The Lion & the Mouse Book Poster Image

Aesop's fable takes on new depth in this 2011 Caldecott Medal winner. With luminous, earthy artwork, Jerry Pinkney portrays familiar subjects as adversaries, leaders, and part of a diverse community in the Serengeti.

The Story of Ferdinand Book Poster Image

This classic story about a gentle bull offers a peek into another culture and a reminder that everyone's different. Kids and parents will appreciate the expressive illustrations and subtle messages of nonviolence and unconditional love.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Book Poster Image

Beatrix Potter's first story is about a mischievous rabbit who disobeys his mother's warning to stay out of McGregor's garden. Kids see themselves in this charming, suspenseful tale, which boasts some of literature's most memorable illustrations.

George and Martha Book Poster Image

Bright color washes added to expressive line drawings help convey the warmth between two best friends who happen to be hippos. In funny but gentle stories, these likable, sometimes bumbling pals teach kids about respect, courtesy, and kindness.

Interrupting Chicken Book Poster Image

This Caldecott winner about a little chicken who interrupts her dad's bedtime stories has a relatable main character and inventive plot. Kids crack up when lines blur between the chicken's "real" life and the stories within the story.


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Common Sense Tips

  • Reading to kids -- even those who can read on their own -- helps reinforce the rhythm of the language and correct pronunciation.
  • You read a page, she reads a page. Taking turns is a great way to help kids learn to read.