menagerie of animals would lovingly say goodnight; that is, all except the sloth and her cub. Rich language swirls around and through warmly-hued illustrations to create a satisfying bedtime tale.
Island Counting 1 2 3
Count people and animals doing what they do on a Caribbean island. From one to ten, the rhyming text combines with brightly colored, child-like illustrations to produce the sense of place and people.
Maybe a Bear Ate It!
As he gets ready for bed, a cat can't find his book anywhere! While young readers will see that the book is in plain sight, they'll delight in what the cat imagines might have happened to it. Told with few words and lively illustrations, this is sure to delight.
Such a Silly Baby
Everyday is an adventure with a silly baby who gets switched at the zoo, the circus, and other places. When the silly baby is retrieved by mom, that happy child makes joyful noises all the way to bedtime — or playtime! The jaunty illustrations complement the predictable adventure.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Pigeon — like most young children — wants a puppy and he wants it now. He wheedles, begs, and promises to get it. Will pigeon change his mind when a puppy shows up? Readers will appreciate that the indomitable pigeon speaks directly to them on each appealing page.
Colorful, cartoon-like illustrations clearly depict signs with mealtime meaning. From "eat" to "all done" (with more in between), the simple signs can easily be shared with young children to aid communication or just for a different way of sharing.
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