Suggestions for books included in this publication have been taken from a variety of sources and represent familiar and age appropriate literature. The list has been compiled to assist parents and adult caregivers in selecting books that would generally be suitable for children. It is by no means a complete and exhaustive listing of all available age appropriate literature.
Ages Birth to 2 Years
Babies are intrigued with pictures of faces and particularly other baby’s faces.
Pooh’s Little Baby Gift, by A.A. Milne
A rattle and gift book combine as part of the Pooh Collection.
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
A little rabbit says goodnight to each familiar thing in his room. Soothing illustrations.
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, by Rosemary Wells
An inquisitive duck watches an itsy-bitsy spider journey up and down the waterspout. Colorfully illustrated board book (a strong, hard cover).
Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt
The story involves little ones touching fabric, smelling scented paper, opening flaps, etc.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, by Bill Martin, Jr.
Children are introduced to the world of sound in this colorful board book.
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, by Matthew Van Fleet
This book is full of surprises with textured shapes and colorful creatures on every page.
Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown
This board book features a day in the barnyard with roosters, cows, horses, goats and a piglet.
The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
A raised spider web, that children can feel, will be a delight. Board book.
Hush Little Baby, by Sylvia Long
A baby rabbit is promised a variety of presents from his loving parent. Variation of the lullaby.
A You’re Adorable, by Martha Alexander
Suitable for babies and toddlers in a sturdy board book. A delightful tour through the alphabet.
Dinosaur’s Binkit, by Sandra Boynton
Tots can help Dinosaur find his " binkit" by lifting the flaps in search of it. Board book.
Nighty-Night, by Dawn Allerley
Two little bunnies wiggle their toes, read a story, and snuggle up warm and cozy as they go to bed.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?, By Bill Martin, Jr.
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck will delight your child. Colorful with a sing-song text.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
This very hungry caterpillar eats his way through the pages of this book and into your child’s heart.
Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes, by Iona A. Opie
Humpty Dumpty and other classic rhymes illustrated with colorful pictures make this book a favorite.
My Very First Mother Goose, edited by Iona A. Opie
The magical words of the beloved Mother Goose rhymes are gathered into this book. More than 60 familiar rhymes are included.
Freight Train, by Donald Crews
Toddlers will enjoy spotting the different colored cars of a freight train in this full color sturdy board book that is a Caldecott Honor Book.
More More More Said the Baby, by Vera B. Williams
Three toddlers are gathered up and cuddled by grownups in this full color Caldecott Honor Book.
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny thinks of running away and imagines how he might leave his mother. His mother reassures him no matter how far away he may roam, she will always be there for him. Available as a board book.
Ages 2 to 4 Years
Children can pat the furry cat and do a variety of other activities.
No, David!, by David Shannon
Because of his mischievous behavior, all David ever heard his mother say was "No, David!" A Caldecott Medal Honor Book 1999.
Moo, Baa, La La La!, by Sandra Boynton
Singing pigs make children laugh as they stop to consider what pigs really say. Colorful board book.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss
A colorful book of easy words, exciting pictures and an engaging rhythm.
The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle
A board book with thick pages for little hands to turn and a real chirping cricket sound.
Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
A Caldecott Medal winning tale of mallard ducks moving from the busy Boston Public Garden to a quiet island of the Charles River.
The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury
This book includes 44 of the most loved children’s picture books and short stories.
Miss Spider’s Tea Party: The Counting Book, by David Kirk
As Miss Spider looks for insect friends to play with, children can count from one to 12 with her.
Corduroy, by Don Freeman
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl buys him he finds what he has wanted most of all.
Nursery Tales Around the World, illustrated by Stefano Vitale.
A collection of 18 international tales.
Big, by Keith Haring
Illustrations introduce the concepts of color and teach how to identify articles of clothing.
Old Mac Donald: Bunny Reads Back, by Rosemary Wells.
A familiar preschool song with pictures will delight children and become a favorite.
Where is Maisy?, by Lucy Cousins
Check Maisy’s (a little mouse) favorite hiding places by lifting the flaps in this colorful book.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
This is a sturdy board book about unconditional love between a baby bunny and its parent.
Peek-A-Moo, by Bernard Most
This book puts a hilarious spin on the game of peek-a-boo. Children look for a cow; thus "Peek-a-Moo."
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The story of a young boy who experiences the winter season’s first snowfall. A Caldecott medal winner.
Prayer for a Child, by Rachel Field
This prayer with its tenderness for familiar things, the love of friends and family has an appeal for children of all ages and faiths. This is a Caldecott medal winner. Available as a board book.
The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper
The Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train, loaded with toys, over the mountain.
Good Night, Baby Bear, by Frank Asch
Mama Bear knows what to do to help Baby Bear fall asleep for the winter. A colorful bedtime book.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
This is the tale of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne.
Ages 4 and Older
Max is a wild and naughty boy who imagines sailing away to a land of Wild Things. This book is a Caldecott Medal award winner.
Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik
The adventures and wishes of Little Bear, his mother and his friends.
Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel
Adventures of two best friends.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by A. Wolf and Jon Scieszka
A different story about the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf.
Madeline’s Rescue, by Ludwig Bemelmans
Twelve famous little girls and Miss Clavel are involved in lively adventures in Paris.
Amelia Bedelia, by Peggy Parish
Bumbling housekeeper Amelia Bedelia causes a ruckus as she tries to make sense of simple house cleaning instructions.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by SimmsTaback
Do you know the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and worse? What is going on inside her stomach?
Counting Crocodiles, by Judy Sierra
Monkey decides to cross crocodile infested waters of the Sillabobble Sea to a distant island.
Mr. Bumble, by Kim Kennedy
Mr. Bumble is the clumsiest bee that ever buzzed. Follow his adventures.
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
When the Velveteen Rabbit’s young owner gets scarlet fever, he is discarded. He discovers the child’s love enables him to become real.
Animalia, by Graeme Base
Colorful illustrations of animals and objects take a child on a journey through the alphabet.
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner are included in this edition that brings all of the Pooh stories together in a full color book.
Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
A little boy boards a mysterious train on its way to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
A beautiful story about loving and giving.
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, by Jean De Brunhoff.
Babar loses his mother, escapes to the city and is crowned King of the elephants.
Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting blueberries with their mothers.
Swan Lake, by Rachel Isadora
Based on the legend of a beautiful maiden turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer.
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Wilson Bentley studied snowflakes and their beautiful intricate designs. This colorful picture book is the winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
Curious George, by H.A. Rey
George is a little monkey who gets himself into one mishap after another because of his unquenchable curiosity.
Tikki Tikki Tembo, by Arlene Mosel
A favorite Chinese folktale is a humorous account of how they came to give their children short names.