The Day the Crayons Came Home Book Poster Image

The wandering crayons have been battered, bitten, eaten, spit up, and spun in the dryer. Each makes an impassioned plea to Duncan to come back, so he makes them a special castle. Hugely entertaining; on lots of best-of-2015 lists.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Book Poster Image

An African-Chinese-Cuban kid hears drumbeats all around her in this true story of a girl who broke down barriers for female drummers in Cuba in the 1930s. Rich, warm hues blend scenes of Cuban life with fantastic dreamscapes. A book to treasure.

Harold and the Purple Crayon Book Poster Image

The 60th-anniversary edition of this beloved children's classic about a little boy who creates his surroundings with his ever-present purple crayon is in a new, larger size. An enduring celebration of imagination.

Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image

Grandma Nana gently imparts her belief in finding beauty in the world by answering her grandson's questions on a bus that takes them from church to the soup kitchen where they help out each week. Teaches acceptance, generosity, appreciation, and imagination.

Look! Book Poster Image

Using only two words -- "look" and "out" -- this book about a gorilla and a boy celebrates reading instead of watching TV. It's also a sweet story of friendship and conflict resolution; great mixed-media illustrations capture the two's emotions.


Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tip

  • Toddlers and young preschoolers like big, bright images and only a few words. Look for books in which the pictures work well with the text to help tell a story.