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Board Books

Hide and Seek by Taro Gomi

Wiggle! by Taro Gomi

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesle’a Newman

My Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan

Hippopposites by Janik Coat

Let’s Play House by Emma Quay

Picture Books

Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolan

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange

The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews

Middle Grade Novels

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon

Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Young Adult Novels

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbelestier

Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Lucy the Giant by Sherri L. Smith

Fly On the Wall by E. Lockhart

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Adult Novels

The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein

The Outskirter’s Secret by Rosemary Kirstein

The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein

The Language of Power by Rosemary Kirstein

Up Against It by M. J. Locke

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Graphic Novels

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Who is AC? by Hope Larson

A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached

Nonfiction

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Baseball League by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul; The Story of America and African Dreams by Kadir Nelson

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Board Books

Hide and Seek by Taro Gomi

Wiggle! by Taro Gomi

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesle’a Newman

My Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan

Look and Learn: Opposites! by National Geographic Kids

Snow by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Curious Baby My First Words at the Farm by H. A. Rey

Baby Colors by Rachael Hale

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Hippopposites by Janik Coat

Let’s Play House by Emma Quay

Easy Readers

The Day I Had to Play With My Sister by Crosby Bonsall

Picture Books

The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

The End (Almost) by Jim Benton

Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolan

Found by Salina Yoon

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews

Middle Grade Novels

Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Life With Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

Nikki and Deja by Karen English

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadahota

Birthday Blues by Karen English

Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm

Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Janine Hoole

Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Young Adult Novels

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Pinned by Sharon G. Flake

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbelestier

Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Lucy the Giant by Sherri L. Smith

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

The Juvie Three by Gordan Korman

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Fly On the Wall by E. Lockhart

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

Starters by Lissa Price

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Adult Novels

The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein

The Outskirter’s Secret by Rosemary Kirstein

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein

The Language of Power by Rosemary Kirstein

Up Against It by M. J. Locke

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan\

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Warrior by Marie Brennan

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Graphic Novels

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Dean and Shannon Hale

The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Who is AC? by Hope Larson

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached

Short Stories, Novellas, Novelettes

How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart

Nonfiction

Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age by Mathew Klickstein

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange

We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Baseball League by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul; The Story of America and African Dreams by Kadir Nelson

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt

Board Books

Hello, Animals! by Smriti Prasdam

You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan

All Creatures Great and Small by Naoko Stoop

Rokko by Paola Opal

Everyone Eats by Julia Kuo

Goodnight by Benoît Marchon

Surprise! by Liesbet Slegers

Up Close by Gay Wegerif

Colors by Xavier Deneux

Mommy! Mommy! by Taro Gomi

Peekaboo! by Taro Gomi

Picture Books

Machines at Work by Byron Barton

Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

I Miss You Mouse by Greg Foley

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

Big Frog Can’t Fit In! by Mo Willems

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Wolves by Emily Gravett

Dogs by Emily Gravett

Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Olivia and the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

How to Be a Cat by Niki McClure

There are NO Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

Here I Am by Patti Kim

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Easy Readers

Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

Middle Grade Novels

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Below by Meg McKinlay

The Garden of My Imaan by Zia Farhana

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Young Adult Novels (and stories)

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

Huntress by Malinda Lo

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

 

Adult Novels (and stories)

The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Inda by Sherwood Smith

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Fox by Sherwood Smith

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold

Labyrinth by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold

Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

Komar by Lois McMaster Bujold

King’s Shield by Sherwood Smith

Treason’s Shore by Sherwood Smith

Cold Steel by Kate Elliot

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Jaran by Kate Elliot

Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells

The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal by Kate Elliot, illustrated by Julie Dillon

Nonfiction

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward

Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon

Three Observations and a Dialogue: Round and About SF by Sylvia Kelso

Total Books: 207

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Board Books: 25

Hello, Animals! by Smriti Prasdam

You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan

Baby Loves to Rock by Wednesday Kirwan

Are You My Baby? by Kathleen Rizzi

All Creatures Great and Small by Naoko Stoop

1, 2 at the Zoo by Sue DiCicco

Rokko by Paola Opal

Everyone Eats by Julia Kuo

Who’s Hiding? by Scholastic

How Does Baby Feel? by Karen Katz

Little, Big! by Amanda Wood

Goodnight by Benoît Marchon

Spoonful by Benoît Marchon

Surprise! by Liesbet Slegers

I Say, You Say Animal Sounds! by Tad Carpenter

Let’s Get Dressed! by Caroline Jayne Church

Baby Be Kind by Jane Fletcher-Cowen

Go! Go! Go! by Francie Alexander

Up Close by Gay Wegerif

Colors by Xavier Deneux

Mommy! Mommy! by Taro Gomi

Baby Giggles by Rachael Hale

Hello Winter! by Sanrio Company

Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

Peekaboo! by Taro Gomi

 

Picture Books: 45

Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti

Machines at Work by Byron Barton

Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Phillip C. Stead

Make a Wish Bear by Greg Foley

Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

I Miss You Mouse by Greg Foley

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats

Big Frog Can’t Fit In! by Mo Willems

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Wolves by Emily Gravett

Dogs by Emily Gravett

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley

Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme by Brenda Huante

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy

The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Vacation by Delphine Perret

I Need My Own Country! by Rick Walton

How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne

Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood

A Good Night Walk by Elisha Cooper

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Sam’s Sandwich by David Pehlham

Olivia and the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure by Viviane Schwarz

How to Be a Cat by Niki McClure

All in a Day by Niki McClure

There are NO Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

Here I Am by Patti Kim

Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Hocus Pocus Takes the Train by Sylvie Desrosiers

Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Easy Readers: 4

Snorkeling With Sea-Bots by Amy J. Lemke

Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

 

Chapter Books: 0

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Middle Grade Novels: 28

Ten by Lauren Myracle

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewitz

Below by Meg McKinlay

The Garden of My Imaan by Zia Farhana

Data Runner by Sam A. Patel

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne

A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Star War: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

The Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Vol. 1 by Thomas Zahler, Ryan K. Lindsay, Katie Cook, Barbara Randall Kesel, and Ted Anderson

The Icing on the Cake by Sheryl and Carrie Berk

 

Young Adult Novels (and stories): 65

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Foiled by Jane Yolen

Briar’s Book by Tamora Pierce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Curses! Foiled Again! by Jane Yolen

Dragon’s Blood by Jane Yolen

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart.

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Also Known As by Robin Benway

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

Offside by M. G. Higgins

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

Ash by Malinda Lo

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock

Huntress by Malinda Lo

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Underneath by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Define “Normal” by Julie Anne Peters

Far From Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters

By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

She Loves You, She Loves You Not… by Julie Anne Peters

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce

Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

The Clearing by Heather Davis

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

Living With Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles

Street Magic by Tamora Pierce

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Marie Antionette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

 

Adult Novels (and stories): 36 

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Inda by Sherwood Smith

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Fox by Sherwood Smith

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

Ceteganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold

Labyrinth by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold

Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

Komar by Lois McMaster Bujold

Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

CryoBurn by Lois McMaster Bujold

King’s Shield by Sherwood Smith

Treason’s Shore by Sherwood Smith

Cold Steel by Kate Elliot

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Sister Emily’s Lightship by Jane Yolen

Jaran by Kate Elliot

Saltation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Bandette by Paul Tobin

Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells

The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal by Kate Elliot, illustrated by Julie Dillon

 

Nonfiction: 4

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward

Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon

The Letter Q Edited by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne

Three Observations and a Dialogue: Round and About SF by Sylvia Kelso

Continuing from the previous installment, here are literary gifts for preschoolers, kids just starting school, and other children not quite reading yet.  All of the books on this list should be in stock in most bookstores, so they should work for last minutes gifts.

Books That Should Be In Stock

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Not a Box, Not a Stick by Antionette Portis

In this pair of awesomely entertaining books, a bunny pretends that a box is not a box but a race car! a volcano! a robot! and that a stick is not a stick but a spear! a fishing rod! a sword!  The covers help make the books extra special; Not a Box has the look and texture of cardboard, Not a Stick the feel of wood.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, The Duckling Wants a Cookie?!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! by Mo Willems

When the bus driver steps out for a while, he asks readers (and listeners) to watch the bus for him – and to not let the Pigeon drive the bus! Giving little ones a chance to tell someone else “NO!” for a change, as the Pigeon tries all the typical arguments (“I’ll bet your mom would let me”) to try to convince them otherwise.  Willems illustrations are full of energy and personality, but remain still simple enough for children to imitate.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late follows the same formula, while The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and The Duckling Wants a Cookie?! do not but remain quite charming.

The spin-off app is brilliant as well.  More than just an electronic version of the story, the app also allows children to fill in the blanks (Mad Libs style) and record their own version of the story, and gives them a chance to learn how to draw the pigeon, step by step, right on their tablet.

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Press Here by Herve Tullet

This interactive story asks children to press, shake, and turn pages to make the dots multiple, move, and transform.

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Blackout by John Rocco

When a blackout means that no one in the city can watch tv, play video games, or use the internet, a family rediscover the joys of spending time outside with each other and friends.  Told in a comic book-like format, the beautiful and very readable sequential art helps prepare children for the process of reading – much like Snowy Day does, only in a more sophisticated way.

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Planting a Rainbow, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

This pair of brilliant concept books uses bright colors, rhyming text, and shaped pages to capture and keep little ones’ attention.

cover image for The Snowy DayThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

A young child explores all the wonders of freshly fallen snow.  A lovely book with engaging pictures that are clear and sequential enough that children can use them to “read” the story on their own when adults and older siblings are busy.

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Lime green, forest green, faded green, sea green…all kinds of greens!  A bit more sophisticated than most color books meant for very young children, Vaccaro Seeger rich illustrations and clever cut-outs will delight older preschoolers and younger elementary age children.

cover image for Frieght TrainFreight Train by Donald Crews

Bold black and white backgrounds are joined by brightly colored train cars in a simple and classic story.

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Do I really need to explain this choice? I didn’t think so.

Giftmas is creeping ever closer!

Which means it’s time for another “literary gifts” booklist.  Today’s booklist is for pre-readers.  As in: kids that are no longer toddlers, but are not yet reading aloud themselves.

As before, I’ve divided the main list into books that you have to order and books that you can probably walk into a bookstore and buy off the shelf.  If you choose from the first group of books, you are less likely to duplicate someone else gift, or give a child a book they already have.  But the books in the second group can be bought at the last minute.  Probably.

However, partway through typing all this up I realized that this list was getting way too long for one post, so this time I’ve broken the list up into several parts.

Today, you get:

Books You Will Probably Need to Order:

cover image for The World Is Waiting For YouThe World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley

National Geographic has some amazing picture books for children, and this is my absolute favorite.  Lyrical in a way that non-fiction picture books rarely are, filled with breathtaking photographs, and expertly designed, The World is Waiting for You encourages to children to explore and treasure the world around them.

It’s also not the kind of book most kids would pick up for themselves, yet it is the kind of book that becomes a cherished favorite over time, making it a perfect gift book.

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Kitten’s First Full Moon, Old Bear, A Good Day, Little White Rabbit, My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Henkes initially made his name with some great picture books meant for elementary age children, but I absolutely adore these newer, more preschool friendly books.  In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for illustrations with high contrast, gorgeous colors, and thick lines.  All four of these books also have great stories for younger children – ones that engage their imagination and encourage them to predict what will happen next.

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Wave, The Zoo, Shadow by Suzy Lee

Suzy Lee’s wordless picture books are incredibly beautiful and clever. Her wonderful use of color and contrast keeps the illustrations readable while allowing her to include the kinds of details that reward repeated viewings.

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Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty

While not a wordless picture book, the illustrations are readable, informative, and expressive enough to work as one.  McCarty also has a very gentle and distinctive style as an illustrator, making his books both intriguing and memorable.

Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer

This story never fails to make any crowd I read it to giggle and laugh hysterically.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime! by Bob Shea

Particularly good for younger preschoolers, children will love roaring along with Dinosaur, and parents will love the fact that Dinosaur “wins” by getting everyone to roar with him.  I mostly love how silly and cute the books are.

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Dogs, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Blue Chameleon, The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Gravett’s books are clever (Orange Pear Apple Bear works as an “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” for kinders) and the illustrations are elegant, even when the subject matter is comedic.

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Thank You Bear, Don’t Worry Bear, I Miss You Mouse by Greg E. Foley

These are probably the most “typical” books for preschoolers on this list, but they are so very well done.

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Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink by Amy Krause Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace

For some strange reason, you can get this series more easily as board books than as picture books, but I think they are better for preschoolers than toddlers. They also work really well for younger elementary school students, so the picture book format is a more useful investment, in my opinion.

cover image for The Handiest Things in the WorldThe Handiest Things in the World by Andrew Clements, photographs by Raquel Jaramillo

A lovely, lovely book about what it means to be human – and all the new things little hands are learning to do.

10 of my favorite picture books for Thanksgiving, in no particular order.

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Pilgrims of Plymouth by Susan E. Goodman

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Marge Bruchac

Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights: Poems About Fall by Laura Purdie Salas

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Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

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This First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Mark Buehner

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jonathon Bean