From 3 to 6 years old
Children who are still toddlers often begin being active readers. When a 3-year-old picks up a familiar book and retells a story in an expressive voice, she is reading. When a 4-year old talks through a brand-new book creating a new story, complete with literary terms like, “Once upon a time,” or “The end,” he is reading. They are both accomplishing what more experienced readers and writers do: they are living into the story, and using some of the general mechanics that go along with reading, such as turning pages, holding the book right side up, and using the terms that go along with a book experience. You’ll see quite a bit of overlap in the lists in this category, so feel free to keep browsing the book recommendations for older –or younger—readers.
Building Your Classic Library
Many Languages, Many Alphabets
More Math Picture Books
Going to Kindergarten
Picture Books about Museums
Comics and Graphic Novels for Early Readers
My First Hanukkah Books
Ballet Books for Tiny Dancers
Trucks, Trucks, Trucks
Introducing Map Books
Books for Caped Crusaders
Pirate Books for Little Mateys
Multicultural Picture Books
Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”
Cowgirls, Cowboys, and Cowcookies. . .
Series Recommendations for Early Readers
New to School
Author! Author! Great Picture Books About Being a Writer
Twice as Nice or Double the Trouble? Early Childhood Books for Twins
Musicians When They Were Children
Feisty Girls in Early Reader Chapter Books
Invitation to Imagination: Fairy Gardens
Celebrating the Silent Movies in Children’s Literature
More New Fall Picture Books
New Winners for the Preschool Set
A Children’s Literature Love Song for Knitting Nerds
New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers
A Trio of Summer Board Books
A Trio of Books to Celebrate Sloths
New Books Celebrating the Moon for Young Children
New Classics for Young Readers
New Picture Books That Celebrate Snow
Get Ready to Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th
THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME by Oliver Jeffers
GROOVY JOE: ICE CREAM AND DINOSAURS by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
And the Winner is. . .VIVA FRIDA!
Have a Party With Your Bear Day is November 16th
Downton Abbey for Children’s Literature Fans
Fairy Gardens II: Backyard Adventures
Put Me in the Story: My Name is Not. . .
Picture Books for Writers
Back to School Books
May 19th is Circus Day
Otto the Book Bear: A Review
What We’re Reading: Some Terrific Bilingual Picture Books
April 4th-Tater Day
Beautiful Yetta, The Yiddish Chicken: A Passover Picture Book
Creativity in Action
National Fairy Tale Day
I Spy. . .Literacy!
Creative Fun – Images and Designs, Cookie Cutters and Coloring Pages
A New Love and Lens for the Zoo
Being in the Book: THE SNOWY DAY
Countdown to Halloween
TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman
RUDAS: NINO’S HORRENDOUS HERMANITA’S
TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
A TOWER OF GIRAFFES
BABY LOVES QUARKS! New Board Book for the Littlest Scientist
THE BAD GUYS
COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline
Perfect Book to Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day: PENGUIN PROBLEMS
British Children’s Literature for Children: Two Treats to Share
SHHH! WE HAVE A PLAN
WE FOUND A HAT by Jon Klassen: Book 3 in the hat series
Poetry for the Whole Family: SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Bryan
FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland: A Review and Recommendation
IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON’T!
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
April 30th is Save the Frogs Day
Max the Brave
Who Done it?
Sloths: A Trio of Books to Delight Young Readers
July! Time for More Ice Cream and Hot Dogs
New Interactive Books for Young Readers
Mustache Fever–in Picture Books
The Princess in Black
Winter is Coming
Enzo Races in the Rain!
For Your Growing Alphabet Bookshelf: Once Upon an Alphabet
National Hat Day
The Pigeon Needs a Bath
Nino Wrestles the World: A Review
What Happened to PETE THE CAT books?
Edgar Gets Ready for Bed
Aliens! New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers
New Books Make Great Holiday Gifts: Picture Book Edition
More Mo!: Behind the Scenes with Mo Willems (Plus: I’m a Frog!)
Aliens! New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers
CARNIVORES: A Review
Pete the Cat at the Beach
Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure
Celebrating Creativity in New Picture Books
The Perfect Flower Girl: A Review
The Sky of Afghanistan: A Review
This is Not My Hat!: Review
A Trio of New Picture Books Celebrating Winter
New Winter Holiday Nooks! We Recommend. . .
My Hands Sing the Blues
Mo Willems: My Hero!
Revisiting the Night Sky: Featuring Picture Books!
One Good Book About Golf
Internaltional Children’s Book Day, April 2nd
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes: An Easter Book!
Twins in School-Online Resources
Who are we reading now? Roald Dahl
Book Review: Isabella: Girl on the Go
How Many Donkeys: A New Arabic Counting Tale
Cool Cats Head to School
Children Around the World
The Return of Favorite Characters
Speaking Some Dead Languages
My Name is Not Alexander
Books: Eat or Be Eaten
Book Review: ASTRO THE STELLAR SEA LION
What’s in a Name?
My Name is Not Isabella: Book Review
More Ken Nesbitt with MORE BEARS
A Taste of Home
National Train Day!
For the Easter Basket. . .
A Non-traditional Passover
Dump and Stir
Two New Books for Spring
Supercapes for Superheroes
Counting on Kids
Two New Books by Rachel Isadora
I Hate TV. . .But YouTube is Another Story
A Special Reading Place
First the Egg
On Flamingos and Other Obsessions
Ministry of Funny Voices
Book Pairings: One for You and One for Me
Holiday Shopping for Book Lovers
Eat, Read, and Be Merry!
Family Traditions: Don’t Forget the Books!
A Few of Our Favorite Things: Kids Books 2009
Celebrating The Snowy Day
Celebrating Spoken Soul in Picture Books
A Pipkin of Pepper (What We’re Reading Right Now)