Books to Help Kids Get Ready to Read

Chuck's Truck

Chuck's Truck
by Peggy Perry Anderson
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780618668366

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Old Blue is Chuck's truck. When Chuck gets ready to go to town, his barnyard friends gather around. Into the truck climb the duck Luck, dogs Nip and Tuck, the burro Buck, workhorse Huck, the chicken that goes "cluck," Sue and Lou, and the goat Flo, too. So come along, jump in Old Blue--there's still some room just for you!

 

 

 

 

Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen
by Keith Baker
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780152928698

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Count to ten with the big fat hen in this rollicking rendition of a well-loved nursery rhyme. Keith Baker's charming, humorous illustrations filled with eggs and chicks (and bugs) are sure to make this a favorite. Full color. "One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door. . . . Nine, ten, big fat hen!" "Baker uses an imaginative array of acrylic colors for his hens--greens, purples, and pinks to contrast with the warm, yellow straw background. There are lots of things to count, such as sticks, eggs, chicks, and hens.


 

 

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
by Karen Beaumont
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780152024888

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With zippy text and zany illustrations, this book turns an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun with the tale of a spirited child who, after being told not to paint the walls, paints himself instead. Full color. A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama!


 

 

Freight Train

Freight Train
by Donald Crews
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780688117016

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Cars are convenient; planes are fast; buses are cheap; but not one of these conveyances holds a candle to a train--and Donald Crews proves it in this "color concept book of outstanding quality" (Boston Globe). The train moves slowly at first, then it picks up speed, zooming across the page in a majestic blur of color, speed, and sound. Full color. Chugga, chugga. Chugga, chugga. Whoo, whooooo!!


 

 

The Flea's Sneeze

The Flea's Sneeze
by Lynn Downey
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780805077568

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What happens when a flea gets a bad case of the sniffles? Utter pandemonium in the barnyard! This rollicking picture book follows a lovable flea and his exceptional sneeze through the mayhem. Before the night is over, every animal-from the mouse to the cow-has something to say. Will the animals ever fall back to sleep?


 

 

Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack
by Joanna Cole
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780688097493

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Here are more than 100 favorite American street rhymes, verses that have been chanted, sung, and enjoyed for generations. Black-and-white line drawings. Quick! What color was Miss Mary Mack wearing when she went upstairs to make her bed? And what did Miss Lucy name her baby boy?Discover the answers to these questions inside, along with more than one hundred fabulous handclaps and street rhymes. From "I'm a Pretty Little Dutch Girl" to "A, My Name Is Alice," every one of them is as much fun to read as it is to sing, chant, or recite.

 

 

 

Jump, Frog, Jump!

Jump, Frog, Jump!
by Robert Kalan
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780688092412

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This irresistible cumulative tale has become a classic since its first publication in 1981. "Immensely satisfying edge-of-the-seat fun for very small listeners, " wrote "Kirkus Reviews" in a pointed review. it is still a satisfaction-guaranteed read-aloud with the bonus of mesmerizing primary-color illustrations. "This is the turtle that slid into the pond and ate the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog - JUMP, FROG, JUMP!" This infectious cumulative tale will soon have the young frogs you know jumping and chanting with joy.

 

 

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill, Jr. Martin
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780805092448

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With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, these picture books have long been used as beginning readers. Complete with an introduction by master educator Laura Robb, and with fun reading activities added, this new version of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" is certain to appeal to a new age group and find an even wider audience.

 

 


 

Duck in the Truck

Duck in the Truck
by Jez Alborough
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781933605760

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Duck is driving home in his truck when he becomes stuck in the muck. A memorable cast of characters engage in hilarious word-play while trying to help Duck out of his predicament. Full color. Jez Alborough's wonderfully popular DUCK IN THE TRUCK, now available in a toddler friendly board book.

 

 

 

Circus Caps for Sale

Circus Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780064437936

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More caps for sale! Pezzo, the hardworking peddler, is still selling caps in this delightful sequel to the beloved caps for sale. But what is that amusing performing elephant up to? And where have all Pezzo's caps gone? Will Pezzo get them back? Esphyr Slobodkina's classic artwork and timeless story are as endearing as ever.


 

 

Read to Your Bunny

Read to Your Bunny
by Rosemary Wells
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780439087179

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From bestselling author/illustrator Rosemary Wells comes a charming, rhyming story that children will want to hear again and again. An invitation for parents and children to read together every day, this picture book promises: Read to your bunny often, and your bunny will read to you. Full color. Read To You Bunny is an invitation to the world of reading -- a poem your child will want to hear again and again. Make it a prelude to reading with your own little bunnies every day -- and soon they'll be reading back to you.


The Napping House

The Napping House
by Audrey Wood
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780152567118

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A colorful riot of a bedtime story about sleepy people and animals napping in a cozy bed. Full-color illustrations throughout. Booklist Editors' Choice; Golden Kite Award; IRA/CBC Children's Choice; NCTE Teachers' Choice; New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. Delightful cumulative rhyme leads up to the consequences of piling too many sleepy people and animals in a cozy bed.

 

 

 

Baby Bear's Books

Baby Bear's Books
by Jane Yolen
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780152052904

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What's the best time of day for reading? Well, for Baby Bear it's all day long. From the first wild wake-up book to the last gentle sleepy-time book--and all the adventures in between--each book takes Baby Bear somewhere new and exciting.

In this companion to "Baby Bear's Chairs," bestselling author Jane Yolen and award-winning illustrator Melissa Sweet have created a celebration of little bears everywhere, their beloved books, and their carefree imaginations.