“The best thing any parent, grandparent, caretaker, relative or any significant other can do in the life of a child is help them understand the magic that can be found between the covers of a book,” says Anita Silvey, an author and a children’s book specialist.
Our team of librarians has selected these picture books for you to read aloud and share with the young ones. These books are selected because they are award winners, acclaimed titles or contemporary classics that have won the hearts of many. We hope this list will help you to choose books that your children will enjoy and lead them to discover the magic in books.
Author: Anthony Browne
Publisher: London: Walker, 2013
Call No.: JP BRO
Summary: Hannah loves gorillas and wants a real gorilla for her birthday. Sadly, she gets a soft toy gorilla instead. She goes to sleep feeling unhappy about it. But in the middle of the night she is awakened by a real gorilla and goes to the zoo for a nocturnal adventure with her newfound friend. The story ends with Hannah being pleasantly surprised by her father taking her to the zoo on her birthday.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Publisher: New York: Philomel Books, 2007
Call No.: JP CAR -[BA]
Summary: A simple story that teaches children about numbers, days of the week and the life cycle of a butterfly. After popping out of an egg on a Sunday, the very hungry caterpillar starts to eat a variety of food every day. By the end of the week, the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly.
This particular edition contains an accompanying sound disc with the author, Eric Carle, reading this classic story.
Clarice Bean, That’s Me
Author: Lauren Child
Publisher: Sommervile, Mass: Candlewick Press, 2010, c1999
Call No.: JP CHI
Summary: Clarice Bean hilariously introduces her family members in this picture book. This book has been illustrated imaginatively using collage and drawings.
The Little Engine That Could
Author: Watty Piper
Publisher: New York, NY: Philomel Books, published by the Penguin Group, 2015
Call No.: JP PIP – [BA]
Summary: A heartwarming story of a little train that helps to pull a broken-down train over the mountain so that children on the other side of the mountain can enjoy the toys and food it is carrying. A good story to illustrate the importance of determination and kindness.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author: Mo Willems
Publisher: New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c2003
Call No.: JP WIL
Summary: The pigeon tries hard to convince the reader of the book to let him drive the bus. This is an interactive picture book where it requires the reader to listen to instructions and say “No!” to the pigeon’s request. A great book to teach preschoolers to be firm.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night
Author: Jane Yolen
Publisher: New York: Blue Sky Press, 2000
Call No.: JP YOL
Summary: A wonderful story where children can learn about bedtime manners. The clever use of illustrations, large and humorous rhyming texts make it perfect for parents to share with children at bedtime.
Author: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: New York: William Morrow, 1996
Call No.: JP HEN
Summary: Chrysanthemum loves her name until she starts going to school. Her friends tease her mercilessly and she begins to resent her name. That is until the day her music teacher helps her to appreciate her name. An excellent book to teach children to appreciate one another’s individuality.
Author: Mem Fox
Publisher: San Diego: Hardcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989
Call No.: JP FOX
Summary: Koala Lou’s mother always tells Koala Lou that she loves her very much. However, as time passes by, her mother gets so busy with her younger siblings that she stops saying those loving words. This upsets Koala Lou and she decides to enter the Bush Olympics to gain her mother’s attention. An excellent choice for reading aloud to young children at bedtime or story hour.
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Author: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: New York: Little Simon, 2015
Call No.: JP HUT
Summary: A delightful story perfect for children who are beginner readers. The story contains rich illustrations, which tells us about Rosie, a smart hen who escapes from Mr. Fox.