Great Books for Toddlers

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Learn all about opposites with a cast of adorable babies.

Arena, Jen, author.

In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

Asim, Jabari, 1962- author.

Takes a loving look at knees from the vantage point of a mother's lap.

Brown-Wood, JaNay, author.

In rhyming text, when the whole family and guests show up for the big dinner at Grandma's house, it becomes clear that the house is much too small to hold them all.

Burach, Ross, author, illustrator.

Bear, penguin, and toucan are just some of the ten animals who are wearing their tutus today.

Dickson, Irene, author, illustrator.

There are SO many things you can do with a stick. You can throw it for your dog, balance with it, float it down a stream, draw pictures in the sand and it will even help you make new friends! All it takes is a good, useful stick and a bit of creativity.

Flyte, Min, author.

When four toddlers find some toys in cardboard boxes, they play with them for a while. But, before long, the friends' interest in the toys wanes and their attention turns to the boxes themselves. What could they do with SO many boxes, they wonder?

Gee, Kimberly, author, illustrator.

Bear is very angry that he has to leave the park, but after taking a deep breath he learns to let it go.

Gomi, Tarō, author, illustrator.

Yumi and her grandmother really want to see each other, but when they both set out from their homes at the same time they keep missing each other.

Grimes, Nikki, author.

A beloved and very sleepy little boy resists his mother's efforts to put him to bed.

Henkes, Kevin, author, illustrator.

Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce such basic concepts as adjectives, adverbs, daytime, and nighttime as they follow five elephants marching from dawn to dusk.

Narh, Samuel, author.

"As the seasons turn, Maisie rides her bull in and out of Dada's tall tales. Her Mama wears linen and plays the viola. Her Dada wears kente cloth and plays the marimba.They come from different places, but they hug her in the same way. And most of all, they love her just the same. A joyful celebration of a mixed-race family and the love that binds us all together."--Provided by publishers.

Pinkney, J. Brian, author, illustrator.

Carter gets a truck instead of a much wanted puppy, but he soon discovers his new toy is just as fun and rascally as a pet.

Stutson, Caroline, author.

Illustrations and rhyming text follow a young girl and her father as they share a busy day at the park before returning to their fourth-floor apartment.

Tahe, Rose Ann, author.

A Navajo family welcomes a new baby into the family with love and ceremony, eagerly waiting for that first special laugh. Includes brief description of birth customs in different cultures.

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