Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

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

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69) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Numeroff, J. Laura. If You Give A Mouse a Cookie. Illustrated by Felicia Bond. Laura Geringer/HarperCollins, 1985. 40 pages. ISBN: 0-06-024586-7.

An energetic little mouse is given a cookie by a little boy, and a cause-and-effect reaction takes place. The little boy caters to the demands of a bossy little mouse. After eating a cookie, he will want a glass of milk. After drinking the milk he will check for a milk mustache in the mirror. After he looks in the mirror, he will ask for scissors to trim his hair. After leaving messy hair trimmings all over the floor, he will then ask for a broom to clean up the mess, and so on. Just as the mouse is tired from cleaning, and wants to take a nap, he is off again. The mouse is inspired by the boy’s bedtime story, so  he jumps right out of bed to start his own drawings. The little boy is worn-out by the end of the story, as he sits in his chair half-asleep.This is an exciting read aloud that will be a fun  prediction story for children to hear. They can participate and guess what the mouse will ask  for next, again and again. The logistics of the cause-effect sequence is effective, and realistic. (Picture book 3-5) Author website can be found at No 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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48) Duck Rabbit! by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Rosenthal, K., Amy. Duck! Rabbit! Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle, 2009. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8118-6865-5.

Is it a Duck, or a Rabbit? It is an optical illusion! In this mind-puzzle children learn different points of view. The illustrated image of the duck/rabbit remains the same on each page, over and over again, with a light blue sky background. Added objects, such as bread/carrot, water, roof tops, grass, and bubbled word-phrases appear on each side of the duck/rabbit to explain how the image can be either a duck or a rabbit. The text describes two offstage voices that debate over the image: one voice tries to prove that the image is a duck, while the other voice tries to prove that it is a rabbit: It’s a duck. And he’s about to eat a piece of bread,” “It’s a rabbit. And he’s about to eat a carrot.” In this psychological experiment young children can decide for themselves whether the image is a duck or a rabbit. It could be either. This picture book will be amusing for young eyes, and teach that things are not always what they appear to be. (Picture book Preschool, 2-5). Author’s website can be found at The illustrator’s website can found at .

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42) Yawn by Sally Symes

Symes, Sally. Yawn. Illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Candlewick Bdbk edition, 2011. 24 pages.  ISBN: 978-0763657253

Yawns are contagious. A little baby named Sean opens his mouth wide and lets out a gigantic yawn. His yawn is detailed in a die-cut circle that babies and toddlers can touch and feel. In opening the board book, the circle-hole remains and Sean’s yawn is passed to a fish, a mole, a pig, a bee, a bunny and an elephant. Symes breaks the rhythm to resolve the ongoing contagion of the yawn disease, by providing the name of Sean’s elephant, Nellie, who is fast asleep with all the other animals in bed with Sean.  In this guess-who board book, parents will interact with their children, allowing them to guess which animal is next based on detailed descriptions of animal characteristics. The illustrations are large, and each character continues the yawn as you flip through each page. This is a perfect bed-time board book for toddlers. They might feel the effects of Sean’s yawn and fall asleep. (Board book 1-5) The author/illustrator website can be found at

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