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A Sprinkling of Spanish: Books in English with Spanish (15 titles)
These picture books are written mainly in English, but contain a great number of words in Spanish, making them ideal for younger kids who are learning Spanish and whose first language is English.
Clever Twisty Endings (picture books) (12 titles)
Books that are not TOO long or wordy, but are just long enough to feature a surprising plot twist at the end (that a 2-3-yr-old can grasp but a 6-yr-old can still appreciate).
Colors! Lines! Shapes! Patterns! Art! (13 titles)
Great but simple picture books about artistic concepts, and making and appreciating glorious art.
Delightful to Share in Spring (13 titles)
Some of these are specifically about spring; others simply evoke it beautifully. All are wonderful to share with young children in spring as we watch the earth wake up together.
Everyday Diversity in Picture Books (53 titles)
I use "everyday diversity" to mean books with diverse protagonists (nonwhite, or non-ablebodied, or with GLBTQ parents, etc) that are simply about playing in the snow or losing a tooth or cooking a meal--not focusing specifically on identity.
Fables & Folktales: Simple Versions for Youngest Listeners (9 titles)
When you search for a fairy or folk tale, you'll often find umpteen retellings & modernizations & "fractured" versions in the library catalog. Here are my picks for which to choose when you want the plain, classic tale told simply enough for a preschooler. All have a good number of colorful illustrations and a simple, unembellished text.
GLBTQ- and Gender-Friendly Picture Books (18 titles)
Books that feature GLBTQ families, books that challenge stereotypical gender roles, etc.
Manners & Feelings & Social Skills (10 titles)
Convincing books for little ones learning social skills--not preachy or contrived, but ones kids can identify with. I'll keep adding to the list as I come across more.
Not Just Martin: Books on Civil Rights Struggles for Young Children (7 titles)
Poetry & Rhymes for the Youngest--a list for National Poetry Month (15 titles)
Poems & rhymes to share with the youngest of children--what to read before you bring out the Shel Silverstein.
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