This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
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Fourteen well-known contemporary children's book artists each offer a new, illustrated punch line to the title question.
A retelling of a Nandi tale from Africa relating how Ki-pat cleverly brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.
Grandpa takes the visiting children to the attic where he puts on his old-time vaudeville song and dance act.
Although he likes to decorate things Orson Rabbit's parents are worried that he does not have the discipline to become an Easter egg artist like themselves.
This story is centered around Girgian, a Muslim celebration observed during the middle of the month of Ramadan and underlines the gift of sharing during this time dedicated to self-improvement and community welfare.
Watercolor illustrations enrich this presentation of information about Columbus's early life and later accomplishments.
A brief account of the life of “the father of our country”.
The story of Antiochus and Judah the Maccabee and of the miracle of the temple from over 2000 years ago.
Shares the life and achievements of this architect, lawyer, president, and author of the Declaration of Independence.
A cheerful mail carrier goes from home to home in a fairy-tale kingdom, delivering letters to characters from traditional children's stories.
Join some Alaskan children to see what it's like to live in one of America's coldest places.
A duck in a truck is stuck in some yucky brown muck and three animal Good Samaritans try to help him.
A leaking roof? A window stuck? These are jobs for... Fix-It Duck! The trouble begins with a leaky roof and follows Duck, who fancies himself a repairman, through mishaps and near disasters.
Duck is at bat. When the ball he hits gets stuck in a tall tree, he tosses up his bat and a glove to knock it down. With everything now caught in the branches how can they finish the game?
A small fir tree becomes a safe haven for a number of different animals and a people who come to see it on Christmas Eve are surprised by what they find.
A family remembers Christmases past as they admire heirloom ornaments and decorations on their tree.
A simple description of how corn was discovered and used by the Indians and how it came to be an important food throughout the world.
The Smedley Tornadoes have a big football game coming up, so Miss Nelson calls in dreaded substitute teacher Viola Swamp to whip the team into shape.
Briefly describes life cycle, outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, diet, habitat, and natural enemies of the common snail.
"All things go through changes as they grow." Many examples through sequences of colored photographs.
A cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig, and a tiny little mouse decided to go for a boat ride in the bay. Do you know what happened?
A colorful alphabet book that demonstrates many different types of written communication.
Bob is a bear who feels he's very boring, especially in comparison to his lively buddy Jack. How could they possibly be best friends?
During the California gold rush era, Sophie, a Jewish girl, and Rosabel, an African American girl, conspire to save the life of Rosabel's mother, a runaway slave captured by a slave catcher.
An interesting and informative look at the holiday customs of Amish farm families.
A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes the oven and gets away from all pursuers until he meets a clever fox
Follows a child on a wetland walk, showing the plants and animals that can be found there.
An American child of the early 1920's who sells matches is visited by visions that bring some beauty to her brief, tragic life.
The story of a plain little bird whose beautiful songs bring her great fame, even winning her an esteemed place in the king's court. But she is not happy.
A small bird teaches the Emperor about the value of freedom and the price of friendship.
Elegant, old-fashioned, richly textured watercolor adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story.
The words are those of the familiar song but the bright illustrations show problems a turkey family are encountering while traveling to Grandma's house.
A picture book biography including important events in the life of famous American author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain.
Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.
In this moving poem, a family joins with their community—rich and poor, black and white, Christian, Muslim, and Jew—to celebrate the holidays.
Ten international artists, including Raymond Briggs, Eric Carle and Leo and Diane Dillon, show children in eight different countries around the world over the course of the same day, January 1.
Telling time on the hour with Click Dark, host of American Batstand.
Friendly costumed bats in a counted parade; numbers featured are perfect squares (4-9-16-25, etc.)
A busy crow flies around town picking up all kinds of discarded items and uses them to create a beautiful Christmas tree.
A biography of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, who reminded citizens of the importance of conserving natural resources.