Great Read-Alouds for Pre-schoolers

Recommendations from story teller Kara (These books are favorites for Tail Time and Virtual Story Times.)

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons Cover Image
By Laura Purdie Salas, Mercè López (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781512498097
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - April 2nd, 2019

you gasp as I roar,
my mane exploding, sizzling--
lion of the sky

Haiku meet riddles in this wonderful collection from Laura Purdie Salas. The poems celebrate the seasons and describe everything from an earthworm to a baseball to an apple to snow angels, alongside full-color illustrations.


Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062404374
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

A groovy New York Times bestseller!

From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, it’s a groovy pizza party that you don’t want to miss!

It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party!


I Love You Already! Cover Image
By Jory John, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062370952
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Published: HarperCollins - December 22nd, 2015

From the award-winning creators of Goodnight Already!, Come Home Already!, and All Right Already!

Bear can't wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. But his persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll . . . with Bear.

He just wants Bear to like him already. . .


Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780786852949
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - September 1st, 2005

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be.


Harriet Gets Carried Away Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481469111
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you’re wearing when you get there.

Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party.


Say Hello! Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399252303
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 15th, 2010

Carmelita loves to greet everyone in her colorful neighborhood. There are people from so many different cultures! They all like to say hello too, so now Carmelita can say hello in Spanish, English, French, Japanese, and many other languages. And her dog, Manny?


Sweety Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525580003
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 26th, 2019

An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.


Roar Like a Dandelion Cover Image
By Ruth Krauss, Sergio Ruzzier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062680075
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Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

*** #1 Amazon Bestseller ***

** Four starred reviews **

* A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2019 *


There Are No Bears in This Bakery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

The creator of the New York Times bestselling The Bear Ate Your Sandwich brings us another sly story of a hungry bear and a smooth-talking narrator.

A tough gumshoe of a cat--the name's Muffin--protects his territory: The Little Bear Bakery. But there are no bears here. Not on Muffin's watch.


Interstellar Cinderella: (Princess Books for Kids, Books about Science) Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Meg Hunt (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452125329
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2015

Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.


Home Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665296
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Published: Candlewick - February 24th, 2015

Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home.


What Do You Do with a Problem? Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200009
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 1st, 2016

"What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get.


How Do You Dance? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419734182
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of Alfie
 
There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face.


The Monsters' Monster Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316045476
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words.


Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780060254926
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.


Jamberry Cover Image
By Bruce Degen, Bruce Degen (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064430685
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - January 22nd, 2008

This bestselling classic features a berry-loving boy and an endearing rhyme-spouting bear. The fun wordplay and bright paintings with lots of details for young readers to explore make Jamberry a perennial favorite.


"Readers will root for bighearted, small-armed Tiny." —Publishers Weekly


Mother Bruce (Mother Bruce, Book 1) (Mother Bruce Series #1) Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484730881
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 24th, 2015

Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?


Saturday Cover Image
By Oge Mora (By (artist))
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431279
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....


Come Home Already! Cover Image
By Jory John, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062370976
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Published: HarperCollins - December 5th, 2017

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for Kids * A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year

From the creators of Goodnight Already! and I Love You Already!, the third hysterical picture book about Duck and Bear, unlikely pals.


Grumpy Pants Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807530757
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.


The Wall in the Middle of the Book Cover Image
By Jon Agee, Jon Agee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555452
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Published: Dial Books - October 2nd, 2018

A foolish knight is certain that his side of the wall is the safe side in this clever, amusingly meta picture book by the acclaimed creator of It's Only Stanley


I Like Myself! Cover Image
By Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780152020132
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2004

High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves--inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters.