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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.

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  • What's New in Children's Picture Books: Babies and Toddlers
  • Recommended Reading for Babies and Toddlers
  • Other Early Literacy Resources to Help Children

What's New in Children's Picture Books: Babies and Toddlers

This publication shares new library books published in the last several years. Go to ¿Habla Español? to see Spanish versions of What's New in Children's Picture Books?

Recommended Reading for Babies and Toddlers

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli
Putting on her construction hat, a young girl uses her imagination as she builds a doghouse, a bridge and a skyscraper.
Themes: Building, Imagination

Bigger, Bigger


Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch
A sleepytime book filled with tired animals and friendly flaps.
Themes: Bedtime, Yawning


Hugs and Kisses for The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The grouchy ladybug feels less grouchy once her friends show her how nice love can be.
Themes: Mood, Hugging, Kissing, Love


A Hug is for Holding Me by Lisa Wheeler
Look around and you will see all the things a hug can be. Snug like a flower bud or safe like a shell, a hug can feel like home.

Themes: Hugs, Nature


Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel
In simple text a set of animals, each one linked to the previous one by some trait of shape, color or pattern, greet and interact with one another.
Themes: Salutations, Colors, Patterns, Shapes


How do You Take a Bath? by Kate McMullan
A whimsical rhyming picture book reveals the way familiar animals, from elephants and pigs to monkeys and hippos, take baths and how human children do not take baths by sinking in mud, thrashing about in dust or licking themselves clean.
Themes: Baths, Animals


I Am a Baby by Kathryn Madeline Allen
A baby identifies the important things in its life, from a crib and highchair to a family.
Theme: Babies


I Love You for Miles and Miles by Alison Goldberg
Describes the depth, height and steadiness of one's love for another by comparing it with the deepest drill, tallest crane and steadiest tugboat.
Theme: Love


I Sleep in a Big Bed by Maria Van Lieshout
A child who used to sleep in a crib celebrates graduating to sleep in a big kids' bed even though waking up there in the middle of the night can be a little scary.
Themes: Bedtime, Growth


If Animals Said I Love You by Ann Whitford Paul
Imagines how animals would say I love you.
Themes: Love, Animals


It's My Birthday by Liesbet Slegers
It's Kevin's birthday. In this book, half pages hide and reveal what happens on this very special day. Theme: Birthdays


Little White Fish has Many Friends by Guido van Genechten
A simple book about friendship and games.
Themes: Friendship, Games

Little White Fish has many friends


Love by Stacy McAnulty
Love can be seen every day, everywhere and everyone can show it.
Themes: Love, Compassion, Helping Behavior


New Shoes by Chris Raschka
Going to buy new shoes as told from the child's perspective.
Theme: Shopping


Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells
A little bunny goes through his bedtime routine tidying up, taking a bath and reading a story.
Theme: Bedtime


Thank You Bees by Toni Yuly
The honey that sweetens our bread comes from bees (thank you, bees). This picture book gives even the youngest readers a subtle sense of how everyday things are related.

Themes: Gratitude, Nature


Twinkle ,Twinkle Little Car by Kate Dopirak
In this twist on the classic poem, a little red car takes a final cruise around town before going to bed, beeping good-night to all his vehicular friends.
Theme: Rhymes


Where's Bunny? by Theo Heras
A cozy celebration of bedtime routines.
Theme: Bedtime



March 2020

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