Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

82) So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book by Rick Walton

Walton, Rick. So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book. Illustrated by Paige Miglio. HarperCollins, 1998. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-688-13656-7.

How many children does Mother Rabbit have to put to bed? “Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do.” After feeding all her children, Mother Rabbit puts her children to bed in alphabetical and numerical order. The story keeps count of each child as Mother Rabbit makes her rounds to visit each of her children before bed. Each rabbit has their very own special sleeping spot: “1 was named Abel. He slept on the table/ 2 was named Blair. She slept in a chair/3 was named Carol. She slept in a barrel. ” In this beautifully illustrated picture book, drawn with pen-and-ink, children will learn triple concepts including their  numbers,  the alphabet, and rhyming words. The language is very simple, with simple sentences ending in rhymes such as “6 was named Frankie. She slept on a hankie”. There are full color illustrations, using a Victorian theme for the clothing and furniture, with blue-outlined boxes that function as labels for each of Mother Rabbit’s children. With entertaining illustrations that will show children many different ways of sleeping, and odd sleeping locations, such as on a tricycle, or inside a gate, this picture book will be humorous, yet educational.  (Picture book 2-4). The author’s website can be found at and the illustrator’s website can be found at

Leave a comment »

81) And then it’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Fogliano, Julie. And then it’s Spring. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-59643-624

Follow a young boy and his dog, as they wait for spring to arrive. After a snow-filled winter the ground is “brown, all around you have brown”. The little boy, his dog, a small rabbit and a turtle decide to plant a garden together. First they dig holes into the ground. Then they plant seeds and wish for rain. After rain, the brown still remains. “Then it’s a week” and the little boy begins to worry about the little seeds. Why aren’t they growing? “Maybe it was the birds/ or maybe it was the bears and all that stomping”. The little boy anxiously waits another week. He, the dog, the turtle, and the rabbit all listen to the sound of the earth which “has a greenish hum”. Another week passes by. After a rainy day, a sunny day happens and as the boy wakes up to check the brown “now you have green all around you have green”. A fantastic read aloud book for parents of young children. From the award-winning illustrator Erin S Stead, comes a beautifully illustrated book using oil ink, pencil and woodblock techniques for a stamp printed look. An interesting mix of characters a boy, a dog a turtle, and a rabbit who all anticipate spring is charming. Rich earth tones colors compliment the theme of springtime. A perfect picture book for a spring theme storytime.  There are a few repeated words to emphasize the concept of color. The book teaches patience, as the boy must wait for his garden to grow, so must the readers. (Picture book 3-6). No author website. Illustrator website can be found at

Leave a comment »

80) AWE Digital Learning Solutions

AWE digital learning solutions is a company that manufactures an electronic educational computer with high quality educational software for early literacy development. The Early Literacy Station [ELS] will provide a safe and fun learning environment for young children, because most are located in the Children’s section in the library. These educational computers are great for children, who may not have  computer access at home. The early literacy station includes 50 programs with 500 activities for children from ages 2 to 8. The programs are pre-loaded into the computer and displayed using graphics and menus. In addition, the ELS follows all State Education standards, which include the seven curriculum areas, including reading, writing, phonics, math and problem solving, science, social studies, arts and music.  The programs are a fun and effective way to teach children and help with kindergarten readiness. The ELS are mostly used by libraries, but currently over 35% throughout the United States. The project is meant to help children ages 2 to 10 attain early literacy skills through the use of fun and interactive games. This is a great digital resource that will bring young children into the library and encourage them to love reading. The website can be found at

Leave a comment »

79) The Three Little Pigs [App] by Agile Fusion Corp

Three Little Pigs. Agile Fusion Corp, 2011.  Amazon. ASIN:B00681Z0H8

This application focuses on the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs.The story deomstrates how quality work pays off in the end. The story  has a high vocabulary level, however, children who cannot read, yet, will enjoy being read to by the narrator. There are many friendly interactive features and colorful animated images. Hear the story by touching any word and the image enlarges and the play button appears. Press the play button, and the narrator will read the story. This app is great for young children, and older children. As children learn to read they can choose not to listen to the narrator, and begin reading the words themselves. After the story, there are different interactive games that can be played including: “Coloring,” “Puzzle,” and “Dots”.  In the coloring feature there is a blank page with an image of the two pigs, and a list of colors. Children can choose which color they like, and start coloring the picture, with the touch of a finger. The great thing about coloring on an e-book is that there is no mess! No crayons, no markers, no paper is needed. However, it will be necessary to use a stylus pen to color with, to keep the color outside of the black lines. There is a zoom feature which allows children to get up close and color near the black lines.  In the dots feature, children will learn to count numbers as they must touch the right order of numbers, from 1 to 10, in order to connect the dots.  In the puzzle feature, children can match the correct image (pig, cow, wold, house, bird, old man) to the correct spot.  These are games that young children would play ordinarily. This application incorporates storytelling, reading, puzzles, dots and lines, and coloring. The illustrations are animated, and character’s have sound effects if touched. Play and touch the characters for an interactive experience. The sound effects and the movement of the animations on each page might be distracting for readers, but for young children, who are listening to the narrator, this application is wonderful. (Application 2-5). No author/illustrator website.

Leave a comment »

78) Once Upon a Potty [App] by Alona Frankel

Frankel, Alona.  Once Upon a Potty: Girl. Oceanhouse  Media, Inc. 2011. Application.

Frankel’s  classic toilet-training book has been adapted to an application. There are both boy and girl versions of the application. Oceanhouse Media stays true to the book. The red color fills the screen, and there is an introduction that reads the title of the book and mentions the authors name, before the buttons appear. Each flower is a button including the titles: “The Potty song,” “Sing Along,” “Read to Me,” “Read Myself,” and “Auto play”. The solid red background and white text make it easy to read the words. As the potty song is going the words lighten, so it is easy to follow along. In the read along section, the words to the story appear, but you can touch the illustrations and a voice will announce which body part was touched. In this way, children who do not understand how to read can look and touch the illustration of the body, or the diaper, or the mother, or the baby, or the poo-poo and hear the words that name the object. The sentence can also be touched, and the narration will read the entire sentence. Children can turn the page by brushing their finger over the glass. An easy and entertaining application for young ones. (Application 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

once upon a potty 300x2001 Potty time

Leave a comment »

77) I must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

Rosenthal, Eileen. I Must Have Bobo! Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Atheneum Books, 2011. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4424-0377-2.

On tan pages, brown-colored and upper-case-lettered text displays the story about a boy named Willy, who wakes up and finds that his favorite doll, named Bobo, is missing. Bobo is a monkey wearing a black and yellow striped sweatshirt. Bobo is a very special doll, because he can help Willy with everything “Bobo’s not afraid to go down the slide,” “Bobo holds my hand when we walk past the big dog,” and “Bobo does like coloring”. The only problem is that Bobo is the cat’s favorite doll, too. Earl is the family cat, and is grey in color. When Bobo goes missing, Willie searches for Bobo and finds him tucked underneath Earl which makes him shout “Hey Earl!”. Bobo is such an important doll that Willie and Earl finally learn to share him, with an adorable bedtime scene with Bobo, Earl, and Willie all tucked into bed. This book presents the idea of sharing in a new way– between a child and an animal. The illustrations are kept simple, but in a cartoonish way–almost reminiscent of the Kevin and Hobbs characters. The tan background and primary colors allows the readers to focus on the characters and the text. A great spin on the idea of sharing, and the book will be a funny read-aloud for young children. For children who cannot read, the illustrations can tell the story perfectly. The story begins with waking up and ends with sleep, so it would be a perfect bedtime story, as well. (Picture book 3-5). No author website. Illustrator website can be found at

Leave a comment »

76) Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett

Gravett, Emily. Wolf Won’t Bite! Simon & Schuster, 2012. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4424-2763-1.

In this story, pigs are in charge of the big bad wolf. A spin-off from the Little Red Riding-hood story, three pink pigs dominate a wolf until he can no longer contain himself. Light pencil sketches fill in the facial details, but soft colors and large grey creative text, including scribbles, print, cursive, and more different font styles and sizes are printed on white pages. The pigs introduce the wolf as their primary act entitled “Wolf Won’t Bite”. The circus theme includes all three pigs–one is a ringmaster, one is a ballerina, and the other is a heavy weight- lifter, in a red leotard. They roll the wolf in a bright red carriage, and make the wolf perform circus tricks “I can stand him on a stool!” “I can dress him in a bow,” “I can ride him like a horse but Wolf Won’t Bite!” How far can the three pigs keep the wolf from biting them? A surprising, yet predictable, ending, that young children will enjoy.  Young children will learn about circus tricks, and the repeated phrase “Wolf Wont Bite” will make for a great call-and response read aloud. (Picture book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

Leave a comment »

75) I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Sherry, Kevin. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. Dial, 2007.  32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8037-3529-3.

Learn about sizes and different types of animals in the ocean in this little board book.A bright blue giant squid prides himself on being the biggest animal in the ocean  “I’m a GIANT squid and I’m BIG”. Swimming through the ocean, the giant squid compares his own size to all the creatures he encounters. From the smallest creatures of the ocean, the shrimp, the clams, and the crabs, to larger animals like jellyfish, turtles, the octopus, and the shark. The “I am bigger than” phrase is repeated throughout the  story, to emphasize the self-confidence of the squid. For a humorous effect, the squid is then eaten by a giant whale. Inside the whale, the squid is joined by other sea animals, to which the squid says “I’m the biggest thing in this whale!” Young children who are ocean fans will enjoy hearing about the squid’s personality and perhaps a size game can take place; A what-are- you-bigger-than game. (Board Book 2-4). The author-illustrator website can be found at

Leave a comment »

74) Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee

Yee, H. Wong. Who Likes Rain? Henry Holt and Company, 2007. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8050-7734-6.

A little Asian girl observes rain and identifies how nature, animals, and things are affected by rain. The story includes a variety of questions about rain that rhyme: “Who wants rain?/Who needs April showers? I know who/The trees and the flowers!” A conversation between a little girl and the audience turn into a fun game, which is a perfect read-aloud that is simple for young listeners. The rhythmic text include the little girl’s mimicking the sound of rain, making the book fun to hear—“Raindrops falling down in spring hit the awning, Ping-ping-ping!  The illustrations in acrylics capture the raining season and the expression of joy on the little girls face. Play the game with the girl and explore what rain can do and where rain travels. Children will learn about the season of rain in this little picture book. A simple rhyming story about the season of Spring is perfect for a Spring time story time. (Picture book 1-4). No author/illustrator website.

Leave a comment »

73) Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri D. Rinker

Rinker, D. Sherri. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Book, 2011. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8118-7782-4.

A perfect bedtime story for young people who are interested in trucks and dirt. Learn about a cement mixer, a dump truck, a bulldozer and a crane truck’s daily activities. Each truck loves to work, because work is playtime for them: “Dump Truck loves to work and haul. He carries loads both big and small,” “Pushing with his mighty blade, Bulldozer works to smooth the grade.” After a hard day’s work each construction truck must stop playing and sleep. Each truck tucks themselves into bed for a good night sleep. Young people will enjoy the illustrations with a dark navy blue sky background, twinkling white lights, soft toned trucks rendered in wax oil pastels on vellum paper. The rhyming text will lull youngsters to sleep as they depict each truck with friendly cartoon facial features. The story’s illustrations reinforces the rhythmic sentences. Children will learn about construction right before bedtime. (Picture book 1-4). Author website can be found at Illustrator website can be found at

Leave a comment »