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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Rhyming text and realistic and colorful double spread illustrations introduce bug-eating animals such as geckos, trout, or even people.
A colorful countdown to sunset with ten turtles splashing one by one into the forest pond.
Photographs and brief text show a group of children learning about apples and visiting an orchard in fall.
Inspecting an empty, partially wooded lot before selling it, Harry finds it occupied by birds, insects, and other small animals. A Sierra Club Book
A young boy imagines what his teacher's life is like . . . and then she moves into his apartment building.
A determined librarian must involve ALL of her students in reading lots of books if they are to see the principal sleeping on the roof of the school in his toupe dyed purple.
A grouchy cricket sees the Baby Jesus and makes a special song of joy to celebrate His birth.
With words and pictures by first-grade students at H. Byron Masterson Elementary in Kennett, Missouri, this reassuring and smart book tells all the ways these kids knew their world was safe and sound after 9/11.
A small boy asks a number of farm animals what he could give his mother for her birthday.
Vintage illustrations document the boats on the river as it flows from the mountains to the sea. A Caldecott Honor Book.
Ping the duck has a difficult time on the Yangtze River when he chooses not to re-join his family on their wise-eyed boat.
Conor, a small homesick boy from Ireland, is traveling by train to a new home in San Francisco; the train is being pulled by a steam engine that wishes it could be a boat sailing the ocean.
Poetry about insects designed for two readers to enjoy together. Winner of the 1989 Newbery Award.
Miss Pym takes her class on a very special train that travels not only from New York west but back in time--what a field trip!
A young girl watches as the activities across the street from her bus stop become a circus.
Tired of being tormented by bullies, a hungry old alligator conjures up a way to add some special ingredients to his gumbo.
A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the F, measures the M, and rolls the R.
Celebrate beetles with colorful words and bold pictures that resonate with persistent energy.
"On the first day of winter my best friend gave to me..." Cumulative giving of ten gifts for a snowman.
A Caldecott Honor book that explores a small pond through the seasons while introducing common wildlife and action verbs.
Bear can tell it is time to hibernate. Before she crawls into her cave to go to sleep, she must alert the other forest animals.
Christy grows to appreciate the knowledge of and sensitivity to nature shown by her neighbor Eddie Lee, a Down's Syndrome child.
Based on a true story of the cow who traveled with the Fifty-Ninth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers from 1862 to 1865.
A family's trip by train from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Caldecott-winning illustrations and a wealth of historical information about the Transcontinental Railroad.
A century of racecars, from bare beginnings to present-day marvels, from stock cars to Formula 1, from Ford to Ferrari, all caught in crackling action.
A witty collection of short poems about insects and spiders with abstract watercolor illustrations that incorporate clever collage elements.
Harriet doesn't mean to get into mischief but sometimes things just happen. Her mother doesn't like to yell but, when she finally loses her temper . . .
An observant hen tries to warn apathetic colleagues of a nearby fox but no one is listening!
After meeting a variety of young animals a baby discovers the "most precious creature of all".
A mysterious egg appears after a terrible storm and Hunwick the bandicoot cares for it and comes to understand its secret.
When her mother becomes so busy she forgets to tell her firstborn how much she loves her, Koala Lou enters the Bush Olympics, intending to win an event and her mother’s love all at one time.
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads.
Grandma Poss used her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But then the two possums must make their way around Australia to find the magic food to make Hush visible again.
Mother Bear has a gentle rhyme for each of her six reluctant cubs to help them fall into their winter sleep.
Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.
Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that young Wilfrid doesn't even know what a memory is, by accident he helps her find it.
Wombat loves Christmas, especially the Nativity play. At last, he is old enough to audition but there just doesn't seem to be a part that is right for him.
Two children enjoy playing in the new-fallen leaves of autumn.
Nature poems from thirteen world-renowned poets brought to life in magnificent paintings by Thomas Locker.
The noisy howler monkeys disappeared from a Costa Rican valley when the trees were cut down. Marta remembers. She and her children plant and tend new trees, and eventually bring the monkeys back.