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Many children's first books are board books -- picture books with sturdy cardboard pages which aren't easily damaged, and which the baby and young toddler can touch and play with easily. Board books have very few words -- and sometimes none! -- and lots of colorful pictures to catch the young reader's attention. Many are interactive, with different textures to touch, flaps to lift, and more! Check out some of our favorites below!
Dance, frijoles negros! From tostadas to enchiladas, tasty treats await young readers in this colorful, rhyming ode to Mexican cuisine. With pages full of tummy-tempting foods, the books in the World Snacks series are a delicious way to introduce even the littlest eaters to cuisines from all around the globe.
Max can't wait to go sledding! But before he and Ruby can play in the snow, they'll have to put on their winter clothes. Max and Ruby fans will practice recognizing colors and articles of clothing in this concept storybook.
Over forty million children have begun the road to reading with Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and now we get to meet her lovable husband! He's just as quirky as his wife, and just as crazy about clean! Watch Mr. Wishy-Washy tackle the dirty dishes and . . . oh no! The family cat? Make room on the shelf next to the original Mrs. Wishy-Washy for this playful, charming board book sure to make the Wishy-Washy name a household one.
Discover shapes with Bear! Bear loves sunny days. One sunny day means . . . a square sandbox, star sunglasses, a diamond kite, a rectangle wagon-and a special surprise from Mommy and Daddy! With simple language, this cheery padded board book introduces the basic concept of shapes. The bright illustrations are accented with a shiny gold-foil stamped sun! The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages make this title a perfect fit for preschoolers!
A happy lift-the-flap board book adventure from award-winning author-illustrator Lucy Cousins. Maisy mavens will love to look for her in Where Is Maisy?
Longer Picture Books
Picture books can come in all shapes and sizes. Longer picture books are usually made from regular paper (as opposed to the cardboard used for board books) and contain more words and detailed plots. While the illustrations still show important plot points and add to the story, complex ideas can be conveyed through the combination of illustrations and words. See some of our highly recommended longer picture books here!
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV. What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.
Amelia Bedelia, that feisty beloved children's book character, is back! Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about autumn. The colorful trees Jumping in the leaves Apples, apples, apples Warm apple pie Fun family projects Amelia Bedelia can't wait. What could be better? Autumn! Hooray for apples and fall!
Charlie and Lola have already won the hearts of readers in three winning books, including I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed. And now they're quickly gathering more fans as an animated series on the Disney Channel.Adorably true-to-childhood and laugh-out-loud funny, Charlie and Lola chronicles the day-to-day moments and interactions in the life of two extremely endearing siblings. In this new tale, Lola has become obsessed with Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies, the best book in the whole world. It's funny, it has pictures, and it is "very great and extremely very interesting." It's the only book she wants to take out of the library.What will she do when she discovers that somebody else has borrowed her book?
Choose kindness with Horton the elephant and the Whos of Who-ville in this 65th Anniversary Edition of Dr. Seuss's classic picture book about caring for others! The new matte finish cover and peel-off Anniversary Sticker make it a perfect gift! A person's a person, no matter how small. Everyone's favorite elephant stars in this heartwarming and timeless story for readers of all ages. In the colorful Jungle of Nool, Horton discovers something that at first seems impossible: a tiny speck of dust contains an entire miniature world--Who-ville--complete with houses and grocery stores and even a mayor! But when no one will stand up for the Whos of Who-ville, Horton uses his elephant-sized heart to save the day. This tale of compassion and determination proves that any person, big or small, can choose to speak out for what is right. A classic which continues to teach and delight!
While Sophie and her mother are sitting down to tea one afternoon, the doorbell rings. A big, furry, stripy tiger has come for tea ... and sandwiches, and buns, and biscuits ... and eats all the food in the house until there's nothing left to cook for Daddy's supper. Judith Kerr's reassuring and funny story -- with just a hint of anarchy -- has been delighting children since its first publication thirty-five years ago. This modern classic has gone on to sell over three million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular picture books for children ever written.