• These are a few of my favorite books to share with young children.  This list keeps growing so be sure to check back often!
    kissing hand
    Little Chester, the raccoon, doesn't want to leave his mother to go off to school. His mother shares a little secret of "the kissing hand" by kissing the palm of his hand. She tells him if he gets lonely at school he can just press his palm against his cheek to feel that his mother's love is with him. He gives his mother a kissing hand too. A great story to share with children who may be anxious about making new friends or leaving the comforts of home.
    It was okay for a while, but now Chester doesn't like having a little brother anymore. Every time he thinks Mother Raccoon has given him just a little extra love, she goes and gives it to his brother Ronny, too. Finally, with a story about the stars, Chester begins to understand about a Mother's love. This is a story that helps 'big brothers' understand that parents can never run out of love for their children.
    little red hen
    A fresh retelling by Byron Barton of the well-loved story of the little red hen who grows grain threshes wheat and feeds her chicks--all by herself without any help from her lazy friends.
    hat for minerva
    The other chickens hate snowy mornings. But not Minerva Louise! To her a snowy day-like everything else- is an adventure. But this chilly, chipper hen needs something to keep her warm.
    What won't this old lady swallow? This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic "little old lady" books will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!
    A slightly dizzying new spin on the well-loved cumulative rhyming song "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this madcap picture book stars a ravenously hungry relative who comes to Thanksgiving dinner with a pie. Since she eats the pie in its entirety before she even gets in the house, she has to swallow some cider (that "rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her"). The story continues in this vein, as we watch the hosts grow visibly alarmed--and the children visibly delighted-- by the old lady's surreal appetite and supernaturally increasing girth.
    In this raucous twist on a favorite tale, a woman strides through a winter wonderland devouring a very peculiar lineup of objects, including a pipe, coal, tree branches, and a black hat. Colandro offers weak explanations for the "cold woman's" bizarre appetite, but things become somewhat clearer when the woman finally spits everything back out, and the items assemble themselves into a grinning snowman.
    not afraid
    A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations.
     David Shannon takes an off-the-wall approach to his story of Camilla who wants to be like everyone else. This need to be popular keeps Camilla from eating her favourite food, lima beans, since all the other kids hate them. Then, the girl who can't stand to be different becomes spectacularly different when she develops a case of the stripes. It isn't an ordinary case of the stripes either. She sprouts "roots and berries and crystals and feathers" and actually melts into the walls of her room before she is rescued. A team of experts, including medical specialists, herbalists, veterinarians, and psychics, tries to cure her, but relief comes from a little old lady and a small bag of lima beans.
    This tale about a kitten's misadventures delightfully brings one through the days of the week with simple text that preschool age children will quickly identify with.