Picture Books

For ages 4-8 but to be enjoyed by all.


Thematic Reading List: Absolutely Me: A celebration of the unique in all of us

This book list for ages 4 to 8 celebrates qualities that we share and those that make us different. Contributor: Elizabeth Bridges             Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon By: Patty Lovell Illustrated by: David Catrow First-grader Molly Lou Melon, short, buck-toothed, and clumsy, is nevertheless in possession of unshakable self-confidence […]

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Thematic Reading List: 15 Yoga books for the Mind & Body

Looking for a way to get your children or students up and moving? Yoga is a great mind-body practice that children and adults alike can enjoy. Let the imaginations run wild when pretending to be animals in various yoga poses. Greet the sun with a series of poses to jump-start the morning. Calm the mind […]

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Thematic Reading List: Go! Go! Go!

A thematic booklist for toddlers that like to move. Perfect for ages 0-4. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges               Little Blue Truck By: Alice Schertle Illustrated by: Jill McElmurry A small blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with a little help from his friends. The Pigeon Loves […]

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Thematic Reading List: Tap me a Rhythm, Sing me a Song

Great books for kids ages 0-3 who love rhythm and music. These selections include a blend of traditional favorites and new hits that inspire movement and participation. Readers of all ages will enjoy sharing these books with their youngest family members, especially reading them aloud. Don’t be surprised if these books are requested over and […]

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Thematic Reading List: Farm Animals

While April 10 is National Farm Animals Day, any day is a good day to celebrate farm animals. Our list was created with 4-7 year olds in mind and provides a variety of animals on American farms.               All Kinds of Farms By: Daniel Shepard Simple text and photographs […]

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Thematic Reading List: Kindergarten

Kindergarten- the first formal education of many children. The concept of Kindergarten was created by Wilhelm August Frobel whom started the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel believed that children learn through play and experience. Kindergarten was a balance of the two that would allow children to transition from home to school more […]

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Thematic Reading List: 20 Under the Sea Picture Books

Whether it starts with a pet fish or a trip to the beach, some kids love reading about sea creatures. Our list of 20 picture books featuring sea animals is sure to create even more interest about the many sea dwellers on our planet.                   Barry, the […]

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Thematic Reading List: Australian Legends of Children’s Literature

This year the Australian postal service has chosen to honor some of their most memorable children’s authors by spotlighting them in its Australian Legends stamp series. The Australian Legends stamp series honors Australians who have made a significant contribution in their chosen field or a chosen theme. Examples of past themes are legends in sports, […]

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Thematic Reading List:Feb 22 National Wildlife Day (& Sept. 4)

In honor of National Wildlife Day, we have chosen 10 hilarious picture books featuring wildlife animals as major characters in each story. To learn more about National Wildlife Day, which is celebrated on both February 22 and September 4, visit. http://nationalwildlifeday.com/                   Horrible Bear! By: Ame Dyckman Illustrated […]

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Thematic Reading List: Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual February event in which citizens collect data about wild birds. To participate, simply tally the number and kinds of birds you see within a 15-minute period. This is a great way to get children involved in learning about birds and, to encourage further study of birds, we […]

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Thematic Reading List: 9 Biography Compilation books for Black History Month

Each compilation has its own theme, providing a straightforward way to introduce children to many great Black Americans. All titles listed were either an award nominee or honor/winner book.              28 Days: moments in Black history that changed the world  By: Charles R. Smith Illustrated by: Shane Evans A look […]

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Thematic Reading List: Kids Can Too! Books for the Littlest Activists

Any person can be an activist, even young children. Creating a classroom library or home bookshelf with books about various activists or causes can peak a child’s interest in how he or she can impact the world. Below are 10 books to help build your activism collection. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges         […]

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Thematic Reading List: Celebrating Christmas Traditions

Traditions, some passed down through many generations, are cherished around the Christmas season. Enjoy this collection of 12 titles that provide a glimpse into Christmas traditions with some providing a unique twist.                   Advent Elf By: Paivi Stalder Illustrated by: Barbara Korthues On the first night of […]

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Thematic Reading List: 15 Funny Christmas Books for Reading Aloud

These picture books are ideal for sharing laughs and enjoying time together around the Christmas tree.               The 12 Days of Christmas By: Greg Pizzoli An elephant parent has to take responsibility for caring for all the gifts that arrive in this newly illustrated version of the traditional song. […]

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Thematic Reading List: Our Friends with 9 Lives

Cat lovers prepare yourself for 9 fun picture books featuring your favorite pet.                         Cat Secrets By: Jef Czekaj Important secrets about how best to live a cat’s life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats. Fuddles […]

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Thematic Reading List: 8 Nights of Hanukkah Reading

What goes well with Hanukkah gifts? Hanukkah stories! We are sharing 16 Hanukkah stories, 2 for each night. A perfect pairing for gift time or bedtime.                     The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes By: Linda Glaser Illustrated by: Nancy Cote A young girl finds a way to include […]

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Thematic Reading List: 12 Picture Books featuring Native American Themes

Our list of picture books reflecting Native American themes feature family, animals, school, space exploration, and Thanksgiving.                     Black Bear Red Fox By: Julie Flett A book demonstrating colors in English as well as in Cree, along with the pronunciation. The Christmas Coat: Memories of My […]

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Themed Reading List: 20 Twisted Tales

A fractured fairy tale is a story that is based on a fairy tale you know with changes to some part of the story, such as character, setting, or point or view. Sometimes even part of the plot is changed. Let’s say it presents a new twist to the original tale. Our list of 20 unique retellings of classic […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Celebrating Multiculturalism & Our World

Our celebration of our diverse world includes books that take a peek at places around the globe and also books that show multicultural characters displaying bravery. Suggested age range and month of publication is included with each entry. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.                   […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Fiction List: Female Characters in Juvenile Fiction and Picture Books 

After reviewing hundreds of upcoming titles featuring female characters, we decided to hone our Fall Fiction List to include books with female characters involved in problem-solving, acts of bravery, or adjusting to a new normal. Each title was chosen to fill a spot on your shelf to encourage not only girls, but all students who find themselves in these situations. Suggested age […]

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