Locomotive Book Poster Image

Visually dazzling, poetically written, this informative picture book gives a comprehensive account of what it was like to cross the United States by train in the late 1800s. It's filled with fascinating facts and detailed watercolor illustrations that give readers a you-are-there thrill.

Madeline Book Poster Image

Kids instantly take to this rhyming story of 12 Paris school girls who live in an old house covered with vines and walk everywhere in two straight lines with their teacher, Miss Clavel. Bold, brave Madeline has an appendectomy in this series starter.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Book Poster Image

Can Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig the cellar for the new town hall in one day? This nostalgic book with charming crayon pictures and an inspiring message shows kids that if they aim high and work hard, the sky's the limit.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Book Poster Image

Sylvester panics and turns himself into a rock to escape a lion. Is he now doomed to be a rock forever? This book's gentle, unerring handling of fear of abandonment makes for an endearing story full of pathos and strength. A Caldecott Medal winner.

Tikki Tikki Tembo Book Poster Image

This imaginative retelling of a Chinese folktale shows positive sibling relationships, the value of tradition, and being open to newer, better ways. It's also super fun to say the name over and over.


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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.