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The librarians at The Robert R. Jones Library are pleased to be able to share their expertise in the form of these thoughtful and timely booklists. These lists will be updated periodically to ensure the recommendations they contain remain current and relevant. New lists will be added as they are created, and others removed after they have served their useful shelf life.
GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr. Seuss
Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle
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.
GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown
In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of Peter, a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
STREGA NONA by Tomie de Paola
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of dolls, toys, and good food over the mountain. When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
The wild things--with their mismatched parts and giant eyes--manage somehow to be scary-looking without ever really being scary; at times they're downright hilarious. Sendak's defiantly run-on sentences--one of his trademarks--lend the perfect touch of stream of consciousness to the tale, which floats between the land of dreams and a child's imagination.
THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
KNUFFLE BUNNY by Mo Willems
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.
HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON
by Crockett Johnson
Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.
CARS AND TRUCKS AND THINGS THAT GO
by Richard Scarry
On their way to the beach for a picnic the Pig family encounters almost every kind of transportation vehicle imaginable--and imaginary.
MOTHER GOOSE by Sylvia Long
An enchanting collection of over seventy-five classic Mother Goose rhymes. Imbued with the artist's love of nature and overflowing with charming details, this spectacular compilation includes such timeless favorites as Old Mother Hubbard, Mary had a little lamb, and Rock-a-bye baby. Sylvia Long's Mother Goose is a perfect gift that, like the rhymes themselves, will be passed from one generation to the next.
THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER by A.A. Milne
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Here you will rediscover all the characters Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Kanga, tiny Roo, and, of course, Pooh himself. Joining them is the thoroughly bouncy and lovable Tigger, who leads the rest into unforgettable adventures.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorist
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
THE DOT by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
JUST ME AND MY DAD by Mercer Mayer
Father and son go camping, but who is really taking care of whom?
MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans
Bemelmans' drawings have put an authentic Paris within the covers of this book. The rhymes in which the tale is told make it one that children will enjoy repeating.
THE CAT IN THE HAT by Dr. Seuss
Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are invited by the cat in the hat who shows them some tricks and games.
LITTLE ELIOT, BIG CITY by Mike Curato
Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller--and hungrier.
A SECOND IS A HICCUP by Hazel Hutchins
This picture-book explains units of time in imaginative terms children can understand: A second lasts as long as a hiccup; a week is seven sleeps; and a year is the time it takes to grown into new shoes!
TAILS by Matthew Van Fleet
Engaging, cartoonish animals from tigers to pangolins romp across the pages as the rhyming text bounces along. Along the way, youngsters will learn about counting, opposites, and how animals use their tails. A tried and true tail-wagger!
COOKIE'S WEEK by Cindy Ward
Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week.
TWELVE HATS FOR LENA by Karen Katz
Young Lena, a fan of fancy headwear, enthusiastically embarks on an arts-and-crafts project to create a hat for each month of the year. She pastes and decorates her various chapeaux with representations of what makes each month so great.
ROSIE'S WALK by Pat Hutchins
Although unaware that a fox is after her as she takes a walk around the farmyard, Rosie the hen still manages to lead him into one accident after another.
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