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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It's time to go home and one dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by.
An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.
Large, lovely illustrations for this simple poem with an adjective for each month of the year.
A little man made of rice runs away from a number of Hawaiian residents before being “rescued” by a clever surfer who wants to eat him.
A young boy tells the somewhat mysterious "rules" he learned from his brother over the summer while fascinatingly surreal paintings explain and confuse.
A series of rhymes about animals introduces counting and grouping numbers, as well as examples of such behaviors as cooperation, friendship, and appreciation.
Spare pen-and-ink drawings by Edward Gorey set this retelling of the Grimm Brothers' tale in Europe of the middle ages.
When Mama Pearl wants to surprise Poppa Joe with her special candied sweet potatoes for dinner, she sends her great-grandson Little Cliff to the store for butter. On the way, he greets several elderly neighbors and each contributes something to help make magic in the skillet.
Look Closer at pond wildlife in their natural surroundings through larger-than-life photographs.
A schoolboy tells his class about his summer vacation, during which he joined a group of cowboys and stopped a cattle stampede.
Wendell Flutz's room isn't just a mess--it's a total pigsty! Wendell doesn't think it's so awful and his mother can't get him to clean it up. In fact, he doesn't even mind it when one day he discovers a real pig sitting on his bed!
Everyone along the way enjoys the sight and sound of the C & O train rolling down the rail.
Wanda Belch is the new cook and they say she drives a garbage truck to school and serves roadkill ravioli and toxic waste tacos. Lunchtime will never be the same.
When the food in the school cafeteria develops a life of its own and spreads out as a green blob eating everything in sight, there is only one way to stop it.
There's a new gym teacher transferring over from the junior high and Hubie is worried. Rumor says he's big, mean, and makes you dance with girls!
A boy is apprehensive about the coming trip to the school library because he has heard so many distressing things about Mrs. Beamster and her policies.
A zany variation of "The Princess and the Pea" in the "Happily Ever Laughter" series from Mike Thaler and Jared Lee.
Hubie thinks about all the terrible things he has heard about the principal as he waits in the school office to see her.
The new driver is named T. Rex Fenderbender and the boy waiting for the bus has heard some very unsettling things about the trip to school.
"Oh, no! I have Mrs. Green this year as my teacher and I’ve been told she is a real monster! I’m too young to die!"
The young dragon Dexter loses all of his friends when he becomes insufferable about showing off how he can blow smoke rings. How can he win them back?
One day Petey, who was a puppy, said to his mother, who was a dog, "I'd like a boy for Christmas."
The experiences of African-American pioneers who participated in the Oklahoma land runs of 1889 and 1893 as seen through the eyes of a lone black woman. Based on the family history of the author.
The classic poem retold for Appalachia with Sainty dressed in homemade clothes and driving a buckboard pulled by eight black bears.
Winnie the Witch has a problem. Her house is black and her cat Wilbur is also black. She can't see him and can't find him or is tripping over him. What will she do?
Not allowed to accompany "all the men-children", Feliciana Feydra LeRoux sneaks out to go alligator hunting on her own.
A prideful camel named Hoshmakaka learns the value of humility as he bears more and more gifts to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
One of the Look & Find Books series that takes the reader on a treasure hunt through various stops on the journey of Marie and the Nutcracker Prince.
Based on a song by acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, a marvelous tribute to a bygone era when trains rumbled across the countryside and a man could spend his life working for the railroad.
Story of a boy growing a pumpkin. Very simple text with watercolor paintings. Wonderful introduction to pumpkins.
Gentle story of a little girl's exploration as she goes to the orchard with her grandfather to pick apples.
While the three Blairs go for a walk in the park one morning, a bear lets himself into their little house at the edge of town.
A delightful extension of a favorite nursery rhyme.
In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects.
A maple leaf shares his life story from breaking out of his bud in spring to letting go and settling on the ground for his winter rest.
A boy gathering firewood lost a yellow mitten which was later found by a variety of different animals.
Follows the rain as it travels through a pond, a brook, a lake, and a river down to the sea.
Another way to look at souvenirs from such places and experiences as a beach, a parade, the woods, a snow-covered hill, and a county fair.
A vivid, unusual introduction to counting and to the animals of Australia.
A lively version of the familiar poem written in Cajun dialect and set in a Louisiana bayou.