The Gleason Public Library children’s librarians have compiled a nice starting list of books for some of our youngest readers. If you have a favorite, let us know.

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Picture Books

At first glance, a picture book seems to be a very simple thing: typically 32 pages in length, designed for small children, colorful, with cartoon-like renderings of characters and a simple story. But good picture books are actually carefully designed to use deliberate narrative devices, meaningful illustrations, and design elements that compliment the tone and mood of the book. Four recent additions to the children’s picture book collection at the Gleason Public Library are fine examples of this definition.

Scoot by Carloyn Falwell is the simple story of six turtles sunning themselves down at the pond. The charm of this book is in the details. Each illustration is a beautifully crafted collage rendered in cut and torn paper elements, stamped paint, and natural elements such as tree bark and wasp nest. Varying font sizes convey action, movement, and the tone of the book: lazy, sunny, and warm.

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton is a treat both visually and as a story. Splat is a worried young cat headed out for his first day of school to learn what cats do. Splat brings his pet mouse Seymour along for moral support, and everything seems to be going great – until he learns that chasing mice is one of the many wonderful things that cats do. When Seymour escapes, hi-jinks ensue. Be sure to spend some time examining the detailed drawings that show Splat perpetually startled with his gorgeous stand up hair, wide-eyed expressions, and other humorous details.


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Picture Books for the Very Young (6 months – 2 years)

Hattie and the Fox

Mem Fox

Hattie the Hen spots something in the bushes, but none of her friends seem to care in this charming Classic Board Book by bestselling author Mem Fox! “I can see a nose and two eyes in the bushes!” cries Hattie. But nobody is listening. Not goose.

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Barnyard Banter

Denise Fleming

Cows moo and hens cluck through another cacaphonous morning on the farm, while Goose "hides" on every spread in this colorful rhyming sound book. By the author of In the Tall, Tall Grass. Children's BOMC.

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Ask Mr. Bear

Marjorie Flack

Trying to find the perfect birthday present for his mother isn't easy for Danny. The hen offers eggs, the goose feathers and the sheep wool. But mother already has those things. Then the cow suggests that Danny go ask Mr. Bear. It's from him that Dan

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My Colors/ Mis Colores

Rebecca Emberley

Part of the beloved bilingual board book series by author/illustrator, Rebecca Emberly. The vibrant colors and large text in this enchanting collection of bilingual board books make learning easy and fun. Boldly colored construction paper cutouts on

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Fish Eyes

Lois Ehlert

A counting book depicting the colorful fish a child might see if he turned into a fish himself.

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Good Dog, Carl

Alexandra Day

Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.

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Freight Train

Donald Crews

A Caldecott Honor Book Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train. In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels

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Marie Torres Cimarusti

The authors take children on a rhyming peek-a-boo adventure set in a farm yard. The book incorporates 8 larger than life fold-down flaps and is illustrated in colour throughout.

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Five Little Monkeys Jumping On Bed

Eileen Christelow

The beloved, modern children’s nursery rhyme is sure to delight in this edition from the author and illustrator of Robins! and Vote! Five little monkeys jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. The mama called the doctor. The doctor sa

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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Nancy White Carlstrom

An exuberant rhyming text and colorful watercolor artwork capture Jesse Bear's activities and antics throughout the day, from morning to bedtime. Reprint.

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Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever! And with an updated look, this children's classic is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

This much-loved classic picture book follows the caterpillar's week while he eats through a range of foods in preparation for his hibernation and subsequent appearance as a beautiful butterfly. With its die-cut pages and holes to explore, this is a r

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The Very Busy Spider

Eric Carle

Collages of familiar farm animals complement this tale of a determined little spider toiling away to build her web.

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Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. In a great green room, tucked away i

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The Runaway Bunny Board Book

Margaret Wise Brown

Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny’s imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.

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Little Gorilla (Read-aloud)

Ruth Bornstein

A simple rhythmic text portrays Little Gorilla, who is loved by everyone in the jungle as he begins to grow . . . and Grow . . . and GROW. This ebook includes audio narration.

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Who Sank the Boat?

Pamela Allen

The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.

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Where’s My Teddy?

Jez Alborough

Synopsis coming soon.......

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Nursery Rhymes, Fingerplays, & Songs

Hand Rhymes

Marc Tolon Brown

For use in schools and libraries only. A collection of nursery rhymes with diagrams for accompanying finger plays.

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Pat-a-cake and Other Play Rhymes

Joanna Cole, Stephanie Calmenson

A collection of nursery rhymes and action rhymes, in such categories as finger and hand rhymes, tickling rhymes, and knee-and-foot-riding rhymes.

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My Very First Mother Goose

Iona Archibald Opie, Rosemary Wells

Charming watercolor illustrations enhance a delightful collection of sixty classic Mother Goose rhymes, including "Hey Diddle, Diddle," "Pat-a-Cake," "Little Jack Horner," and many others.

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Teddy bear, teddy bear

Michael Hague

An illustrated version of the traditional rhyme which follows the activities of a teddy bear.

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Knock at the Door and Other Baby Action Rhymes

Kay Chorao

Includes such rhymes as "Five Little Sparrows," "Pat-a-Cake," "Giddyap Horsey," and "Bunnies' Bedtime" with illustrations showing the actions that should be used with each one.

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Picture Books for Twos and Threes

Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion

There's never been another dog as delightful–or dirty–as Harry. This lovable white dog with black spots (or black dog with white spots) has charmed children for fifty years, and we are celebrating with an anniversary edition. This childhood favou

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Do Pigs Have Stripes?

Melanie Walsh

Presents a variety of miscellaneous facts about animals

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Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails

Nancy Tafuri

This barnyard tour will have its audience crowing with delight as they study the big, bold paintings of the animals and birds. "An ideal book for the beginning reader to entertain a younger sibling in a game they'll both enjoy. A natural for toddler

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Come Along, Daisy!

Jane Simmons

Daisy the duckling becomes so engrossed in playing with dragonflies and lily pads that she temporarily loses her mother.

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Sheep in a Jeep

Nancy E. Shaw

A flock of hapless sheep drive through the country in this rhyming picture book.

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Benny Bakes a Cake

Eve Rice

Benny helps Mama bake his birthday cake. But when the cake is done, Ralph, their large, bouncy dog, helps himself--and oh, what he does to the cake! But Papa saves the day, assuring both a joyous story for the youngest listener and a very happy birth

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What Mommies Do Best What Daddies Do Best

Laura Numeroff

Daddies can do lots of things, like bake you a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best? Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear

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Whose Shoe?

Margaret Miller

Illustrates a variety of footwear and matches each wearer with the appropriate shoe.

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What Game Shall We Play?

Pat Hutchins

When Duck and Frog cannot think of a game to play, Owl comes up with the perfect answer

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Where’s Spot?

Eric Hill

Join the hunt to find lovable puppy, Spot, in Eric Hill's first ever lift-the-flap tale! Lift each flap to find all sorts of funny animal surprises, before discovering where cheeky Spot has been hiding. This is the perfect first book for little ones

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Time for Bed

Mem Fox

Simple verse and gentle watercolor illustrations blend harmoniously to evoke that time of day when darkness falls and little ones everywhere are preparing for a good night's sleep. BOMC Dual Main.

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Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm

Joy Cowley, Elizabeth Fuller

Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.

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Mr. Gumpy’s Outing

John Burningham

When Mr. Gumpy decides to take a ride down the river, all the children and animals beg to join him on his excursion. On board pages.

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I Want to Be an Astronaut

Byron Barton

Blast-off! Up into the shy goes the space shuttle. Into orbit, the astronauts get a taste of ready-to-eat food, experience zero gravity, go for space walks, and even fix a satellite. It's fun to fly aboard the shuttle...and then come back to earth.

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Ten, Nine, Eight

Molly Bang

Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the room of a little girl going to bed.

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Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks. On board pages.

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