Picture Books

Picture Books for the Very Young

 

Board Books and Caption Books

Animals. (2005). New York : DK Pub. PRIM-FIC A5983 

Pictures show a variety of animals and some of their young.

Fond du Lac Head Start Program. (2002). Boozhoo : come play with us. Minn.? : Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa?. PRIM-FIC B7254

Ojibwa language board book.

Beaton, Clare. (2002). How big is a pig? (Illustrated by Clare Beaton ; text by Stella Blackstone). Cambridge, MA : Barefoot Books. PRIM-FIC B3693ho 

Follow the trail of animal opposites through the farmyard as it leads you to the biggest pig of all.

Hoban, Tana. (1986). Red, blue, yellow shoe. New York, N.Y. : Greenwillow Books. 535.6 H681r 

Photographs of common objects with the color of each object printed below introduce the reader to colors.

Wells, Rosemary. (1985). Max's breakfast. New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC W4558ma

Max's sister tries hard to get him eat his breakfast egg.

 

Simple Storybooks and Concept Books

 

Picture Books for Nursery and Primary Age Children

ABC, Counting, and Concept Books

MacDonald, Suse. (1986). Alphabatics. New York : Bradbury Press. PRIM-FIC M1358AL

The letters of the alphabet are transformed and incorporated into twenty-six illustrations, so that the hole in "b" becomes a balloon and "y" turns into the head of a yak.

Anno, Mitsumasa. (1974). Anno's alphabet; an adventure in imagination. New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC A6156AAL

Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: anvil, bicycle, etc.

 

Patterned Books

Martin, Bill. (1983). Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see? New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. PRIM-FIC M3793Ba

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.

Martin, Bill. (1967). Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see? New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. PRIM-FIC M379B

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

Marzollo, Jean. (1990). Pretend you're a cat. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC M3937pr

Rhyming verses ask the reader to purr like a cat, scratch like a dog, leap like a squirrel, and bark like a seal.

Rosen, Michael. (1989). We're going on a bear hunt. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. PRIM-FIC R813we

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

 

Beginning to Read Books

Lobel, Arnold. . (1979). Days with Frog and Toad. New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC L7975DA

Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it's nice to be alone.

Lobel, Arnold. (1970). Frog and toad are friends. New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC L7975FR

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

Porte, Barbara Ann. (1989). Harry in trouble. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC P8433ha

Harry is upset about losing his library card three times in a row, but feels better when he learns that his father and his friend Dorcas sometimes lose things.

Martin, Bill. (1987). Here are my hands. New York : Holt. PRIM-FIC M379HE

The owner of a human body celebrates it by pointing out various parts and mentioning their functions, from "hands for catching and throwing" to the "skin that bundles me in."

Brown, Marc Tolon. (1987). Play rhymes. New York : Dutton. 793.4 B879p

A collection of twelve play rhymes with illustrations to demonstrate the accompanying finger plays or physical activities. Includes music for the six rhymes which are also songs.

Marzollo, Jean. (1990). Pretend you're a cat. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC M3937pr

Rhyming verses ask the reader to purr like a cat, scratch like a dog, leap like a squirrel, and bark like a seal.

Mahy, Margaret. (1987). 17 kings and 42 elephants. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC M2165se

Seventeen kings and forty-two elephants romp with a variety of jungle animals during their journey through a wild, wet night.

Noll, Sally. (1990). Watch where you go. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC N7934WA

A gray mouse's journey through what appears to be the grass, rocks, and tree branches of a forest proves his mother's adage that "Things are not always what they seem."

Rosen, Michael. (1989). We're going on a bear hunt. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. PRIM-FIC R813we

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

 

Picture Books for Intermediate and Advanced Readers

Yolen, Jane. (1991). All those secrets of the world. Boston : Little, Brown. PRIM-FIC Y547AL

When four-year-old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' on the Chesapeake Bay, where Janie learns a secret of the world which helps her understand her father's long absence.

Base, Graeme. (1996). Animalia. New York : H.N. Abrams. PRIM-FIC B2992an

An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as "Lazy lions lounging in the local library."

Anno, Mitsumasa. (1974). Anno's alphabet; an adventure in imagination. New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC A6156AAL

Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: anvil, bicycle, etc.

Anno, Mitsumasa. (1981). Anno's Britain. New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC A6156ABR

The illustrations lead the reader on a journey through Great Britain moving freely through time and space.

Anno, Mitsumasa. (1977). Anno's journey. Cleveland : Collins-World. PRIM-FIC A6156AJO

Records in drawings the author's journey through northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore, and fairy tales.

Anno, Mitsumasa. (1989). Anno's math games. New York : Philomel Books. 793.7 A615a

Picture puzzles, games, and simple activities introduce the mathematical concepts of multiplication, sequence and ordinal numbering, measurement, and direction.

Rylant, Cynthia. (1991). Appalachia : the voices of sleeping birds. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 974 R994a

Text and illustrations explore the countryside and people of Appalachia.

Macaulay, David. (1990). Black and white. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC M117BL

Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.

Goble, Paul. (1987). Death of the iron horse. New York : Bradbury Press. PRIM-FIC G575DE

In an act of bravery and defiance against the white men encroaching on their territory in 1867, a group of young Cheyenne braves derail and raid a freight train.

Yolen, Jane. (1992). Encounter. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC Y547EN

A Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of Columbus and his men in 1492.

Bunting, Eve. (1991). Fly away home. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC B942FL

A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.

Provensen, Alice. (1983). The glorious flight : across the Channel with Louis Blériot. New York : Viking Press. 629.13 P969G

Biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in the early 1900's.

Say, Allen. (1993). Grandfather's journey. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC S274G

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

Maruki, Toshi. (1980). Hiroshima no pika. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 940.54 M389h

A retelling of a mother's account of what happened to her family during the Flash that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

Baylor, Byrd. (1986). I'm in charge of celebrations. New York : Scribner's. PRIM-FIC B3586I

A dweller in the desert celebrates a triple rainbow, a chance encounter with a coyote, and other wonders of the wilderness.

Agee, Jon. (1988). The incredible painting of Felix Clousseau. New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PRIM-FIC A2658in

An unknown artist becomes an overnight sensation when his painting comes to life.

Scieszka, Jon. (1995). Math curse. New York, N.Y. : Viking. PRIM-FIC S4163MA

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.

Sendak, Maurice. (1981). Outside over there. New York]: Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC S4746OU

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

Yolen, Jane. (1987). Owl moon. New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC Y547OW

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Browne, Anthony. (1986). Piggybook. New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC B882PI

When Mrs. Piggott unexpectedly leaves one day, her demanding family begins to realize just how much she did for them.

Van Allsburg, Chris. (1985). The Polar Express. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC V217PO

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Bunting, Eve. (1994). Smoky night. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. PRIM-FIC B942S

When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.

Feelings, Tom. (1993). Soul looks back in wonder. New York : Dial Books. 811 S722

Artwork and poems by such writers as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Askia Toure portray the creativity, strength, and beauty of their African American heritage.

Hopkinson, Deborah. (1993). Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt. New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC H797S

A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North.

Locker, Thomas. (1984). Where the river begins. New York : Dial Books. PRIM-FIC L8153wh

Two young boys and their grandfather go on a camping trip to find the source of the river that flows by their home.

Johnston, Tony. (1988). Yonder. New York : Scholastic Inc. PRIM-FIC J73YO

As the plum tree changes in the passing seasons so do the lives of a three-generation farm family.

 

Picture Books about the Child's Inner World

Loose Tooth, Tooth Fairy

McCloskey, Robert. (1952). One morning in Maine. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC M1655ON

It's a big day for a little girl when she discovers her first loose tooth and makes a trip to the grocery store on the mainland.

 

Self-Esteem, Pride in One's Name

Martin, Bill. (1987). Knots on a counting rope. New York : H. Holt. PRIM-FIC M379KN

A grandfather and his blind grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, reminisce about the young boy's birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse race.

 

Resourcefulness

Viorst, Judith. (1995). Alexander, who's not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move. New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC  V798A

Angry Alexander refuses to move away if it means having to leave his favorite friends and special places.

Schwartz, Amy. (1988). Annabelle Swift, kindergartner : story and pictures. New York : Orchard Books. PRIM-FIC S3993an

Although some of the things her older sister taught her at home seem a little unusual at school, other lessons help make Annabelle's first day in kindergarten a success.

Steig, William. (1986). Brave Irene. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. PRIM-FIC S818BR

Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.

McPhail, David M. (1985). Emma's pet. New York : Dutton. PRIM-FIC M1723em

Emma's search for a soft, cuddly pet has a surprising ending.

Battle-Lavert, Gwendolyn. (2000). The shaking bag. Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC B3363SH

An old African-American woman willingly shares all she has and is repaid with a bag that provides for all her needs.

Segal, Lore Groszmann. (1970). Tell me a Mitzi. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. PRIM-FIC S454TM

Three household adventures in the life of Mitzi include an intended trip to grandmother's, sharing a family cold, and reversing the President's motorcade.

Segal, Lore Groszmann. (1977). Tell me a Trudy. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. PRIM-FIC S454TF

Three episodes with a little girl and her family: "Trudy and the Copycats," "Trudy and the Dump Truck," and "Trudy and Superman."

 

Fears

Bunting, Eve. (1987). Ghost's hour, spook's hour. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC B942GH

Scary incidents at midnight give Biff the dog and his master a frightening time but all turn out to have good explanations.

 

Bedtime Books

Brown, Margaret Wise. (1947). Goodnight moon. New York : Harper. PRIM-FIC B879GO

Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.

Koide, Tan.(1981). May we sleep here tonight? New York : Atheneum. PRIM-FIC K788MA

Several lost animals find a cozy house in the woods, settle down for the night, and are startled with the house’s very big owner arrives.

Picture Books about the Child's Family World

Grandparents

Dorros, Arthur. (1991). Abuela. New York : Dutton Children's Books. PRIM-FIC D7165AB

While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.

Flournoy, Valerie. (1985). The patchwork quilt. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC F6435PA

Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.

Ackerman, Karen. (1988). Song and dance man. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House. PRIM-FIC A1823SO

Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

 

Siblings

Henkes, Kevin. (1990). Julius, the baby of the world. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC H5138ju

Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.

Wells, Rosemary. (1989). Max's chocolate chicken. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC W4558ma

Max and his sister Ruby go on an egg hunt and vie with each other for the prize--a chocolate chicken.

 

Parents and Family as a Unit

Browne, Anthony. (1986).Piggybook. New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC B882PI

When Mrs. Piggott unexpectedly leaves one day, her demanding family begins to realize just how much she did for them.

 

Picture Books About Ancestors and Intergenerational Bonds

Johnston, Tony. (1988). Yonder. New York : Scholastic Inc. PRIM-FIC J73YO

As the plum tree changes in the passing seasons so do the lives of a three-generation farm family.

 

Picture Books About the Child's Social World

Rathmann, Peggy. (1995). Officer Buckle and Gloria. New York : Putnam's. PRIM-FIC R234O

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Cohen, Miriam. (1967). Will I have a friend? New York : Macmillan. PRIM-FIC C6784WI

A story about a child's first day at school.

The Child's Natural World

Baylor, Byrd. (1975). The desert is theirs. New York : Scribner. 591.5 B358D

Simple text and illustrations describe the characteristics of the desert and its plant, animal, and human life.

Yolen, Jane. (1987). Owl moon. New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC Y547OW

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl. (Caldecott Medal, 1988).

Stevens, Janet. (1995). Tops & bottoms. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. PRIM-FIC S844T

Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.

 

The Child's Aesthetic World

Agee, Jon. (1988). The incredible painting of Felix Clousseau. New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PRIM-FIC A2658in

An unknown artist becomes an overnight sensation when his painting comes to life.

 

The Child's Imaginative World

Seattle, Chief. (1991). Brother eagle, sister sky : a message from Chief Seattle. New York : Dial Books. 811.3 S4414b 

A Suquamish Indian chief describes his people's respect and love for the earth, and concern for its destruction.

Krauss, Ruth. (1945). The carrot seed. New York : London, Harper & Brothers. PRIM-FIC K919CA

A little boy plants a carrot only to have everyone tell him it won’t come up -- with surprising results.

Yorinks, Arthur. (1986). Hey, Al. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. PRIM-FIC Y614HE

A janitor and his dog are unhappy with their lives but find out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. (Caldecott Medal, 1987).

Ringgold, Faith. (1991). Tar Beach. New York : Crown Publishers. PRIM-FIC R5823TA

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.

 

Picture Books of Poetry, Verse and Song

Brown, Marc Tolon. (1987). Play rhymes. New York : Dutton. 793.4 B879p

A collection of twelve play rhymes with illustrations to demonstrate the accompanying finger plays or physical activities. Includes music for the six rhymes which are also songs.

Hart, Jane. (1982). Singing bee! A collection of favorite children's songs. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. 784.62 S617

A collection of over one hundred songs, including lullabies, holiday and traditional songs, singing games, and finger plays.

 

Outstanding Picture Books Across the Curriculum: Science, Social Studies, Math, Art, Music, and Movement

Musgrove, Margaret. (1976). Ashanti to Zulu : African traditions. New York : Dial Press. 960 M987A

Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.

Macaulay, David. (1977). Castle. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 623.19 M117CA

Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical" castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales.

Cole, Joanna. (1986). The magic school bus at the waterworks. New York : Scholastic Inc. 628.162 C689MA

When Ms. Frizzle, the strangest teacher in school, takes her class on a field trip to the waterworks, everyone ends up experiencing the water purification system from the inside.

Macaulay, David. (1988). The way things work. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 600 M117ca & CD-ROM T47 .M18 1988

Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, an a smoke detector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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