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(These books have been selected by the Staff of the Sibley Public Library to foster reading readiness and a lifelong love of books.  These books were selected for their content, illustrations, writing quality and treatment of early childhood concept and themes.  This list will introduce the reader to authors, illustrators and characters of note in the children’s literature field.  One of the most important things you can do for your child is READ! READ! READ!)


Aardema, Verna - Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Akass, Susan-  Number Nine Duckling
Alborough, Jez - Fix-It Duck
Allard, Harry - Miss Nelson is Missing!
Arnosky, Jim - All Night Near the WaterBook Worm
Asch, Frank - Any "Moonbear" title
Aylesworth, Jim - Old Black Fly
Bang, Molly - Ten, Nine, Eight
Bemelmans, Ludwig - Madeline
Berenstain, Stan & Jan - Any "Berenstain Bear" title
Bourgeois Paulette - Any "Franklin" title
Brett, Jan - The Mitten
Bridwell, Norman - Clifford the Big Red Dog
Briggs, Raymond - The Snowman
Brown, Marc - Any "Arthur" title
Brown, Margaret Wise - Goodnight Moon
     The Runaway Bunny
Brunhoff, Laurent de - Any "Babar" title
Burton, Virginia Lee - The Little House
Carle, Eric - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Carlstrom, Nancy - Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Child, Lauren - Any "Charlie and Lola" title
Christelow, Eileen- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Crews, Donald - Freight Train
Cronin, Doreen - Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Curtis, Jamie Lee - Today I Feel Silly
Day, Alexandra - Any "Carl" title
dePaola, Tomie - Strega Nona: Her Story
Diesen, Deborah-The Pout-Pout Fish
Dodd, Emma - Dog's Colorful Day
Dunrea, Oliver - Any "Ollie, Gossie or Gertie" books
Ehlert, Lois - Feathers for Lunch
Emberley, Barbara: ill. - Drummer Hoff
Emberley, Rebecca-There Was An Old Monster!
Fleming, Denise - Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Fox, Mem - Where is the Green Sheep?
Freeman, Don - Corduroy
Galdone, Paul - Any fairy tale written by him
Guarino, Deborah - Is Your Mama a Llama?
Henkes, Kevin - Chrysanthemum
Hest, Amy - Any "Baby Duck" title
Hill, Eric - Any "Spot" title
Hoban, Tana - Of Colors and Things
Hoberman, Mary Ann-There Once Was A Man Named Michael Finnegan
Horajcek, Petr - Silly Suzy Goose
Hutchins, Pat - You'll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch
Hyman, Trina Schart - Any fairy tale she illustrated
Jenkins, Steve - Move!
Johnson, Crockett - Harold and the Purple Crayon
Keats, Ezra Jack - The Snowy Day
Kellogg, Steven - Any "Pinkerton" title
Kingsbury, Karen - Let Me Hold You Longer
Kirk, David - Any "Miss Spider" title
Krauss, Ruth - The Carrot Seed
Langstaff, John - Over in the Meadow
Levine, Ellen-  Henry's Freedom Box
Lionni, Leo - Swimmy
London, Jonathan - Any "Froggy" book
Marshall, James - Any "George & Martha" title
Martin, Bill, Jr. - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Mayer, Mercer - Any "Little Critter" title
McBratney, Sam - Guess How Much I Love You
    I Love it When You Smile
McCloskey, Robert - Blueberries for Sal
Meddaugh, Susan - Any "Martha" book
Melling, David - The Kiss That Missed
Noble, Trinka Hakes - The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Numeroff, Laura - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Nursery Rhymes - Any Collection
Otoshi, Kathryn- One
Penn, Audrey - The Kissing Hand
Piper, Watty - The Little Engine That Could
Portis, Antoinette - Not a Box
Potter, Beatrix - The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Raffi - Any title
Raschka, Chris - Yo!Yes?
Rey, H.A. - Any Curious George Title
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse-Duck! Rabbit!
Scieszka, Jon - The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro - One Boy
Sendak, Maurice - Where the Wild Things Are
Seuss, Dr. - The Cat  in the Hat
    Green Eggs and Ham,The Lorax
Shannon, David - Duck on a Bike
Shaw, Nancy - Sheep in a Jeep
Shea, Bob- Dinosaur vs Bedtime
Silverstein, Shel - The Giving Tree
Slobodkin, Esphyr - Caps for Sale
Steig, William - Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Sturges, Philemon -  Waggers
Takack, Simm - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Trapani, Iza - Any title
Van Alsburg, Chris - The Polar Express
Viorst, Judith - Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good,
    Very Bad Day
Waber, Bernard - Ira Sleeps Over
Waddell, Martin - Owl Babies
Wiesner, David - Tuesday
Wells, Rosemary - Any "Max" title
Westcott, Nadine Bernard - I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Willems, Mo- Knuffle Bunny
      Any Elephant & Piggie title
Williams, Vera B. - A Chair for My Mother
     "More, More, More," Said the Baby
Wilson, Karma-Bear's New Friend
Wood, Audrey - King Bidgood's In The Bathtub
Yolen, Jane- How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
Zion, Gene - Harry the Dirty Dog
Zolotow, Charlotte - I Like to be Little
     William's Doll


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