Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

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.

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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

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66) Daddy Loves Me by Dawn Sirett

Sirett, Dawn. Daddy Loves Me. Pictures by Howard Shooter, Dave King. DK Publishing, 2008.16 pages. ISBN: 978-0756634643.

A perfect little board book to strengthen the bond between father and child. Beautiful color photographs of fathers, from different nationalities, show bonding relationship with their own children. Full color photos fill the opposite pages of the board book, while smaller photos outlined in a colored square show physical closeness, from baby’s hand overlapping father’s hand, to baby’s feet on top of father’s feet. There are colorful polka-dot patterns included in pastel colors ranging from yellows, blues, pinks, and greens. The rhyming text coordinates with the pictures: “My daddy’s hands are big and strong I hold them tight and walk along” or “My daddy always makes me laugh even when I’m in the bath!” This little picture book of smiling babies having fun with their father’s is great for emotional development. Babies and toddlers will giggle and enjoy the real-life pictures of other babies and strong male figures. (Board book 1-4) No author/illustrator website.

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65) The Little Red Hen [Board Book] by Byron Barton

Barton, Byron. The Little Red Hen [Board Book]. HarperCollins,  1993. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-694-00999-2.

An old Russian folktale has been condensed into this small board book. The illustrations are collage-like cutouts on top of solid primary colors for the background. The text is bold and simple words tell the story in simple steps. Every image is labeled with text, and simple two-word phrases are repeated to  introduce children to dialogue. The story includes a little red hen who believes that her friends–a pig, a duck, and a cat–will help her plant and harvest seeds. But, when the little red hen asks for help all of her friends repeatedly reply: “Not I” in their unique animal voices. Even though the hen’s friends refuse to help her plant the seeds, cut the stalks, thresh the wheat, grind the grains, make flour into bread, the little red hen does all the work herself. That is, until the bread was ready to eat. When little red hen asks “Who will help me eat this bread? All her friends reply “I will”. The tables are turned,as the little red hen refuses to let her friends eat the bread that she  made all by herself. A great little read-aloud story about the true meaning of friendship. Children will learn that a friend should help others when they are in need. (Folklore Picture Book 1-6). No author/ illustrator website.

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55) Baby’s First Year! By Rick Walton

Walton, Rick. Baby’s First Year! Pictures by Caroline Jayne Church. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-399-25025-5.

This rhyming picture book is excellent choice for young siblings who are expecting a newborn baby. When Baby arrives home from the hospital everyone takes turns looking at the baby. A young boy is shown how to hold the baby “gently, carefully, just like this.” Then on the next page the little boy gives the baby its very first “KISS!” The little boy begins to describe the facial features of the baby: “A little grin? It opens up a Baby mile. See happy Baby’s very first…”SMILE!”. This picture book recounts all the firsts of a baby’s life: from smiling, to crawling, to first steps, and more. Rhyming words from the last few sentences connect to one single word on the next page. There are bright colors, that range from aqua blues, to lavender purples, lemon yellows, and apple green colors. This bright book will be an interactive game for parents to play, as they read each phrase, and let children guess the next word.  A great anticipation picture book, as well as a book for young siblings to love and appreciate their new addition to the family. (Picture book. 0-4). Author website can be found at Illustrator’s website can be found at

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8) A Circus of Colors by La Coccinella

La Coccinella. (2009).  A Circus of Colors. New York, NY: Sterling. 24 pages. ISBN: 978-1402758294

This look-and-see board book is great for toddlers, and preschoolers. In a circus theme, with cut out shapes, this board book will teach colors, shapes, and animals that are in the circus. Each page has a seperate color and shape that accompanies the image of the circus entertainer.   From clowns, to tigers, to seals, this book is a great for young kids who want to touch and feel different shapes as well as identifying different colors, like the “ORANGE” flames crackle, or the light turns “RED”.  A very interactive board book, that is small enough for tiny fingers to hold. (Board book 3-5). No author-illustrator website.

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6) Orange Pear, Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Gravett, E. (2005). Orange Pear, Apple Bear. New York: Simon and Schuster. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1416939993.

This plot-less picture book includes a set of five words that are tossed around into different combinations. With very loose pencil sketches, a splash of watercolor, and large font type, the concepts of color, shapes and word order are presented. The Bear, much like Gravett’s Blue Chameleon (2010),is the main character, who adapts into the shape and color of different fruits—from apple bear to pear bear. This picture book starts off slow with one word to a page, but as Bear plays with more fruit, more words are switched around and connected by commas. Kids between ages 1-4 will be introduced to a series of new meanings with a few simple words every time Bear plays with fruit. (Picture book 1-4). Author-Illustrator website can be found at

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1.) Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs and Stories

Henson, Jim. (Director). (2005). Sleepytime Songs and Stories. Sesame Street.

Annotation: The Sesame Street puppets: Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count, Ernie and Bert, ect. each tell thier story about how they go to sleep.

Format: DVD, 30 minutes.

Personal Reaction: This movie is great for getting 2 to 4 year olds ready to sleep. The songs are every theraputic so it prepares children for bed. This dvd is teaching kids how to sleep by imitation. Kids might try imitating the characters, like Big Bird snd end up falling asleep. However, Ernie keeps waking up and starts to tap dance–even though the song is Dance Yourself to Sleep–, this could be distruptive and wake up the child who is falling asleep. This is contradicting, because the music is loud and happy so it could make the toddler rise up and dance too. If parents are trying to get thier child to sleep this dance will certainly wake them up. But, then, Big Bird brings the tone down with his soft voice and speaks of the different methods of sleep: 1.) Singing, 2.) Counting, 3.) Soft Toy, 4.) Storytelling. Some music instruments that were used were soft flutes and soft singing voices; also, pictures of the night sky and stars, which should help kids get into the mood for bedtime. My favorite songs from this collection are: Cookie Monster’s: If Moon was Cookie song, and the “Everybody Sleeps” song. Other songs included are: Dance myself to Sleep, Moonshine Song, Snuffle Lullabye, and Imagination.

Catagorization Tag: Children’s video, Sleep, Puppets

Age: 2-4

Early Literacy Skills:

1.) Counting: The Count puppet can help kids learn thier numbers while they try to sleep. He counts sheep in his sleep.

Awards: N/A

Author/Illustrator Website:

Issues: Cant Sleep, Scared to Sleep,

Genre: Puppet

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A Ball for Daisy

Raschka, Chris. (2011). A Ball for Daisy. Random House. Schwartz & Wade. ISBN: 978-0375858611

This is truly an adorable book about a dog named Daisy and her friend: a red ball. I think that there are a series of friendships made in the book that kids might, or might not pick up on. The little girl/owner makes friends with another girl at the dog park,  as well as Daisy. Daisy actually has two friends: 1.) the red ball, and 2.) The brown dog in the park. The book is wordless, but I could follow the story entirely through pictures,which is wonderful. I think toddlers, who cannot read, will understand the story because of the way the expressions are illustrated.  The color detail looks like watercolor, and the colors are very vibrant. I am a huge fan of watercolor paintings! This book would make any toddler want to start painting a picture; so, the book also promotes creativity and art. This book teaches its readers a different series of emotions: happiness, tiredness, worry, and sadness. In addition to emotions, the book teaches values of sharing, and kindness: purchasing a new ball for Daisy.  The use of animals to tell a story is one of the best ways to teach kids about sharing, caring, and friendship. This is a great, positive book for anyone, but the age range is indicated for 3-7. No official author-illustrator website.

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