Reading classic and modern picture books to your children will enhance their own reading skills and comprehension and will allow for memorable parent-child time together.  These picture books are wonderful read alouds as well as quality books for independent readers.  

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Miss Nelson is Missing!
Author: Harry Allard

In this classic picturebook, the students in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a very strict substitute.

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Big Fat Hen
Author: Keith Baker

In this picture book for the young, the Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

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Ten, Nine, Eight
Author: Molly Bang

Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the room of a little girl going to bed.

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When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry
Author: Molly Bang

In this classic picture book, a young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Author: Mac Barnett

In this imaginative picture book, Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something "exciting" if they just keep digging their hole.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Author: Judi Barrett

In this classic picture book, life is easy and delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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Move Over, Rover
Author: Karen Beaumont

When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him.

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Author: Ludwig Bemelmans

In this classic picture book set in Paris, Madeline, the youngest of the twelve charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.  Picture book and Audio CD available.

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A Splendid, Friend, Indeed
Author: Suzanne Bloom

When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

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Goodnight Moon
Author: Margaret Wise Brown

In this gentle classic, a little bunny says goodnight to the little old lady and to all the objects in his room before falling asleep. Picture book and video available




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Stone Soup
Author: Marcia Brown

In this classic folk tale, three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town learns to share and enjoys a feast.

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The Runaway Bunny
Author: Margaret Wise Brown

In this classic picture book, a little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.

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Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
Author: Virginia Lee Burton

When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they find a new opportunity in a very surprising place in this classic picture book.

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The Little House
Author: Virginia Lee Burton

In this classic picture book a country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

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Author: Janell Cannon

After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle

This classic picture book follows the progress of a little caterpillar as he steadily eats his way through a varied and large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself, goes to sleep and wakes up a butterfly.

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Nana in the City
Author: Lauren Castillo

A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he visits his grandmother, but his Nana makes him a fancy red cape to give him courage as she shows him how wonderful a place the city is.

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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Author: Eileen Christelow

This picture book is based on the nursery rhyme, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

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Freight Train
Author: Donald Crews

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Author: Doreen Cronin

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; duck is the go between in their negotiations.  Also, available in Braille format.

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Diary of a Worm
Author: Doreen Cronin

A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

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The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

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Last Stop on Market Street
Author: Matt de la Pena

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.  Also available in Spanish: Última parada de la Calle Market / texto de Matt de la Peña.

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Author: Bruce Degen

A little boy walking in the forest meets a big lovable bear that takes him on a delicious berry-picking adventure in the magical world of Berryland.

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Strega Nona: An Old Tale
Author: Tomie dePaola

In this classic story, Strega Nona leaves her helper alone with her magic pasta pot with strict instructions to leave it alone; however, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

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Growing Vegetable Soup
Author: Lois Ehlert

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a delicious and healthful soup.  Available in English and Spanish languages.

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Waiting for Wings
Author: Lois Ehlert

The question of where butterflies come from is answered with simple rhyming text and color-drenched collages that provide facts on flowers and butterfly identification tips with full-color illustrations.

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Go Away Big Green Monster!
Author: Ed Emberley

The picture book Go Away Big Green Monster! features die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed.  The book is designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.

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Author: Ian Falconer

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.

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Bark, George
Author: Jules Feiffer

George the puppy's mother is in for a big surprise when she takes him to the veterinarian to find out why he does not bark.

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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Author: Candace Fleming

After planting his long-awaited dream garden, Mr. McGreely seeks a solution to the persistant infestation of his crops by bunnies.

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This is the Nest that Robin Built /
Author: Denise Fleming

This collage picture book features a cumulative rhyme about the animal friends who help Robin build her nest.

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Author: Don Freeman

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

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Is Your Mama a Llama?
Author: Deborah Guarino

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals. In this favorite, whimsical rhyming riddles help Lloyd the baby llama guess what kind of animal everyone's mama really is. But it's his friend Lyn the llama that finally leads Lloyd to the answer he most longs to hear. Is your mama a llama?

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Kitten's First Full Moon
Author: Kevin Henkes

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Author: Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon
Author: Crockett Johnson

Harold creates an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.

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A Mother for Choco
Author: Keiko Kasza

A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother with a very satisfying outcome.

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The Snowy Day
Author: Ezra Jack Keats

This classic picture book is the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
Author: Eric Kimmel

Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

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The story of Ferdinand
Author: Munro Leaf

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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Author: Leo Lionni

Frederick the field mouse stores up something special for the long cold winter.

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Little Blue and Little Yellow: a Story for Pippo and Ann and Other Children
Author: Leo Lionni

A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become green.

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Author: Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat loves his new shoes and doesn't let anything upset his positive attitude.

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Froggy Gets Dressed
Author: Jonathan London

Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Author: James Marshall

In this classic version of a folktale, three bears return home from a walk to find a little girl asleep in baby bear's bed.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Author: Bill Martin

In this classic rhyming picture book, children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Author: Bill Martin

An alphabet rhyme/chant circle story that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree. 

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Guess How Much I Love You
Author: Sam. McBratney

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.  Available in English and Spanish Adivina cuanto te quiero / escrito por Sam McBratney.  Also, a video in Hmong is available through Hoopladigital.com Cai cai wo you duo ai ni =  Guess how much I love you

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Blueberries for Sal
Author: Robert McCloskey

In this classic Caldecott Honor Book Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.

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