Picture Books

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover

Author: 
Josh Schneider

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

With typical humor and understanding, Schneider creates another gem of a picture book.  Amelia and her doll, Princess Sparkle -Heart, do everything together.  There's tea parties, weddings, and secrets.  But on every page there's the GRRRRRR of the jealous family dog until the pup tears up Princess Sparkle-Heart.  Mom comes in with her sewing box to save the day for the heartbroken Amelia. Working together, they show that love and creativity can create wonders.

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Author: 
Christine Baldacchino
Illustrator: 
Isabelle Malenfant

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

Morris Micklewhite likes Sundays when his mother makes him pancakes. He also loves Mondays because he gets to to go school, and there are lots of activities he likes there: painting, singing, snack time, the list goes on. The very best thing about school is the dress up box, where he always finds his favorite bright tangerine dress to put on. The other kids aren't very accepting of Morris wearing a dress, but he is able to find solace at home where he paints pictures inspired by his dreams and imagination.

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Hank Finds an Egg

Author: 
Rebecca Dudley

Reading Level: Prek -  PreK - Grade 2

In this stunning, wordless picture book, Hank, a cute stuffed animal (perhaps a bear or a monkey) finds an egg that has fallen from its nest.  After several unsuccessful attempts to reach the nest, Hank cares for the egg at his campsite.  With the help of mother hummingbird, there's a happy ending for all.  Dudley built wonderfully detailed dioramas from paper, clay, fabric etc. and then photographed them.  She created a world readers will want to visit again and again.

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Bedtime Monsters

Author: 
Josh Schneider

Reading Level: PreK - Grade 3

Josh Schneider hits the mark again as he reinvents the classic monster under the bed tale.  Arnold is your average boy.  He trashes an imaginery Fifth Avenue and bites off the heads of animal crackers.  But Arnold doesn't want to go to bed for fear of bedtime monsters.  Sure enough, they appear one by one.  Some very silly monsters jump into bed with Arnold since it turns out that they are afraid other monsters.   Readers will laugh aloud at the imaginative illustrations and love the surprise ending!

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You're Wearing THAT to School?!

Author: 
Lynn Plourde
Illustrator: 
Sue Cornelison

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 6

Penelope Hippo is very excited about her first day of school, until her older, jaded friend, Tiny Mouse, helps her pick out what to wear, bring and eat to make sure she conforms on that special day.

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