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This newsletter shares early literacy information and related library resources. Go to ¿Habla Español? to see Spanish versions of newsletters.
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?
An early literacy publication featuring a book and related activities that will help you read, talk, sing, write and play with preschoolers.
Early literacy posters designed to help caregivers read, talk, sing, write and play with young children. Go to ¿Habla Español? to see Spanish versions of the poster series.
All of Us by Carin Berger
Simple text and collage illustrations remind the reader that we are stronger together than alone.
Theme: Community Life
Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin
In their blended family, Mama Duck worries when Bear eats too much jam, but when the ducklings play a game with their vegetables, Bear starts to eat the strange green things on his plate.
Themes: Food Habits, Nutrition
Brave by Stacy McAnulty
Every kid faces unique challenges, fears and pressures. Every kid can be brave. This book encourages kids to be brave in all the ways they can: trying new things, speaking their mind, confronting bullies and more.
Themes: Courage, Self-Esteem
Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
In this nonfiction picture book, an enthusiastic bee-loving narrator tries to convince a bee-phobic friend that our fuzzy, flying neighbors are our friends.
Themes: Bees, Honeybee
Goodbye, Friend! Hello Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld
Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.
Themes: Salutations, Farewells, Household Moving
How to be a Lion by Ed Vere
When Leonard the lion and his friend Marianne, a duck, are confronted by a pack of lion bullies, they find a creative way to stand up for themselves.
Themes: Individuality, Bullies, Poetry
How to Find an Elephant by Kate Banks
A boy provides instructions as he searches high and low for an elephant, which the reader can find in the illustrations.
Themes: Adventure and Adventurers
Jump, Little Wood Ducks by Marion Dane Bauer
A mother duck encourages her little ducklings to jump down from the tree.
Theme: Animal Babies
Little Owl's Snow by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl looks forward to his first snowfall.
Themes: Snow, Winter
Little Penguin Stays Awake by Tadgh Bentley
Little Penguin wants to stay awake so he can wish upon a shooting star so he enlists the help of his friends.
Themes: Bedtime, Sleep
Me and My Place in Space by Joan Seeney
A child describes how the earth, sun and planets are part of our solar system.
Themes: Astronomy, Solar System
Mighty Tug by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
From early in the morning until time to say, "Good night," Mighty Tug works in the busy harbor, guiding cargo ships, pulling barges and helping with rescues.
Themes: Boats and Boating
My Busy Green Garden by Terry Pierce
This story takes a close look at a garden, describing the plants, insects and birds and their activities throughout the day.
Not Your Nest! by Gideon Sterer
Bird builds the perfect nest, the only problem is everyone else wants to sleep in it.
Pancakes in Pajamas by Frank Asch
Follows the Bear family who decides to spend the day in pajamas and eat pancakes.
Themes: Pancakes, waffles etc.
School Day by Billy Steers
Betty the school bus is upset over making mistakes on her very first day, but Tractor Mac and the farm animals provide tips and encourage her to practice and try again.
Themes: First Day of School, Perseverance
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry
A child presents ten essential rules of birthday wishes, from planning the right party through having the right dessert—with a light to blow out—to keeping the wish secret.
Themes: Birthdays, Wishes, Rules
That Fruit is Mine! by Anska Allepuz
Five little mice show five elephants the power of teamwork in this picture book.
Themes: Sharing, Cooperativeness
The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett
After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders.
Themes: Winter, Hibernation
There's Nothing to Do! by Dev Petty
Bored and unable to find anything to do, Frog asks his friends for suggestions and discovers that sometimes doing nothing is best.
This Story is For You by Greg Pizzoli
Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate a friendship that recognizes what makes one person special and guarantees a closeness that will last through time and across distance.
Themes: Individuality, Imagination
Tiger Days by M.H. Clark
A book about feelings and the resulting message that no feeling needs to be fixed or corrected; all emotions are normal and bring with them physical sensations and behavioral tendencies.
We Don't Eat our Classmates by Ryan Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.
Themes: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dinosaurs, First Day of School
When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland
A young child experiences sadness as if it were a visitor, acknowledging the emotion and suggesting activities to do with it.
Themes: Emotions, Sadness
Wild Zoo Train by Carmela Coyle
A zoo train full of children takes a mysterious turn into the wilds. As each train trip becomes more and more wild, curious children observe the whimsical world around them.
Themes: Railroad Trains
Z Goes First by Sean Lamb
The letter Z is tired of being in last place—she wants to go first so she and her best friend, Y, decide to move to the front of the alphabet.
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