Baker, B. (2004). Anna’s Book. Dutton
Title: Anna’s Book
Author: Barbara Baker
Illustrator: Catharine O’Neill
Publication Date: 2004
Appropriate Age of Grade Level: Ages 1-3
Possible Lesson Connection: This book is a good way to teach children the value of reading.
Summary: Short but satisfying, this small story is about a toddler named Anna who just loves her new book: "Again," she says, as soon as Mommy has finished reading it. But after Mommy has read the whole book three times, she has to finish and do other things. Luckily, Anna has Teddy Bear to read her book to. "Again," says Teddy Bear
Browne, A. (1989). Like Books. Knopf.
Title: Like Books
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Appropriate Age of Grade Level: Ages 2 and up
Possible Lesson Connection: This books can be used in discussions about alphabets and nursery rhymes as well as in developing the creative skills of children through coloring.
Summary: A young chimp winsomely embodies his favorite types of books: carrying a basket of books dressed as Little Red (fairy tales), sitting on letters made of books (alphabet books), reading aloud on a wall to a nervous Humpty Dumpty (nursery rhymes) and most memorably, only partially colored in (coloring books.) The pages are framed with appropriate whimsical motifs.
Parr, T. (2005). Reading Makes You Feel Good. Little Brown
Title: Reading Makes You Feel Good
Author: Todd Parr
Illustrator: Todd Parr
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: 2005
Appropriate Age of Grade Level: Ages 1 to 4
Possible Lesson Connection: This book is suitable for discussions regarding the value and importance of reading.
Summary: Parr brings his usual exuberantly positive attitude to this paean to…
Summary: Parr brings his usual exuberantly positive attitude to this paean to reading. Reading makes you feel good because… you can learn how to make pizza, find your favorite animal at the zoo, or make someone feel better when they’re sick (by reading Parr’s The Feel Better Book of course.) Best of all, you can do it anywhere: in a bathtub, or a bookmobile, or even underwater, if you’re an octopus!
Summary: "Hello" and "Good-bye" seem like very ordinary words, but as this book shows, each can be meaningful in many different ways. As the text makes simple comments, small, colorful watercolor and colored pencil illustrations depict some of the many meanings of the words and the many different ways they can be said.
Summary: An all-too-human mouse takes readers on hilarious adventures with numbers and letters in these captivating concept books. In Mouse Letters, he doggedly creates the entire alphabet out of sticks, despite misadventures with a collapsing K and a top-heavy T.