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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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Fire Fighters cover Fire Fighters

Photographs of New York fire fighters as they go through training, fight fires, and make safety inspections and school visits.

When Autumn Comes cover When Autumn Comes

Large photos and a simple text portray a typical New England autumn.

Happy girl in jacket running to launch a kite When Spring Comes

From rising sap to plowing and planting; from Easter to Passover to Memorial Day; a delightful photo-essay on the coming of spring.

When Summer Comes cover When Summer Comes

Text and marvelous photographs depict typical activities of summer.

When Winter Comes cover When Winter Comes

In his third photo-essay about the seasons, Maass examines winter and the work and play that it brings.

Bewares of the Bears cover Beware of the Bears

The Bears seek revenge by following Goldilocks to her house, but things don't turn out exactly as planned.

Alphabatics cover Alphabatics

Bold, splashy artwork shows each letter changing into an object beginning with that letter in this inventive Caldecott Honor book.

Look Whooo’s Counting cover Look Whooo’s Counting

Owl flies through the night counting the animals she sees.

Sea Shapes cover Sea Shapes

This engaging concept book invites very young readers to identify basic shapes that transform into beautiful undersea creatures.

Numblers cover Numblers

Each number from one to ten changes gradually into a familiar object or animal.

And Still the Turtle Watched cover And Still the Turtle Watched

A turtle carved in rock on a bluff over the Hudson River by Indians long ago watches with sadness the changes man brings over the years.

Painting the Wind cover Painting the Wind

It's summer, and artists have returned to his island. By closely observing four artists with different styles, a boy hopes to discover how to paint the wind.

Once I Ate a Pie cover Once I Ate a Pie

A collection of canines "speak" about happy days filled with squeaky toys, good smells, plenty of naps, and the very important jobs they do for the people they love.

The Adventures of Abdi cover The Adventures of Abdi

Come along with Abdi, a young orphan, on his fantastic journey to deliver the most precious necklace in the world to the queen.Will he accomplish his task or be thwarted by ruthless rogues, savage snakes, and deadly dungeons?

Why Do Leaves Change Color? cover Why Do Leaves Change Color?

A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book that explains how and why leaves change their color in autumn.

Seven Chinese Brothers cover Seven Chinese Brothers

Seven brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities.

Inch by Inch The Garden Song cover Inch by Inch The Garden Song

Illustrated words and music of David Mallett’s classic folk song

One Leaf Rides the Wind cover One Leaf Rides the Wind

A Japanese girl tours a temple garden and counts its features one to 10, accompanied by haiku poetry.

The Queen's Progress cover The Queen's Progress An Elizabethan Alphabet

Rhymed verses, stunning illustrations, and a fascinating text all come together in alphabet book form, telling an imaginative story about Queen Elizabeth and her  journeys through England's countryside.

Hogwood Steps Out cover Hogwood Steps Out

Christopher Hogwood, a black-and-white pet pig weighing over 600 pounds, leaves his pen in search of adventure, food, and mud one lovely spring day.

Crowd of women picketing (early 1900s)girl with upraised fist and STRIKE sign in foreground. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

A true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.

Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs cover Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs

Crisp, simple text and vivid photographs show baby insects in all their glory, squirming and hopping, stinging and biting, and munching their way to adulthood.

Gone Forever! An Alphabet of Extinct Animals cover Gone Forever! An Alphabet of Extinct Animals

From aurochs to Burchell's zebra, 26 animals that have become extinct in recorded history are captured here in vivid detail.

Space Case cover Space Case

When the thing from outer space visits earth on October 31, it is taken first for a trick-or-treater and then for a robot.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears

James Marshall was awarded a Caldecott Honor medal for his charming retelling of Goldilocks walking into the bears' house while they are away.

Hansel and Gretel cover Hansel and Gretel

Abandoned in the forest, a brother and sister must keep their wits about them to save themselves from a hungry witch.

The Three Little Pigs cover The Three Little Pigs

An old sow sends her piglets out to make their own way in the world and are challenged by a hungry wolf.

White Dynamite and Curly Kidd cover White Dynamite and Curly Kidd

Lucky Kidd watches her father ride a mean bull at the rodeo and thinks about becoming a bull rider herself.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? cover Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, leading finally to the group of observed animals and a teacher looking back at them.

Barn Dance! cover Barn Dance!

Unable to sleep on the night of a full moon a young boy follows the sound of music to find an unusual barn dance in progress.

A Beasty Story cover A Beasty Story

A group of mice venture into a dark wood where they find a dark brown house with a dark red stair leading past other dark colors to a spooky surprise.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom cover Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room for the lower case letters as they scamper up the coconut palm?

The Ghost-Eye Tree cover The Ghost-Eye Tree

A boy and his sister must pass some scary places on their way to town to get a bucket of milk.

Knots on a Counting Rope cover; art by Ted Rand Knots on a Counting Rope

Seated at a campfire, a young Native American boy begs his grandfather to tell him about the night he was born and other events in his young life.

Snowflake Bentley cover Snowflake Bentley

Biography of Wilson Bentley, who photographed snowflakes. Caldecott Medal winner.

The Rough-Face Girl cover The Rough-Face Girl

An Algonquin Cinderella story in which a powerful invisible being will marry the woman who can prove that she's seen him.

Chinese New Year cover Chinese New Year

A simple introduction to the traditions and festivities of Chinese New Year.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. cover Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

An overview of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in simple text and dramatic scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations.

I Am a Leaf cover I Am a Leaf

A simple introduction to the life cycle and functions of a leaf.

I Am Snow cover I Am Snow

Simple text and pictures explains what snow is and what can be done with it. Includes instructions for making a snowflake from paper.