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Star Books: For Kids and Caregivers, From Librarians
Share these shining examples of children's literature with the kids in your care. Read them aloud and talk about them. Our expert librarians highlight a picture book each week with tips for sharing. Browse their recommendations, or search by keyword for books on a specific topic.

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  Cover Art: No Fits Nilson! OHora, Zachariah
No Fits Nilson!
Easy Picture Book
added Aug 13, 2014
Tips for sharing: In this engaging story of self-control, Amelia helps her mammoth gorilla Nilson to control his temper. As Amelia and read more


  Cover Art: The Curious Garden Brown, Peter
The Curious Garden
Easy Picture Book
added Aug 12, 2014
Tips for sharing: Peter Brown, the author and illustrator, was inspired to write this book when he accidentally discovered a lush garden growing amid industrial buildings on Manhattan's abandoned High Line. The sim...read more


  Cover Art: Freedom Summer : Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer Wiles, Deborah.
Freedom Summer : Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer
Easy Picture Book
added Aug 10, 2014
Tips for sharing: Summer is the best time for play, and who better to play with than your best friend? But what if your best friend can’t go all of the places that you can go? Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary...read more


  Cover Art: Mo's Mustache Clanton, Ben
Mo's Mustache
Easy Picture Book
added Aug 5, 2014
Tips for sharing: In "Mo’s Mustache," Mo is the dude. Everyone wants to be like him. So, when Mo gets a mustache, of course, everyone follows suit. When Mo sports a groovy scarf, everyone else does, too...read more


  Cover Art: Yoo-hoo Ladybug! Fox, Mem
Yoo-hoo Ladybug!
Easy Picture Book
added Aug 5, 2014
Tips for sharing: This book would be a fun companion to: Eric Carle's "Grouchy Ladybug" or Jack Tickle's "Look Out, Ladybug." Also fun with Ladybug rhymes: such as "...read more


  Cover Art: How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? Yolen, Jane
How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?
Easy Picture Book
added Aug 1, 2014
Tips for sharing: You may want to pair this story with Komako Sakai's "Mad at Mommy"...read more


  Cover Art: Bow-wow Wiggle Waggle DePalma, Mary Newell.
Bow-wow Wiggle Waggle
Easy Picture Book
added Jul 31, 2014
Tips for sharing: This book could be paired with any of Eric Hill's Spot books. There are lots of other dog stories: Martha, Marley, Biscuit and Daisy stories. You could also sing: "How much is the Doggie in t...read more


  Cover Art: Row Row Row Your Boat Cabrera, Jane.
Row Row Row Your Boat
Easy Nonfiction Book
added Jul 30, 2014
Tips for sharing: In Jane Cabrera’s "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" lyrics to a classic children’s song have been re-imagined to fit a jungle theme. Lines like “Row, row, row your boat / Through t...read more


  Cover Art: It's Okay to Make Mistakes Parr, Todd.
It's Okay to Make Mistakes
Easy Picture Book
added Jul 24, 2014
Tips for sharing: Everyone could use a little reassurance now and then, and this bright, cheerful picture book is a caring way to share it. Each two page spread begins with a simple statement -- "It's okay to ...read more


  Cover Art: Monkey See Look at Me! Siminovich, Lorena
Monkey See Look at Me!
Easy Picture Book
added Jul 15, 2014
Tips for sharing: This book has a great message: celebrate your special gifts! Each animal featured in the story has a special skill, and while the monkey tries to copy those skills, nobody can do them as well as the a...read more


  Cover Art: Spork Maclear, Kyo
Spork
Easy Picture Book
added Jun 26, 2014
Tips for sharing: Even though Spork has a loving spoon-mom and fork-dad, it is clear that he is different from all the rest. Sure, there are a few families that com...read more


  Cover Art: Calvin Can't Fly : the Story of a Bookworm Birdie Berne, Jennifer.
Calvin Can't Fly : the Story of a Bookworm Birdie
Easy Picture Book
added Jun 2, 2014
Tips for sharing: While the other birds in his family are taking flying lessons Calvin is spending time at the library. He is teased by his family until one day knowledge he gained reading says the day! Calvin’s ...read more


  Cover Art: Elephant's Story Pearson, Tracey Campbell
Elephant's Story
Easy Picture Book
added May 28, 2014
Tips for sharing: When Gracie’s friend Elephant finds her favorite book, he sniffs and the words go up his trunk!  What follows is a delightful tale of animals wanting to play with the letters, while elephan...read more


  Cover Art: Some Bugs DiTerlizzi, Angela
Some Bugs
Easy Picture Book
added May 27, 2014
Tips for sharing: With chirpy rhyme and vivid colors, this book will inspire you to explore the outdoors together.  Packed with action verbs, the rhythmic verse invites readers and listeners alike to chant along: ...read more


  Cover Art: Solomon Crocodile Rayner, Catherine
Solomon Crocodile
Easy Picture Book
added May 6, 2014
Tips for sharing: With a catchy, gold-splattered design, Solomon Crocodile’s giant, toothy smile on the book cover suggests that impishness will be found inside… Rich with vocabulary-building opportunities...read more


  Cover Art: Copycat Bear! Sandall, Ellie
Copycat Bear!
Easy Picture Book
added Apr 30, 2014
Tips for sharing: Blue the bear and Mango the bird are the best of friends, going absolutely everywhere together.  But with that comes some slightly unwelcome behavior: copying. At first, this seems harmless and e...read more


  Cover Art: When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky : Two Artists Their Ballet and One Extraordinary Riot Stringer, Lauren
When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky : Two Artists Their Ballet and One Extraordinary Riot
Easy Nonfiction Book
added Apr 22, 2014
Tips for sharing: What will we play about? “When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky” tells the true ...read more


  Cover Art: And Red Galoshes Millard, Glenda.
And Red Galoshes
Easy Picture Book
added Apr 14, 2014
Tips for sharing: How often have you heard “I’m bored!” on a rainy day? Well, “And Red Galoshes” by Gelnda Millard has the remedy! In...read more


  Cover Art: Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes : and other Tricky Tongue Twisters Cleary, Brian P.
Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes : and other Tricky Tongue Twisters
Easy Nonfiction Book
added Apr 9, 2014
Tips for sharing: “Say it ten times fast!” This book of tongue twisters is fun for all ages. Each page includes a unique tongue tying story. Say it fast, say it slow; either way is tricky, though simple eno...read more


  Cover Art: Animal ABC Pfister, Marcus
Animal ABC
Easy Nonfiction Book
added Apr 1, 2014
Tips for sharing: Here’s a smartly-designed alphabet book that works just as well with a big group as one-on-one. The straightforward layout is perfect for readers just learning their letters: we have the capital...read more


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