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

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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

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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

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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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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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72) Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Elya

Elya, M. Susan. Bebe Goes Shopping. Illustrated by Steven Salerno. Harcourt, Inc. New York. 36 pages.  ISBN: 978-0152061425.

A rhyming story about a mother and son’s Saturday trip to the grocery store–the Supermercado.  Spanish vocabulary is intermixed with English words in a fun rhyming scheme. Explore the baby’s adventure to the Supermercado, “Bebe leans and reaches. Mama has to shout. “Cuidado!” she warns him, so he won’t fall out.” Moma keeps her cool as her baby impolitely grabs items from the store. A perfect story for presenting a bonding relationship between mother and son in a grocery store. Learn  Every Spanish word is highlighted in black to make the words more visible. Young children will hear and learn Spanish words easily through rhyme on each page. A glossary at the end of the story will help wit pronunciation and definition.   Beautiful illustrations done in gouache, watercolor, colored ink, and pencil are colorful and large on the page. A perfect bilingual story time read aloud. (Picture book 3-6). No author website.  Illustrator website can be found at

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71) A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Bloom, Suzanne. A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Boyds Mills Press, 2005. pages. ISBN: 978-1-59078-286-6.

Can a quiet polar bear and a talkative goose be good friends? A big white fluffy polar bear, named Bear, reads a book, while an inquisitive goose questions repeatedly “What are you doing?” The polar bear writes in a notebook and the talkative goose asks  “What are you doing? Writing?” Bear finally begins to think, which prompts the goose to run away and make a sandwich. Each time Bear tries to privately engage in an activity, the goose intrudes by asking questions. The goose wants to be Bear’s friend so much, that he makes a snack and reads a note that he wrote to Bear “I like you. Indeed I do. You are my splendid friend”. To which, Bear says ” Thank you. I like you, too. Indeed, I do”. This is a humorous story about sharing and friendships. The goose’s rude behavior will make children giggle over and over again. On each page, a dark blue background makes the whiteness of the duck and the polar bear’s fur stand out. Bear’s facial expressions tell-all as he remains patient as the goose talks, and talks. (Read aloud, Picture book 3-6). Author-illustrator website can be found

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70) You and Me, Baby by Lynn Reiser

Reiser, Lynn. Penny Gentieu. You and Me, Baby. Photos by Penny Gentieu. Read to a Child, 2006. ISBN:0-375-83401-X.

Gorgeous photographs of babies and their parents from different nationalities flood large narrow pages. Strong solid colors are set as the background with bright orange, friendly green, golden yellow, sea blue, and grape purple. Babies will see photos of other happy babies bonding with their parents. Large black text run across the pages, “Wow, baby! Look at you, waving at me, waving at you, waving at me”. Each peek-a-boo phrase is accompanied by a close up photo of babies and toddler’s expressions. The toys, utensils, and clothing of the babies and parents are color-coordinated with the bold background color. This would be a great read aloud for babies and toddlers. (Picture book 0-4). No author/ illustrator website.

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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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