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There are so many children's books to choose from. . .so how does a parent know what to select for their child? We're about to make a trip to the bookstore or the library a little easier with these reading recommendations.

Recommendations from Mary Ellen Braks, Youth Services Librarian from the Spokane Valley Library:

Books for Babies:

"Duckie's Rainbow" by Frances Barry

Follow Duckie on her way home as she goes through the colors of the rainbow.

"Wheels on the Bus" by Raffi

This board book version of the song is sure to bring smiles to babies and toddlers.

"Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Rosemary Wells

This popular finger play will delight babies and parents.

"Love That Baby" by Susan Milord

This lift the flap book shows all the reasons to love your baby.

"You and Me, Baby" by Lynn Reiser and Penny Gentieur

This book captures everyday interactions between parent and baby with adorable baby photographs.

Books for Toddlers:

"Freight Train" by Donald Crew

This colorful freight train makes a journey through tunnels, by cities and over trestles.

"Minerva Louise" by Janet Morgan Stoeke

The hen Minerva Louise has fun exploring the farmhouse from a chicken's point of view.

"We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen

Follow the bear hunters through grass, water, mud and snow as they search for the big bear and enjoy the hasty retreat.

"This is the Farmer" by Nancy Tafuri

A farmer's kiss causes a number of events on the farm.

"I Went Walking" by Sue Williams

A little boy walks through the farm pointing out animals of different colors.

Books for Preschoolers:

"Farmer Duck" by Martin Waddell

See how the farm animals come to the aid of a duck that is overworked by a lazy farmer.

"Olivia" by Ian Falconer

Olivia the pig has spirit and definitely keeps her mother on her toes.

"Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert

See how children make a snow family using items they found in the house and yard.

"The Wolf's Chicken Stew" by Keiko Kasza

A hungry wolf attempts to fatten up a chicken but the results are not as he imagined.

"One More Bunny" by Rick Walton

This fun introduction to counting and adding take you to the playground with an adorable group of bunnies.

"If I Had a Dragon" by Amanda Ellery

A little boy who is tired of playing with his baby brother imagines what it is like if he only had a dragon to play with instead of a brother.

Selections from Sally Chilson, Youth Services Coordinator, Spokane Public Library:

 

Books for Babies:

"Baby Faces" by Margaret Miller

This attractive board book features close up of Baby Faces that are

fascinating to little ones.

"What Is That" by Tana Hoban

The high contrast illustrations that are used in this book are great for

babies developing vision.

"Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe" by Tana Hoban

Another title by Hoban that features high contrast images.  This one

incorporates more colors.

"Good Morning: Baby's World" from DK books

Baby faces are the big feature in this book. 

"Row, Row, Row Your Boat" illustrated by Annie Kubler

Sometimes singing the story is a more fun option than just reading

aloud.  This familiar song is an easy one to enjoy with a little one.

"All Fall Down" by Helen Oxenbury

All Fall Down features large illustration of multi-cultural babies in a

variety of activities.

Books for Toddlers:

"Cows in the Kitchen" by June Crebbin

This is a fun, silly story with lots of opportunities to make all sorts

of animal noises.

"I Love Animals" by Flora McDonnell

A young boy talks about all of the animals on the farm that he loves.

"More, More, More Said the Baby" by Vera B. Williams

Three babies are caught up in the arms of their family members and

assured that they are loved.

"Trashy Town" by Andrea Zimmerman

Trashy Town follows the garbage truck and the trash man on there daily

rounds.  It has some great opportunities to join in the story with words

and actions.

"Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert

Can you really plant a rainbow?  This story encourages the reader to

think about growing their own rainbow to enjoy.

"My Big Sister" by Valorie Fisher

This title (and the companion volume My Big Brother) looks at the

activities of a big sister from the point of view of the younger

sibling.

Books for Preschoolers:

"Seals on the Bus" by Lenny Hort

This fun take on the Wheel on the Bus is easy to sing along with and

giggle about as the animals take over the bus.

"Hi Pizza Man" by Virginia Walter

A little girl and her mother pass the time waiting for pizza delivery by

imagining who, or what, might bring the pizza to their door.

"Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore" by David McPhail

Every wonder what might happen if pigs moved in?  In this book, they do,

and, wow, do they make a mess.

"Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell

This gentle story has three worried baby owls wondering where their

Mommy went.

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems

This fun picture book gives the reader the task of keeping the pigeon

out of the driver's seat.  But he is one persuasive pigeon.

"Where's My Teddy?" by Jez Alborough

Where's My Teddy is a sweet story following Eddie as he tries to find

his teddy bear, but finds a giant one instead.  Whose teddy could it be?

Selections from Susan Peterson, children's librarian and owner of Children's Corner Toys and Books:

Books for Babies:

"Hug" by Jez Alborough

Nearly wordless, "hug" is only text

"What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby?" by Cressida Cowell

Lots of animal noises, text repeats

"The Big Book of Beautiful Babies" by David Ellwand 

Beautiful photos of babies for other babies to look at

"Yummy Yucky" by Leslie Patricelli 

 Also lots of fun for parents--describes which things are yummy and which are yucky

"Good Night Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann

Classic, wordless, make up a story or just look at the pictures

Books for Toddlers:

  

"Do Like a Duck Does" by Judy Hindley

Some action for kids to do

"Sit Truman" by Dan Harper

Few words, great illustrations

"Whose Baby am I?" by John Butler

Very sweet, something toddlers can relate to

"Counting Kisses" by Karen Katz

Sweet counting story

"Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell

 Introduces concept of mom going away and coming back

"My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann

Caldecott Medal winner

Books for Preschoolers:

"What Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story" by Kate Lum

Funny twist to story, lots of activity, granny is very busy

"Duck on a Bike" by David Shannon

Great illustrations, kids will probably see something different each time

"La La Rose" by Satomi Ichikawa

Great new book, very sweet

"Hilda Must Be Dancing" by Karma Wilson

Author of "Bear Snores On," funny story about all the different styles of dance that Hilda does

"My Lucky Day" by Keiko Kasza

Twist on the fox searching out the pig for dinner story, very clever

"Superdog: The Heart of a Hero" by Caralyn Buehner

With kids' interest in superheroes, this one works well with a dachshund as the main character

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