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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

Books for Ages Birth-3

10 little rubber ducks / Eric Carle.  2005.   OVERSIZE  Fic C278te.   When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.

And the train goes-- / William Bee.   2007.   Fic B4139a.   As assorted passengers comment on their train ride, and the train itself goes "Clickerty click, clickerty clack," the station parrot is carefully listening to every sound.

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Bill Martin, Jr.   1992.   Fic M3837bro.   Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them. 

The cat in the hat / by Dr. Seuss1957, 1987.   Fic G313c.   Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat, who shows them some tricks and games.  Accompanied by cassette tape no. 0246.

Chicka chicka boom boom / by Bill Martin, Jr.  1989.  Fic M3837c.   An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Chicky chicky chook chook / Cathy MacLennan.  2007.  Fic M1645c.   Chicks, kitties, and bees play in the morning but get sleepy in the afternoon heat. Their nap is interrupted by a storm that leaves them all icky and soggy. How will they get dry?

Color farm / Lois Ehlert. 1990. Fic E332c.   The rooster, dog, sheep, cow, pig, and other animals on a farm are made up of colorful shapes such as square, circle, rectangle, and triangle. Features die-cut pages.

A color of his own / Leo Lionni.  1997.  Fic L763c.   A little chameleon is distressed that he doesn’t have his own color like other animals.

Color zoo / Lois Ehlert.  1989. 701.8 E332c.    Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes on die-cut pages that form animal faces when placed on top of one another.

Corduroy / Don Freeman.  1968.   Fic F8552cor.  A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Do unto otters: a book about manners / Laurie Keller.  2007.  Fic K2929d.   Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus / Mo Willems.   2003.   Fic W699d.   When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon!

Does a kangaroo have a mother, too? / Eric Carle.  2002.   591.39 C278d.   Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd.

Eating the alphabet: fruits and vegetables from A to Z / Lois Ehlert.  1989.  Fic E332e.   An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.

Feathers for lunch / Lois Ehlert.  1990.  OVERSIZE  Fic E332fe.   An escaped housecat encounters twelve birds in the back yard but fails to catch any of them and has to eat feathers for lunch.

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed / Eileen Christelow.  1989, 2006.  398.84 C5545f.   A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.  Accompanied by read-along CD.

Food for thought: concepts for growing minds / Saxton Freymann.  2005.  736.9 F894f.  Presents fruits and vegetables carved into shapes to teach colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and opposites.

From head to toe / Eric Carle.  1997.  OVERSIZE   613.71 C278f.   Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.

Global Babies / [by Global Fund for Children].  2007.  305.232 G5622.  Text and photographs introduce young children to their neighbors in Guatemala, Thailand, Greenland, Mali, the U.S., India, South Africa, Fiji, Peru, Afghanistan, Malawi, Spain, Iraq, Rwanda, and Bhutan.

Goodnight, goodnight, construction site / Sherri Duskey Rinker.  2011.  Fic R582g.    At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Goodnight moon / by Margaret Wise Brown. 1947, 2005.  Fic B8792go.  A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

Green / Laura Vaccaro Seeger.    2012.  Fic S4517g.  Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

Harold and the purple crayon / Crockett Johnson.  Fic L532h.    Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, and in the end he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep.

Higher! higher! / Leslie Patricelli.  2009.  Fic P3141h.   One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!"

Honey baby sugar child / Alice Faye Duncan. 2005.  Fic D8998h.  A mother expresses her everlasting love for her child in this warm, poetic picture book.

How are you peeling?: foods with moods / Saxton Freymann.  1999.  152.4 F894h.    Brief text and photographs of carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions by presenting leading questions such as "Are you feeling angry?"

How do dinosaurs say goodnight? / Jane Yolen.  2000.  OVERSIZE Fic Y545h.   Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

Joseph had a little overcoat / Simms Taback1999.  Fic T112j.  Caldecott Medal Winner.   Based on a Yiddish folk song, Joseph’s very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments. 

Kissing hand / Audrey Penn.  2006.  Fic P412k .   When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

Kitten’s first full moon / Kevin Henkes. 2004. Fic H513k.  Caldecott Medal Winner.    When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale
/ by Mo Willems.  2004.  Fic W699k.    A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

Little red hen / [illustrated by] Jerry Pinkney.  2006.  398.2452 L778ℓ.    A newly illustrated edition of the classic fable of the hen who is forced to do all the work of baking bread and of the animals who learn a bitter lesson from it.

Llama Llama misses Mama / Anna Dewdney.  2009.  Fic D5159ℓmi.   Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

Llama Llama mad at Mama / Anna Dewdney.  2007.  Fic D5159ℓma.   A young llama wants to play but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.

Llama Llama red pajama / Anna Dewdney.  2005.  Fic D5159ℓr.   At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

LMNO peas / Keith Baker.  2010.   Fic B16787ℓ.   Busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist.

Maggie’s ball / Lindsay Barrett George.  2010. Fic G3484m.   When Maggie the dog goes searching for her missing ball, she finds a lot of different things--including a new friend.

Mister Seahorse / Eric Carle.  2004.  OVERSIZE  Fic C278mi.   After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs

Mother Goose numbers on the loose / Leo & Diane Dillon. 2007.  398.84 D5794mo.   Presents an illustrated collection of twenty-four counting rhymes, from "Baa, baa black sheep" to "Wash the dishes, wipe the dishes."

Mouse mess / Linnea Riley. 1997.  Fic R573m.   A hungry mouse leaves a huge mess when it goes in search of a snack.

No, David! / David Shannon.  1998.  Fic S52876n.   A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

Orange pear apple bear / Emily Gravett. 2006.  Fic G7769o.   Explores concepts of color, shape, and food using only five simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.

A pocket for Corduroy / Don Freeman.  1978.  Fic F8552po.  A toy bear who wants a pocket for himself searches for one in a laundromat.

Polar bear night / Lauren Thompson.  2004.  Fic T4738p.   After wandering out at night to watch a magical star shower, a polar bear cub returns home to snuggle with her mother in their warm den.

Press here / Hervé Tullet.   2011.    Fic T918ℓ.   Using no special effects other than the reader’s imagination, a series of dots multiplies, grows, or changes color by pressing, tilting, or blowing on the previous page.

Quiet, loud / Leslie Patricelli2003.   428.1 P3141q.   Some things are quiet. Some things are loud. But everything is fun!

Runaway bunny / Clement Hurd.  1942.  Fic B8792ru.   A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him; even if he changes into a fish, she will become a fisherman fishing with a carrot.

A splendid friend, indeed / Suzanne Bloom.  2005. Fic B6556s.   When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

Ten black dots / Donald Crews.  1986.  Fic C9273te.  A counting book which shows what can be done with ten black dots--one can make a sun, two a fox’s eyes, or eight the wheels of a train.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly / Simms Taback. 1997.  782.421622100268 T112t.   Presents the traditional version of a famous American folk poem first heard in the U.S. in the 1940’s with illustrations on die-cut pages that reveal all that the old lady swallows.

This is not my hat / Jon Klassen.  2012.   Fic K634t.  Caldecott Medal 2013.   A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Thomas the tank engine / W. Awdry.   2005.   Fic A966t.  First published in 1946, and continuously in print since, these are the first four of Thomas’ many adventures.  He cheekily tries to upset Gordon, accidentally leaves his coaches behind, and has a lot of trouble with the Troublesome Trucks, but in the end he learns many lessons about being a Really Useful Engine.

Very lonely firefly / Eric Carle.  1995.  Fic C278vlf.   A lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies.

Very hungry caterpillar / by Eric Carle1987.  Fic C278vhc.   Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep and wakes up a butterfly.  Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

Wheels on the bus / Paul O. Zelinsky.  1990.  784.624 Z49w.   The wheels on the bus go round, the wipers go swish, the doors open and close, and the people go in and out in this movable book version of the classic song.

Where is the green sheep? / Mem Fox.  2004.  Fic F79305w.    A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

You and me together: moms, dads, and kids around the world / Barbara Kerley.  2005.  306.874 K39y.  From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.

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