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Early Readers

We Get Angry Too!

Emotions are a normal part of life for all humans, even and especially for little ones. While children do not yet have much practice understanding and dealing with anger in healthy ways, this list of picture books tackles the topic of different approaches for children to think about this common emotion. The positive message of these books is “It’s Okay to be angry and it's possible to still be you by learning to approach and understand your anger.” The pout-pout fish and the mad, mad day by Deborah Diesen There are many things in life that…

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Quiz Whiz

While quizzes can feel like homework, the early reader books in this list prove that learning to read isn’t just about recognizing words. These books do more than help with recognizing words, they also provide quizzes for reading comprehension. Each quiz is specifically made for the story and gives readers a chance to think about what they have read. Teach your child that reading can be fun and not just a chore by checking out one of the books below. Sheep on the Run by Alice Hemming There’s a lot to remember when taking care of sheep,…

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Wordless Storytelling

Encourage your child to be part of the story! You’ve heard of books without pictures, but what about picture books without words? These unique tales require something special from their readers to tell their stories: a big imagination! When reading the books on this list, let your child be a storyteller by asking them what they see, what is happening or what might happen. These books provide the pictures, you and your child bring the story to life! Since these special books rely on a reader, we can only tell you a few things about their stories like who is…

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Beating the Bedtime Blues: Picture Books

Time for bed but not sleepy? These books show how different animals, people, dinosaurs, and even mermaids get ready for bed. Create a bedtime routine, and help your little one wind down by reading and bonding with your child with these bedtime stories. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes A parade of noisy animals help a little boy get ready for bed in this colorful bedtime story. Bear Can't Sleep by Karma Wilson Oh no! Bear can't sleep, what can he do? Find out how Bear's friends help him prepare for…

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Delicious Picture Books

See what others eat in one of these excellent picture books featuring food! From tacos to broccoli to children! there is sure to be something delicious for everyone. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're…

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Indigenous Voices

Celebrate Native American History Month by reading books by and about indigenous people, from traditional myths to stories of perseverance and community. I lost my talk by Rita Joe This book tells the first-hand experience of Mi'kmaw Elder, Rita Joe’s childhood in a residential school and is written in the form of a poem. Bowwow powwow: bagosenjige-niimi'idim by Brenda Child Reality becomes a dream in Bowwow Powwow when a girl attends a powwow and her imagination runs away with her. Thirteen moons on a turtle's back: a Native American year of…

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Keeping Your Cool Going Back to School

This list of lower elementary titles encourages readers not to look at school as something scary, but as a new adventure full of new friendships, mischief, and learning. “The first day of school” by Margaret McNamara Can a dog go to school? A great book for beginning readers, this book tells the story of one little boy’s dilemma of going back to school with or without his dog. “I got the school spirit” by Connie Schofield-Morrison What does it mean to have school spirit and how can you find it…

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LOVE for Little Ones

Have you ever thought about "Love?" What does it mean and how far can it go? This list of children's books explores these questions with humor, attention, and beautiful pictures. "Love" by Matt de la Peña Can love mean more than one thing? This book explores the different ways that we experience love, from our earliest days to life's rough patches. "Robot in Love" by T.L. McBeth In this funny tale of love, can one little robot find the courage to follow his heart? Find out in Robot in Love. …

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