Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

53) Henry in Love by Peter McCarty

McCarty, Peter. Henry in Love. Balzer & Bray, 2010. 48 pages. ISBN: 978-0-06-114289-5.

Small, but friendly scenes from Henry’s day let young readers view the world from a positive perspective.   Henry wakes up to a loving home, to the sweet smell of blueberry muffins, and meets friendly school-pals at his front door, then they meet an older high school kid who plays football with them, and then Henry moves on to share his tasty blueberry muffin with his schoolgirl crush Chloe. In each episode, Henry encounters happy and friendly people. Henry learns patience; that the muffin is only to be eaten for school. The story ends with the act of generosity, as the blueberry muffin is used as a friendly interaction between a boy and a girl, that is subtly romantic.  This is a picture book full of positive actions.  The story also shows Henry as developing courage–from Sancho’s advice “You’re not going to talk to a girl, are you” to playing tag with Chloe at school, to close seating arrangements made by the teacher, Henry builds up the courage to speak to Chloe and the moment is celebrated when Chloe eats Henry’s muffin. (Picture Book 3-6). The author-illustrator’s website can be found at

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36) Time to Pee! by Mo Willems

Willems, Mo. Time to Pee! Hyperion Books, 2003. 40 pages. ISBN:0-7868-1868-9

Learn how to be a big kid by going to the bathroom all by yourself.  This instructional picture book transforms the concept of peeing into a fun activity– to be repeated over and over again.   This picture book’s large text speaks directly to young readers giving information in a step by step process. Each word is in bold, and boxed in different colorful shapes–rectangles, squares, and circles– to emphasize where and how a toddler should pee. A team of sign-carrying mice help clarify the sequence of information by  flying on kites, jets, flags, and parachutes, –“don’t panic,” “don’t fret,” “don’t ignore it,”  “excuse yourself,” “walk down the hall,” “into the bathroom,” “pull down your underwear, “Now you are ready to pee!”  The comforting words alongside the fun illustrations of multicultural children make this picture book a exciting and realistic read. Young children will relate to the concept of peeing and learn that it is okay to pee.(Picture book. 2-4) Willems is the author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and his website can be found at

This picture book is a great potty book–an excellent informational resource for toddlers, because it provides encouraging instructions in chronological order.  The design of the book includes illustrations of mice holding encouraging words to support the toddler-inspired characters. The words are separated individually so it allows children to grasp the information easily. Children can relate to the expressions of the character’s faces and bodily movements as they squirm around trying  to hold their pee. Large amounts of mice make the page animated as well as helping the story to flow or continue. This pee-story begins with a problem, and the mice help support the problem with solutions. There is character development–children move from worry, to relief, to a sense of accomplishment. I would recommend this pee picture book as non-fiction.

The subject is toilet training. If a parent wants a book about toilet training, I would recommend this book.  The  illustrations are similar to other fiction picture books, but the content is informational. Parents can search for “toilet training” books by subject and run across this book if it was included as Dewey. This is a tough question. I would have to choose to shelve the book with picture books because of the illustrations. This is simply a story about peeing, in which you just happen to receive information.


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24) Mommies by Kate Spohn

Spohon, Kate. Mommies!  Random House, 2008. 14 pages. ISBN: 978-0375842771.

How cool can mommies be? In this peek-a-boo game, Mommies can share simple words and rhyming text with their babies.  Baby describes how mommies can be cool.  When you flip the gate-fold flap–surprise!–Mommy returns the compliment by describing how cute babies can be. In this playful board book, baby’s are “flower power” cute, and Mommies are shoe-buying, giggling, book-reading, bubble-blowing women. The board book is small enough for babies little fingers to open the side flap.  Encourage playful interactions with your baby, while reading this fun board book! The author-illustrator uses color markers with light pastel colors, to add fashionable personality to the characters. A very girly board book.   No author-illustrator website. (Board Book 0-4)

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