Recommended Books

Reading together is a powerful and fun way to increase parent-child interaction, build your child’s language and literacy skills, develop a life-long love of reading, and prepare you child to be a successful student.

These high-quality picture books stimulate verbal interaction, expand vocabulary, and reinforce phonemic awareness, the foundation of early literacy. For more information about the history and design of The Parent-Child Home Program, please click here to read about the wonderful book by our Founder, Dr. Phyllis Levenstein.

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Vocabulary & Alphabet

Learning the alphabet, as well as learning new vocabulary, is the basis of early literacy. Exposure to letters, awareness of letter sounds, and introduction to new vocabulary is an important part of school readiness. These books provide great opportunities to practice his/her alphabetic knowledge, as well as knowledge of new sophisticated vocabulary. Rhythmic language quality along with repetition are the start to phonological awareness and vocabulary development.

  • Cows Can’t Spin Silk

    Cows Can't Spin Silk (all about animal creations) is part of the highly praised Cows Can't series, which also includes Cows Can't Jump (all about...

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  • Car Wash

    When the family car gets dirty it’s time to go to the car wash. Join a young African American girl...

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  • What Happens Next?

    Lift the flap and find out what happens when the baby comes out of the bath! A great early vocabulary...

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  • Cows Can’t Jump

    Is it really true that cows can't jump, gorillas can't swim and sloths can't leap? Yes, but discover what these...

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  • Cows Can’t Quack

    Come inside and sing, laugh and howl with the lively and diverse animals of Cows Can't Quack. This companion to...

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  • What Do People Do All Day?

    Shows and tells what busy people do every day to build houses, sail ships, fly planes, keep house, and grow...

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  • Big and Small

    This beautiful board book introduces first vocabulary about nature with appealing, textured illustrations that compare the itty-bitty things we see...

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  • Alphablock

    With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around...

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Science & Math

These books are a great, fun way to introduce your little ones to the concepts of science and math. Progressive counting addresses numeracy skills, and is a foundation of math readiness. Science is equally as important as it not only builds a foundation for future scientific understanding, but also helps develop vital attitudes and skills that are essential for learning, such as investigation skills. Playing, exploring, sorting, classifying, patterning are all part of the foundation of science and math.

  • Shapes (Nesting Shape Books)

    Bright, bold illustrations and unique nesting shapes within the pages of this book make learning shapes exciting and engaging! Rectangles,...

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  • Rainbow Stew

    Splish, splash, puddle dash! It’s a rainy summer day, but the vegetables in Grandpa’s garden are just waiting to be...

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  • Hearts Are For Loving

    Shapes are all around us. This fun, colorful book shows children that shapes can be for many things. It’s designed...

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  • Who Lives Here? Forest

    Many animals live in unusual places. With each flip of a flap young readers will discover the interesting places where...

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate...

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  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

    Even doctor’s orders won’t stop these silly monkeys from having their fun. But you’ll never guess what Mama does when...

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  • Five Little Ducks

    All children love this traditional rhyme and singing along will help to develop number skills.

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  • Feast For Ten

    A counting book that features an African-American family shopping for food, preparing dinner, and sitting down to eat.

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  • The Carrot Seed

    When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young,...

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  • Big and Small

    This beautiful board book introduces first vocabulary about nature with appealing, textured illustrations that compare the itty-bitty things we see...

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  • Countablock

    Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form...

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Sensory Stimulation

Tactile, interactive books encourage children to use all of his/her senses. By engaging in these interactive books, children will develop his/her fine motor skills by touching various textures and lifting flaps, making strides in cognitive development by labeling objects and making associations, and developing social-emotional skills by learning how to enjoy the book while self-regulating his/her behavior. Children learn best, and retain the most information, when all of their senses are engaged.

  • Hello, Farm!

    Discover all of the animals on the farm and their babies in this cute photographic lift-the-flap book. What does the cow...

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  • Shapes (Nesting Shape Books)

    Bright, bold illustrations and unique nesting shapes within the pages of this book make learning shapes exciting and engaging! Rectangles,...

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  • My Five Sense

    How do you learn what the world is like? Through your five senses! Every sound, taste, smell, sight, and touch...

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  • Who Lives Here? Forest

    Many animals live in unusual places. With each flip of a flap young readers will discover the interesting places where...

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  • What Happens Next?

    Lift the flap and find out what happens when the baby comes out of the bath! A great early vocabulary...

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  • On the Farm

    On the Farm includes five board stand-up animal friends that are waiting to play! A fold-out playscene in the book...

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  • Pat the Bunny

    Pat the Bunny is the original interactive, multimedia experience for kids. Virtually unchanged since its introduction in 1940, the kind...

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  • Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings

    This charming introduction to colors, shapes, and animals has been delighting children all over the world for ten years! There...

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  • Dear Zoo

    Lift the flaps and see each three-dimensional animal the ZOO has sent -- and the special touch-and-feel surprise at the...

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Special Circumstances

There are many difficult circumstances that may be a bit too advanced for young children to fully understand, and are even more difficult for a parent to know how to explain. These books address a range of issues, from having confidence issues, starting school, to bullying and much more that will help make these conversations easier. It’s important for children to be exposed to certain issues from a young age.

  • Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town

    This young people's edition is a complex and inspirational story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of diverse...

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  • Inside Out and Back Again

    For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy...

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  • Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom

    The story cloth made for her by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the author and her family...

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  • Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey

    When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind....

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  • The Journey

    From the author: The Journey is actually a story about many journeys, and it began with the story of two...

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  • Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

    After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting...

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  • Teacup

    A boy must leave his home and find another. He brings with him a teacup full of earth from the...

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  • Can I Bring A Giraffe on the Plane?

    Rajesh is going on an airplane to visit his grandparents, and he is scared to fly on a plane. He...

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  • Loose Tooth Trouble

    This quirky, fun story, coupled with creative and hilarious illustrations, tackles a universal dilemma that all children are faced with...

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  • Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again

    Whether it's crossing the road, a street or even a railroad track, Wally Waddlewater doesn't know the Rules of Safety...

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  • It’s Time for Preschool!

    A great introduction for very young children—and their parents and caregivers—to the world of preschool in this cheerful and welcoming book...

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  • First Day of School

    Kids will understand the excitement and nervousness of the children in Mrs. Madoff’s class as they get ready for the...

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  • Leo the Late Bloomer

    Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She...

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  • Llama Llama Time To Share

    Beloved character Llama Llama doesn't want to share! This book is perfect for any child that needs encouragement sharing.

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  • Wheels on the Bus

    With a jovial bus driver as host, readers have quite a ride ahead of them as the bus bounces through...

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  • Firebird

    The story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach...

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Music & Movement

Young children need to develop both their fine motor skills as well as their large motor skills. These books provide children with an opportunity to move his/her large muscles by allowing them to get up and mimic the movements done in the book. Read these stories to your children, and encourage them to imitate the motions displayed in the book.

  • Surprise Moon

    On a Fall night, a Vietnamese American boy named Nick shows his friends how to celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival,...

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  • Cows Can’t Jump

    Is it really true that cows can't jump, gorillas can't swim and sloths can't leap? Yes, but discover what these...

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  • Wheels on the Bus

    With a jovial bus driver as host, readers have quite a ride ahead of them as the bus bounces through...

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  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…

    Abbreviated traditional, action rhyme/song (music supplied) introducing eight parts of the body.

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  • From Head to Toe

    I can do it! That's what kids will say when they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the pages of...

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  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

    Even doctor’s orders won’t stop these silly monkeys from having their fun. But you’ll never guess what Mama does when...

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  • Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes

    From a wiggle of their shoulders to a stomp of their feet, a group of lovable toddlers joyfully explores the...

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Social-Emotional Skills

Talking and reading about feelings support children’s social-emotional development. Books that explore emotions that children will experience such as love, fear, compassion, anger and much more are a great introduction on how to deal with such emotions. The first five years of a child’s life are critical in the development of social-emotional skills. These books can help foster a better understanding of what they are feeling and appropriate ways to express emotion.

  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee

    Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day...

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  • The Barefoot Book of Children

    The Barefoot Book of Children depicts kids of a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries...

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  • A Chair for My Mother

    A Caldecott Honor Book.  The story is about a family (child, mother, and grandmother) that loses their house to a fire,...

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  • More, More, More Said the Baby

    This is a trio of stories of 3 toddlers with their parents or grandparents. It focuses on the attachment and...

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  • A Fish To Feed

    A toddler and Dad go shopping, searching for a pet fish. They find and talk about lots of other fish...

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  • Red Socks

    Baby has fun with Mama as she dresses Baby and talks about each item of clothing. But Uh-Oh one of...

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  • Read To Me

    A gentle rhyme illustrated with multicultural images that will encourage family members to read to children. Being close while reading adds...

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  • Yoko’s Paper Cranes

    Ever since Yoko moved with her Mama from Japan, she misses her Obaasan and Ojiisan (her grandma and grandpa) very much. She...

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  • Whoever You Are

    Whoever You Are is a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub’s innovative, colorful, folk...

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  • Whistle For Willie

    Peter wanted so much to be able to whistle for his dog Willie. He blew and blew and blew and,...

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  • Time-Out for Sophie

    Sophie means to be a good little mouse, but she just can't resist testing the limits with her patient parents...

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  • The Snowy Day

    The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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  • Peter Loves Penguin

    Peter and Penguin wake up to snow on the ground and immediately get bundled up to play outside. After making...

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  • Peter’s Chair

    When Peter finds out that his blue furniture is being painted pink for his new baby sister, he takes the...

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  • Noisy Nora

    It's tough being the middle mouse. No one's paying any attention to Nora, so she decides to do something her...

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  • Llama Llama Red Pajama

    Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying...

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  • Now I Am Big!

    This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms....

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  • I Am So Brave!

    This fourth book in the empowerment series celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with courage and success. Whether...

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  • I Can Do It Myself!

    This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms....

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  • I Know a Lot!

    This third book in Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham’s empowerment series celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with...

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  • Goodnight Moon

    In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all...

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  • The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Peter's adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor's garden and all the way to Scotland!

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  • Fish is Fish

    A modern fable of a minnow who wants to follow his tadpole friend--who becomes a frog--onto land.

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  • Firebird

    The story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach...

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  • The Carrot Seed

    When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young,...

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  • A Pocket for Corduroy

    At the laundromat with Lisa, Corduroy overhears Lisa's mother remind her to take everything out of her pockets before washing...

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  • Corduroy

    In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button...

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  • Caps for Sale

    This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and...

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  • Big Red Barn

    There were horses and sheep and goats and geese--and a jaunty old scarecrow leaning on his hoe. And they all...

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  • The Art Lesson

    Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and...

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  • Are You Ready to Play Outside?

    Piggie can't wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

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  • Are You My Mother?

    When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little...

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Creative Thinking

Allowing young children to think creatively is a basis of important learning skills, such as problem solving. By exposing children to creative books and experiences, a foundation is laid for further creative expression. Creativity inspires young children’s desires to not only learn, but additionally supports cognitive development. These books are a great introduction on how to think creatively.

  • Cat Nap

    Cat loves to nap. If only he could find a good resting place to hide from playful (and wide awake)...

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  • Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

    A collection of illustrations, concrete poetry, and photographs that shows how young children’s constructions, created as they play, are reflected...

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  • Cherries and Cherry Pits

    The story about a child who loves to draw illustrations and write stories.  Her stories focus on cherries and cherry...

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  • When I Build With Blocks

    Step into the block area of a Pre-K / Kindergarten classroom, through the eyes and imagination of a child. When...

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  • Santiago Stays

    Santiago stays. He does not budge when offered a walk. He does not budge when offered a treat. Not even...

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  • What Do People Do All Day?

    Shows and tells what busy people do every day to build houses, sail ships, fly planes, keep house, and grow...

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  • Time-Out for Sophie

    Sophie means to be a good little mouse, but she just can't resist testing the limits with her patient parents...

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  • The Three Bears

    In a rhythmic text with striking pictures, Byron Barton retells the classic fairytale of the three bears and a little...

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  • Where’s Spot?

    It's time to celebrate Spot's thirtieth birthday! For three decades children have been looking everywhere for Spot in this classic,...

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  • Spot’s First Walk

    Spot goes out on his own to explore the garden and meets lots of surprise new friends.

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  • The Sneetches

    Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This delightful book contains four tales with deliciously subtle takes on...

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  • Red Truck

    This simply told read-aloud tells the story of Red Truck saving a school bus from a mud puddle.

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  • Put Me in the Zoo

    Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by...

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  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

    Continuing in the spirit of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , their new book incorporates the same...

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  • No, David!

    David is a beloved character, whose unabashed good humor, mischievous smile, and laughter-inducing antics underline the love parents have for...

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  • Moo Baa La La La

    This raucous story about the sounds animals make—including three pigs who say "la la la!"—is just right for reading aloud.

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  • The Three Snow Bears

    Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them...

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  • The Mitten

    Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki’s lost white mitten to...

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  • Llama Llama Red Pajama

    Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying...

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  • The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

    The Little Red Hen--who can get no help from the duck, the dog, or the cat--buys an appropriate pan, kneads...

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  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if...

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  • The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Peter's adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor's garden and all the way to Scotland!

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  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

    Even doctor’s orders won’t stop these silly monkeys from having their fun. But you’ll never guess what Mama does when...

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  • Fish is Fish

    A modern fable of a minnow who wants to follow his tadpole friend--who becomes a frog--onto land.

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  • The Art Lesson

    Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and...

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Non-English Language

Many of our favorite children’s books come in languages other than English! Whether English is not your first language, or you want your child to speak an additional language, these books are some of our favorite stories simply translated into a language other than English.

  • Donde esta la oveja verde?

    The search for the green sheep is on in this bilingual board book edition of the Australian author Mem Fox...

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  • Lavado de autos

    When the family car gets dirty it’s time to go to the car wash. Join a young African American girl...

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  • Arrorró, mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games

    A bilingual collection of traditional Latino baby games and lullabies from fourteen Spanish-speaking countries, complete with melodies for chanting and...

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  • Un sillón para mi mamá

    A Caldecott Honor Book.  The story is about a family (child, mother, and grandmother) that loses their house to a fire,...

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  • Maria Had A Little Llama/María Tenía Una Llamita

    Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish...

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  • Silbale a Willie

    Peter wanted so much to be able to whistle for his dog Willie. He blew and blew and blew and,...

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  • La oruga muy hambrienta (Spanish)

    One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate...

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  • ¿Dónde está Spot? (Spanish)

    It's time to celebrate Spot's thirtieth birthday! For three decades children have been looking everywhere for Spot in this classic,...

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  • Un Dia de Nieve (Spanish)

    The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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  • La silla de Pedro (Spanish)

    When Peter finds out that his blue furniture is being painted pink for his new baby sister, he takes the...

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  • ¡No, David! (Spanish)

    David is a beloved character, whose unabashed good humor, mischievous smile, and laughter-inducing antics underline the love parents have for...

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  • Si le das una galletita a un raton (Spanish)

    If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if...

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  • Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish)

    Y así sucesivamente, le da las buenas noches a todas las cosas que reconoce en su cuarto: al cuadro de...

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  • De la cabeza a los pies (Spanish)

    I can do it! That's what kids will say when they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the pages of...

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  • Cinco monitos brincando en la cama (Spanish)

    Even doctor’s orders won’t stop these silly monkeys from having their fun. But you’ll never guess what Mama does when...

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  • Fiesta Para 10 (Spanish)

    A counting book that features an African-American family shopping for food, preparing dinner, and sitting down to eat.

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  • La Semilla de zanahoria (Spanish)

    When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young,...

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  • Un bolsillo para Corduroy (Spanish)

    At the laundromat with Lisa, Corduroy overhears Lisa's mother remind her to take everything out of her pockets before washing...

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  • Corduroy

    In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button...

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  • Se Venden Gorras (Spanish)

    This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and...

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  • El gran granero rojo (Spanish)

    There were horses and sheep and goats and geese--and a jaunty old scarecrow leaning on his hoe. And they all...

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  • Grande y pequeno (Spanish)

    This beautiful board book introduces first vocabulary about nature with appealing, textured illustrations that compare the itty-bitty things we see...

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  • ¿Eres mi mama? (Spanish)

    When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little...

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