Illustrated by Rebecca Evans
Baby shares an eventful day with her parents and big brother. Follow along as they visit buildings (big and small) and meet new people (some short, some tall). This simple rhyming story is perfect for little learners discovering the world.
Kirkus Reviews says, "Toddlers will easily recognize and relate to this readable snapshot of a typical day's activities. A sure winner for multiple readings day after day."
Applesauce Is Fun to Wear
Illustrated by Jane Massey
What's more fun than eating your food? Wearing it, and toddlers are especially talented at that. This adorable picture book features a diverse cast of babies making a delightful mess at mealtime.
"In a silly, rollicking rhyme, Day explores the many ways that highchair-time can go awry…but the unbridled joy of messiness shines through. Dive into the spaghetti with gusto." ― Kirkus
Illustrated by Michael Emberley
Endearing rhyming text highlights the developmental milestones babies encounter before their first birthday–crying, smiling, eating, teething,rolling, crawling, walking, and talking.
Kirkus says: From the first, Day's verse has the appeal and feel of an original nursery rhyme: "First cry. / First meal. / First burp. / Warm feel." Emberley's accompanying pencil-and-digital illustrations are gorgeously human in their depictions of parents caring for their babies….An excellent first book for baby—and parents, too.
Pirate Jack Gets Dressed
Illustrated by Allison Black
In this colorful yarrrn, jaunty Pirate Jack narrates as he puts on his pirate gear, piece by piece.
Illustrated by Cornelius Wright
Waking up. Hooray, hooray!
This will be a special day.
Pack some water, hats for shade.
We are off to the hoorade!
Enjoy a young girl's experience of her small, diverse community's Fourth of July parade with her family.
Reviewers say: A perfect read aloud for the 4th of July
What in the World? Numbers in Nature
Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
What in the World comes one by one?
A nose. A mouth.
The moon. The sun.
Discover the wonders that come two by two through ten by ten–and beyond.
"The numerical nature of nature forms the basis of this elegant rhymed counting book, which calls attention to orderly patterns all around us."–New York Times Book Review
Way Down Below Deep
Illustrated by David Sheldon
Face a giant squid, look a fangtooth in its terrifying mouth, and meet a vampire squid that is not after blood. See tiny worms that munch on whale bones, and greet a grazing herd of sea cucumbers. The author has spun careful research into rollicking rhyme, and the illustrator has captured the mystery of this place and its creatures.
Booklist calls the information "consistently startling" and the illustrations "luminous….an eye-opening offering."
A is for Alliguitar
Illustrated by Herb Leonard
A wacky safari that is sure to strike a chord with kids! For each letter of the alphabet, this clever book of rhymes presents a cross between an animal and a musical instrument. From newtubas and mandolions to drumonkeys and pigolos, kids will have a blast during this musical safari. Zany illustrations accompany each creation.
"A fun read-aloud…and creative alternative to the standard ABC.–School Library Journal
On a Windy Night
Illustrated by George Bates
This is a book about facing fears–a great read-aloud all year.
A boy walking home from trick-or-treating hears a voice that grows louder as he runs faster–"Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours–if you look back." He thinks he sees dancing skeletons, a dead head, and a hairy monster, but what are they really?
"There's enough Halloween fright to satisfy adventurous young readers, and a comforting ending for those with jangled nerves." —Publishers Weekly
Flamingo's First Christmas
Illustrated by Fiona Robinson
This young Miami flamingo is determined to find out what Christmas is all about. After he gets run over by shoppers, brushed aside by a busy Santa, and tangled up in an elegant hotel Christmas tree, can he find a place in a live Nativity play?
"The novice's viewpoint brings comic perspective to the holiday…. Robinson's tall oil paintings emphasize Flamingo's lanky legs—and all the good-natured silliness of the book's scenario." —Publisher's Weekly
Double Those Wheels
Illustrated by Steve Haskamp
"One lone wheel comes wobbling though. Double that wheel and you've got…two!" In this rhyming romp, a monkey sets off to make a special delivery by unicycle. Mishaps lead him to move on to a bicycle, car, trucks, car carrier, and finally a 64-wheel train, but he finally arrives at a birthday party in a hot air balloon.
"Whether admiring the ingenuity of the monkey, memorizing the snappy rhymes or mastering a new math concept, children will find this book a joy." —Publishers Weekly
Piecing Earth and Sky Together
Illustrated by Genna Panzarella
In this myth from the Mien people of Laos, two siblings create earth and sky with needle and thread. At first, they compete, embroidering in secret. However, when the brother's shimmering sky turns out to be too small for the sister's abundant earth, they must work together to find a solution.
"The book should be useful where creation myths are compared, where stitchery is valued, and where Southeast Asian stories are needed." —School Library Journal
"An intriguing presentation that should reach a wide audience." —Booklist
A Kitten's Year
Illustrated by Anne Mortimer
Peeking, pawing, and pouncing, a curious kitten spends its first year exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of its world. Poetic text and exquisite illustrations capture moments and movements as a kitten grows—month by month—into a cat.
"Clear, realistic pictures, bright colors, short text, and the concept presented make this a great book for read-alouds." —School Library Journal
The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale
Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi
A rare folktale about a good stepmother, this was a New York Times notable book of the year.
"Nancy Raines Day has told a wonderful story, with dignity and warmth."
—New York Times Book Review