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Some of Our Favorite Books at Work & Play


We hope you will enjoy sharing these books with your children!


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Happy Reading!


Emily Boucher & Amy Mockbee

Work & Play


Acting Out Stories:


Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Pete’s a Pizza by Tomie DePaola

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle


Rhyming Stories:


Pete the Cat and his 4 Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Each Peach, Pear, Plum by Allan & Janet Ahlberg

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman


Books with Repetitive Text:


Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

Good Night, Owl by Pat Hutchins

No, David! by David Shannon

Eat Pete! by Michael Rex

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle


Simple Text, Conversation Starter


A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

The Line Up Book by Marisabina Russo

Hooray for Hat by Brian Won

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Polly’s Pink Pajamas by Vivian French

Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn

Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

Red Sled by Lita Judge


All About Me/Feelings


The Color Monster by Anna Llenas

When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

I Like Me by Nancy Carlson

You Matter by Christian Robinson

The I Love You Book by Todd Parr

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Arlo: The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep by Catherine Rayner

Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold

Breathe With Me by Marian Gates

Tiger Days by M.H. Clark

When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith

Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell


Family Books


Saturdays by Oge Mora

Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

Going Up by Sherry Lee

Somewhere Right Now by Kerry Docherty

Emily’s Balloon by Kamako Sakai

Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer

Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinex-Neal

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Windows by Julia Denos

Brown: The Many Shades of Love by Nancy Johnson James

Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

It’s Big Sister Time by Nandini Ahuja

It’s Big Brother Time by Nandini Ahuja

Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers by Jessica Kulekjian & Salini Perera

The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round by Wendy Wan-Long Shan


Springboard to Art


Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

Tree by Britta Teckentrup

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stohl Walsh

The Little Lost Robin by Elizabeth Baguley

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Lines that Wiggle by Steve Wilson

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon



Familiar/Classics


Good Night, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman


Series


Pigeon/Piggie & Elephant books by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat books

Bear books by Karma Wilson

Lola books by Anna McQuinn


Favorite Authors


Leo Lionni

Denise Fleming

Christian Robinson

Jan Brett

Todd Parr

Mo Willems

Lois Ehlert

Steve Antony

Oge Mora

Eric Carle

Ezra Jack Keats

Kevin Henkes

Kenard Pak

Anna McQuinn




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