Books to enjoy with little ones.
Bitsy Bat, school star
Windness, Kaz, 1974- author, illustrator
The only bat at her new school, Bitsy does not feel like she fits in, but after some encouragement, Bitsy learns that everyone shines differently.
Dolly Parton's Billy the Kid makes it big
Parton, Dolly, author.
"French bulldog Billy the Kid was born with an ear for music. And not just any music. He loves barking to the beat of country music! So Billy sets out to Nashville to sing his heart out. But when he meets some big bullies at the Battle of the Bow-wows, Billy worries he's barking up the wrong tree. He'll need his favorite songs ('Jowlene' and 'I Will Pawlways Love You,' of course), a group of scrappy new friends, and his favorite country music star to regain self-confidence and be the star he always knew he could be"-- Provided by publisher.
Everything in its place : a story of books and belonging
David-Sax, Pauline, author
A shy girl who feels most at home in the school library gains the courage to extend herself to others when she encounters a group of unique, diverse, inspiring women at the diner where her mother works.
The fantastic Bureau of Imagination
Montague, Brad, author, illustrator
Sparky the special figment agent delivers all the mail in the very orderly Fantastic Bureau of Imagination, until one day when all the unshared ideas in the world overflow and threaten to topple the whole building.
Fire chief Fran
Ashman, Linda, author
"If a puppy is in danger or a café is on fire, Fire Chief Fran is ready to help! Featuring a strong female role model, a huge fire truck, and an action-packed story, this read-aloud is a dynamic introduction to a day in the life of a firefighter."-- From publisher's description.
I did it!
Emberley, Michael, author, artist.
A girl tries and tries again to learn to ride a bicycle and all her friends provide words of encouragement.
Barnett, Mac, author
"It's John's big day at school today--a performance for Sharing Gifts time. His bag is carefully packed and prepared, his classmates are ready, and the curtain is waiting to open. John is nervous, looking out at all the other children staring back at him. But he takes a big breath and begins. Mac Barnett's compassionate text and Kate Berube's understated and expressive art tell the story of a kid who finds the courage to show others his talent for dancing"-- Provided by publisher.
Jordan-Glum, Rebecca, author, illustrator.
Granny thinks catsitting will be easy. She'll make her signature cupcakes, give the cat a good brushing, and together they'll share a sweet night's rest. But Kitty has other plans. After Granny loses her glasses and accidentally lets a raccoon inside, all bets are off--much to the cat's displeasure.
Me and the boss
Edwards, Michelle, author.
Six-year-old Lee will not give up until he can show his big sister Zora, a.k.a. the boss, how good he can sew. Includes instructions on how to make Lee's smiling moon.
Repeat after me : big things to say every day
Simon, Jazmyn, 1980- author.
I am worthy. I am loved. I am enough. Every child, no matter their age, needs to know how loved they are and, more importantly, should love themselves. In this gorgeously illustrated book of affirmations, young readers are told how cherished, deserving, and gifted they are.
Hood, Morag (Illustrator)
Duck has lost his spaghetti, and Tiny Horse has a plan to save the day. But what exactly do you bring to a Spaghetti Hunt? A spade, a fishing rod, a jar of peanut butter, cutlery, and some binoculars - obviously. Searching far and wide, Tiny Horse catches worms, a ball of string, even a snake - but no spaghetti. Disaster! Until Duck consults a recipe book, and armed with flour, eggs and a pasta maker, sets about making his own spaghetti. This infectiously comic story encourages reading and home-cooking, teaching children about where food really comes from.
Ericson, Nora, author
Illustrations and text follow a family's morning routine from the perspective of the earliest riser in the house.