Monday, September 22, 2008

Asking for Children's Book Recommendations

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As a teacher of small children I am always looking for great picture books that I can use in the classroom. Books that can be easily extended into lessons and activities, have predictable patterns (such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear), or related to our PreK Units are preferrable.

This weekend I posted a review of a new book I just purchased for the class and was wondering if anyone knows of any other new (or old) children's books that would be good to get for my classroom library.

Thanks so much for any help you can give me with this. I will also continue to post reviews of new books I find if any of you are interested. If not, reviews will be on GoodReads. :)


  1. My favorites when I was a weejun were The Ernie and Bert Book by Norman Stiles, The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stiles, Pigs in Hiding by Arlene Dubanevich, Whose Mouse are You by Robert Kraus, The Animal House by Ivor Cutler, and Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse! by George Mendoza.

  2. Hi Mari - I love all books by Shaun Tan. Not sure of the exact age of the children you teach but I have used these books in my work as a social worker with children of various ages.

  3. Mari, if the link below works correctly, it should bring up my 'Kid Picks' - books that my 3.5 year old really, really enjoys:'s%20Lit.aspx

  4. Hi there! Found you from the comments over on 5 Minutes for Books.

    Last winter I found Barefoot Books, an independent children's book publisher. I loved them so much I started selling them as well. Barefoot celebrates art and story in unique, high-quality books!

    There are SO many that would fit the category you're looking for. Immediately I thought of The Gigantic Turnip, an old folk tale about teamwork, with a very predictable pattern. My almost-3-year-old loves it! And The Parrot Tico Tango is great, too -- I posted last week on my blog a review for the 5 Minutes for Books Kids' Picks carnival.

    You can check out my website at for the full catalog of Barefoot Books. I would LOVE to provide you with more recommendations, too! I could talk about this topic FOREVER! :)

    Good luck --

  5. You should check out Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks.
    There's lots going on too:
    This Month Storybox has guest illustrator Helen Oxenbury featured.

    There's a Readathon happening in UK and Ireland -
    There's a Ghost Drawing competition in AdventureBoxBooks assiciated with the Polka Theatre ( )

  6. I sure could recommend some great books for preschoolers. All of the books I'm going to mention are Usborne books. Here goes:

    Picture Books like The Butterfly, In the Pond, On the Moon, and Under the Sea - all of these are non-fiction titles. Also classic stories in picture book format including The Secret Garden, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Gingerbread Man.

    First Experiences books including: The New Baby, Going to the Hospital and Moving House.

    Jobs People Do including: Fred the Firefighter and Vicky the Vet.

    Easy Words to Read Phonics Books - fun books with flaps and hidden ducks to find.

    Also, poetry books, textured books and board books. Books with preschool level crafts and books that teach alphabet and numbers.

    OK, that's a long list so pop on over to my blog or website if you have questions, or contact me through

  7. Thanks everyone. I am having a great time checking out all these books. I appreciate the help!


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