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Summer Reading Guide 2017

For 0-3 year olds

Baby’s First Book of Birds and Color

By: Phyllis L. Tildes
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Observing birds and eating berries just may lead to a summertime exploration of colors and counting. Meet the yellow goldfinch, a pink flamingo, and other well and less familiar birds in brief text and realistic illustrations. In The Very Berry Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta (Charlesbridge; 1580897843), you can count realistic, luscious looking berries from 1 to 10.

Big Cat, Little Cat

By: Elisha Cooper
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

One day a small black cat came to live with a big white cat. The white cat taught the little one a great deal. One day, the big white cat now old, left and didn’t come back. Soon, however, a small white cat joined the black cat. Strong, simple lines illustrate this gentle tale which is sure to be interpreted in many ways by young children.

Blocks

By: Irene Dickson
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Ruby builds with her red blocks while Benji uses his blue blocks. An argument erupts when Benji tries to take one of the red blocks. Tugging and pulling makes a mixed up mess of blue and red blocks that creates cooperative construction! What will happen when Guy joins them with green blocks?  Uncluttered illustrations and straightforward text present the recognizable tale.

Flora and the Chicks

By: Molly Idle
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Flora places an empty bowl near a hen’s nest filled with eggs. One by one as the eggs hatch, Flora fills the bowl the yellow, orange, and even a brown chick. Expressive illustrations on plain backgrounds and large numbers from 1 to 10 convey the story.  The use of sturdy foldouts increases the delightful surprises as the chicks meet their new friend, Flora.

Good Night, Like This

By: Mary Murphy
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Rhythmic, inventive language — “Yawny and dozy…”, “Tickly and feathery…” — along with boldly lined illustrations ask how each animal pair says goodnight. Turn the sturdy half page to see the cozy nighttime cuddle. Deep hues and black lines present the prefect bedtime tale to relax young children. 

I Got a New Friend

By: Karl Newsom Edwards
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Getting a new pup means getting a new friend but it also means getting to know each other. At first, the small brown and white dog is shy and kind of scared but that changes. Sometime dogs and kids are sloppy, smelly and noisy but it’s all worth it!  Simple illustrations and straightforward text combine to present a warm story of friendship.

Moo: A First Book of Counting

By: Jonathan Litton
Illustrated by: Fhiona Galloway
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Simple rhymes and colorful, flat illustrations introduce familiar farm animals and their sounds. In addition, young readers are encouraged to count from 1 to 5. Die-cuts for each animal’s eyes add texture and interest before the last animal and number roundup.

One, Two, Three, Mother Goose

By: Iona Opie
Illustrated by: Rosemary Wells
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Familiar and some not-so-familiar nursery rhymes are presented in a child-sized, sturdy format illustrated in Well’s signature style. Charming bunnies, chicks, cats and other critters in old fashioned garb and settings enliven and freshen up the ditties.

Race Car Count

By: Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Illustrated by: Michael Slack
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

From 1 to 10 race cars with personalities line up to begin the race. When the lights go from red to yellow to green – off they go!  Who will win? Playful, rhyming text accompanies the colorful, angular illustrations.

Wake Up!

By: Helen Frost
Illustrated by: Rich Lieder
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

With a warm invitation, “Sun says, Wake up-/come out and explore…” all are invited to observe the new life all around. Stunning nature photographs of animals, amphibians, and insects and a brief text which encourages participation and thought continue the exploration. A bit of additional information to help answer possible questions concludes this handsome book.

What Do You Wear?

By: Taro Gomi
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Bright, stylized illustrations are accompanied by brief descriptions that suggest the animals look like they’re wearing human attire. In this short, creative, humorous book the wooly sheep that “wears a fluffy jacket”, a rhino with “a warm coat”, a goldfish in “a tie-dye skirt”; and the “boy wears … nothing?”

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