Picture Book Lists (PreK-Gr2)
Barton, Byron – My Bus, My Car, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, and others
Butler, John – Can You Growl Like a Bear and Who Says Woof? and others
Cabrera, Jane – Wheels on the Bus and others
Carle, Eric – From Head to Toe, Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc.
Clement, Nathan – Big Tractor, Job Site, and others
Cousins, Lucy – Maisy books
Dewdney, Anna – Llama Llama books
Dunrea, Olivier – Gossie books
Ehlert, Lois – Color Zoo, Fish Eyes, Snowballs, and others
Falwell, Cathryn – Feast for 10,Turtle Splash, and others
Fleming, Denise – Barnyard Banter, In the Small, Small Pond, The Everything Book
Fox, Mem – Time For Bed, Hello Baby!, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Where Is the Green Sheep?
Gibbs, Edward – I Spy books
Hill, Eric – Spot Books
Hutchins, Pat – Rosie’s Walk, The Doorbell Rang, and others
Martin, Bill – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and others
Rylant, Cynthia – Brownie and Pearl books
Stoeke, Janet Morgan – Minerva Louise books
Sturges, Philemon – I Love Planes, I Love Trains, I Love Trucks, and others
Thomas, Jan – Can You Make a Scary Face? and A Birthday for Cow!
Adler, Victoria – All of Baby Nose to Toes
Aylesworth, Jim – Old Black Fly
Barrow, David – Have You Seen Elephant?
Bloom, Suzanne – The Bus for Us
Brown, Margaret Wise – The Big Red Barn
Christelow, Eileen – Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Crews, Donald – Freight Train also in paperback
Ehrhardt, Karen – This Jazz Man
Everitt, Betsy – Mean Soup also in paperback
Feiffer, Jules – Bark, George also available as a book and CD kit
Felix, Lucie — Apples and Robins
Hort, Lenny – The Seals on the Bus
Katz, Karen – The Babies on the Bus
Lee, Spike – Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please
Lee, Suzy – Wave
Lin, Grace – Dim Sum for Everyone!
Martin, Jr., Bill — Spunky Little Monkey
Meyers, Susan – Everywhere Babies
O’Connell, Rebecca – Baby Party and Baby Parade
Palermo, Sharon — Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow
Park, Linda Sue – Bee-bim bop! also available in paperback
Rathmann, Peggy – Good Night, Gorilla also available in paperback
Root, Phyllis – One Duck Stuck and Rattletrap Car
Rosen, Michael – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt also in board book and in paperback
Savadier, Elivia – Time to Get Dressed
Schaefer, Carole Lexa – The Squiggle
Sherry, Kevin – I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
Steig, William – Pete’s a Pizza
Stockdale, Susan – Spectacular Spots
Sutton, Sally – Roadwork and Construction
Walsh, Ellen Stoll – Mouse Paint (in the Concept books section) and in paperback
Wheeler, Lisa – Jazz Baby
Williams – I Went Walking also available in paperback and as a book and CD kit
Young, Ed – Seven Blind Mice also available as a book and CD kit
Zimmerman, Andrea – Trashy Town
The following list includes picture books and early readers about dinosaurs. In addition, other books about dinosaurs can be found in the NON-FICTION SECTION under the call number 567.9.
Barner, Bob. Dinosaur Bones J PIC BAR
With a lively rhyming text and vibrant paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner shakes the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums and reminds us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures.
Barton, Byron. Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones J PIC BAR
A cast of characters looks for, finds, and assembles some dinosaur bones.
Blackstone, Stella. I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur and J BOARD BOOK BLA
A child dreams of being one dinosaur among many. Includes notes on dinosaur species mentioned in the rhyming text.
Broach, Elise. When Dinosaurs Came with Everything J PIC BRO
Although his mother is a little worried, a young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.
DePaola, Tomie. Little Grunt and the Big Egg J PIC DEP and J CD DEP
When a dinosaur hatches from the egg that Little Grunt brought home for dinner, Mama and Papa Grunt let him keep it as a pet until it grows too big for their cave.
Gall, Chris. Dinotrux J THINGS THAT GO GAL
Millions of years ago, the prehistoric ancestors of today’s trucks, such as garbageadon, dozeratops, and craneosaurus, roamed the Earth until they rusted out and became extinct.
Halpern, Shari. Dinosaur Parade J PIC HAL
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text present a wide variety of dinosaurs. Includes “dinosaur factoids”.
Hines, Anna Grossnickle. I Am a Tyrannosaurus J PIC HIN
A boy mimics the actions of several different dinosaurs as he imagines he is one of them.
Howe, James. Brontorina J PIC HOW
Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.
Idle, Molly. Tea Rex J PIC IDL
Cordelia and her brother host a tea party for an unusual guest–a T-Rex!
McClements, George. Ridin’ Dinos with Buck Bronco J PIC MCC
Buck Bronco teaches how to care for and ride a variety of strange dinosaurs.
McMullan, Kate and Jim. I’m Bad! J PIC MCM
A hungry Tyrannosaurus rex searches for food in the prehistoric forest but is thwarted in its attempts to find something to eat. See also I’m Big ! (J PIC MCM)
Middleton, Julie. Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? J PIC MID
Touring the museum’s dinosaur exhibit, Dave’s father remains oblivious as the prehistoric animals spring to life.
Mitton, Tony. Dinosaurumpus J PIC MIT
A rhyming tale of Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and even Tyrannosaurus gathering at the swamp to dance.
Munro, Roxie. Inside-Outside Dinosaurs J PIC MUN
Showcases eight dinosaurs from the inside and out.
Myers, Tim. Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe J PIC MYE
Dinosaurs from a finicky stegosaurus and a knobby old ankylosaur to the frightening tyrannosaurus rex get washed and shined at the Dino Wash Deluxe. Includes section with facts about the dinosaurs mentioned in the story.
Plourde, Lynn. Dino Pets J PIC PLO
A child brings home various dinosaurs from the pet store, but discovers that neither the biggest nor the smallest, the softest nor the scariest, makes an ideal pet. Includes facts about dinosaurs. See also Dino Pets Go to School (J PIC PLO).
Wheeler, Lisa. Dino-Hockey J PIC WHE (and other Dino Sports books)
The meat-eating dinosaurs challenge the plant-eating dinosaurs to a hockey match.
Willems, Mo. Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct J PIC WIL
Edwina plays with kids, she bakes delicious chocolate chip cookies and helps old ladies cross the street. She is well-loved by everyone except Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, who is determined to convince everyone, including Edwina, that dinosaurs are extinct. Also see Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (J PIC WIL).
Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? J PIC YOL (and other How Do Dinosaurs books)
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.
Aliki. Digging Up Dinosaurs J Easy A
Briefly introduces various types of dinosaurs, explaining how scientists find, preserve, and reassemble the giant dinosaur skeletons seen in museums.
Aliki. Dinosaur Bones J Easy A
Discusses how scientists, studying fossil remains, provide information on how dinosaurs lived millions of years ago.
Frith, Alex. My Very First Dinosaurs Book J 567.9 USB
A good basic introduction.
Halls, Kelly Milner. Dinosaur Parade: A Spectacle of Prehistoric Proportions J 567.9 HAL
More than 60 dinosaurs parade through this book, along with facts about the dinosaurs’ size, era, and discovery.
Rober, Harold T. Velociraptor J 567.9 ROB
Introduces the velociraptor, describing its physical features and the ways in which they help the dinosaur hunt for prey. See also Pterodactyl, Triceratops and others
Roderick, Stacey. Dinosaurs from Head to Tail J 567.9 ROD
“What dinosaur had a head like this?” “What dinosaur had wings like this?” This book introduces eight dinosaurs by their most distinctive body parts and provides some basic information for each of them.
Taplin, Sam. First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life J 567.9 TAP
Presents facts about dinosaurs, their origin, their diversity, and their final extinction, with Internet links for further information.
Wallace, Karen. I am an Ankylosaurus J 567.91 WAL
A mother ankylosaurus lays her eggs and must protect them from fierce predators.
World of Dinosaurs J 567.9 WOR
Introduction to dinosaurs using simple text, question and answer format, illustrations and photos. Features include puzzles and games, fun facts, resource list, and index.
CRAFT BOOKS for dinosaur fans:
Manning, Mick. Dinomania J 745.5 MAN
Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Is Missing! J PIC ALL and J PB PIC A
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. See also other Miss Nelson titles in J PIC ALL and J PB PIC A
Barnett, Mac. Guess Again! J PIC BAR
It may look like a rabbit, but it’s really Grandpa Ned. A book that will keep you guessing again and again.
Brown, Peter. Children Make Terrible Pets J PIC BRO
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train. See also My Teacher Is a Monster (J PIC BRO) by the same author.
Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit J PIC DAY
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, all with their own unique complaints.
Donaldson, Julia. The Gruffalo J PIC DON and J PB PIC D
A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake–only to have to outwit that creature, who isn’t imaginary after all, as well.
Fleming, Candace. Clever Jack Takes the Cake J PIC FLE
What would you do if you were invited to the princess’s tenth birthday party but didn’t have money for a gift? Well, clever Jack decides to bake the princess a cake. Now he just has to get it to the castle in one piece. What could possibly go wrong?
Henkes, Kevin. A Weekend with Wendell J PIC HEN
“Sophie and her parents count the hours until Wendell’s weekend visit is over. Not only does he wreck Sophie’s toys and dominate their games, but he also messes up the house and is generally a troublemaker. However, once Sophie manages to turn the table, she decides Wendell may not be so bad after all.”–School Library Journal, 2010. See also Owen (J PIC HEN and J PIC HEN CALDECOTT) and Chrysanthemum (J PIC HEN and J PB PIC H).
Hoberman, Mary Ann. The Seven Silly Eaters J PIC HOB
Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother on her birthday.
Kang, Anna. You Are (Not)Small J PIC KAN
Two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all.
Palatini, Margie. Piggie Pie J PIC PAL
Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald’s farm for some pigs to make a piggie pie, but when she arrives she can’t find a single porker.
Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria J PIC CALDECOTT RAT
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria starts accompanying him on his school visits.
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Duck! Rabbit! J PIC ROS
A clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it!
Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing J PIC SPI
A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.
Wilcox, Leah. Falling for Rapunzel J PIC WIL
In this hilarious fractured fairy tale, a prince tries to get Rapunzel to throw down her hair, but she mishears him and throws down random objects instead.
Willems, Mo. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs J PIC WIL
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day–for no particular reason–they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then–for no particular reason–they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not! See also the Elephant and Piggie books in the Easy Reader section (J EASY WIL).
Demi. The Empty Pot J FAIRY TALES EMP
When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
Isadora, Rachel. The Twelve Dancing Princesses J FAIRY TALES TWE
A retelling, set in Africa, of the story of twelve princesses who dance secretly all night long and how their secret is eventually discovered. See also The Princess and the Pea J FAIRY TALES PRI by the same author.
Kimmel, Eric. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock J FAIRY TALES ANA and J PB PIC K
Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.
Kimmel, Eric. The Three Little Tamales J FAIRY TALES THR
In this variation of “The Three Little Pigs” set in the Southwest, three little tamales escape from a restaurant before they can be eaten, and set up homes in the prairie, cornfield, and desert.
McDermott, Gerald. Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa J FAIRY TALES ZOM
Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom. But he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks?
Marshall, James. Goldilocks and the Three Bears J FAIRY TALES GOL and J PIC MAR CALDECOTT
In this funny retelling of the familiar story, James Marshall puts his own spin on things.
Martin, Rafe. The Rough-Face Girl J FAIRY TALES CIN
In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.
Brown, Don. Ruth Law Thrills a Nation J 629.13 BRO
Describes the record-breaking flight of a daring woman pilot, Ruth Law, from Chicago to New York in 1916.
Rosenstock, Barb. Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention J B FRANKLIN,B./ ROS (should be J B PIC)
Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of eleven, he was determined to swim like a fish–fins and all. That first big splash led Ben to even more innovations and inventions.
Rosenstock, Barb. Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith J B PIC SMITH, L./ ROS
When Louise Smith started racing cars, most girls weren’t even allowed to drive. From her first wild adventure behind the wheel of her daddy’s Ford to the dangers and thrills of stock-car tracks across the country, Louise fearlessly paved the way for women in racing and became a NASCAR legend!
Bridges, Shirin Yim. Ruby’s Wish J PIC BRI
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins. Based upon a true story.
Howitt, Mary. The Spider and the Fly J PIC CALDECOTT HOW
An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.
Isaacs, Anne. Swamp Angel J PIC ISA
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.
Levine, Ellen. Henry’s Freedom Box J PIC CALDECOTT LEV
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
Offill, Jenny. 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore J PIC OFF
A young girl lists the seventeen things she is not allowed to do anymore, including making ice after freezing a fly in one of the cubes or using the glue after gluing her brother’s bunny slippers to the floor.
Polacco, Patricia. The Mermaid’s Purse J PIC POL
Stella loves books so much she starts her own library–but then a tornado threatens to destroy everything. Based on the author’s grandmother’s life in early 19th century Michigan.
Ramsey, Calvin Alexander. Ruth and the Green Book J PIC RAM
When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called “The Negro Motorist Green Book” to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about “The Green Book.”
Rocco, John. Blizzard J PIC ROC
After a massive blizzard, a boy becomes a hero when he manages to walk to the local store and bring supplies back to his neighborhood which has been snowed in for days. Based on the author’s childhood experience in the Blizzard of ’78.
Root, Phyllis. Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones J PIC ROO
When Cousin Lazybones comes to visit Aunt Nancy but refuses to help with any of the work around the house, she must figure out a scheme to get rid of him.
Say, Allen. Tea with Milk J PIC SAY
After growing up near San Francisco, a young Japanese woman returns with her parents to their native Japan, but she feels foreign and out of place.
Steig, William. The Amazing Bone J PIC CALDECOTT STE and J PIC STE
On her way home from school, Pearl finds an unusual bone that has unexpected powers.
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Sweetest Fig J PIC VAN
After being given two magical figs that make his dreams come true, the rude dentist Monsieur Bibot sees his plans for future wealth upset by his long-suffering dog.
Van Allsburg, Christ. The Widow’s Broom J PIC VAN
A witch’s worn-out broom serves a widow well, until her neighbors decide the thing is wicked and dangerous.
Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte J PIC WIL
Clever Beatrice bets that she can beat a giant. The giant never imagines the wisp of a girl could out-muscle him. But what he hasn’t counted on is how clever Beatrice is…and that brains beat brawn every time.
Brown, Don. A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood & Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison J B PIC EDISON,T./ BRO
From his humble boyhood as a farmer’s son, selling newspapers on trains, reading through public libraries shelf by shelf, and dreaming of new inventions, Thomas Edison went on to create the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.
Kerley, Barbara. What to Do about Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! J B PIC ROOSEVELT,A./KER
A brief biography of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice, an unconventional, fun-loving, charming handful of a girl.
Krull, Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman J 796.426 RUD
A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall J B PIC REEVES,B./ NEL
Bass Reeves was fearless, larger than life lawman. Outlaws feared him and good citizens respected him. He achieved all this in spite of whites who didn’t like the notion of a black officer.
Pinkney, Andrea. Bill Pickett, Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy J B PIC PICKETT, B./ PIN
Describes the life and accomplishments of the son of a former slave whose unusual bulldogging style made him a rodeo star.
Robinson, Sharon. Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson J B PIC ROBINSON,J./ ROB
As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson’s daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
Rosenstock, Barb. The Camping Trip that Changed America : Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks J B ROOSEVELT, T./ ROS
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.
Schulman, Janet. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City J 598.9 SCH
A red tail hawk and his mate build their nest near the top of a Fifth Avenue apartment building and bird watchers gather hoping to see the chicks in the nest.
St. George, Judith. So You Want to Be President? J 973 STG
A funny and wonderfully illustrated book of interesting trivia about the presidents—things they have in common, unusual characteristics, amusing tidbits.
Vernick, Audrey. Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team J 796.357 VER
Documents the story of the Baseball Hall of Fame honorees, tracing how the Acerra family of New Jersey formed their own semi-pro baseball team in the 1930s and became the longest-running all-brother team in history.
Winter, Jonah. You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! J 796.357 MAYS,W./ WIN
A visual profile of the record-setting baseball star traces his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues, and fame as a center fielder for the Giants. See also You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax? (J B PIC KOUFAX,S./ WIN) by the same author.
Andreae, Giles. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs J PIC AND
When Flinn enters the classroom art closet for supplies, his imagination sends him on a high-seas adventure filled with pirates, dinosaurs, mystery, and swordfights.
Brown, Calef. Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium J PIC BRO
Illustrations and rhyming text invite the reader to explore a store that provides everything a privateer, mutineer, or buccaneer might want in the way of high-quality pirate gear, from clothing to classes in smuggling molasses.
Funke, Cornelia. Pirate Girl (can be found in A Princess, A Pirate, and One Wild Brother J PIC FUN)
Find out what happens when Captain Firebeard and his band kidnap a small but feisty girl named Molly. The pirates are in for a real surprise!
Grossman-Hensel, Katharina. Papa Is a Pirate J PIC GRO
Papa claims he doesn’t really go to an office every day; he’s actually a pirate. Is his more and more incredible story a tall tale?
Harley, Bill. Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story J PIC HAR
Dirty Joe and his pirate crew terrorize the seven seas in their quest for dirty socks, but they meet their match in Stinky Annie, whose favorite loot is pilfered underwear.
Helquist, Brett. Roger, the Jolly Pirate J PIC HEL
While his shipmates face their toughest enemy, Roger has a chance to prove himself in a most unlikely way after being banished, as usual, below decks during the fighting.
Jones, Rob Lloyd. 1001 Pirate Things to Spot J PIC USB
This swashbuckling puzzle book is packed with things to find and count. Search pirate ports, stormy seas, and sunken ships to see if you can spot all the hidden treasure. Just look out for the sea monsters!
Kennedy, Kim. Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate J PIC KEN (see also Pirate Pete J PIC KEN and Pirate Pete’s Giant Adventure, J PIC KEN)
In search of a crew, Pirate Pete and his parrot look for “stanky scallywags” who possess certain conversational skills.
Krosoczka, Jarrett. Bubble Bath Pirates J PIC KRO
When pirate mommy announces bath time, it is yo ho ho and to the bath we go for her little pirates.
Lasky, Kathryn. Pirate Bob J PIC LAS
Describes the life of a pirate, named simply Bob, whose job is to cut the steering cables and cripple the ships he and his shipmates will loot.
Leuck, Laura. I Love My Pirate Papa J PIC LEU
A pirate’s son shares the things he loves about his father, including climbing the mast together to yell “Land ho” and sharing the booty when they find buried treasure.
Long, Melinda. How I Became a Pirate J PIC LON (see also Pirates Don’t Change Diapers J PIC LON)
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.
Lucas, David. The Skeleton Pirate J PIC LUC
Defeated by an unruly bunch of pirates who throw him overboard, a once-fearsome pirate is rescued by a mermaid only to be swallowed by a whale who suffers from indigestion.
McPhail, David. Edward and the Pirates J PIC MCP
Once Edward has learned to read, books and his imagination provide him with great adventures.
Quattlebaum, Mary. Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of Big Blustery Maritime Match J PIC QUA
A male pirate from the Atlantic Ocean and a female pirate from the Pacific Ocean meet and have a contest to see who is the best pirate in the world.
Seaworthy, Oscar. Port Side Pirates J PIC SEA
Sing along to this jaunty pirate song. Includes information on different types of pirate ships–including a labeled galleon–and some famous pirates.
Smith, Danna. Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors J PIC CONCEPT SMI
Two brothers use their imaginations to turn their surroundings–from a white bandana and yellow coins to a red blanket and even their baby sister– into a colorful pirate adventure before naptime.
Spires, Ashley. Small Saul J PIC SPI
Small Saul is not your typical pirate and his shipmates don’t appreciate him—at first.
Teague, Mark. The Pirate Jamboree J PIC TEA
Pirates Blackbeard Johnson and his brothers, Eyepatch Sue, and others sail over to Peg Leg Jones’ for a happily chaotic pirate jamboree–until the S.S. Clean Your Room (otherwise known as Mrs. Jones) arrives and playtime is definitely over.
Florian, Douglas. Shiver me Timbers: Pirate Poems and Paintings J 811.54 FLO
Learn about pirate life through these humorous poems, full of wonderful language and fun to read aloud.
Gilpin, Rebecca. Pirate Things to Make and Do J 745.5 GIL
An activity book for kids who love pirates.
Gunderson, Jessica. Your Life as a Cabin Boy on a Pirate Ship J 910.45 GUN
The un-sugarcoated truth about what it was really like to be a cabin boy.
Havercroft, Elizabeth. A Year on a Pirate Ship J 910.45 HAV
There’s lots to find in these illustrations depicting an eventful year in the life of one pirate ship.
Hanson, Anders and Hengel, Katherine. Biggest, Baddest Book of Pirates J 910.45 HAN
Learn about pirate life–from the pirate code to food to weapons to pirate jokes.
Riggs, Kate. Pirates J 910.45 RIG
A simple introduction to the roving warriors known as pirates, including their history, lifestyle, weapons, and how they remain a part of today’s culture by their continued existence.
Rissman, Rebecca. Pirates J 910.45 RIS
A very basic introduction to pirates.
Shirley, Rebekah Joy. I Want to Be a Pirate J 745.592 SHI
Step-by-step instructions for making all the parts of a pirate’s costume, including the parrot!
Andrews, Julie and Hamilton, Emma. The Very Fairy Princess (and others) J PIC AND
Geraldine is a regular girl who knows she is a princess—despite all the doubters around her–because she feels it inside and knows it’s about how you act even when it’s just a regular day.
Calvert, Pam. Princess Peepers J PIC CAL
When the other princesses make fun of her for wearing glasses, Princess Peepers vows to go without, but after several mishaps–one of which is especially coincidental–she admits that she really does need them.
Child, Lauren. The Princess and the Pea in Miniature J PIC CHI
Presents a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale of a young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess.
Cuyler, Margery. Princess Bess Gets Dressed J PIC CUY
A fashionably dressed princess reveals her favorite clothes at the end of a busy day.
Dale, Penny. Princess Princess J PIC DAL
A young princess and her friends sleep under the spell of a fairy she forgot to invite to her birthday party, until an unexpected someone comes along to awaken them.
Donaldson, Julia. A Gold Star for Zog J PIC DON
Enthusiastic but clumsy, Zog is constantly getting hurt at dragon school but a helpful girl always has just the thing to cure him. Perhaps they can find their true calling—together?
Funke, Cornelia. Princess Pigsty J PIC FUN and Princess Knight J PIC FUN
Tired of being a princess, the youngest of three sisters throws her crown out the window and finds happiness working in the royal kitchen and pigsty.
Gow, Nancy. Ten Big Toes and Prince’s Nose J PIC GOW
A princess with big feet and a prince with a big nose find each other simply by being themselves.
Heide, Florence Parry. Princess Hyacinth J PIC HEI
Princess Hyacinth is so bored–trapped in the castle because she floats away when she’s not weighed down–until she meets Boy and his kite.
Himes, Rachel. Princess and the Peas J PIC HIM
In this version of the classic story, Ma Sally of Charleston County, South Carolina, devises a contest for her son’s admirers: cook up a dish of black-eyed peas that meets her exacting standards, and the winner can marry her son. Includes recipe for Princess‘ black-eyed peas.
Hoffman, Mary. Princess Grace J PIC HOF
Grace wants to participate in her community festival’s princess float, but first she must decide what sort of a princess she wants to be—a daring and adventurous princess, or a floaty pink fairy tale princess.
Howland, Naomi. Princess Says Goodnight J PIC HOW
A young girl imagines herself to be a princess and makes getting ready for a bed a majestic event.
Jenkins, Emily. Princessland J PIC JEN
Bored and in a bad mood, Romy wants Lady Cat to take her to Princessland, until Romy discovers that everyday life can be quite magical.
Joosse, Barbara. Lovabye Dragon J PIC JOO
A young princess pining for a dragon and a lonely dragon dreaming of a princess find true friendship in this sweet bedtime picture book.
Kleven, Elisa. The Paper Princess J PIC KLE
A little girl makes a picture of a princess that comes to life and is carried off by the wind.
Lester, Helen. Princess Penelope’s Parrot J PB PIC L
An arrogant and greedy princess’s chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.
Martin, Rafe. The Storytelling Princess J PIC MAR
Having survived a shipwreck, a princess tries to tell a prince a story whose ending he does not know and thus qualify for his hand in marriage.
Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess J PIC MUN and J PB PIC M
Princess Elizabeth lives in a castle, wears fancy clothes, and is about to marry Prince Ronald, when a dragon smashes her castle, burns her clothes, and prince-naps Ronald. Undaunted, she dons a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and her prince.
Ray, Jane. The Apple-Pip Princess J PIC RAY
An original story about Princess Serenity, the youngest of three princesses, who makes her father proud by planting seeds and bringing the kingdom back to life.
Sauer, Tammi. Princess in Training J PIC SAU
Tomboy Viola is not a “prim and proper” princess, but those etiquette lessons are of no use to her when a dragon needs vanquishing.
Spinelli, Eileen. Princess Pig J PIC SPI
When pig finds a sash labeled “princess” she decides she is a princess and gets all the other barnyard animals to treat her accordingly which is fun—at first.
Strauss, Linda Leopold. The Princess Gown J PIC STR
If the wedding dress young Hanna’s family is making is not chosen for the princess, they will go to the poor house. But, thanks to Hanna’s sharp eyes and artistic ability, her father stands a very good chance of becoming Embroiderer to the Princess.
Wilcox, Leah. Falling for Rapunzel J PIC WIL also Waking Beauty J PIC WIL
A prince tries to get Rapunzel to throw down her hair so he can rescue her, but she mishears him and throws down random objects from her room instead.
Wilson, Tony. The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas J PIC WIL
A funny take on the princess and the pea where the prince doesn’t want a fussy, hard-to-please wife who can feel the pea under the mattresses but someone who shares his interests and is his friend.
Yolen, Jane. Sleeping Ugly J Easy YOL
When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.
Yolen, Jane. The Seeing Stick J PIC YOL
It seems that no one from magicians to physicians can help blind Hwei Min, the only daughter of the emperor of China, see. Then, one day a wise old man with a mysterious seeing stick visits the princess. Will he be able to teach Hwei Min that there is more than one way to see the world?
Yolen, Jane and Stemple, Heidi. Not All Princesses Dress In Pink J PIC YOL
Rhyming text that shows princesses can be who they are and do whatever they enjoy—from playing sports to playing in the dirt.
Amery, Heather. The Usborne Book of Fairy Tales J EASY AME
Very basic versions of six well-known fairy tales, including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
Dalton, Annie. The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories J 398.2 DAL
This is a collection of old favorites and more unusual princess tales from around the world, illustrated with embroideries.
Matthews, Caitlin. The Barefoot Book of Princesses J 398.2 MAT
Princess books from around the world including “The Princess and the Pea”,”The Beggar Princess,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
Hauser Elizabeth Ingrid. Princess Crafts J 745.5 HAU
Provides illustrations and step-by-step instructions for sewing, decorating, and creating princess costumes, decorations, games, and refreshments. Each project is rated by degree of difficulty.
Loehr, Mallory. The Princess Book: Every Girl Can Be a Princess – With Princess Parties, Recipes, Costumes, and More! J 745.5 LOE
Includes ideas and simple instructions for costumes, jewelry, fanciful feasts, royal decorations, and other items for the little girl who dreams of being a princess.
Breen, Steve. Violet the Pilot J PIC BRE
Young Violet’s only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble.
Chabon, Michael. The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man J PIC CHA
A young superhero describes his awesome powers, which he then demonstrates as various foes arrive on the scene.
Cosentino, Ralph. Batman: the Story of the Dark Knight J PIC COS (and other superheroes like Superman andWonder Woman J PIC COS)
Wealthy Bruce Wayne relates how he became the costumed avenger known as Batman.
Donaldson, Julia. Superworm J PIC DON
Superworm’s bug friends attempt to free him from the clutches of Wizard Lizard who, having heard of Superworm’s wondrous and heroic deeds, captures him and forces him to dig for treasure.
Grey, Mini. Traction Man is Here! J PIC GRE and J PB PIC G (see other Traction Man titles J PIC GRE)
Traction Man, a boy’s courageous action figure, has a variety of adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.
Holub, Joan. Zero the Hero J PIC HOL
Zero believes that he is a hero, but the counting numbers think he is worthless until they get into trouble with some Roman numerals, and only Zero can help.
Koehler, Fred. Super Jumbo J PIC KOE
Little Jumbo works tirelessly to be a superhero in his neighborhood, although not everyone appreciates his crime fighting techniques.
Kushner, Elisabeth. The Purim Superhero J PB PIC K
Nate wants to dress as an alien for Purim but his friend wants him to wear a superhero costume like the other boys, so Nate seeks guidance from his Daddy and Abba, who advise that being yourself makes you stronger.
Long, Ethan. My Dad, My Hero J PIC LON
A child describes his dad, who may not have super powers, but is still wonderful.
McClements, George. Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident J PIC MCC
When Baron von Baddie defeats his nemesis, Captain Kapow, he discovers that it is not as much fun to create chaos and engage in bad behavior if no one tries to stop him.
Montijo, Rhode. The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny J FIC MON
When Mom issues a no-gum rule, Gabby Gomez sneaks a piece of special bubble gum that turns her into a superhero.
Morales, Yuyi. Niño Wrestles the World J PIC MOR
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.
Pelletier, Andrew T. The Amazing Adventures of Bathman J PIC PEL and J PB PIC P
Bathman saves rubber Ducky from the evil Cap’n Squeegee.
Pinkney, J. Brian. The Adventures of Sparrowboy J PIC PIN
After an encounter with a sparrow, Henry finds he is able to fly just like his favorite comic book hero HawkMan.
Portis, Antoinette. Princess Super Kitty J PIC POR
Maggie, a little girl with a huge imagination, becomes a cat, a superhero, a princess, and more in the course of a day.
Ries, Lori. Super Sam! J PIC RIE
Sam transforms himself into Super Sam to entertain his baby brother, but when his superpowers fail, he finds another way to save the day.
Rocco, John. Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom J PIC ROC
A boy fears that he has lost his super powers after a villain captures him and cuts the hair that he believes is the source of his strength.
Rosen, Michael. Send for a Superhero! J PIC ROS
A father reads his children a bedtime story about two villains whose plot to steal money and cover everything in slime is unsuccessfully countered by every superhero until Extremely Boring Man comes along with the power to put everyone to sleep.
Savage, Stephen. Supertruck J PIC SAV
When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?
Schwarz, Viviane. Timothy and the Strong Pajamas: A Superhero Adventure J PIC SCH
After his mother mends his favorite pajamas, Timothy finds that he has super strength and decides to use it to help others, but when the pajamas rip again, he loses his strength just when he needs it most.
Soman, David and Davis, Jacky. The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy J PIC SOM
As imaginary superhero Bumblebee Boy, Sam rejects his pesky little brother’s help in defeating pirates, dragons, and saber-toothed lions, but when Sam comes up against some scary aliens, he discovers the advantage of having a sidekick.
Soman, David and Davis, Jacky. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy J PIC SOM (and other Ladybug Girl stories J PIC SOM)
Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, goes to the playground and makes new friends, including Bumblebee Boy.
Weigel, Jeff. Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage J PIC WEI
As the son of superhero Atomic Ace, a boy is eager for adventures of his own until a horde of robots descends upon his school and he learns that his powers are not yet strong enough to save even himself.
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss. Superhero Joe and the Creature Next Door J PIC WEI
Joe conquers his fear of the strange creature moving into the house next door, as well as the treehouse in the creature’s backyard.
Baltazar, Art and Franco. Sidekick City Elementary J FIC SUP GRA
Before they were teenagers, Robin, Kid Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Girl, and the other Super kids were all enrolled at Sidekick Elementary, where they encountered the usual problems of school children everywhere–and perhaps a bit more.
Stephens, Sarah Hines. Pooches of Power! J FIC SUP GRAPHIC
Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Super-Dog smell something fishy. Penguin’s Bad News Birds have stolen sardines from the Gotham City Marina. Together, the doggy duo must reel in the fowl felons and throw them in the can.
Aruego, Jose. The Last Laugh J PIC ARU SMALL
A clever duck outwits a bullying snake.
Baker, Jeannie. Mirror J PIC BAK
A typical day in the life of a boy in Australia is matched to that of a boy in Morocco.
Bang, Molly. The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher* J PIC BAN Caldecott
An old woman is pursued by a strange man with a passion for strawberries.
Banyai, Istvan. Zoom J PIC BAN (also Re-Zoom and The Other Side)
This book presents a series of scenes, each one from farther away, showing, for example, a girl playing with toys which is actually a picture on a magazine cover, which is part of a sign on a bus, and so on.
Becker, Aaron. Journey* J PIC BEC (also Quest)
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.
Colón, Raúl. Draw! J PIC COL
A boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.
Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow J PIC COR
When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.
Day, Alexandra. Carl’s Birthday J PIC DAY (and other Carl titles)
Carl the rottweiler and the toddler in his care watch the preparation for Carl’s surprise birthday party.
Frazee, Marla. The Farmer and the Clown J PIC FRA
A farmer rescues a baby clown who’s bounced off the circus train, and reunites him with his clown family.
Geisert, Arthur. Lights Out J PIC GEI and many others
Told by his parents that his light must be out at eight o’clock, a young piglet who is afraid of the dark devises an ingenious solution to the problem.
Graegin, Stephanie. Little Fox in the Forest J PIC GRA
Two friends follow a young fox who has stolen the girl’s treasured stuffed fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.
Hutchins, Pat. Changes, Changes J PIC HUT
Two wooden dolls have exciting adventures with building blocks.
Jenkins, Steve. Looking Down J PIC JEN
A series of views of one landscape is seen from progressively lower vantage points, beginning in outer space and ending with a view of a ladybug as seen by a kneeling child.
Lam, Thao. Skunk on a String J PIC LAM
When a skunk gets his foot caught in the string of a helium balloon, he finds himself blown through unfamiliar landscapes. What’s a skunk to do?
Lehman, Barbara. The Red Book*. J PIC LEH (and Museum Trip and Rainstorm and Trainstop and The Secret Box)
Tells the complex story of a reader who gets lost, literally, in a little book that has the magic to move her to another place.
Mayer, Mercer. A Boy, A Dog and a Frog (also other Frog books) J PIC SMALL MAY
Shows a boy’s unsuccessful attempts to catch a frog.
McDonnell, Patrick. South J PIC SMALL MCD
Mooch the cat helps a small bird find his flock after they have flown south without him.
Nolan, Dennis. Sea of Dreams J PIC NOL
Once the sun sets, the inhabitants of a sand castle have a fantastical adventure.
Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion & the Mouse* J FAIRY TALES LIO and J PIC CALDECOTT PIN
Aesop’s fable is told only through detailed watercolors and a few sound effects, in this Caldecott winner.
Raschka, Chris. A Ball for Daisy* J PIC RAS
Daisy the dog is devastated when her favorite toy is punctured. Will life ever be good again?
Rohmann, Eric. Time Flies* J PIC ROH
A bird has a strange museum adventure when the dinosaurs in the exhibit come to life.
Savage, Stephen. Where’s Walrus? J PIC SAV
On the run from the zoo, Walrus tries hard to blend in all over town.
Sis, Peter. Dinosaur! J PIC SIS (also other books by Sis)
While taking a bath, a young boy is joined by all sorts of dinosaurs.
Staake, Bob. Bluebird J PIC STA
In this poignant story of connection, loss, and ultimately hope, a boy and a bird develop a special bond of friendship.
Thomson, Bill. Chalk J PIC THO
At the park, three children draw chalk pictures that come to life.
Turkle, Brinton. Deep in the Forest J PIC TUR
A curious bear explores a cabin in the forest with disastrous results.
Ward, Lynd. The Silver Pony J FIC WAR
Recounts the adventures of a boy and his winged horse.
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss. You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum J PIC WEI and J PB PIC W (and other titles)
In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum’s artworks.
Wiesner, David. Free Fall* J PIC WIE, J PIC WIE CALDECOTT (also and Tuesday* J PIC WIE CALDECOTT, Sector 7* J PIC WIE, Flotsam* J PIC WIE CALDECOTT)
A young boy dreams of daring adventures in the company of imaginary creatures inspired by the things surrounding his bed.
Wilson, April. April Wilson’s Magpie Magic J PIC WIL
A young artist draws a picture of a magpie which comes to life and interacts with a series of colorful drawings.
Yum, Hyewon. Last Night J PIC SMALL YUM
After being sent to her room for not eating her dinner, a young girl and her stuffed bear have a forest adventure.
* Caldecott Medal or Honor Books
Please see also the Children’s and Parents’ Corner non-fiction sections (J 302.3 and J 303.69) for additional materials.
Alexander, Claire. Lucy and the Bully J PIC ALE
When a mean classmate in preschool wrecks Lucy’s artwork, she discovers that they can be friends once he stops being jealous of her.
Bateman, Teresa. The Bully-Blockers Club J PIC BAT
When Lottie is bothered by a bully at school, she helps start a club where everyone is welcome.
Davies, Matt. Ben Rides On J PIC DAV
The tables are turned when Ben discovers the bully who stole his bike needs his help. Will he save Adrian and what will Adrian do?
De Kinder, Jan. Red J PIC DEK
Torn between her fear of the bully on the school playground and her sympathy for her classmate, a girl must make a difficult choice.
DePaola, Tomie. Trouble in the Barkers’ Class J PIC DEP
When a new girl in the Barkers’ class, Carole Anne, acts like a bully, the students try talking to her and ignoring her until Morgie finally discovers what is wrong and finds a way to fix it.
Forler, Nan. Bird Child J PIC FOR
Eliza watches how the new girl, Lainey, is bullied by others at school. She is afraid and ashamed until she finds the courage to stand up for Lainey and become her friend.
Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum J PIC HEN, J PB PIC H, and J CD HEN
The other children in Chrysanthemum’s class tease her about her long, strange name, but when the fabulous new music teacher admires it, the other children change their tune.
Javaherbin, Mina. Goal! J PIC JAV
In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.
Kasza, Keiko. The Rat and the Tiger J PB PIC K
In his friendship with Rat, Tiger takes advantage and plays the bully because of his greater size, but one day Rat stands up for his rights.
Lester, Helen. Hooway for Wodney Wat J PIC LES
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney’s speech impediment that drives away the class bully.
Myers, Christopher. Wings J PIC MYE
Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings, but one girl, who is also teased for being different, finds the courage to stand up for him.
Nickle, John. The Ant Bully J PIC NIC
Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into the ant hole he has been tormenting.
O’Neill, Alexis. The Recess Queen J PIC ONE
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean’s status as the Recess Queen.
Otoshi, Kathryn. One J PIC OTO
Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count.
Polacco, Patricia. Mr. Lincoln’s Way J PIC POL
When Mr. Lincoln, “the coolest principal in the whole world,” discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Bully J PIC SEE
A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.
Shaw, Hannah. Sneaky Weasel. J PIC SHA
Sneaky Weasel’s bullying ways have made him rich but friendless. Can he find a way to make things right and be a true friend?
Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy J PB PIC Y
A young, timid boy who doesn’t fit in at school is thought to be stupid by everyone until a kind teacher finds and celebrates his talents.
Non-Fiction and Parenting Sections
Cole, Kathryn. A Tattle-Tell Tale: A Story About Getting Help J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC COL
A young boy is being bullied at school. He doesn’t want to tattle but he finds there is a difference between tattling and asking for help.
Donovan, Sandy. How Can I Deal with Bullying? J 302.3 DON
What should you do if you see someone bullying another person? What should you do when your friend says you can’t talk to someone she doesn’t like? See how a little respect can go a long way toward solving problems.
Frankel, Erin. Weird! and Tough! and Dare! J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC FRA
Three girls tell the same story from their own perspectives: Weird! by the girl who is bullied, Tough! by the girl doing the bullying, and Dare! by a bystander.
Ludwig, Trudy. Just Kidding J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC LUD
With help from his father, older brother, and teacher, D.J. learns how to handle a classmate who claims that his mean-spirited “teasing” is just a joke.
Ludwig, Trudy. My Secret Bully J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC LUD
Monica’s friend Katie isn’t always a good friend; often she can be just plain mean, particularly when other kids are around. With help from her mother, Monica faces Katie and begins to feel better about herself.
Ludwig, Trudy. Trouble Talk J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC LUD
Maya gets help from a school counselor when the new student she has tried to befriend upsets her, as she has other students, by spreading rumors, saying hurtful things, and sharing information that is not hers to share.
McCain, Becky R. Nobody Knew What to Do: a Story About Bullying J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC MCC
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.
Moss, Peggy. Say Something J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC MOS
A child who never says anything when other children are being teased or bullied finds herself in their position one day when jokes are made at her expense and no one speaks up.
Please also check the Children’s (J155.9), Parents’ Corner (155.9), and Adult sections (155.9) for additional materials
DePaola, Tomie. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs J PIC DEP
Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death.
Durant, Alan. Always and Forever J PIC DUR
A family of forest animals learns to cope with the death of a loved one by recalling funny memories.
Krishnaswami, Uma. Remembering Grandpa J PIC KRI
When Grandma comes down with a “bad case of sadness” one year after Grandpa’s death, Daysha collects objects that will remind her grandmother of Daysha’s grandfather.
Mellonie, Bryan. Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children and J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC MEL
Explains that all living things have a time on earth, that death is a natural part of the life cycle.
Parr, Todd. The Goodbye Book J PIC PAR
Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it’s okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. Good for young children.
Viorst, Judith. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney J PIC SMALL VIO
A classic story of a boy grieving over his pet cat that explores universal questions and emotions that arise when coping with the death of a person, as well.
Brisson, Pat. I Remember Miss Perry J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC BRI
When his teacher, Miss Perry, is killed in a car accident, Stevie and his elementary school classmates take turns sharing memories of her, especially her fondest wish for each day.
Brown, Laurie Krasny. When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death J PARENTS’ CORNER 155.937 BRO and J 155.937 BRO
Explains in simple language the questions and feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
Castellucci, Cecil. Grandma’s Gloves J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC CAS
When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.
Cobb, Rebecca. Missing Mommy J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC COB
A very young boy doesn’t understand that he will not see his mother again because she has died; he’s confused, angry, and afraid until he talks to his father who explains things clearly and helps him understand he is part of a family that will help each other to heal.
Londner, Renee. Stones for Grandpa J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC LON
After a year of missing his grandfather and remembering things they did together, a young boy and his family unveil Grandpa’s tombstone, place stones on it, and share stories, knowing the memories will never be lost.
London, Jonathan. Liplap’s Wish J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC LON
As he builds a snowbunny, Liplap feels something is missing and wishes his grandmother, who recently died, was with him.
MacGregor, Cynthia. Why Do People Die?: Helping Your Child Understand–With Love and Illustrations J PARENTS’ CORNER 155.9 MAC
Explains death, its effect on the living, and some of the beliefs, customs, and rituals associated with it.
Mathers, Petra. When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC MAT
When Aunt Mattie dies, best friends Lottie and Herbie console each other and celebrate Aunt Mattie’s life by scattering her ashes and preparing her favorite snack–peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (with bananas).
Moundlic, Charlotte. The Scar J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC MOU
A little boy works through some very raw emotions after his mother’s death—anger, fear, sadness—but ultimately finds some peace.
Portnoy, Mindy Avra. Where Do People Go When They Die? J PARENTS’ CORNER 155.9 POR
A child poses this question to numerous people including her father, grandfather, and aunt. Various answers are given at a level even young children can understand.
Raschka, Chris. The Purple Balloon J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC RAS
Easy-to-read text reveals that dying is hard work, for the old and especially the young, and how good it is that so many people help when a person dies, from medical staff to clergy and friends to family members.
Ringtved, Glenn. Cry, Heart but Never Break J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC RIN
Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.
Roberts, Jillian. What Happens When a Loved One Dies?: Our First Talk about Death J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC ROB
Using questions posed in a child’s voice and answers that start simply and become more in-depth, this book allows adults to guide the conversation to a natural and reassuring conclusion.
Rosen, Michael. Michael Rosen’s Sad Book J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC ROS
We all have sad stuff. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, who died. In this book he writes about how his sadness affects him and some of the things he does to try to cope with it.
Schick, Eleanor. Mama J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC SCH
A child remembers special moments with Mama and starts to feel better after grieving over her death.
Sinykin, Sheri. Zayde Comes to Live J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC SIN
Rachel worries where her grandfather, Zayde, will go when he dies. While this book focuses on the Jewish vision of the afterlife, it also presents other religions’ beliefs. Ultimately Rachel finds comfort in the idea that Zayde will live on in her memory.
Thomas, Jane Resh. Saying Good-bye to Grandma J PARENTS’ CORNER THO
Seven year old Suzie is curious and fearful about what Grandma’s funeral will be like.
Thomas, Pat. I Miss You: A First Look at Death J PARENTS’ CORNER THO
Children’s feelings and questions about this sensitive subject are looked at in a simple but realistic way. This book helps them to understand their loss and to come to terms with their feelings.
Zucker, Bonnie. Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC ZUC
An age-appropriate guide to explaining death to young children.
Buscaglia, Leo. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life For All Ages J 155.937 BUS
As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along with his companion leaves, he learns about the delicate balance between life and death.
Shriver, Maria. What’s Heaven? J 155.937 SHR
After her great grandmother’s death, a young girl questions her mother about heaven.
Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays With Me! J PIC COF
A girl sometimes lives at her mother’s house and sometimes lives at her father’s house, but her dog goes where she goes.
Stanton, Karen. Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend J PIC STA
Although Henry enjoys the time he spends at his mother’s apartment and his father’s house, his dog Pomegranate gets confused about which place is home.
Cochran, Bill. My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, and Other Facts About Me J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC COC
While describing his not-so-weird life with his divorced parents, a young boy also describes some other things about himself that could be considered weird.
De Smet, Marian. I Have Two Homes J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC DE S
In this ultimately hopeful book, Nina misses her old, happy family life and is sad and confused about the changes that come with divorce, but she also finds positive aspects to her new life.
Higgins, Melissa. Weekends With Dad: What to Expect When Your Parents Divorce J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC HIG
A young fox faces many different and confusing feelings after his parents’ divorce but finds comfort from his parents, his teacher, and friends in similar situations. In time, he begins to adjust.
Levins, Sandra. Was It the Chocolate Pudding? J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC LEV
A little boy describes how he feels about all the changes in his life after his parents’ divorce and how he feels responsible until he finally talks to his mother about it.
Schmitz, Tamara. Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child’s Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce J PARENT’S CORNER PIC SCH
Addison’s parents are divorced and he lives in one house with his mom and another with his dad, but one thing he knows above all is that both his parents love him and they always will.
Walsh, Melanie. Living With Mom and Living With Dad J PARENTS’ CORNER PIC WAL
In this lift-the-flap book, a little girl describes what her life is like now that her parents no longer live together.
Brown, Laurene Krasny. Dinosaur’s Divorce J 306.89 BRO
Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce aspects of divorce such as its causes and effects, living with a single parent, spending holidays in two separate households, and adjusting to a stepparent.
Hewitt, Sally. My Parents’ Divorce J 306.89 HEW
This practical guide includes personal stories and helpful advice for kids coping with their parent’s divorce.
Murphy, Patricia J. Divorce and Separation J 306.89 MUR
This is a good introduction to divorce for younger children, explaining terms like separation and divorce, exploring different feelings children may face, and offering hope for adjusting to changes.
Roberts, Jillian. Why Do Families Change?: Our First Talk about Separation and Divorce J 306.89 ROB
A nonfiction picture book that introduces very young children to the concept of separation and divorce in a reassuring and straightforward way.
Atinuke and Tobia, Lauren. Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! J PIC ATI
Everything is changing for Anna Hibiscus, she’s a sister! But – oh dear – everyone is now so busy! Uncle Bizi-Sunday is shopping for the babies, Aunty Joli and Aunty Grace are rocking the babies and Mama and Grandma are fast asleep …but just who has time for Anna Hibiscus?
Bunting, Eve. Will It Be a Baby Brother? J PIC BUN
A little boy thinks he can be happy with a new baby only if it’s a brother–until he meets his sister.
Civardi, Anne. The New Baby J PIC CIV and J PB PIC C
Lucy and Tom get ready for the arrival of their new baby sister.
Falwell, Cathryn. We Have a Baby J PIC FAL
The arrival of a new baby is cause for celebration, presenting opportunities to love, watch, touch, and care for the new family member.
Holt, Kimberly Willis. Waiting for Gregory J PIC HOL
Despite the confusing answers her relatives give about when her new cousin will arrive, Iris is very excited about the baby and all the things they will be able to do together.
Landolf, Diane Wright. What a Good Big Brother J PIC LAN
Cameron learns a lot from helping his parents when his baby sister cries, and one day he is the only one who can comfort her.
MacLachlan, Patricia. You Were the First J PIC MAC
Reminds firstborn children that they will always special–even if another child or children follow–because they have been the first to do many things, including teaching their mother and father to be parents.
McQuinn, Anna. Lola Reads to Leo J PIC MCQ
Lola reads story books to her new baby brother Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola at bedtime.
Reiser, Lynn. My Baby and Me J PIC REI
Photographs and simple text portray interactions between babies and their toddler siblings.
Rockwell, Lizzy. Hello Baby! J PB PIC R
A young boy describes how a new baby is growing inside his mommy, and tells what it is like when his new sister comes home from the hospital.
Schaefer, Lola. One Special Day J PIC SCH
An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother.
Witek, Jo. Hello in There!: A Big Sister’s Book of Waiting J PIC WIT
A comforting and imaginative book for every sibling-to-be.
Ziefert, Harriet. Waiting For Baby J PIC ZIE
Max’s mommy is going to have a baby. Although Max talks to his mohter’s tummy and even sings to it, nothing seems to make the baby get here faster.
Cocovini, Abby. What’s Inside Your Tummy Mommy? J PARENTS’ CORNER 612.6 COC
Uses life-size illustrations to show the growth and development of a baby inside the womb from the first month until birth.
Danzig, Dianne. Babies Don’t Eat Pizza: The Big Kids’ Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters J PARENTS’ CORNER 649 DAN
A colorful and informative guide to new babies for their older siblings.
Heiligman, Deborah. Babies J 612.6 HEI
Describes how babies look and act and how they change as they grow.
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home J PARENTS’ CORNER 305.232
From one of the authors of the popular “What to Expect” series for adults, this book answers children’s questions about what new babies look like, what they do and don’t do, and what having one around the house will really be like.
Rogers, Fred. The New Baby J PB PIC R and J PARENTS’ CORNER 306.8 ROG
Explains the needs of toddlers faced with a new baby in the family, and some of the changes and disruptions the baby can cause in the life of the older brother or sister.
Ashman, Linda. When I Was King J PIC ASH
A young boy describes how he is no longer “king” now that there is a new baby in the house, but then his family helps him enjoy the change.
Henkes, Kevin. Julius, the Baby of the World J PIC HEN and J PB PIC H
Lily is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house until Cousin Garland comes to visit.
Hirst, Daisy. Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do! J PIC HIR
Monster Natalie gets angry with her little brother Alphonse when he starts eating her favorite book, but she doesn’t stay mad for long.
Hoban, Russell. A Baby Sister for Frances and J PB PIC H
When things change around the house after her baby sister is born, Frances decides to run away – but not too far.
Holabird, Katharine. Angelina’s Baby Sister J PIC HOL
Angelina’s excitement over the arrival of a new baby turns to jealousy when her little sister becomes the center of attention.
Jenkins, Emily. That New Animal J PIC JEN
The lives of two dogs change after a new animal, a baby, comes to their house.
Keats, Ezra Jack. Peter’s Chair J PIC KEA and J PB PIC K
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted piece, a chair, and runs away — but not for long.
Weeks, Sarah. Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth J PIC WEE
A disgruntled big sister reveals unpleasant facts about babies.
Carlstrom, Nancy White. It’s Your First Day of School, Annie Claire J PIC CAR
Annie Claire, excited but nervous about her first day of school, is reassured by her mother, whose love always goes with her.
Dewdney, Anna. Llama Llama Misses Mama J PIC DEW
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.
Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly Worried J PIC HEN and J CD HEN
A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
Katz, Karen. Rosie Goes to Preschool J PIC KAT
Rosie, a helpful preschooler, offers advice to children facing their first day of preschool.
Martin,Jr., Bill and Michael Sampson. Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? J PIC MAR
On the first day of school, Kitty Cat discovers that there are lots of things to enjoy, including playing, painting, singing, listening to a story, and sharing something special during show-and-tell. No wonder he likes school so much.
Neubecker, Robert. Wow! School! J PIC NEU
From art to science, music to the playground, and books to friends, Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.
Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand J PIC PEN
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
Senderak, Carol Hunt. Mommy in My Pocket J PIC SEN
A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school.
Simon, Charnan. One Happy Classroom J EASY SIM
Activities in a happy, busy classroom introduce the numbers one to ten.
Sullivan, Deirdre. Ming Goes to School J PIC SUL
Ming goes to preschool, where she bravely plays all kinds of games with new friends and old, but she is still not quite ready for the big red slide.
Thompson, Lauren. Mouse’s First Day of School J PIC THO
When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends.
Carlson, Nancy. Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come J PIC CAR
Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.
Harris, Robie H. I Am Not Going to School Today J PIC HAR
A little boy decides to skip his very first day of school, because on the first day one doesn’t know anything, but on the second, one knows everything.
Hays, Anna Jane. Kindergarten Countdown J PIC SMALL HAYS
Rhyming text follows an excited little girl as she counts down the days before the start of kindergarten.
Hennessy, B. G. Mr. Ouchy’s First Day J PIC HEN
Mr. Ouchy, a new teacher, is nervous about his first day of school, but when he teaches the class about time and counting, they all enjoy the experience.
Moreillon, Judi. Ready and Waiting for You J PIC MOR
Warm and friendly characters–including the bus driver, the principal, the art teacher, and the school nurse–welcome a new student to the first day of school.
Poydar, Nancy. First Day, Hooray! J PIC POY
All over town, Ivy and her bus driver and her teacher and the other school employees get ready for the first day of school.
Rockwell, Anne. Welcome to Kindergarten J PIC ROC
A boy visits the classroom where he will attend kindergarten the following fall and finds out what is in store for him.
Slate, Joseph. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten J PIC SLA
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
Wing, Natasha. The Night Before Kindergarten J PIC WIN
A story in the style of the familiar poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” about getting ready for the first day of kindergarten.
Wright, Michael. Jake Starts School J PIC WRI
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.
Yum, Hyewon. Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten J PIC YUM
A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at “the big kids’ school,” must calm his very worried mother.
Berenstain, Stan & Jan. The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist J PB PIC B
Sister Bear watches Dr. Bearson fill Brother Bear’s small cavity. Then it’s her turn in the chair to have a dangling baby tooth removed. (Ages 3-6).
Civardi, Anne. Going to the Dentist J PB PIC C
When Jake and Jessie Judd visit the dentist, he checks their teeth and cleans them, fills Jake’s cavity, and tells them to take care of their teeth by eating healthy foods and brushing their teeth properly. (Ages 2-5).
Cousins, Lucy. Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth J PIC COU and J PB PIC C
Maisy the mouse and her animal friends accompany nervous Charley on his first visit to the dentist. (Ages 2-4).
Keller, Laurie. Open Wide: Tooth School Inside J PIC KEL, J PB PIC K, and J CD KEL
Learn all about your teeth and how to care for them from the teeth who are Dr. Flossman’s students in this funny yet informative romp. (Ages 5-8).
Steig, William. Doctor De Soto J PIC STE and J PIC STE CALDECOTT and J CD STE
Dr. De Soto is a mouse who doesn’t treat animals who might eat him, yet he takes pity on a suffering fox, removing a rotten tooth that is causing great pain. But how will he ensure that when the fox returns for his new tooth, he won’t eat Dr. De Soto then? (Ages 5-8).
Ziefert, Harriet. ABC Dentist J PIC ZIE
This friendly, basic introduction to the ABCs of visiting the dentist includes information about the “dental chair” and “hygienist” and defines “plaque” and “x-ray.” (Ages 3-7)
Goulding, Sylvia. Taking Care of Your Teeth J 617.601 GOU
Discusses how to brush your teeth, why flossing is important, what foods are good or bad for your teeth, and a visit to the dentist. (Ages 6-8).
Kemper, Bitsy. Out and About at the Dentist J 617.6 KEM
In this class visit to the dentist, children are introduced to everything from the waiting room to the lab and learn about fluoride, fillings, and x-rays. (Ages 4-8).
Kuklin, Susan. When I See My Dentist… J 617.601 KUK
Featuring clear color photographs that include close-ups of all the tools, a four-year-old girl explains in detail everything that happens at her dental checkup. (Ages 4-8).
Marleau, Eve and Michael Garton. Visit to the Dentist J 617.6 MAR
A very basic introduction to a dental checkup, including some information on how to keep teeth healthy.
Marsico, Katie. Visit the Dentist! J 617.6 MAR
This book focuses on dentist visits while discussing steps children can take to practice healthy lifestyles. Readers are introduced to what may happen during a typical dental exam and specifics about the job of a dentist. (Ages 5-8).
Meister, Cari. Dentists J 617.6 MEI
This photo-illustrated book for early readers tells what dentists do and how they work to keep our teeth healthy.
Miller, Edward. The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums J 617.6 MIL
This accessible introduction to teeth and dental health includes information on what’s in a tooth and how to clean teeth properly, as well as short sections on dental visits and first aid for dental problems. (Ages 5-8).
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist J PARENT’S CORNER PIC MUR
Helps parents prepare their children for what to expect from a dental check-up, answering questions like“Why do I have to go to the dentist?” “Does a tooth checkup hurt?” and “What’s a cavity?” (Ages 4-7).
Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth. Dentist’s Tools J 617.6 SAL
Basic definitions and clearly labeled photographs explain the tools a dentist uses. (Ages 4-8).
Berenstain, Stan & Jan. The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor J PB PIC B
Dr. Grizzly gives the Berenstain cubs a regular checkup. (Ages 3-6).
Civardi, Anne. Going to the Doctor J PB PIC C
In this simple, comforting story, the three Jay children visit the doctor for a sprained wrist, a bad cough, and a routine immunization. (Ages 2-5).
Cole, Joanna. My Friend the Doctor J PIC SMALL COL
Hannah visits her doctor for a routine checkup. (Ages 2-5).
London, Jonathan. Froggy Goes to the Doctor J PIC LON and J PB PIC L
Froggy isn’t looking forward to his check-up because he might get a shot but when it’s over and he’s pronounced a very healthy frog, Dr. Mugwort is the one who dreads Froggy’s next visit. (Ages 3-6).
Murphy, Liz. ABC Doctor: Staying Healthy from A to Z J PIC MUR
Learn about visiting the doctor, from Appointment to a Zillion times better. (Ages 3-7).
Singer, Marilyn. I’m Getting a Checkup J PIC SIN
Join three children and their parents as they visit their pediatrician for a typical checkup and learn all about the different tools doctors and nurses use. (Ages 3-7).
Slegers, Liesbet. Katie Goes to the Doctor J PIC SLE
When Katie has a fever, her mother brings her to her friendly doctor with her favorite toy in tow. (Ages 2-4).
Wells, Rosemary. Felix Feels Better J PIC SMALL WEL
Felix feels bad, so his mother takes him to Doctor Duck, who makes everything better. (Ages 2-4).
Kottke, Jan. A Day With a Doctor J Easy KOT
A introduction to a visit to the doctor including listening to your heart, checking your throat, and getting a shot. (Ages 2-5).
Bennett, Howard. Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots J PARENT’S CORNER PIC BEN
After her doctor compares her to all sorts of wild animals, Molly realizes that she can handle a shot with no problem. (Ages 4-7).
Brazelton, T. Berry. Going to the Doctor J 610 BRA and J PARENT’S CORNER 610 BRA
A pediatrician tells what happens when a child goes to the doctor for a check-up, with explanations of the instruments and procedures that will be encountered. (Ages 5-10).
Marsico, Katie. Visit the Doctor! J 618.92 MAR
This book focuses on doctor visits while discussing steps children can take to practice healthy lifestyles. Readers are introduced to what may happen during a typical medical exam and specifics about the job of a doctor. (Ages 5-8).
Murray, Julie. Doctors J 610.95 MUR
A very basic introduction to the work doctors do and some of the tools they use. (Ages 2-5).
Ready, Dee. Doctors J 610.69 REA
Explains the clothing, tools, schooling, and work of doctors. (Ages 4-7).
Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth. Doctor’s Tools J 610.284 SAL
Straightforward definitions along with labeled images help kids understand the uses and value of each of the basic tools used by doctors. (Ages 4-8).
Swanson, Diane. The Doctor & You J 610 SWA
With photos of children, this book about going to a doctor introduces children to a doctor’s tools and explains what to expect and how to behave during a visit. (Ages 5-8).
Civardi, Anne. Going to the Hospital J PB PIC C
Using simple text and cheerful, comforting pictures, this book tells the story of Ben who needs a basic operation on his ear. (Ages 2-5).
Hatkoff, Juliana Lee. Good-Bye Tonsils! J PIC HAT
In this story of a young girl who goes to the hospital to have her tonsils removed there is lots of information about operations and hospital visits in general. (Ages 5-8).
Lloyd, Sam. Doctor Meow’s Big Emergency J PIC LLO
In this exciting adventure, Tom Cat has hurt his leg, and Doctor Meow must help him right away. (Ages 3-6).
Rey, Margret & H.A. Curious George Goes to the Hospital J PIC REY and E BOOK
After swallowing a piece of jigsaw puzzle, Curious George has an x-ray and an operation and still manages to get into to trouble. (Ages 4-8).
Rogers, Fred. Going to the Hospital J PB PIC R
Using simple text and color photographs, this book gives parents and children the opportunity to talk through some of the feelings that may arise during a child’s first hospital stay. (Ages 4-8).
Thomas, Pat. Do I Have to Go to the Hospital?: A First Look at Going to the Hospital J PB PIC T
This reassuring book talks in very general terms about what to expect—and how children might feel—when in the hospital. (Ages 3-5).
Attebury, Nancy Garhan. Out and About at the Hospital J 362.11 ATT
With accessible, cartoon-like illustrations, this book tells the story of a class trip to the hospital. (Ages 4-8).
Bennett, Howard J. Harry Goes to the Hospital J PARENT’S CORNER PIC BEN
Harry visits the E.R. with stomach trouble and meets lots of helpful, reassuring people who explain everything that’s happening and answer all his questions. (Ages 4-8).
Gordon, Sharon. What’s Inside a Hospital? J 362.111 GOR
A basic introduction to a busy hospital, including descriptions of the equipment, the staff, the emergency room, the operating room, etc. (Ages 3-6).
Miller, Marilyn. Behind the Scenes at the Hospital J 362.1 MIL
Explains the functions of different areas of a hospital, such as the X-ray unit, the laboratory, the intensive care unit, children’s department, and the maternity ward. (Ages 4-8).
Parker, Vic. Going to the Hospital J 362.11 PAR
A basic and reassuring introduction to a visit to the hospital, answering such questions as: “What is it like to be a patient?” and “What happens if I need an operation?” (Ages 3-5).
Cochran, Bill. The Forever Dog J PIC COC
Mike and his dog Corky plan to be best friends forever, so when Corky becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise.
Demas, Corinne. Saying Goodbye to Lulu J PIC DEM
When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life. A new puppy helps Lulu feel better at the end of the book.
DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. A Dog Like Jack J PIC DIS
After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog comes to the end of his days.
Huneck, Stephen. Sally Goes to Heaven J PIC HUN
A beloved dog dies and goes to heaven where she lives happily and helps to find her family on earth a new pet. See alsoDog Heaven and Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant and described below.
Loewen, Nancy. Good-bye, Jeepers : What to Expect When Your Pet Dies J 155.9 LOE
Helps children understand the range of emotions they might feel when their pet dies and encourages them to talk about their feelings to help them heal.
Marcero, Deborah. Rosie and Crayon J PIC MAR
When Rosie’s dog Crayon dies all the color in her world seems to fade to grey, but after she helps a little boy find his cat she suddenly realizes her heart is open to love again, which helps bring the beautiful colors back into her life.
Newman, Leslea The Best Cat in the World J PIC NEW
Victor is saddened by the death of his pet cat Charlie but agrees to give a new—and very different—cat, Shelley, a chance.
Rogers, Fred. When a Pet Dies J 115.937 ROG and J PB PIC R
Explores the feelings of sadness and loneliness a child may feel when a pet dies.
Rylant, Cynthia. Cat Heaven J PIC RYL
God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears
Rylant, Cynthia. Dog Heaven J PIC RYL
God created Dog Heaven, a place where dogs can eat ice cream biscuits, sleep on fluffy clouds, and run through unending fields
Viorst, Judith. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney J PIC SMALL VIO and J PB PIC V
In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat.
Walsh, Barbara. Sammy in the Sky J PIC WAL
A little girl tells about her special pet, Sammy, “the best hound dog in the whole world,” and how, after he becomes sick and dies, she comes to know the truth of her mother’s words, that Sammy’s spirit is everywhere.
Bagley, Jessixa. Before I Leave J PIC BAG
When a little hedgehog’s family tells her they’re moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it’s hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out
Berenstain, Stan. The Berenstain Bear’s Moving Day J PB PIC B
The Bear family decides it is time to move to a new house and Brother is anxious about the change.
Bottner, Barbara. Rosa’s Room J PIC BOT
Rosa searches for things that will fill her room in her new home, but it feels empty until she discovers exactly what is missing.
Cadnum, Michael. The Lost and Found House J PIC CAD
A young boy and his parents are apprehensive as they leave their old home and move to a new house in a new town but ultimately hopeful about making it feel like home.
Carlson, Nancy L. My Best Friend Moved Away J PIC CAR
After her best friend moves away, a little girl misses the special times they had together.
Civardi, Anne. Moving House J PB PIC C
In this very basic introduction to moving, the focus is mainly on what happens on the day of the move.
Daly, Niki. Where’s Jamela? J PIC DAL
When Mama gets a new job and a new house, everyone is excited about moving except Jamela who likes her old house just fine.
Denise, Anika. Bella and Stella Come Home J PIC DEN
Stella tries to reassure her stuffed elephant when they move to a new house where nothing is the same as it was at home.
Gleeson, Libby. Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House J PIC GLE
Clancy’s new house is too large and empty and he misses the cozy spots from his old home. When he goes out to play with the moving boxes he makes a friend, Millie,and things start to feel more like home.
Hallowell, George and Holub, Joan. Wagons Ho! J PIC HAL
Compares the experiences of Jenny Johnson and Katie Miller as their families move from Missouri to Oregon, one in 1846 and one in 2011.
Johnson, Angela. The Leaving Morning J PB PIC J
Saying goodbye to home, cousins, and friends is hard, but Mama and Daddy help make the leaving morning a little easier.
Manushkin, Fran. Moving Day J EASY MAN
Katie Woo is nervous about moving to a new house but, as her family settles in and begins to do things they did in their old home, she starts to feel more comfortable.
Maturana, Andrea. Life Without Nico J PIC MAT
When Maia’s best friend Nico moves away for a while, Maia feels lost without him until she meets an unexpected companion and makes a new friend. When he returns, she is concerned at first that their friendship won’t be the same, but finds that some things don’t change.
Meltzer, Amy. A Mezuzah on the Door J PIC MEL
Noah has not gotten a good night’s sleep since moving from a noisy apartment in the city to a quiet house in the suburbs, but that changes after his parents invite former neighbors to celebrate the dedication of their home as a Jewish home.
Rogers, Fred. Moving J PARENT’S CORNER 649.6 ROG
Describes in detail the process of moving, as well as the irritation and uncertainty, the sorrow and the excitement.
Underwood, Deborah. Bad Bye, Good Bye J PIC UND
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a family as they move to a new town.
Viorst, Judith.Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move J PIC VIO
Alexander refuses to move away if it means having to leave his favorite friend and special places, but his family advises him that with time the new house will feel like home. Also included in Absolutely Positively Alexander J PIC VIO.
Winter, Jeanette. Angelina’s Island J PIC WIN
Every day, Angelina dreams of her home in Jamaica and imagines she is there, until her mother finds a wonderful way to convince her that New York is now their home.
Wong, Janet S. Homegrown House J PIC WON
A young girl describes her grandmother’s comfortable, long-time home, and wishes she could stay in the same house instead of moving so often.