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Where’s My Teddy?

Alborough, Jez

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When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.
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Happy Birthday, Moon

Asch, Frank

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When a bear discovers that the Moon shares his birthday, he buys the Moon a beautiful hat.
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Ten, Nine, Eight

Bang, Molly

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A father and daughter share special time together as they countdown to bedtime.
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Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Barrett, Judi

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Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt.
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The Three Bears

Barton, Byron

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While three bears are away from home, Goldilocks ventures inside their house, tastes their porridge, tries their chairs, and finally falls asleep in Baby Bear's bed.
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Madeline

Bemelmans, Ludwig

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Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.
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The End (Almost!)

Benton, Jim

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When Donut the bear is told his story is over and he has to leave, he employs trickery so the story can go on.
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Hello Lighthouse

Blackall, Sophie

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Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper.
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Stone Soup

Brown, Marcia

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When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.
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Goodnight Moon

Brown, Margaret Wise

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A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

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When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they find a new opportunity in a very surprising place.
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Stellaluna

Cannon, Janell

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After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Carle, Eric

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Follows the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Christelow, Eileen

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A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.
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Freight train

Crews, Donald

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Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Cronin, Doreen

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When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
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Are You My Mother?

Eastman, P.D.

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A little bird asks animals, planes, and boats, "Are you my mother?" until he finds his own mother.
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Feathers for Lunch

Ehlert, Lois

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An escaped housecat encounters twelve birds in the back yard but fails to catch any of them and has to eat feathers for lunch.
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Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Emberley, Ed

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Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.
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Olivia

Falconer, Ian

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Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.
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Bark, George

Feiffer, Jules

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George's mother is trying to teach him to bark like a dog, but he is making other sounds of other animals even though he is a dog.
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Ask Mr. Bear

Flack, Marjorie

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When he doesn't know what to give his mother for her birthday, a small boy asks all the animals for advice.
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Where is the Green Sheep?

Fox, Mem

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A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.
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Corduroy

Freeman, Don

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A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.
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The Three Little Pigs

Galdone, Paul

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Retells the fatal episodes in the lives of two foolish pigs and how the third pig managed to avoid the same pigfalls.
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Is Your Mama a Llama?

Guarino, Deborah

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A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
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Kitten’s First Full Moon

Henkes, Kevin

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When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
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Where's Spot?

Hill, Eric

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A mother dog finds eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals.
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Amazing Grace

Hoffman, Mary

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Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
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Angelina Ballerina

Holabird, Katherine

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A little mouse named Angelina wants to become a ballerina and loves to dance more than anything else in the world--including tidying her room, helping her mother, and getting to school on time.
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Rosie’s Walk

Hutchins, Pat

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Although unaware that a fox is after her as she takes a walk around the farmyard, Rosie the hen still manages to lead him into one accident after another.
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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Jenkins, Steve

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Looks at the ways in which different animals use their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.
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Harold and the Purple Crayon

Johnson, Crockett

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A small boy uses his crayon to draw the things he needs as he goes for a moonlight walk.
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The Hello, Goodbye Window

Juster, Norton

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A little girl tells about the special kitchen window at her beloved Nanny and Poppy's house from which a person can see anyone or anything coming and going.
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The Snowy Day

Keats, Ezra Jack

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The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Kennedy, Jimmy

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This decades-old song describes the teddy bears' grand picnic in the woods.
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The Caterpillar and the Polliwog

Kent, Jack

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Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.
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This is Not My Hat

Klassen, J.

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A little fish steals a big fish's hat and the big fish gets it back.
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The Carrot Seed

Krauss, Ruth

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Even when his family teases him, a little boy persists in his belief that a plant will grow from the seed he planted.
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The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro

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Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.
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Frog and Toad Are Friends

Lobel, Arnold

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Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends, Frog and Toad, who are always there for each other.
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Froggy Gets Dressed

London, Jonathan

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Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Martin, Bill

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Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Martin, Bill

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An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.
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Frog Goes to Dinner

Mayer, Mercer

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When a boy goes with his parents to a fancy restaurant, Frog cannot resist the temptation to stow away in an empty pocket in this wordless picture book.
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Guess How Much I Love You

McBratney, Sam

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During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
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Make Way for Ducklings

McCloskey, Robert

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Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
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Goin’ Someplace Special

McKissack, Pat

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In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.
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I Stink!

McMullan, Kate and Jim

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A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.
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Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away

Medina, Meg

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The bittersweet story of two girls who will always be each other’s número uno, even though one is moving away.
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Numeroff, Laura

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Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.
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Fancy Nancy

O’Connor, Jane

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A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night.
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The Little Engine that Could

Piper, Watty

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Although he is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Potter, Beatrix

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Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.
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Good Night, Gorilla

Rathmann, Peggy

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An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind.
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Curious George

Rey, H. A.

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The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.
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My Friend Rabbit

Rohmann, Eric

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Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Rosen, Michael

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Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
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Grandfather’s Journey

Say, Allen

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A Japanese-American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America, which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
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Cars and Trucks and Things that Go

Scarry, Richard

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On their way to the beach for a picnic the Pig family encounters almost every kind of transportation vehicle imaginable -- and imaginary.
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First the Egg

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro

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Die-cut pages show the transformations of various animals and objects, such as a seed to a flower, paint to a picture, and a caterpillar to a butterfly.
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Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak, Maurice

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When Max is sent to his room without supper for being wild, he travels to the land where the wild things are and becomes their king.
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The Cat in the Hat

Seuss, Dr.

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Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.
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Duck on a Bike

Shannon, David

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A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
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It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Shaw, Charles

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Even though the white picture looks different on every page, it is the last page that has the answer.
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The Stray Dog

Simont, Marc

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A family befriends a stray dog, names him Willy, and decides to keep him.
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Fire Truck

Sis, Peter

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Matt, who loves fire trucks, wakes up one morning to find that he has become a fire truck, with one driver, two ladders, three hoses, and ten boots.
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Caps for Sale

Slobodkina, Esphyr

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A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
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Bunny Cakes

Wells, Rosemary

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It's Grandma's birthday, and Max wants to makes an earthworm cake, but Ruby wants to make angel surprise cake.
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The Lady with the Alligator Purse

Westcott, Nadine Bernard

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The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.
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The Three Pigs

Wiesner, David

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The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Willems, Mo

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When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place.
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The Napping House

Wood, Audrey

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In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
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How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Yolen, Jane

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Parent and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.
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Owl Moon

Yolen, Jane

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On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
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Seven Blind Mice

Young, Ed

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In this retelling of an Indian fable, The Blind Men and the Elephant, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.
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Trashy Town

Zimmerman, Andrea

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Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.