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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57) The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Alabdullah

Al Abdullah, Raina and Kelly DiPucchio. The Sandwich Swap. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. 32 pages. Hyperion, 2010. ISBN-10: 1423124847

Everything was perfect until lunchtime. Lily and Salma are best friends at school who did everything together–“drew pictures together,” “played on the swings together,” “jumped rope together,” and “ate their lunches together”. At lunchtime, Salma and Lily have private thoughts about each others sandwich–Lily thinks Salma’s hummus and pita sandwich is “Ew. Yuck,” and Salma thinks Lily’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich is “Ew. Gross”. The two girls keep their thoughts to themselves everyday at lunch, until one day. Finally, Lily blurted out that Salma’s sandwich “looks kind of yucky”. She hurt Salma’s feelings. So, Salma returned the negative remark, by stating that Lily’s sandwich “looks gross, and smells bad”. A fight erupts that ends the friendship between the two girls, and a food fight amongst the entire school starts. When the girls eat in front of each other again, Lily thinks of a grand idea–to sandwich swap. Once they each take a bite of each others  sandwich they declare them delicious. Lily and Salma  become friends again, and suggested an idea to the principal: to have a potluck of food from all their classmates cultural backgrounds. This book is perfect for multicultural story time because it shows how the smallest differences can separate people and destroy friendships. By embracing everyone’s cultural differences we build tolerance for ethnicity.   Other added features in this picture book is the introduction of dialogue. (Picture Book 3-6). Author’s website can be found at and . No illustrator website.

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56)I am Me by Karla Kuskin

Kuskin, Karla. I Am Me. Illustrated by Dyanna Wolcott. Simon and Schuster, 2000. 32 pages. ISBN: 0-689-81473-9.

When a gathering of relatives at family beach outing mingle, her family points out a little girl’s physical characteristics that match each family member. From having the same “coloring” skin, feet, and thinness, like her dad, to her voice like Aunt Jen’s–“quite low,” “to her eyebrows like grandma Ann’s, her Mother’s ears, eyes, and chin,  and her smile like her aunt Grace.  The child understands and agrees that she is a combination of her relatives, each body part relating to a feature of someone in her family. Although her physical characteristics are made up of many people, she shouts out that she is still her own person “Me”. The pages are beautifully illustrated, with gouache and watercolor paintings of a family playing, swimming, and relaxing at the beach together. The text includes rhyming words that make this picture book a fun read, while noting the importance of individuality. (Picture Book 3-6). Author’s website can be found at No illustrator website.

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51) Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

Lee, Spike & Tonya. Please, Baby, Please. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Aladdin, 2002. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0689-83457-8.

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his TV producer wife, and an award winning illustrator, comes a vivid picture book that would be great for a multicultural  storytime. A very energetic and curious toddler gives his mother the run-around as she explores the world around her–playing with food, drawing on walls, eating sand, crying, and splashing bathtub water.  This book expresses the very interactions that a mother has with her toddler. It begins with a tired mother laying on the floor while her child is straddling her, playing horsey, in which she says “Go back to bed, baby, please, baby please.” The artwork is exceptional; it is conducted using dark brown tones with oil paint–thus, creating a soft flesh-tone look. The beautiful detail in the  illustrations of the child, with hair in circular ringlets, that look like Cheerios, big dark brown eyes, and extensively-detailed hands and feet show the facial and bodily expressions of the feelings and thoughts of a toddler during a tantrum. The mother must teach her toddler to share with other children, sit quietly, hold her hand when crossing a street, and even place trash in the trash bin. A small clock image at the left of each “baby, baby, please” phrase keeps track of each  daily routine that the mother encounters with her toddler. From being awake at night, to a messy morning meal, to daytime creativity and expression, to playground activities, to dinner time, to bath time, and finally bedtime–a mother is constantly correcting her child with the repeated phrase “baby, baby, baby please”. This rhythmic text’s will be fun to recite over and over again.  (Picture book 2-5). No author website. The illustrator’s website can be found a

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46) Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi D. Shea

Shea, D. Pegi. & Weill, Cynthia. Ten Mice for Tet. Illustrated by To Ngoc Trang. Embroidery by Pham Viet Dinh. Chronicle Books, 2003. 36 pages. ISBN: 0-8118-3496-4.

“It’s time for Tet!” Tet Nguyen Dan is the celebration of the new year in Vietnam, and it means “Feast of the First Day”. This beautifully illustrated and embroidered picture book celebrates this cultural holiday tradition using playful mouse characters to tell the story. Young children will learn how to count numbers, from 1 to 10, as they follow a village of mice, whom prepare for Tet: “1 mouse plans a party,” “2 mice go to market,” “3 mice paint and polish,” and so forth. This culturally informative and educational picture book recreates ten scenes of preparation that include gift giving, feasting, and firework displays. The simple text and detailed artwork, allows for an easy understanding of all the steps taken to create this holiday. There is careful detail in the illustrations, with characters embroidered in cotton thread, which adds a textured look to the characters. For more information about Tet, an afterward with extended facts about the holiday is included.  (Picture book 2-4). Author’s website can be found at No illustrator website.

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31) Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla

Carmen, Tafolla. Fiesta Babies. Illustrated by Amy Cordova. Tricycle Press,2010. 24 pages. ISBN: 978-1582463193.

Fiesta means to party! This is exactly what a bunch of chubby babies and toddlers do in this colorful picture book. With short sentences and rhyming words, young listeners will celebrate the fiesta, learn about Mexican culture, and pick up Spanish vocabulary words from the glossary–abrazo (a hug), beso (a kiss), cha-cha-cha (a dance), corona (a crown), fiesta (a party), mariachi (music), salsa (spicy sauce), and siesta (a nap). These Mexican babies are animated, they walk, they eat salsa, they sing, and they dance, all while dressed in their native costumes– “go out on the town–right side up and upside down”. An excellent choice for a multicultural toddler storytime. The acrylic colors make the pictures rich and vibrant, as Cordova expresses the many different shades of skin-tone–white, tan, and brown.  (Picture book 1-3). Author’s website can be found at Amy Cordova is an award winning illustrator, a two time ALA Pura Belpre Honor Award winner, and her website can be found at http://www.amycord

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26) Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children. Global Babies. Charlesbridge, 2007. 18 pages. ISBN: 978-1580891745.

Global Babies is a board book for babies all over the world! Seventeen pages of beautiful photographs of babies wearing their cultures colorful clothing will delight and inspire babies of many different cultures. Babies will internalize that there are other babies with many different shades of color, and facial features, and begin to appreciate variety of babies in other countries. Babies will see pictures of baby faces from “Thailand” “Peru,” “South Africa,” “USA,” “India,” and begin to associate images of babies to written text, learning the names of countries.  A positive story is woven into the text on the value of babies—“babies everywhere are beautiful, special, and loved”.  Babies and older children will love this board book and learn that they are loved no matter where they live! (Board Book 0-4). Organization website can be found at illustrator website.

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21) Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder

Snyder, Betsy. Haiku Baby. Random House, 2008. 14 pages.  ISBN: 978-0-375-84395-2

By author-illustrator Betsy Snyder, Haiku Baby celebrates the traditional Japanese poetic form– the haiku. A tiny blue bird visits different animals in natural elements–from an elephant in a “splish-splash, puddle bath!,”  to a turtle’s swim making “plunk, plop, belly flop” sounds,  to a hippo on a mountaintop, in the snow. This board book’s six haiku are: rain, flower, sun, leaf, snow, and the moon; Each word is accompanied by Japanese writing. Flipping the pages is easy, with built in side-flaps for little hands. This short form is an easy read-aloud that will delight any child. A great baby bedtime board book. The illustrations are adorable–they look like small colorful cut-outs, graphically designed. Snyder is a graphic designer who has illustrated for Target, Nickelodeon, Toys “R Us, Starbucks, and more; her website is located at

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20) My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Katz, Karen.  My First Chinese New Year. Henry Holt and Company, 2004. 28 pages. ISBN: 0-8050-7076-1

New Year, new beginnings, giving thanks, and reuniting with friends; This is what celebrating Chinese New Year is all about. Follow a young girl as she learns how to welcome the New Year and explain all the Chinese customs. From decorating walls, to sweeping away bad luck, to honoring ancestors, and preparing a fest for family, experience all the festivities surrounding the Chinese New year. Red envelopes are filled with money for good luck. Teach children a different culture’s holiday with this very warm and simple  picture book, by the  illustrator and graphic designer Karen Katz. Her website can be located at

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19) Dim Sum for Everyone! By Grace Lin

Lin, Grace. (2001). Dim Sum for Everyone! New York, NY: Knopf. ISBN:0-375-81082-x

Follow a Chinese family as they eat at a dim sum restaurant. Why order a plate of food when you can try a little bit of everything? This colorful picture book explains what dim sum is all about. Point to any rolling trolley and choose any dish you like: pork buns, fried shrimp, turnip cakes, or tofu. There is something for everyone. With large playfully-curved sentences, kids will learn the customs of the dim sum tradition. The illustrations are cartoon-like, and filled with a rich  red background with swirly patterns. Grace Lin is an illustrator and an author, and her website can be found at:

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