*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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Pressing in the dot is the start of a journey. Interactive reading at its best!
Another animal-based tale from Jan Brett, this one about the relationships between animals in Africa.
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!
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!
A wonderful cyclical book to teach kids about days, months, and the changing seasons. The ox-cart man gathers goods to sell, and then uses his profits to begin again.
All the barnyard animals want to join Mr. Gumpy on his boat ride. He only has one request -- that they all get along … Splash!
Silly sound-effects and and sheep hijinks make this series a favorite among pre-schoolers!
‘Boil, boil, pasta pot -- boil me some pasta nice and hot!’ Strega Nona, Big Anthony and Bambalona work hard, but occasionally need just a little magic. (Lots of fun sequels too!)
‘What will you wear in the morning?’ asks Jesse’s mama. Enjoy the sweet verse while teaching little ones about daily rhythms!
A 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day is simple and beautiful. Explore the city as it is blanketed in snow. Perfect for winter, of course.
Just a perfect little picture book! A peddler has given up on selling his caps for the day when they disappear right off his head. The culprits? Monkeys! Rhyming rhythm makes this a favorite amongst little ones.
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney (Miss Rumphius), Roxaboxen is a special place where games like playing house magically come to life.
Another classic from Robert McCloskey! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are searching for the perfect place to raise their family. Will they find a place to call home?
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.
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.
Finally, a homeschooling book! From the wonderful Jonathan Bean, who did an author event with us, a peek inside his own childhood home and school. Look carefully at the illustrations for some fun surprises.
This series of classic folks tales (including familiar favorites like Jack and the Beanstalk and Little red Riding Hood) is beautifully illustrated and a wonderful way to introduce kids to these beloved tales.
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.
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?
Late one night, department store bear Corduroy sets out on an quest for his missing button. But will the store be his home forever? (One of School Library Journals Top Picture Books of All Time.)