Picks for Ages 3 to 5
Philip C. Stead
Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.
From the quiet of being the first one awake in the morning to "sweet dreams quiet" when the last light is turned off, simple text explores the many kinds of quiet that can exist during the day.
As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger.
Philip C. Stead
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day—“Ah-choo!”—he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep and wakes up a butterfly.
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.
A wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.
Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.
When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk she ends up tired, wet and hungry trying to reach it.
When a little girl decides to run away, her father helps her pack.
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.
A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.
Susan Marie Swanson
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.
Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him.
The bus driver has only one request, “Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!” The pigeon, however, is determined to get behind the wheel.
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.