The Day the Crayons Came Home Book Poster Image
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.