Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

17) Clifford’s Bedtime by Norman Bridwell

Bridwell, Norman. (2003). Clifford’s Bedtime. New York, NY: Scholastic. ISBN 0439556988

It’s bedtime, but Clifford cannot sleep without his “bear,” “doll,” “blanket,” and  a “good-night kiss” from his mother. This rendition of Clifford, as the small red puppy, is the perfect bedtime story for little ones who cannot get to sleep. See Clifford’s mom tuck Clifford into bed and then fall fast asleep. The illustration of Clifford was adapted from the T.V. show character Clifford The Big Red Dog. The board book includes a dark blue cover on the outside, with light-blue patterns of bones on the inside, and a simple sentence for each page. A perfect read-aloud book for parents. (Board Book 0-3). No official author- illustrator website.

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11) Biscuit Meets the Class Pet by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Capucilli, S. Alyssa. (2010). Biscuit Meets the Class Pet. Illustrated by Pat Schories. 32 pages. New York, NY: Harper. ISBN: 978-0061177491

A brown puppy named Biscuit is introduced to Nibbles, the classroom pet.  Biscuit “woofs” everytime Nibbles “hops” and they have  fun together until Nibbles gets lost. Where can Nibbles be hiding? Biscuit and a little girl search for Nibbles, only to find him laying in Biscut’s bed. This “My First Reading” is designed for children who are just starting to learn how to read, but the language is simple enough for very young children to understand. The words consist of “sight words,” which young children are familiar with. This easy reading book is perfect for parents to read to their children and help them understand simple words. This book would help children transition from board books to EZ reading books.  (EZ Readers 3-5). Author website can be found at Illustrator website can be found at

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5) Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty

McCarty, Peter. (2010). Hondo and Fabian. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Hondo and Fabian

Written and illustrated by the same author, Peter McCarty presents a story about similarities. Although a dog and a cat appear different, sleep in different places, eat different food, and play with different people, they lead similar lives. Hondo, the dog, has an adventure at the beach and Fabian, the cat,  has an adventure inside the house.   The author/illustrator uses simple language and simple sentences to tell a story about two animals that both have fun in different ways. The font size is large enough for children to learn how to connect letters, and learn new words.  The illustrations are exquisitely drawn with natural tones and they are framed.  McCarty uses pencil on watercolor paper to create the dream-like effect. For children under age 3, who cannot yet read, the book’s illustrations can tell the story.  Author-illustrator website can be found at this book was awarded the Caldecott Honor award.


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