Topic Guides: Early Childhood Books for Reading Aloud

book covers from Early Childhood Books for Reading Aloud list

Suggested Titles

Blue Hat, Green Hat / by Sandra Boynton --- PZ7.B6968 Bl 1995
Humorous animal characters introduce the basic colors and familiar items of clothing. On board pages.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! / by Mo Willems --- PZ7.W65535 Big 2013
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.

Carl Goes Shopping / by Alexandra Day --- PZ 7 .D32915 Car
While his mistress shops, Carl, a large dog, and the baby in his care explore the department store quite thoroughly and have a wonderful time.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type / by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Betsy Lewin --- PZ7.C88135 Cl 2000
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus / by Mo Willems --- PZ7.W65535 Don 2003
A very adventurous pigeon with a dream of driving a bus tries his best to talk you into letting him drive the bus.

Do's and Don’ts / by Todd Parr --- PZ7.P2447 Do 2004
In illustrations and brief text, presents twelve rules to live by, accompanied by silly alternatives, such as "Do help keep the house clean" and "Don't vacuum up the cat."

Goodnight Moon / by Margaret Wise Brown --- PZ7.B8163 Go 2005
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? / by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague --- PZ8.3 Y76 Ho 2000
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

If You Take a Mouse to School / by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond --- PZ7.N964 Ii 2002
Follows a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale / by Mo Willems --- PZ7.W65535 Knu 2004
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

Llama, Llama Red Pajama / by Anna Dewdney --- PZ8.3.D498 Ll 2005
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Lilly's Big Day / by Kevin Henkes --- PZ7 .H389 Lg 2006
When her teacher announces that he is getting married, Lilly the mouse sets her heart on being the flower girl at his wedding.

Mighty Dads / by Joan Holub --- PZ8.3.H74 Mi 2014
Told in simple rhyming text, hard-working construction vehicle fathers guide and encourage their children.

The Napping House / by Audrey Wood --- PZ7.W846 Nap 2004
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

Owl Moon / by Jane Yolen --- PZ 7 .Y78 Ow 1987
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? / by Bill Martin --- PZ8.3.M418 Pm 1997
Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper.

Tickle, Tickle / by Helen Oxenbury --- PZ7.O975 Ti 1999 
In illustrations and brief text, presents twelve rules to live by, accompanied by silly alternatives, such as "Do help keep the house clean" and "Don't vacuum up the cat."

Time for Bed / by Mem Fox --- PZ8.3.F8245 Ti 1997
As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar / by Eric Carle --- PZ7.C21476 Ve 1994a 
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

We Are in a Book! / by Mo Willems --- PZ7.W65535 We 2010
Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

We're Going on a Bear Hunt / by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury --- PZ7.R71867 We 1989
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

Where the Wild Things Are / by Maurice Sendak --- PZ7.S47 Wh 1991
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Last Updated: April 2015

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