Picture books aren’t just for young kids…They’re companions for our children, and they’re powerful tools that we can use to connect with our kids. In this new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, the whole RAR team gathers to chat up our favorite picture books (and how we use them).

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • more giggling than usual. (Ahem. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
  • Kara liken a particular picture book with a big bowl of macaroni-and-cheese
  • and SO many books reccomendations!

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Episode 45
Hello Ninja

Hello Ninja

FROM SARAH

A silly, lighthearted board book this is sure to get your little one giggling.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Are you longing for adventure? Mischief? What about sandwiches?

Tag along with one sneaky ninja who is happy to share his busy day (but not his lunch) with curious kids everywhere in this rhyming picture book perfect for fans of The Three Ninja Pigs and 10 Little Ninjas.

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Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla

FROM SARAH

Follow the zoo’s night watchman as he tucks in all the animals for the night. But, uh-oh...did that gorilla just nab his keys?

FROM THE PUBLISHER

It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

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Yummy Yucky (Leslie Patricelli board books)

Yummy Yucky (Leslie Patricelli board books)

FROM SARAH

Funny and down-to-earth, your child may very likely read this one to you after you've read it together once or twice!

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Learning about opposites has never been more fun — or funny — than with this winning board book. Yummy!

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Each Peach Pear Plum board book

Each Peach Pear Plum board book

$6.99

FROM SARAH

A fun combination of Mother Goose and I Spy, this book is one your child won't tire of hearing you read time and time again.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo! Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character.

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Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat

$5.99

FROM SARAH

This board book is a silly good time...and kids will love the “oops!” moments.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic.

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The New Way Things Work

The New Way Things Work

FROM SARAH

The updated and expanded version of the awesome original, this book can absorb a child for hours as they learn - you guessed it - how stuff works, from jackhammers to digital cameras.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

From levers to lasers, from cameras to computers, this 384-page volume is a remarkable overview of the machines and inventions that shape our lives, amusingly presented with a large dose of Macaulay's wit and personality.

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Sal goes blueberry picking with mama, but it turns out a mama bear and baby bear had the same idea. Wait - will the right babies go home with the right mamas?

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The Seven Silly Eaters

The Seven Silly Eaters

$7.99

FROM SARAH

As each new child arrives in the family, the family food requests get more and more complicated, and Mrs. Peters finds herself accommodating more and more tricky appetites. But when her birthday comes, so does a surprise.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Peter wants only milk, Lucy won’t settle for anything but homemade lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the household brings a new demand for a special meal. What’s a mother to do?

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Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Easily among my all-time favorites. The story of little Alice, whose grandfather invites her to travel the globe, come home to the salty sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. Listen to my special edition podcast episode about the author.

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Owl Moon

Owl Moon

FROM SARAH

Everything Jane Yolen writes has a touch of magic to it, including this simple story about a girl and her father going “owling.” A beautiful tale to warm your winter.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world.

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Roxaboxen

Roxaboxen

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Illustrated by Barbara Cooney (Miss Rumphius), Roxaboxen is a special place where games like playing house magically come to life.

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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

$7.99

‘What will you wear in the morning?’ asks Jesse’s mama. Enjoy the sweet verse while teaching little ones about daily rhythms!

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Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep

FROM SARAH

Silly sound-effects and and sheep hijinks make this series a favorite among pre-schoolers!

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Out for a drive in the country, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple's well-known and beloved sheep run into some mishaps with their sturdy red jeep.

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)

$7.99

Such a fun book! A little girl travels the globe looking for the perfect ingredients to make an apple pie. Cute for geography or a unit study!

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The Mitten

The Mitten

From the wonderful Jan Brett, Nicki’s grandmother knits him a mitten that soon gets lost in the snow, but becomes a warm, expanding home for many animals. The preview drawings will enchant kids and help them guess what’s coming next!

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Press Here

Press Here

Pressing in the dot is the start of a journey. Interactive reading at its best!

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Boxes for Katje

Boxes for Katje

$17.99

*Description from Amazon: Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinaryAfter World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning when the tulips ...

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All the World’s a Stage

All the World’s a Stage

$15.99

**Description from Amazon: This is young William, His mind all ablaze, Who stays up all night Writing poems and plays.And this is a book, unforgettable and wise, that applauds inspiration, creation, story, and the world and works of William Shakespeare.Illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Anita Lobel, All the World's a Stage...

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Animalium: Welcome to the Museum

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum

$35.00
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**Description from Amazon: Animalium presents the animal kingdom in glorious detail with illustrations from Katie Scott, an unparalleled new talent.Welcome to the Museum is a series of books set on the "walls" of the printed page, showcasing the world’s finest collections of objects — from natural history to art. Open 365...

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The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

FROM THE PUBLISHER

The Mary Celeste was discovered adrift on the open sea by another ship in 1872 -- with no sign of captain or crew. What happened? Did the crew mutiny? Were they attacked by pirates? Caught in a storm? No one ever found out. Inside this book are the clues that were left behind ...

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The Story About Ping

The Story About Ping

**Description from Amazon: One of the most popular picture books for children, The Story About Ping is the adventure of a young duck in search of home.

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Winter Days in the Big Woods (My First Little House Books)

Winter Days in the Big Woods (My First Little House Books)

$6.99

**Description from Amazon: Laura helps Ma and Pa make the little log cabin snug and cozy for the snowy days ahead. 1994 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)

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Maps

Maps

$35.00

**Description from Amazon: Travel the world without leaving your living room.This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent p...

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Grace for President

Grace for President

$16.99

**Description from Amazon: "Where are the girls?" When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election! Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduct...

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Vote!

Vote!

**Description from Amazon: Using a town’s mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process, from the start of the campaign all the way to the voting booth. There’s even a recount! The cast of characters includes two dogs (and a cat), whose questions and comments mirror those...

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

$16.99
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**Description from Amazon: A playful peek into the homes of dinosaur babies and their parents at bedtime. 'How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?' Most certainly not! Dinosaurs give their mums and dads big h...

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The Hat

The Hat

**Description from Amazon: When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles -- and the fun begins.A mother hen comes by, then a noisy goose, a talkative barn cat, a playful farm dog, a mama pig and her piglets, a...

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A Farmer Boy Birthday (My First Little House Books)

A Farmer Boy Birthday (My First Little House Books)

$15.89

**Description from Amazon: It's Almanzo's birthday, and he spends the day on the Wilder farm learning to train his two little calves and flying down the hill on his birthday sled.

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Beauty and the Beast by Brett, Jan [Putnam Juvenile,2011] (Hardcover)

Beauty and the Beast by Brett, Jan [Putnam Juvenile,2011] (Hardcover)

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**Description from Amazon: Beauty and the Beast by Brett, Jan. Published by Putnam Juvenile,2011, Binding: Hardcover

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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Meet the animals of Maple Hill Farm and learn about their antics as they bring joy, laughter, and life to the people who live in a house that needs painting at the end of a road full of holes.

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Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport)

Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport)

$18.95

**Description from Amazon: Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. "Ask someone poor or lonely," she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother's favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn'...

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Curious George Complete Adventures: 70th Anniversary Edition

Curious George Complete Adventures: 70th Anniversary Edition

**Description from Amazon: “This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, and always very curious.” With these words, H. A. and Margret Rey introduced the world to Curious George in 1941, and the world has loved him ever since. The tales of this cheerful and resilient little hero have kept generations o...

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (picture book edition) (Chronicles of Narnia)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (picture book edition) (Chronicles of Narnia)

$16.99

**Description from Amazon: A picture book retelling of C. S. Lewis's classic story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for the youngest fans! Introduce them to the magic of Narnia with this picture book featuring illustrations by Tudor Humphries.Now younger children can share the magical experience, entering into a world o...

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Emily

Emily

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: A young girl who lives across the street from the reclusive Emily Dickinson gets her chance to meet the poet when her mother is invited to play the piano for Emily. The girl sneaks up to Emily's room and exchanges a small gift for an authentic poem, which is included in the book.

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Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury (I Can Read Level 2)

Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury (I Can Read Level 2)

$11.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Celebrate the power of friendship with all four of the beloved Frog and Toad I Can Read stories by Arnold Lobel—now in one volume! This treasury includes the complete art and text from four classics: Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad.

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Jamberry

Jamberry

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A small boy and a big friendly bear embark on a berry-picking extravaganza. Their fun adventure comes to a razzamatazz finale under a starberry sky. A perfectly delicious read-aloud.

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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

One snowy afternoon, Annabelle finds a box filled with yarn of every color. She begins to knit... but the yarn never runs out. Your kids can meet author Mac Barnett or illustrator Jon Klassen in Author Access at RAR Premium.

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The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

**Description from Amazon: The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon! Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used f...

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The Book with No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

**Description from Amazon: A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to ...

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No No Yes Yes (Leslie Patricelli board books)

No No Yes Yes (Leslie Patricelli board books)

**Description from Amazon: Yanking cat by tail: no NO. Gentle pat on back: yes YES. And it’s funny how dumping a bowl of food gets a very different reaction from mastering the use of a spoon. An expressive baby demonstrates familiar behaviors — and their predictable responses — in an amusing toddler-friendly offering th...

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Toot (Leslie Patricelli board books)

Toot (Leslie Patricelli board books)

**Description from Amazon: A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns. Everybody does it: Kitty, Doggie, Daddy — even Mommy! And when Leslie Patricelli’s beloved bald baby does it while running, it sounds like a train. This frank and very funny look at...

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Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book

Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: The original, bestselling Good Dog, Carl is now a board book. This classic, wordless story will find a new audience in a chunky board format which includes the complete story and the original full-color illustrations. Children follow with delight as Carl leads his infant mistress on a wild adventure...

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Hug

Hug

$6.99

**Description from Amazon: "Alborough's simplicity results in another gem." —School Library JournalBobo needs a hug. But his friends don't seem to understand. "Hug," he implores, time and again. Time and again his puzzled pals—from the smallest chameleon to the tallest giraffe—shrug and cuddle with their jungle mothers....

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The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection

The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection

$19.99

**Description from Amazon: “Mr. Galdone . . . had a knack for communicating humor through the eyes of his characters, whether he was drawing an overconfident wolf ogling a clever pig or a mouse in raptures at the scent of a freshly baked cake.”—Wall Street Journal This wonderful library includes four classic stories, a...

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Owen (Caldecott Honor Book)

Owen (Caldecott Honor Book)

$16.99

**Description from Amazon: Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go," said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen't mother knew just w...

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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

**Description from Amazon: Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. Chrysanthemum thinks he...

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)

**Description from Amazon: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the award-winning If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, from the #1 New York Times bestselling team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.This book is a great first introduction to Mouse, the star of the If You Give series a...

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. This one is full of surprises! Your kids can get to know both the author and the illustrator in the Author Access replays in RAR Premium.

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