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1. Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty



Iggy Peck is a boy who's obsessed with designing and creating structures. He's shown making buildings out of anything that he can get his hands on: dirt, fruit, pancakes, modeling clay etc. Until one day his teacher has had enough and bans Iggy from mentioning anything about architecture. The class then goes on a picnic field trip to a little island. The bridge collapses and traps them on the island. Iggy comes to the rescue, organizes the class in building a new bridge from found objects. Because Iggy saved the day he's allowed from then on to give the class lectures on architecture. The illustrations by David Roberts are fun with each child having a unique look and the structures that Iggy builds are playful. The rhyming text has a fun, bouncy quality that will keep kids interest in a topic that could otherwise be a bit dry.

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2. The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall




This is a cute book centering around a little boy who's told his parents are expecting a baby. In their morning rush, the parents don't have time to explain further. Then the boy spends the day asking his neighbor, teacher, grandpa and mailman "Where do babies come from?" Each person has a different answer and by the end of the day he's truly confused. All is cleared up by his parents at the conclusion of the book (with some factual information on another page). The illustrations by Sophie Blackall are sweet, subtle and just right for the topic.

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3. Catch that Cookie!


Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt!
Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can't wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it's time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they're gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic. Catch That Cookie! is an imaginative mystery, deliciously illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Small. It's sure to inspire a new classroom tradition . . . and maybe even a few new believers!

Also try:
The Eleventh Hour
Wolfie the Bunny
The Gingerbread Bear
Senorita Gordita
The Gingerbread Boy
Gingerbread Cowboy

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4. Telephone

It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads. -From the Publisher

If you enjoyed this, you might also like:
Yo! Yes?
Wish, Change, Friend
What do you do with an idea?
Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo
The Book with No Pictures




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5. Flora and the Penguin

Flora and the Penguin

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.-From the Publisher

If you like this, you might enjoy:
Flora and the Flamingo
Sam and Dave dig a Hole
The Farmer and the Clown
Telephone
Hug Machine

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6. When We Go Walking by Cari Best



A little girl goes walking with her family and discovers treasures all through the seasons. As they walk, the girl wonders where her treasures came from and her parents ask: do you really need that?  Finally, when it gets too cold out to walk, she surprises her family with artwork made from her collection. The collage style of the images is well-suited to the topic with bits and bobs of things discovered on each page. Overall, it's a pleasant "stroll" of a book for kids pre-k and up.

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7. Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio



Gaston is a French bulldog who lives with a family of poodles: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo and Ooh-La-La. He tries his best to fit in, being precious and delicate like his siblings. One day at the park Mrs. Poodle meets another pup family of mostly bulldogs and one poodle, Antoinette. After playing, Gaston and Antoinette switch places and go home with their new, supposedly correct pup family. It doesn't feel right: Gaston isn't as rough and tumble as the other bulldogs and Antoinette is not as delicate as the other poodles. The next day the pups switch back, but keep visiting each other at the park. Eventually, Gaston and Antoinette go on to have a family of their own, teaching them "to be whatever they wanted to be." The colorful, simple artwork and fun names for the dogs will keep most kids entertained by this pup tale.

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8. The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett



This is a wordless picture book that nonetheless manages to impart a lovely message about sharing. A girl walking with her little brother, sees a bike in a store window which she must have. The girl goes home and promptly gets busy, looking for loose change around the house and doing chores for the neighbor. When she finally gets enough money (months later) she looks in the window and the bike is gone. The girl buys a tricycle for her brother instead. There's a happy ending for her, which is sweet but not overly preachy. The illustrations have a vintage feel, done in tones of sepia and the bicycle in green. The overall effect is simple and understandable for a variety of ages.

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9. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig



This is a picture book which has a message, but is written in such a way that it doesn't feel preachy. Brian, a young elementary school boy is quiet; so quiet he's invisible. Other children and the teacher ignore him when teams are chosen or hands are raised. He draws when his classmates read or play board games. Things change for Brian when a new boy joins the class. The new boy Justin, appears to be a different ethnicity than the other classmates and is looked upon strangely at first. Being outsiders, Justin and Brian make friends and soon a third friend is included. Toward the end of the book, the three boys work on a project together that cements their friendship. Patrice Barton's illustrations show Brian faintly in the beginning and gain some color when he makes friends. At the end of the book, there's a reference page with further reading for children and adults about friendship and introversion.

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10. Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton


 "Shh! We Have a Plan" revolves around four friends going into the woods to capture a bird. The smallest (or youngest) friend has another idea, however. He just wants to talk to the bird: "hello birdie". After several attempts, the youngest succeeds and draws a whole forest of red-hued birds to him.  A large angry bird chases them off when the friends again attempt to capture a bird. At the end, the youngest points out a squirrel and they're off and running again. Younger readers will appreciate this book's slapstick humor, simple art and minimal text.

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11. This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne




This is a clever little picture book where the gutter of the book "eats" various items starting with Bella's dog. Soon the gutter starts swallowing the fire truck,  dog rescue truck and Bella also. The girl tosses a note out of the gutter asking the reader to help by shaking the book. Finally, the entire crew of helpers, the girl and and her dog fall out of the gutter. The book's premise sounds scary for little ones, but the drawings are whimsical and with the reader's help it becomes a funny, interactive story.

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12. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett





This is a sweet tale about a girl who finds a box of yarn and proceeds to knit for all the townsfolk. An evil archduke covets her box of yarn and steals it, only to find out that the box is empty. He curses the girl, but she gets the box back and continues to knit. There's a message to the story: it's the kindness of the girl's heart that enables her to knit with no yarn. The message is subtle though, and doesn't overwhelm the whimsy of the story. The illustrator, Jon Klassen, even includes his bear from I Want My Hat Back (wearing a sweater). Extra Yarn is a simple story with illustrations that give the book an instant classic feel.

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13. Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty




Madame Chapeau lives in what seems to be Paris and makes hats for other people. Madame herself is a sad eyed, but fashionable young woman. Every year on a special day she goes out in her finest hat and matching outfit. But this year things go wrong and she loses her hat to a bird. The rest of the story is about Madame Chapeau looking for her hat while others offer theirs. She refuses their kind offers until a girl gives her a hat she knit specially for her.
The clever rhyming and unique illustrations make this a great book, particularly for kids who like fashion.

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14. Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul




If you like dogs, even mischievous ones, you'll enjoy Bad Dog Flash. Ruth Paul captures the energy of a young dog getting into trouble all throughout the house. Flash eats shoes, chases the cat, tracks mud into the house and shreds the laundry among other things; all the while maintaining a look of innocence.The text is easy for the little ones and the illustrations are soft and sweet. In the end, Flash is forgiven by the little girl who loves him.

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15. Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt


This is an adorable celebration of books for the little ones. Babies and toddlers are everywhere and so are books. The simple text shows children in what ways and where you can enjoy books: on sunny days, rainy days, in scary ways and funny ways. Though the text is simple, the illustrations are charming and fill out the sparse text. Lots of color and little details (like a mouse hiding on each page) are fun for kids to play search and find.

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16. Froodle by Antoinette Portis


Froodle is a funny book, with lots of silly words for kids to say aloud. The story begins with a normal neighborhood filled with animals making normal sounds, bark, coo, cheep etc. Then a little brown sparrow decides to say something besides peep. Soon all the birds except for crow are saying weird things. Crow is not amused. Finally, he comes around and says, "Wuppy!" then the cats and dogs join in. It's verbal mayhem! Lots of puns (which will amuse the adults), simple pictures and fun words keep the story going in this book about a not-so-normal neighborhood.

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17. Draw! by Raul Colon



This is a wordless picture book which is full of adventure. A boy drawing in his bed imagines himself on a safari and soon he is on the savannah with the animals. He has lunch with the zebras, rides on an elephant, shares his bread with monkeys and is chased by rhinos. Finally he draws himself back to his room, sketching his way across the savannah. At the end, he's at school showing his art to his classmates. To help differentiate between  the imagined scenes and the "actual" scenes, Mr. Colon uses different techniques: colored pencil for the imagined and ink/watercolor for the realistic scenes. As with most kids, the imagined world is more lush and vivid than the real one.

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18. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd



This is a simple but cute picture book for younger children. The whole book is wordless and takes place at night. It features a boy who's camping near the woods and decides to go on a walk with his flashlight. The beam from the flashlight reveals the hidden world of night to the boy. Other select parts of the woods are lit as well: birch trees, luna moths and june bugs. The moon rises and offers another source of light. Interspersed are cut-out shapes offering glimpses of critters in trees and ponds. At the end, the animals get to use the flashlight and have fun shining it on the boy. A unique and fun picture book!

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19. Journey by Aaron Becker



This is a beautifully illustrated story which is told without words. A lonely girl finds a red crayon and uses it to draw a door into an adventure. The scenery is in subtle monochrome while the magic elements appear in red or purple: the boat, the balloon, the bird and the magic carpet. This quiet and cinematic book was a 2014 Caldecott honor book.

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20. Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle

This is a great book for a picky eater. Nacho is very picky, he only wants to eat one thing; Gazpacho.  When he learns to cook the soup on his own he realizes how many yummy things there are to try.  The story is told in a rhyming mix of Spanish and English.

Also Try:
When Christmas Feels Like Home by Gretchen Griffith
Friends by Eric Carle


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21. Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas is the continuation of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Mr. McGreely just can't get away from the bunnies that ate his garden. They follow him on his vacation. Eventually he gives in and realizes that they can be friends and have fun together.

Also Try:
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming
Just Ducks by Nicola Davies
Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

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22. Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Tulip Loves Rex is about a little girl who is a bit different, she loves to dance so much that it's just about all she does.  One day she meets a dog who loves to dance just as much as she does.  This is a cute book that is sure to delight any little dancer or dog lover.

Also Try:
Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd
A Bunny in the Ballet by Robert Beck
Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson


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23. Stella's Starliner by rosemary Wells

Stella's Starliner is charming, as are all of Rosemary Wells' books.  Stella lives in her silver home and is happy there until some weasels tease her about it.  Eventually Stella comes to realize that her home is wonderful and she shouldn't worry what others say.  Older kids will understand the simple lesson this book teaches; younger kids will love the sweet story and Wells' illustrations.

Also Try:
Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden
Sparky by Jennifer Offill
Shoe dog by Megan McDonald

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24. Nest by Jorey Hurley

Using just one word on each page, Nest tells the story of a bird family and what their life is like.  The illustrations are simple, yet there is enough there to expand on the one word per page.  The birds are shown during all the seasons, and all of the times of day, which makes the story easy for any child to relate to. 

Also Try:
Baby Bear by Kadil Nelson
And Then it's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Birds by Kevin Henkes

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25. Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey




Bluebird is a beautiful and unusually illustrated children's book. The illustrations are done in a sparse, yet delicate style with the bluebird being one of a few featured colors on each page. The occasional flowery typeface and the collaged images add a touch of whimsy to the whole look. The bluebird is in search of his friend the wind, without whom he's convinced he can't fly. He looks high and low around the city and country encountering dandelion seeds, kites and scarves who also can't fly without the wind. In his search, he realizes that he's flown to the tallest building without his friend the wind. At the end of the book his friend returns, but the bluebird now knows he can also fly alone.

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