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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.

Children's Picture Books: Preschoolers

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  • What's New in Children's Picture Books: Preschoolers
  • Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play Poster Series
  • Recommended Reading for Preschoolers

What's New in Children's Picture Books: Preschoolers

This publication shares new library books published in the last several years. 

Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play: Poster Series

Recommended Reading for Preschoolers

Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo's Super Adventure by Lillian Jane

Join Elmo as he gets ready for school like a hero and learns about wearing masks and hand washing.

Themes: First Day of School, Masks, Children— Health and Hygiene

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields

A young biracial girl searches for the perfect color word to describe herself.

Themes: Identity, Human Skin Color, Racially Mixed People

Honeysmoke: A story of finding your color

I Can Fly by Fifi Kuo

Little Penguin wants to fly like the other birds but cannot, no matter how hard he tries, until his father helps him see what makes penguins special.

Themes: Flight, Penguins

If Wendell Had a Walrus by Lori Mortensen

Wendell goes looking for a walrus, but finds a new friend, instead.

Theme: Friendship

Kind by Alison Green

A story about how to make the world a better place through kindness, with an emphasis on welcoming refugees.

Themes: Kindness, Conduct of Life, Helping Behavior

Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia

An interactive picture book that guides children through the process of noticing and naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them to build on their capacity to engage mindfully and self-regulate.

Themes: Mind and Body, Emotions, Mindfulness

One is a Pinata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

In rhyming text, Hispanic children count the things, like pinatas and maracas, that can be seen in their neighborhood.

Themes: Counting

Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack

Shorty is tempted to open a mysterious package which is addressed to his friend Clem who is away.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Quails, Friends, Boxes

Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick

Walt the snowplow learns that, while his work is very important, there are some things he cannot do without the help of his new tow truck friend, Mo.

Themes: Helping Behavior, Snowplows, Tow Trucks

Turtle Walk by Matt Phelan A family of turtles goes for a long, long walk that has an unexpected and very fun ending.

Theme: Walking

August 2021

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