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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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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64) Get Happy by Malachy Doyle

Doyle, Malachy. Get Happy. Illustrated by Caroline Uff. Walker & Company, 2011. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8027-2271-3

Children can forget their troubles, and “Get Happy” with this instructional picture book about behavior. Two-to-three word phrases dominate each page with rhyming text, keeping the meaning clear and concise.  Scenarios of bad behavior dominate the left page, while good behavior dominates the right page, with illustrations that will help teach young children how to tame their negative side, and remain happy–“squabble less,” “share more!” grumble less” and “giggle more”. Young children will learn how to remain happy by sharing, cuddling, giggling, planting, singing, giving, tickling, wondering, and more. By avoiding bad habits, such as squabbling, sniffling, grumbling, shouting, kids will identify their own selfish or rude behavior. This picture book is great for emotional development. Young children might follow the books recommendation on good behavior.  (Picture book 3-5). Author’s website can be found at Illustrators website can be found at

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59) I love my Mom by Anna Walker

Walker, Anna. I Love My Mom. Simon & Schuster, 2009. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4169-8318-7.

From greeting cards to picture books, Anna Walker has created a simple story about familial love. A grey and white striped figure, resembling a stuffed zebra animal, is the mother figure, and her daughter named Ollie B bond together in this watercolor-illustrated picture book. Walker personalizes the pages by handwriting the text, which makes the pages look like a written-in Hallmark gift card. The story is told in first person. Ollie introduces herself, and says “I love my mom”. Readers learn why Ollie loves her mom so much. Quick rhyming text moves the story along—from “Mom, what will we do?” to”Let’s try something new!” Ollie explains all the different activities she enjoys doing with her mother, and small phrases accompany the small vignettes of mother and daughter “we look,” “and talk,” “we wiggle,” “and walk”. Ollie’s favorite moment with her mother is her “kiss good night,” only then can she go to sleep, saying “sweet dreams, night night”. A perfect bedtime read for children and mothers, on Mother’s Day and every night! (Picture book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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58) Cuddle Up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson

Cleminson, Katie. Cuddle Up, Goodnight. Hyperion, 2010. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-142313844-0

A small boy, with rosy red cheeks, gets help from his animals friends with daily activities. From “Wake up” time to “dress up” time to “listen up” time to “swing up” time, to “eat up” time to “clean up” time to “cuddle up” time, a boy experiences different tasks during the daytime. “Wake up” time involves stretching with a cat, cleaning and rubbing, brushing hair and teeth. “Dress up” time involves finding clothes and shoes, and the process of putting them on. “Listen up” time involves fun activities, storytelling, drawing, counting and asking questions. “Swinging up” is for playtime, consisting of running climbing dancing and hiding, “Eat up” time includes the motions of eating food, drinking, and using proper utensils. “Clean up” time includes taking a bath right before “cuddle up” time, with a good story. Animals including an elephant, a cat, a rhino, a raccoon, a lion, and a bear accompany the little boy and help him with each  activity.  With playful rhyming text that uses simple words, and with large illustrations in ink, colored pencil, and charcoal on either white, blue, or red spreads, this bedtime book will be a perfect  read for children, who experience daily routines with their stuffed animal toys. Daily activities can be fun because sharing, helping, and listening is involved. (Picture book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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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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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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18) Bee-bim-Bop! by Linda Sue Park

Park, S., Linda and Ho B., Lee. (2005). Bee-bim-Bop! New York, NY: Clarion Books. ISBN-13:  978-0-618-26511-4, ISBN-10: 0-618-26511-2

What’s for Dinner? Bee-bim-Bop! This picture book, narrated by a little Korean girl, uses rhyme to tell a story about cooking a traditional Korean dish. The rhyming scheme creates a hurried effect because the girl is “hungry hungry hungry for some BEE-BIM BOP!” The little girl helps with all the ingredients, tools, and food preparations needed to cook this Korean recipe. Once the Bee-Bim-Bop is ready, the entire family sits down to enjoy eating.  This picture book is enjoyable to read because there are rhyming words, which can help even the youngest of readers associate the  rhythm to syllables. Lee’s  lifelike illustrations are done in watercolor, and the font type is set to Lemonade, with the font size at 17-point for easy reading. Linda’s website can be found at A website for Ho Lee can be located at .

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