Children in kindergarten and those getting ready for their first school experience will appreciate these stories about the world at large. Whether learning about animals or with animals as a lovable backdrop to real world lessons, these titles are sure to please little book lovers.
Hit the Ball Duck by Jez Alborough
Duck and friends go out one day with a bat, a ball and a glove to play!
1–2–3 Peas! by Keith Baker
Busy little peas engage in their favorite activities as they introduce the numbers from one to 100.
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Follows a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey through a winter landscape, where everything everywhere, from branches and leaves to forests full of trees, is unique.
Itty Bitty by Cece Bell
Itty Bitty may be a very, very tiny dog, but he finds a way to make a home in the big, big world.
How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne
A young chimp describes a variety of emotions he experiences.
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
All the animals of the barnyard community hurry to greet their newest member, who is just pecking his way out
of an egg.
Little Bear’s Little Boat by Eve Bunting
When Little Bear can no longer fit into his boat he finds someone else who can use it.
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions.
Get Up and Go! by Nancy Carlson
Text and illustrations encourage readers, regardless of shape or size, to turn off the television and play games, walk, dance, and engage in sports and other forms of exercise
Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow
Mama has said it is time for "Lights out! Sweet dreams! No more reading in bed,” but her five little monkeys cannot resist treading just a few more books to one another.
Llama, Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
"Llama Llama doesn't want to share his toys with his new neighbors. But when fighting leads to broken toys and tears, Llama learns that it's better to share"
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf."
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Ed & Rebecca Emberley
Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.
Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley
A caterpillar reassures a worried bear that they will see each other again when the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon.
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox
A rhyming tale about two little monkeys who are hiding from a leopard.
Yucky Worms by Vivian French
While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow.
Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
The chameleon is feeling blue because he’s lonely, so he goes and visits a yellow banana, pink cockatoo, swirly snail, brown boot, and so on. Each time, not only does he change his color to match the object or animal, but he also contorts himself into a shape that matches them.
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett,
Explores concepts of color, shape, and food using only five simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
As he hops along a little rabbit wonders what it would be like to be green as grass, tall as fir trees, hard as rocks, and flutter like butterflies.
Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats by Barbara Joosse
Sailor Old Robert lives a solitary existence until some performing cats come into his life.
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.
Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester
It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant,
on the soccer field.
Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies
Two teams of bats play an exciting nighttime baseball game.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
At bedtime a young girl asks "Does everything in the world go to sleep?
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall and high.
Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long
When a puppy gets lost while playing hide and seek on the farm, Otis the friendly little tractor must face his fear of the darkness in order to help his new friend.
Hattie Hippo by Christine Loomis
"Meet Hattie, an adorable little hippo who loves to dance, swim, play hide-and-seek, and host tea parties for her friends!"
Bulldog’s Big Day by Kate McMullan
While looking for a job, Bulldog tries being a firefighter, a window washer, a sign painter, and a bookseller before finding just the right job for himself.
Pig Pig Meets the Lion by David McPhail
A friendly lion escapes from the local zoo and Pig Pig wants to keep him.
Waddles by David McPhail
Waddles, a very plump and furry raccoon, helps his best friend Emily, a duck, hatch and raise her ducklings, and discovers what makes him truly happy.
The Sleep Sheep by Anna McQuinn
When Sylvie cannot fall asleep and her mother suggests that she try counting sheep, the sheep do not cooperate.
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Are You Going to Sleep by Bill Martin
A young cat is distracted by many things while getting ready for bed at night.
Bug Patrol by Denise Mortensen
Captain Bob of the Bug Patrol keeps a watchful eye on bugs everywhere.
What Puppies Do Best by Laura Numeroff
Describes the many activities puppies enjoy, from wake-up kisses to goodnight kisses, before identifying what they do best.
Jellybeans & the Big Art Adventure by Laura Numeroff
The Jelly Beans--four friends who like to do such different things as paint, play soccer, read, and dance--paint a mural on an outside wall of Mrs. Petunia Dinkley-Sneezer's candy shop that depicts them each doing what they love best.
Stuff by Margie Palatini
Edward cares more about his possessions than spending time with his friends, until he becomes trapped in his house full of “stuff,“ hungry and bored.
Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini
After Elizabeth's parents do not agree with her various suggestions for the perfect pet, she discovers a solution.
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen
With a tramp and a roll and a swat, Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, and Great Big Tiger try to capture Tiny Little Fly as he teases each one in turn.
All Around the Seasons by Barney Saltzberg
Illustrations and rhymes celebrate what makes each season special, from baby chicks in the spring through a snowman in the winter.
Uh-Oh, Dodo! by Jennifer Sattler
Meet Dodo! He loves an adventure. He is always willing to try new things. He enjoys making new friends. But not everything turns out the way Dodo expects. Even a walk with his Mama turns into a topsy-turvy day of discoveries, challenges, and surprises. Good thing Dodo has a sense of humor! He's one curious, fun-loving, original bird.
A Big Boy Now by Eileen Spinelli
When a young rabbit takes the training wheels off his bike, he learns something surprising about his dad.
Demolition by Sally Sutton
Illustrations and rhyming text show the enormous and powerful machines that are used to demolish a building so that a playground can be built.
Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson
Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zigzag, and hug and shrug.
The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood
From the blare of an alarm clock in the morning to snores and crickets in the evening, simple text explores the many loud noises one might hear during the course of a day.
The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg
As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.
Captain Small Pig by Martin Waddell
Small Pig and his friends Old Goat and Turkey spend the day in a rowboat on a lake.
Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
Hal and his little dog Billy deal with a dinosaur's monstrous hunger. Billy's mom makes him a super dinner which saves everyone from being eaten by the dinosaur.
The Perfect Hug by Joanne Walsh
In simple rhyming text the reader will explore many different kinds of hugs in the search for the perfect one.
Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
At bedtime, Baby Bear is grumbly and refuses to give Daddy a big bear kiss until his father demonstrates many other types of animal kisses.
Kiss Kiss! by Margaret Wild
Baby Hippo is in such a rush to play one morning he forgets to kiss his mama, but strangely all the jungle noises seem to remind him.
Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems
When Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the elephant decides he must be honest in his response.
Horseplay by Karma Wilson
A farmer tries to change the behavior of his rowdy horses who play all night and sleep all day.