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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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The Snow Day cover The Snow Day

A gentle story of a little rabbit enjoying his day off from kindergarten and spending time with his mother during a snowstorm.

North Country Night cover North Country Night

Following the nocturnal animals of the North Country as they go about their activities on a snowy night.

Christmas Ark cover The Christmas Ark

Sarah and Elizabeth travel around the world in the Christmas Ark to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Cinderella Skeleton cover Cinderella Skeleton

A retelling of the classic story not for the faint of heart. Cinderella Skeleton lives in a mausoleum and woefully awaits her Prince Charnel. Will they find each other at the Halloween Ball?

Fa Mulan cover Fa Mulan The Story of a Woman Warrior

A retelling of the original Chinese poem in which a brave young girl masquerades as a boy and fights the Tartars in the Khan’s army.

Feathertop cover Feathertop

A scarecrow in colonial New England comes to life and falls in love. Based on an 1852 tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Kate Shelley Bound for Legend cover Kate Shelley Bound for Legend

The night of a summer storm in 1881, 15-year-old Kate Shelley must face her personal fears in order to save a passenger train from crashing through a collapsed railroad bridge.

N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims cover N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims

Recounts the coming of the Pilgrims to America with illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.

Talking Eggs cover The Talking Eggs

One day Blanche befriends a hideous old "aunty" on a path near her home and is rewarded with magic eggs. When her greedy sister wants some for herself she gets nothing but trouble.

The Secret of the Stones cover The Secret of the Stones

When they try to find out who is doing their chores while they are working in the fields, a childless couple discovers the two stones they have brought home are two bewitched orphans.

The Huckabuck Family cover The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back

How the Huckabuck family raised popcorn in Nebraska, quit the farm snd traveled the Midwest, and finally came back.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses cover The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Retells the tale of 12 princesses who wear out their shoes by dancing secretly every night all night long and how their secret is eventually discovered.

The Butterfly Alphabet cover The Butterfly Alphabet

Magnified photos reveal letters and numbers among the patterns on butterflies' and moths' wings.

Book of North American Owls cover The Book of North American Owls

Provides general information on the behavior of owls and specifics of physical characteristics and behaviors for the 21 North American species.

Chicken Dance cover Chicken Dance

Lola and Marge, two determined chickens, set out to win the barnyard talent contest in order to obtain tickets to the Elvis Poultry Show.

Journey Cake, Ho! cover Journey Cake, Ho!

Whistling Johnny chases after the runaway cake from his knapsack and collects many other farm animals as he goes along.

The Bicycle Man cover The Bicycle Man

Two American soldiers in occupied Japan spend a special day with the children of a small village school.

The Boy in the Garden cover The Boy in the Garden

After Jiro encounters a life-like garden statue of a tall bird, he falls asleep and dreams of the story his mother once told him about a grateful crane.

Grandfather’s Journey cover Grandfather’s Journey

The author tells of his grandfather's coming to the United States as a young man, his life here, and his longing to return to Japan and then confesses to a similar cross-cultural predicament.

The Kamishibai Man cover The Kamishibai Man

After many years of retirement, an old Kamishibai man--a Japanese street performer who tells stories and sells candies--decides to make his rounds once more.

Tree of Cranes cover Tree of Cranes

Candles and delicate silver cranes decorate a Japanese boy's very first Christmas tree as his mother tells him about Christmases of her childhood in faraway California.

Emma’s Rug cover Emma’s Rug

When the rug that Emma believes is her inspiration for award-winning art is ruined in the wash she is devastated and convinced she can no longer draw and paint.

Ant, Ant, Ant! cover Ant, Ant, Ant! An Insect Chant

An ant and 59 other American insects appear in a catchy chant that jumps, flits, and flies across flashy double-page spreads.

Go, Go, Grapes! cover Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant

Tempting illustrations support this rhythmic chant that is a salute to fruit.

Small brown African bird sitting on a branch above book title If You Should Hear a Honey Guide

An African bird called the honey guide leads the reader past a number of indigenous animals in the Kenyan countryside in search of a golden treasure.

Rah, Rah, Radishes! cover Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant

Upbeat text and glorious images of a wide variety of vegetables make this a savory salute to veggies.

Trout, Trout, Trout cover Trout, Trout, Trout

Playful rhythmic text and cartoon caricatures represent an amazing number of freshwater fish.

This is the Sunflower cover This is the Sunflower

This book detailing the life cycle of a sunflower is told using the pattern of “The House That Jack Built”.

A Thanksgiving Turkey cover A Thanksgiving Turkey

A 13-year-old boy and his grandfather hunt for a wild turkey, "the smartest, trickiest creature in the woods".

All You Need for a Snowman cover All You Need for a Snowman

Rhyming text and simple pictures take readers through the steps needed to make a snowman. A repeating pattern and rhythmic cadence to the story make this book a favorite.

Keepers cover Keepers

Everybody has "keepers" -- those personal mementos that bring to mind special moments and feelings -- and this collection of poems is all about them.

A Lucky Thing cover A Lucky Thing

A book filled with both rhyming and free verse inspiring readers to thoughtfully observe the world around them.

Dear Children of the Earth cover Dear Children of the Earth

Mother Earth writes a letter to the children of our planet asking for care and protection.

A rustic old barn in front of brightly-colored autumn trees Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost

Twenty-five best-loved poems by Robert Frost, including "The Road Not Taken" and "Mending Wall", with insightful commentary and wonderful supporting paintings.

Autumn Alphabet Acrostic cover Autumn An Alphabet Acrostic

Acrostic verses in alphabetical order describe the autumn season, with its animals, rain, cold winds, and harvested food.

Spring Thaw cover Spring Thaw

Lyrical prose and luminous paintings celebrate the arrival of spring and the energy and renewal it brings.

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic cover Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic

The pleasures of spring are captured in twenty-six short poems and luminous linoleum-cut illustrations.

The Tie Man's Miracle cover The Tie Man's Miracle

On the last night of Hanukkah, after hearing how an old man lost his family in the Holocost, a young boy makes a wish that is carried to God as the menorah candles burn down.

Winter An Alphabet Acrostic cover Winter An Alphabet Acrostic

An alphabet of cold-weather delights celebrated by acrostic poems and linoleum-cut illustrations

Over Under in the Garden cover Over Under in the Garden

With help from an industrious chipmunk discover plants, animals, and insects for every letter of the alphabet in a beautiful garden.