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Author: Charlotte Forten

Capstone Press' series First-Person Histories are excellent resources for learning about key points in our American history through the eyes of those that lived it, presented in diary format.  The six titles in the series cover topics such as pioneer farms, covered wagons, Civil War, and more.  The short books are filled with colorful illustrations and easy to process tidbits of information.  The books include a glossary, discussion questions using the Common Core, related internet sites and bibliography for further reading.  Attractive format that makes learn history even more fun.

Author: David LaRochelle

Great read aloud.  There is nothing meaner than green beans with pointy boots and tall cowboy hats.  This story needs someone to save the day, who will it be?


Author: Mo Willems

Mo Willems does it again. Pigeon is back in another adventure, this time about taking a bath. I imagined reading this book to a group of preschoolers and thinking of all the fun we could have. The questions Pigeon asks will certainly be answered by enthusiastic listeners as they share their own stories about bathtime. The expressions on Pigeon's face are classic Willems. Pigeon is dirty throughout most of this book too which gives him a whole new look.

Author: Greg Pizzoli

Have you ever swallowed a seed and worried what might happen inside your stomach? Well so does Crocodile in this hilarious picture book. Crocodile loves his watermelon and he tries so hard not to eat any seeds but one day his appetite for melon overcomes his watchful eye. What happens next is hilarious. This would be a great read-aloud for familes and caregivers who work with children. This book won the 2014 Theodor Geisel Award.

Author: Jean Pendziwol

This lyrical picture book celebrates the beauty of a northern night with snowflakes, owls, foxes, mice and snowshoe hares. A child is shown the "picture" right outside his window and in the process learns about the animals, the trees, the sky and the dark and how they are at night. This would be a great going to bed story.

Title: Windblown
Author: Edouard Manceau

This cumulative tale is simply stunning!  From one scrap of paper to seven, new animals emerge each claiming the scraps as their own.  From chicken, to fish, to bird and more, the scraps come together forming new animals until finally the wind blows them all away.  The sparse words and illustrations leave a big impact.

Author: Rachel Vail

Piggy Liam looks like an ordinary pig- chubby, pink and cute- however, he's got one interest in life- to become the Easter Bunny!  Even though Liam's parents remind him that he's a great piglet just as he is, it's grandma and grandpa that help Liam achieve his dream, bring so much joy for this little oinker.  The book is a reminder that all of us are unique individuals with something to offer.

Cranky Happens

Author: Samantha Berger

This book shows that every kid- at some point or another- can be a CRANKENSTEIN!  Perhaps it's a too early wake up call in the morning being bumped on the head with a ball- watch out, because Crankenstein is sure to emerge!  The cure, you're wondering?  How about a little bit of laughter to send Crankenstein back into the shadows.  The illustrator his the mark with this book- alternating between mute, dark grumpy pictures and colorful illustrations.