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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Classics

Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Alexander, the mouse, makes friends with Willy, a toy mouse, and wants to be just like him until he discovers that Willy is to be thrown away.

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Follow the animals' day on the farm as they make their noises, play in the grass and return to the big red barn to fall sound asleep.

Big Red Barn

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.

Corduroy by Don Freeman
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
A little pigeon learns that no matter how he asks, the answer will always be "no."

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
A young girl names all the clothes that she must wear to play in the snow.

Little Cloud by Eric Carle
A little cloud becomes all sorts of things―sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat―before joining other clouds and raining.

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Find out how an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions of cats.

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

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Some children create a family out of snow. Includes labeled pictures of all the items they use, as well as information about how snow is formed.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
Three Billy goats must outwit the big, ugly troll that lives under the bridge they have to cross on their way up the mountain.

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

Zoo Looking by Mem Fox
While Flora visits the zoo with her father, not only does she look at the animals but some of them turn to look at her.


December 2018

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